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Latest Peter'S Square Items
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.
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.
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, 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 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 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.
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 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.
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.