Vatican

People take photos on smartphones as Pope Francis greets the crowd during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 12. The pope called for an immediate cease-fire in Syria so that civilians can be rescued. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Catholic charities around the world are advocating on behalf of children victims in Syria.
Pope Francis greets Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, during a meeting with nuncios. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano, handout)
Gerard O’Connell October 12, 2016
One C9 cardinal told me recently, “Pope Francis truly believes in a collegial style of government; we see this clearly in our meetings."
Albanian Father Ernest Simoni, a priest of the Archdiocese of Shkoder, one of 17 new cardinals, is pictured in early January in Rome. (CNS photo/Massimiliano Migliorato, Catholic Press Photo)
Cardinal-designate Ernest Simoni will be one of 17 prelates elevated to cardinal in a consistory on Nov. 19 at the Vatican.
Pope Francis greets Cardinal Angelo Sodano, dean of the College of Cardinals, during the traditional Christmas greetings to the Roman Curia in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican, Dec. 21 (CNS photo/Evandro Inetti, pool).
Gerard O’Connell October 09, 2016
The church in the rest of the world, particularly in the southern hemisphere, will have greater representation in the next conclave.
Flying back to Rome on Oct. 2 after a visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan, the pope was asked how, given his criticism on Oct. 1 of “gender theory” and of what he calls “ideological colonization,” he would provide pastoral care to a person who felt his or her sexuality did not co
Edward W. Schmidt, S.J. October 05, 2016
I recall the deep sense of fellowship in mission that the congregation engendered.