Pope Francis

Pope Francis arrives in procession to celebrate the opening Mass of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Oct. 6. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Gerard O’Connell October 06, 2019
At an opening Mass for the synod on the Amazon, Pope Francis urged participants to exercise “daring prudence” and called for evangelism without “colonialism.” Vatican correspondent Gerard O’Connell reports.
Pope Francis leaves in procession after a consistory for the creation of 13 new cardinals in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Oct. 5. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Gerard O’Connell October 05, 2019
In his homily as he created 13 new cardinals, Pope Francis emphasized the intimate link between being compassionate and “the ability to be loyal in one’s ministry.”
Isabelle Senechal October 04, 2019
The prelates hail from 11 different nations and represent multiple religious orders, including the Society of Jesus.
 Pope Francis meets U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a private audience at the Vatican Oct. 3, 2019. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
Gerard O’Connell October 04, 2019
Pompeo: “More than 80 percent of mankind lives in places where religious freedom is threatened or entirely denied and it’s no coincidence that it has happened as unfree societies have proliferated.”
Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes, relator general of the Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, speaks at a news conference to discuss the synod at the Vatican Oct. 3, 2019. Also pictured is Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary-general of the Synod of Bishops. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Gerard O’Connell October 03, 2019
“It is the voice of the local church, the voice of the church in the Amazon—of the church, of the people, of the history and of the very earth, the voice of the earth.... And this has value, it is not fake news,” Cardinal Hummes said.
Cardinal-designate Michael Czerny is pictured during an interview in Rome Sept. 27, 2019. He described becoming a cardinal as an intensification of an "ongoing mission" of assisting Pope Francis. Cardinal-designate Czerny and 12 others will be created cardinals by the pope Oct. 5. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) 
Gerard O’Connell October 03, 2019
“Our vocation is to help men and women to live their human lives and to live them to the full,” said Father Czerny. “This is the big mission. This is what it means to preach the Gospel and to bring the Good News to the ends of the earth.”