July 29, 2013 In an unusually candid news conference, the pope said gay people should be integrated into society instead of being ostracized. His view of gays is being seen as diverging from his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI. He also divulged what he keeps in his black bag.
July 28, 2013 The center of World Youth Day in Brazil is of course, hearing Pope Francis address the faithful. But it's also a chance for the Church to get young people to join their orders. More than 130 groups have set up a kind of job fair in Rio to make their pitch.
July 28, 2013 The final event of Francis' five-day visit to heavily Catholic Brazil has helped him ride a crest of popularity that largely eluded his predecessor.
July 25, 2013 By visiting a shanty town, Pope Francis highlighted his affinity for the poor. As night fell, Francis headed to the iconic, and much wealthier, Copacabana beach.
July 24, 2013 Francis celebrated mass in the town of Aparecida, where he first cemented his place as a church leader in 2007. After a mob scene on Monday, however, the subtext of today's events was that of security.
July 22, 2013 In Brazil, evangelical Christians have made inroads into the Catholic community with innovations like drive-through prayer centers and massive outreach fairs featuring popular pastors and pop stars. In a nation long dominated by Catholics, about 22 percent of Brazilians now identify as evangelical.
July 21, 2013 The pontiff, the first Latin American head of the Church, will be making his first papal trip abroad to the world's most populous Catholic country.