Pope Francis

Pope Francis greets the crowd before celebrating a Divine Liturgy and the beatification of seven martyred bishops of the Eastern-rite Romanian Catholic Church at Liberty Field in Blaj, Romania, June 2, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Gerard O’Connell June 02, 2019
These “pastors and martyrs for the faith,” Pope Francis said, “re-appropriated and handed down to the Romanian people a precious legacy that we can sum up in two words: freedom and mercy.”
Pope Francis greets the crowd before celebrating Mass at the Marian shrine of Sumuleu Ciuc in Miercurea Ciuc, Romania, June 1, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Gerard O’Connell June 01, 2019
“Complicated and sorrow-filled situations from the past must not be forgotten or denied,” he told the assembled during his homily, “yet neither must they be an obstacle or an excuse standing in the way of our desire to live together as brothers and sisters.”
Pope Francis and Romanian Orthodox Patriarch Daniel exchange gifts at the patriarchal palace in Bucharest, Romania, May 31, 2019. The pope is making a three-day visit to Romania. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
Gerard O’Connell May 31, 2019
Pope Francis, in his scripted address, reminded his Orthodox brothers that “the bonds of faith that unite us go back to the Apostles.”
Italian Interior Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini holds a press conference in Milan, Italy, on May 27, the day after elections for the European Parliament. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Austen Ivereigh May 31, 2019
The big story in the European elections, writes Austen Ivereigh, was the collapse of the centrist governing coalition, with a multiplicity of small parties on the rise. One hopeful sign: A record voter turnout.
Lynn and Mark were married in 2016 after their annulment was approved thanks to reforms to the process initiated by Pope Francis. (photo: Salt & Light TV)
Emma Winters May 31, 2019
The key, the filmmakers say, was to shift the spotlight off of Francis onto ordinary people who have been impacted by him.
Gerard O’Connell May 31, 2019
The path to building an inclusive society is one where every person is seen as a brother or sister and “where the weak, the poor and the least are no longer seen as undesirables that keep the ‘machine’ from functioning,” the pope said on May 31, the first day of his visit to Romania.