Pope Francis

Pope Francis is pictured during a meeting with Uruguay's President Tabare Vazquez during a private audience at the Vatican on Dec. 2. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
In a world marked by violence, "the choice of nonviolence as a style of life is increasingly demanded in the exercise of responsibility at every level," the pope said.
Pope Francis accepts a birthday cake from chefs during his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Dec. 14. The pope will turn 80 Dec. 17. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano, handout)
Michael J. O’Loughlin December 15, 2016
The pope is turning 80 this Saturday.
Pope Francis December 13, 2016
The poor and humble people who have faith in the Lord are the victims of the “intellectuals of religion,” and those who are “seduced by clericalism.”
The pope asked Assad "to ensure that international humanitarian law is fully respected with regard to the protection of the civilians and access to humanitarian aid."
Gerard O’Connell December 12, 2016
In his homily for the feast, Pope Francis denounced the exclusion of so many people “from the train of life.”
"We are united in the blood of our martyrs," Pope Francis said.