No human condition is unworthy of God's love, Pope Francis said Sunday while speaking from St. Peter's Square in the Vatican.
The pope made his comments on Sunday during the International Day of Leprosy, telling the crowd gathered at St. Peter's Square that "No human condition constitutes grounds for exclusion from the heart of the Father."
"The only privilege in the eyes of God is to not have privilege, to have no protectors and to surrender oneself into his hands," the pope added. more >>
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio met with Pope Francis at the Vatican last week where the two exchanged environment-message gifts.
Vatican Radio noted that DiCaprio, who has been an outspoken activist for the environment, gave the pontiff an art book from Dutch Renaissance painter Hieronymus Bosch, alongside a check for his charity. more >>
Pope Francis will provide answers to a number of challenging questions posed by children from around the world in an upcoming book, titled Dear Pope Francis.
Some of the questions asked by the children, aged 6 to 13, include "What did God do before the world was made?" and "Do bad people have a guardian angel too?" more >>
Roman Catholic Church leader Pope Francis has asked Christians of other traditions to forgive Catholics who have offended them in the past, and called on Catholics to offer the same in return.
"As Bishop of Rome and pastor of the Catholic Church, I want to ask for mercy and forgiveness for the behavior of Catholics towards Christians of other Churches which has not reflected Gospel values," Francis said at the closing Vespers of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in the Basilica of St. Paul earlier this week.
"At the same time, I invite all Catholic brothers and sisters to forgive if they, today or in the past, have been offended by other Christians. We cannot cancel out what has happened, but we do not want to let the weight of past faults continue to contaminate our relationships." more >>
Pope Francis is encouraging Christians to "reconcile family feuds" as Catholics enter the Church's Extraordinary Jubilee "Year of Mercy."
Francis made his comments during the Vatican's General Audience in St. Peter's Square on Wednesday, where he advised Christians to reconcile relations with their "estranged brothers and sisters."
"I think about so many brothers and sisters who are estranged from their families; they don't speak to each other," the pontiff told the audience. more >>
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani met with Pope Francis at the Vatican Tuesday, and asked the pontiff for prayers as the Middle Eastern country attempts to improve its relationship with the international community.
Rouhani had a private meeting with the pope during his four-day trip in Europe, which analysts say is meant to restore ties to western powers after economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic were lifted.
During his visit, Rouhani reportedly asked the pope to pray for him, adding that visiting the Catholic holy site was a "real pleasure." more >>