Pope Francis

Arms trade is a ‘plague,’ pope says on flight back from Africa

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM AFRICA (CNS) — At the end of six days in African countries bloodied by war and conflict, Pope Francis said that “the biggest plague” afflicting the world today is the weapons trade. Tribalism with its …

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Pope Francis caresses the cheek of a woman whose hand was amputated in the violence that continues to plague the eastern part of Congo. The pope met victims of violence Feb. 1, 2023, at the apostolic nunciature in Kinshasa. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

Victims of violence in Congo share their grief with pope

Pope Francis had planned to go to Goma in the violence-torn North Kivu province, but increased fighting forced him to cancel the trip to the East to protect the crowds that would gather to see him.

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People who fled fighting in South Sudan are seen in a file photo walking at sunset on arrival at Bidi Bidi refugee camp near the border with South Sudan, in Yumbe, Uganda. (OSV News photo/James Akena, Reuters)

‘He is the only hope we have,’ say refugees in South Sudan about pope’s visit

Pope Francis is taking off for the African continent Jan. 31 for a historic and long-awaited apostolic trip to Congo and South Sudan, countries longing for peace and stability.

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Pope Francis says retired Pope Benedict is ‘very sick’ 

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Saying that retired Pope Benedict XVI was “very sick,” Pope Francis asked people to offer special prayers for him. “I would like to ask all of you for a special prayer for emeritus Pope Benedict,” Pope …

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Chief Dadá Borarí from the Maró Indigenous Lands of the Brazilian Amazon; Arouna Kandé, a climate change refugee from Senegal; U.S. scientists Robin Martin and Greg Asner; and teenage climate activist Ridhima Pandey of India participated in the making of the documentary "The Letter." They are seen inside the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican Aug. 26, 2021. The film tells the story of a journey to Rome of frontline leaders to discuss with Pope Francis his encyclical "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home." (CNS photo/courtesy Off the Fence)

Pope enlists a willing warrior to spread the message of ‘Laudato Si’’

Pope Francis is getting more non-Catholics to do his work. The latest is Nicolas Brown, who directed “The Letter: A Message for Our Earth,” a documentary on the pope’s 2015 encyclical “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home.”

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The Christmas tree in St. Peter's Square is seen as Pope Francis leads the Angelus from the window of his studio overlooking the square at the Vatican Dec. 4, 2022. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

Advent is opportunity to get off pedestal of superiority, pope says

The season of Advent is a moment of grace to help believers stop being presumptuous and pretending to be self-sufficient, Pope Francis said.

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