Did Pope Francis really say there is no hell?

Father Ken Doyle addresses an Italian journalist's claim that the pontiff recently denied the existence of hell. He didn't. In response to another reader, Father Doyle tells what it takes to become a confirmation sponsor.

Pope Francis spells out three steps to joy

With the release of "Gaudete et Exsultate," the pontiff continues to emphasize the essential connection between holiness and true happiness, writes Father Geoffrey Brooke. Both are encountered in the ordinary experiences of daily life.

To be holy today: Pope Francis writes of path to holiness

God calls real people -- who make time for prayer and who show loving care in the simplest gestures -- to be saints, Pope Francis said in his new document "Gaudete et Exsultate" ("Rejoice and Be Glad").

Young Ohio boy’s wish to meet Pope Francis comes true

While many people hope to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis and greet him, 12-year-old Peter Lombardi got something even better than he imagined: a ride in the popemobile around St. Peter's Square.

NY Times columnist to speak on Pope Francis at Villanova

Author Ross Douthat will present his talk "Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism" at the university on Tuesday afternoon, April 10.

Famed German director makes film about Pope Francis

After two years working on a documentary about Pope Francis, the noted German filmmaker Wim Wenders said he is most struck by the pope's courage.

Archbishop Chaput reflects on Pope Francis’ milestone

In a statement March 13, the archbishop recalled the pope's visit to Philadelphia in 2015 and the "special bond with the local church," and his challenge to "bear witness to Christ through concrete action."

Retired pope says criticism against Pope Francis is ‘foolish prejudice’

UPDATED - On the eve of the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis' election, retired Pope Benedict XVI defended the continuity of the church's teaching under his successor and dismissed those who criticize the pope's theological foundations.

Inside CatholicPhilly.com – Pope Francis at Five

In this edition of Inside CatholicPhilly.com, editor Matt Gambino and producer Gina Christian discuss the leadership of Pope Francis, now celebrating his fifth year as the shepherd of the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis changed the conversation, but can he change the culture?

Matthew Manion hopes more Catholics make choices to change the culture, developing the humility of a Pope Francis to encounter those most in need and the courage of a Pope Benedict to try new things.