This Lent, revive your enthusiasm for the faith, Pope says

VATICAN CITY – In his message for the upcoming Lenten season, Pope Francis urged people to renew their enthusiasm for the faith, using this season of prayer, fasting and almsgiving as an opportunity to stoke the flame of charity in their heart.

Pope Francis: Confront the lies of ‘fake news’

VATICAN CITY – In his message for the World Day of Social Communications, published Jan. 24, Pope Francis said that in a world of lightning-fast communication, there is a responsibility to combat falsehood and misinformation with truth, treating journalism as a people-oriented mission.

Love is in the air: Pope marries couple mid-flight during Chile visit

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE ­– In his five years in office, Pope Francis has gained a reputation for tossing protocol and embracing spontaneity. On Jan. 18, he did it again with another papal first: marrying two flight attendants on board his flight from Santiago to Iquique, Chile.

Pope Francis makes surprise visit to sick children

ROME – In yet another “Mercy Friday” outing, Pope Francis traveled to the outskirts of Rome January 5 to visit sick children receiving care at a campus of the Vatican’s Bambino Gesù hospital, offering comfort to patients and their parents.