St Peter’s Basilica

Pope Francis arrives to celebrate 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

VATICAN CITY (AP) — 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 […]

01/01/2014

Pope Francis holds a monstrance as he celebrates a New Year's Eve vespers service in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope asks people if they used 2013 to help others

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis used his year-end prayer service on Tuesday evening to urge people to ask themselves a tough question: Did they mainly spend 2013 promoting self-interests or helping others? That’s what […]

12/31/2013

Pope Francis holds a statue of baby Jesus as he celebrates the Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Dec. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope carries baby Jesus statue on Christmas Eve

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has begun celebrating his first Christmas Eve Mass as pontiff by placing a baby Jesus statue in a replica of a manger in St. Peter’s Basilica. Francis, who turned […]

12/24/2013

Pope Francis (c) waves from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica in celebration of Easter, Vatican. (AP Photo)

Pope makes Easter pleas for world peace

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis marked Christianity’s most joyous day with a passionate plea for world peace, celebrating his first Easter Sunday as pontiff in the enthusiastic company of more than 250,000 people who overflowed from St. Peter’s Square.

03/31/2013

VP Joe Biden (Photo credit: WhiteHouse.gov/AP)

‘Being Biden’ on his trip to the inauguration of Pope Francis

Last week, the White House launched “Being Biden,” an audio series that offers a glimpse into the Vice Presidency. In the latest installment, Biden talks just after the Inauguration Mass of Pope Francis. Click here to listen.

03/24/2013

Italian man protests on St. Peter's dome (video)

VATICAN CITY (AP) – An Italian man has eluded Vatican security and scaled the 130-meter (426-foot) high dome of St. Peter’s Basilica to protest the austerity measures that Italy has enacted. Officials said Wednesday that […]

10/03/2012