LIVE: Pope Francis hears testimony about education in Ecuador

July 7, 2015. The meeting will start at 4:15 p.m. local time at the Pontifical Cat...

Pope Francis in Quito: Our faith is always revolutionary

July 7, 2015. He said that evangelization is the remedy for division and is a vehi...

The story behind the wooden staff used by the Pope

July 7, 2015. Its a replica of a staff carved by convicts in the Italian prison of...

Pope Francis wears a chasuble woven by indigenous hands

July 7, 2015. Its similar to the one John Paul II wore during his 1985 visit to Ec...

Read Full Homily of the Pope's Tuesday Mass in Quito

July 7, 2015. The Mass is taking place in the capitals Bicentennial Park.

Two convicts in choir which sang during Francis's last Mass in Ecuador

July 7, 2015. Francis received amid rose petals, shouts of joy, and a choir of 240...

LIVE: Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Quito, Ecuador

July 7, 2015. The celebration at Bicentennial Park will start at 10:00 a.m. local ...

Catholicism in Bolivia, by the numbers

July 7, 2015. More than three-quarters of Bolivians identify as Catholic.

Pope visits Ecuador's presidential palace and walks over to nearby Cathedral

July 7, 2015. The Pope also met a group of nuns and prayed before the Blessed Sacr...

Pope sets prepared speech aside... speaks off the cuff to pilgrims in Ecuador

July 7, 2015. The Pope addressed a crowd of pilgrims gatheredoutside the Cathedral...

LIVE: Pope Francis visits the Cathedral of Quito

July 7, 2015. The visit will begin at about 8:00 p.m. local time.

Pope Francis in Guayaquil: “The best wine is yet to come.”

July 6, 2015. He offered a powerful message of support for families during the tri...

Complete text of the Pope's Homily in Guayaquil

July 6, 2015. He devotes the first large Mass in Ecuador to the family: "Its the f...

During papal flight, Pope sends blessing for a young man fighting Lukemia

July 6, 2015. Through a video message, the Pope sent Lichu Zeno a blessing...he al...

Benedict XVI receives two honorary doctorates on Sacred Music

July 6, 2015. This type of music, explained the Pope emeritus, is a way to connect...

LIVE: Pope Francis presides over Holy Mass in Guayaquil, Ecuador

July 6, 2015. The celebration will take place at 11:30 a.m. local time.

What's it like to travel on the papal plane? Check it out!

July 6, 2015. The Pope usually greets the journalists aboard the papal plane, shor...

Pope in Ecuador: Vulnerable minorities are the debt Latin America still has

July 6, 2015. The Pope called on the Church in Ecuador to embrace its role and giv...

Full text of Pope’s Welcoming Speech in Ecuador

July 6, 2015. The welcoming ceremony took place in capital’s airport

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LIVE: Pope Francis arrives in Ecuador

July 5, 2015. The Pope will land in Quito at approximately 3:00 p.m. local time. ...
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July 7, 2015. Msgr. Santiago Silva Retamales, who served as the Auxiliary Bishop of Valparaiso in Chile, has been appointed as the new military ordinariate of Chile.

New bishops in the Philippines

July 3, 2015. Pope Francishas nominated Msgr. Dennis C. Villarojo andFather Oscar J. L.Florencio to be the Auxiliary Bishops of the Archdiocese of Cebu(Philippines). Since 2010, Villarojo has been at the parish of OurLady of the Sacred Heart in Cebu City. Florencio has been the rectorof Saint John the Evangelist School of Theology since 2013.

Pope weighs in on economic crisis in Greece

July 1, 2015 The Vatican is weighing in on the economic crisis that is crippling Greece. Through a written statement, the Vaticans press office issued a release that reads "the dignity of the human person must remain at the center of any political and technical debate." It goes on to say that the Pope "wishes to convey his closeness...with a special thought for the many families gravely beset by such a keenly felt human and social crisis. The Pope then "invites all the faithful to unite in prayer for the good of the beloved Greek people.”

Benedict XVI will spend two weeks at Castel Gandolfo

June 30, 2015. Thismorning at 10:00 a.m., Pope Francis said farewell to Pope EmeritusBenedict XVI, before he leaves for Castel Gandolfo. The meetinglasted about 30 minutes. The pope emeritus will return on July 14th< sup>,one day after Pope Francis returns from his trip to Latin America.

Pope Francis creates Secretariat for Communication

June 27, 2015. The Popehas created a Secretariat for Communication, which will unify allVatican media, including the Press Room, Twitter and the PontificalCouncil for Social Communications. Its prefect is the Italian priestDario Viganò, and the number two is the Argentine Lucio Adrian Ruiz.
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June 26, 2015. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Hector Luis Gutierrez de Pabon, who served as Bishop of Engativá, Colombia. His post will be taken by Francisco Antonio Nieto Súa, who up until now, served as the Bishop of San José del Guaviare (Colombia).

Holy See backs two-state solution in Middle East

June 26, 2015. The Holy See and thePalestine Liberation Organization (PLO) have officially signed acomprehensive agreement, in which the Holy See recognizes the Stateof Palestine and supports a two-state solution for peace based on the1967 borders.

Armenian Catholic Patriarch of Cilicia passes away

June 25, 2015. Pope Francis has written a telegram expressing his condolences over the recent death of the Armenian Catholic Patriarch of Cilicia, Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni. He was 75-years-old and had recently been at San Peters Basilica to celebrate Mass in remembrance of the Armenian Genocide.

Mexican bishop resigns after possible abuse of episcopal office

June 25, 2015. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Gonzalo Galván Castillo, who was until now bishop of Autlán, Mexico. A sexual abuse victim said in July of last year that he had been waiting for five years for the bishop to take action against the priest who abused him. Although the Vatican has not provided further information, this case could be treated as abuse of episcopal office.

Successor of Mother Teresa, passes away.

June 23, 2015. Sister Nirmala Joshi, the head of the Missionaries of Charity, has passed away at the age of 81. She died in the Indian city of Kolkate on Monday night, after suffering heart ailments. Sister Joshi was elected as head of the Missionaries of Charity in 1997.

Trial against former apostolic nuncio accused of abuse will start on July 11th

June 15, 2015. The former apostolic nuncio to Dominican Republic, Józef Wesołowski will stand trial at a Vatican tribunal. The first hearing will take place on July 11th. Wesołowski has already been removed from the clerical state after being charged with possession of child pornography and sexual abuse of minors.

American Archbishop Resigns After Mishandling of Abuse Allegations

June 15, 2015. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Msgr. John Clayton Nienstedt, who served as the Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis. He also accepted the resignation of Auxiliary Bishop, Rev. Lee Anthony Piche, from that same diocese. Recently, both were accused of ignoring accusations involving an abusive former priest who served in the Archdiocese.

Pope Francis to travel to Africa

June 12, 2015. The Vatican’s nuncio in the Central African Republic, Mons. Francesco Coppola, confirmed that Pope Francis is planning on visiting the country. He states it will take place on November 2015. It will be Pope Francis’ first visit to Africa.

New archbishop in Berlin (Germany)

June 8, 2015. The Pope has appointed Heiner Koch as the new metropolitan bishop of Berlin (Germany). Until now, he was bishop of Dresden-Meiβen.

New military ordinariate of Venezuela

June 8, 2015. Pope Benedict has appointed Adan Mendez Bracamonte to bemilitary ordinariate of Venezuela. Until now, he was military diocesan administrator.
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