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  • Pope Francis greets faithful as he is driven through the crowd along Via della Conciliazione after celebrating the ceremony for the canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, April 27, 2014. Pope Francis declared his two predecessors John XXIII and John Paul II saints before some 800,000 people on Sunday, an unprecedented ceremony made even more historic by the presence in St. Peter's Square of emeritus Pope Benedict XVI. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

    John Paul II and John XXIII declared saints

    John Paul II and John XXIII, perhaps the two most beloved popes of the modern era, were declared saints Sunday before a throng of hundreds of thousands gathered in St. Peter's Square, a display of unity for a church increasingly divided over reforms.


  • Pope Francis will give Gospels to the imprisoned for Holy Week

    The Holy See announced earlier today that those incarcerated at the Roman prison "Regina Coeli" will receive a pocket-sized copy of the Gospels as a gift from Pope Francis for Easter.


  • Vatican releases Pope's liturgical schedule for Lent, Easter

    The Vatican made public the schedule of Pope Francis' liturgical celebrations for March and April, including the list of Lenten and Easter activities over which he will preside.


  • Pope Francis celebrates a mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

    Pope stresses strength, courage, hope in new year

    Pope Francis, laying out his hopes Wednesday for the just-begun year, urged people to work for a world where everyone accepts each other's differences and where enemies recognize that they are brothers.


  • Pope Francis recites the Angelus prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. The pontiff is asking people to join him next weekend in a day of fasting for peace in Syria. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

    Pope Francis announces day of fasting for peace for Syria

    Pope Francis on Sunday condemned the use of chemical weapons, but he called for a negotiated settlement of the civil war in Syria and announced he would lead a worldwide day of fasting and prayer for peace there on Sept. 7.


  • Pope Francis waves to crowds as he arrives to his inauguration Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on March 19, 2013. (Associated Press)

    Pope Francis at first Mass: 'Open horizon of hope'

    Pope Francis urged leaders from more than 130 countries to "open a horizon of hope" as he celebrated his first Mass on Tuesday as the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics. Thousands thronged St. Peter's Square to cheer the new pontiff.


  • Pope Francis greets the faithful from a side gate of the Vatican on Sunday, March 17, 2013. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

    Pope Francis wades into crowd before 1st window appearance

    Breaking with tradition, Pope Francis delivered off-the-cuff remarks about God's power to forgive instead of reading from a written speech for the first Sunday window appearance of his papacy.


  • Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass in St. Patrick Church in Rome on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    Pope 'deeply saddened' by senseless attack in U.S.

    Pope Benedict XVI told pilgrims and tourists in St. Peter's Square on Sunday that he is praying for the families of the 20 children and six adults who were killed during a shooting rampage at a U.S. school.


  • Bosnians shovel deep snow to clear a path for pedestrians in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012. Eastern Europe's unrelenting and deadly cold snap produced another heavy snowfall in the Balkans, trapping people in their homes and cars; causing power outages; and closing airports, railway stations and bus services. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)

    Snow traps thousands in Bosnian villages

    Bosnia used helicopters on Sunday to evacuate the sick and deliver food to thousands of people left stranded by its heaviest snowfall ever, while Pope Benedict XVI donned an overcoat to bless the few pilgrims who braved Rome's unusually cold weather to visit St. Peter's Square.


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