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Pope suggests 'Divine Comedy' as important reading for Year of Mercy
As the Italian government formally celebrated the 750th anniversary of Dante's birth May 4, Pope Francis sent a message saying that while the centuries have passed Dante "still has much to say and to offer through his immortal works to those who wish to follow the route of true knowledge and authentic discovery of the self, the world and the profound and transcendent meaning of existence."
Pope tells Swiss Guard soldiers to arm themselves with Gospel, rosary
Wearing armor and carrying medieval-era weaponry -- halberds and swords -- is not enough. Pope Francis told Swiss Guards that they should always be armed with a pocket-edition of the Gospel and a rosary.?
Pope names new commission to implement reform of Vatican media
Pope Francis has set up a five-person committee to find ways to implement recommendations for streamlining and modernizing the Vatican's many communications structures.
Catholics in South Africa urge end to xenophobia, help for victims
Attacks on foreign nationals have left at least seven people dead, more than 5,000 displaced, and shops looted and razed.
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