Pope Francis

Pope Francis embraces Cardinal Juan Jose Omella of Barcelona, Spain, as the pontiff leads a consistory in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican June 28. The Spaniard was one of five men elevated to cardinal at the service. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Gerard O’Connell June 28, 2017
Jesus “has not called you to become ‘princes’ in the church,” the pope said, but “to serve like him and with him.”
Pope Francis greets the crowd as he leaves his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on June 28. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Labor unions must guard and protect workers, but also defend the rights of those "outside the walls," Pope Francis said.
Pope Francis laughs as he greets a woman during an audience with people from Lyon, France, in Paul VI hall at the Vatican July 6. The audience was with 200 people living in difficult or precarious situations. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Gerard O’Connell June 27, 2017
The pope's words can be read as an answer to those who hope his pontificate may end soon.
Argentinian Maj. Gen. Javier Antonio Perez Aquino, chief observer of U.N. Mission in Colombia, holds a March 2 news conference in Bogota. (CNS photo/Mauricio Duenas Castaneda, EPA)
Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos had said the pontiff promised him he would visit Colombia if the government and the rebel group signed a peace agreement.
Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Four cardinals are pressing their case and arguing that the issue is dividing the Catholic Church.
Gerard O’Connell June 21, 2017
Pope Francis encouraged Cardinal Lacroix and the bishops from Quebec to be a missionary church, “a church that goes out, reaches out to people.”