Pope Francis presides over Mass for the Sunday of the Word of God in St. Peter’s Basilica on Jan. 21, 2024. | Vatican Media

Return to God’s Word Rather than Social Media’s "violence of words": Pope Francis

Jan 21, 2024

Pope Francis has called Catholics to spend more time with the saving power of God’s word as society and social media amplify “the violence of words.”

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Here are 5 Catholic Practices to Help Strengthen Your Faith Life in 2024

Jan 17, 2024

In the constant search for spiritual growth and connection to the sacred in everyday life, discovering new ways to strengthen your faith can be transformative.

Pope Francis delivers his general audience address to pilgrims in the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican on Dec. 27, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: One Must Never Dialogue with the Devil

Dec 27, 2023

Pope Francis inaugurated a new catechetical series on vices and virtues during Wednesday’s general audience by opening with the story of Adam and Eve, which introduces “the dynamic of evil and temptation” and points toward the dangers of dialoguing with the devil. 

Joel Mathew, left, and Ulf Hermjakob, researchers at the University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute. | Courtesy photo

How Artificial Intelligence is Helping to Translate the Bible into Rare Languages

Jul 18, 2023

Artificial intelligence (AI) systems are having their moment. AI image generators such as MidJourney have proven capable of creating almost any picture imaginable — even a fake but compelling image of Pope Francis in a chic puffer coat. Meanwhile, advanced “chatbot” systems such as OpenAI’s ChatGPT continue to stun the public by mimicking human speech with almost frightening accuracy. 

Pope Francis greets the crowd at his Sunday Angelus address on Jan. 29, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: The Devil Uses "three widespread and dangerous temptations" to Divide Us

Feb 26, 2023

On the first Sunday of Lent, Pope Francis warned of three “widespread and dangerous temptations” that the devil uses to separate us from God and divide us from each other.

Pope Francis confers the ministry of catechist in St. Peter's Basilica on Jan. 22, 2023. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Confers Lay Ministries Upon 10 People in St. Peter’s Basilica

Jan 22, 2023

Pope Francis formally conferred the ministries of lector and catechist upon four men and six women from the Philippines, Mexico, Congo, Italy, and the U.K. on Sunday at a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica.  

Pope Francis at the Sunday Angelus March 27 2022. Vatican News.

Let’s Learn to Rejoice Like the Father of the Prodigal Son, Pope Francis says

Mar 27, 2022

"God is a Father who not only welcomes us back, but rejoices and throws a feast for his son who has returned home after having squandered all his possessions. We are that son, and it is moving to think about how much the Father always loves us and waits for us."

Saint Jerome Writing, a painting by Caravaggio, dated to 1605–06. Public domain.

St. Jerome Gave "uncompromising witness to the truth": Pope Francis

Oct 1, 2020

Pope Francis Wednesday highlighted the life and figure of St. Jerome in an apostolic letter for the 1,600th anniversary of the Doctor of the Church’s death.

Pope Francis celebrates Mass on the first Sunday of the Word of God Jan. 26, 2020. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Francis: Keep a Bible Close to You for Daily Inspiration

Jan 26, 2020

Pope Francis preached Sunday about the life-changing power of God’s word in Scripture, encouraging everyone to keep a Bible close for daily inspiration.

Pope Francis kisses a child at the general audience on Oct. 10, 2018. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Francis: Every Human Has An Irrepressible Dignity

Jan 24, 2020

Pope Francis emphasized the importance of each person’s dignity Friday in his message for World Communications Day.

Archbishop Emeritus Francisco Viti of Angola’s Huambo Diocese who just translated the Catechism of the Catholic Church to Umbundu and Copies of Bible Translated to  Samburu in Kenya

Catholic Catechism, Bible Translated into Local Languages in Angola, Kenya

Dec 17, 2019

More than two decades  after Pope St. John Paul II approved the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) as the official teachings of the Church, Angola’s Church leaders have implemented the translation of the document into Umbundu, the country’s second most spoken language after Portuguese. In Kenya’s Maralal Diocese, the natives can read the New Testament in Samburu language.  

Government officials and different clerics pose for a group photo along the African Biblical Leadership Initiative (ABLI) Forum in Kigali, Rwanda, on October 23. / ABLI Website

Continental Biblical Leadership Initiative Hails Application of Bible in Rwanda

Oct 26, 2019

At the 9th African Biblical Leadership Initiative (ABLI) forum in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, the application of scripture in the process of healing and reconciliation following the 1994 genocide has been recognized with appreciation as a model for other citizens of other countries to emulate.

Pope Francis at the general audience Sept. 25, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Francis Institutes Day to Promote Knowledge and Love of Scripture

Sep 30, 2019

Pope Francis Monday declared the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time to be the Sunday of the Word of God in order to promote a closer relationship with holy scripture and its dissemination in the world.