At Lima Mass for 1.3 million, Pope Francis preaches message of hope

Pope Francis took his message of hope to this sprawling, dusty capital of Peru, celebrating Mass within view of the rocky, waterless Andean slopes where most of the city's poorest residents live.

In Peru, Pope Francis likely to return to themes addressed in Chile

During his visit, he will meet with Amazonian indigenous people from three countries, visit a neighborhood devastated by flooding early last year, and pray in the place of Peru's greatest popular religious devotion.

‘No one can replace a mother,’ Chilean inmate tells Pope Francis

Pope Francis has visited other prisons, but this was the first time on his travels as pope that he visited one just for women. He was greeted by women standing with their babies in their arms.

Pope Francis flies over Argentina, sparking questions of when he’ll visit

After Argentine Cardinal Jose Mario Bergoglio was elected pope in March 2013, many Argentines expected he would put his home country on the top of his list of countries to visit. Pope Francis has traveled four times to Latin America, but not Argentina.

28 local Catholics to receive honors from Pope Francis

Lay and religious men and women will be honored for their long service to the Catholic Church in the Philadelphia area at a ceremony Jan. 21 at the Cathedral. See our profiles of each honoree.

Hold the phone: Vatican says Pope Francis doesn’t use WhatsApp

While the thought of receiving a blessing by text from Pope Francis could have millions of mobile users glued to their smartphones, a Vatican spokesman said via Twitter that isn't the pope's style.

Pray with Pope Francis in December

Watch a short video of the pope's December prayer intention: for the elderly, that they may be sustained by families and communities as they apply their wisdom in forming new generations.

Parolin: Vatican II continues to shape church life, Pope Francis’ papacy

Noting themes that have been stressed by Pope Francis, the cardinal said Vatican II sowed seeds of synodality and paved the way for "a church that lives in a conciliar way" with collaborative and consultative efforts underway at every level of the church.

Pope Francis calls Benedict’s teaching ‘precious heritage’

The pope met Nov. 18 with the winners of the 2017 Ratzinger Prize, named for the retired pope to honor those who make significant contributions to theology and culture.

Italian philosopher writes ‘intellectual biography’ of Pope Francis

The book, available only in Italian, looks at the education and study that laid the foundation for the thought of Pope Francis, the former Jorge Mario Bergoglio.