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Pope Francis touches a painting depicting Virgin Mary at the end of his weekly general audience in St Peter's square at the Vatican on March 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Pope Francis: The Virgin Mary Was No ‘Couch Potato’

In a video message to young Catholics throughout the world, Pope Francis proposed the Virgin Mary as a model of active Christian discipleship, noting that she was no passive “couch potato.”

Pope Francis conducts a mass at the Campus Misericordiae (Field of Mercy) in Brzegi, near Krakow on July 31, 2016 at the end of the World Youth Days (WYD). Pope Francis is in Poland for an international Catholic youth festival with a mission to encourage openness to migrants. / AFP …

Pope Francis to Millennials: ‘No Room for Benchwarmers’

In an address to more than 1.5 million young people in Krakow, Pope Francis challenged millennials to resist the temptation of a passive life of comfort and entitlements and to take responsibility for their existence.

French Priest Jacques Hamel

World Youth Day: Teach Children About Martyrs

Quite probably, the Islamic State-inspired assassins who cut the throat of Father Jacques Hamel in St. Étienne-du-Rouvray, France, on Tuesday did not know that one effect of their act would be to cast a pall over World Youth Day, but that’s nevertheless exactly what’s happened.

Pope Francis attends the funeral of Cardinal Giovanni Coppa at St. Peter's Basilica on May 18, 2016 in Vatican. / AFP / Filippo MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

Pope Francis to Visit Auschwitz Death Camp on Friday

As part of his weeklong trip to Poland for World Youth Day, Pope Francis has announced he will be visiting the Auschwitz extermination camp this Friday, where Nazi soldiers put to death over a million prisoners, most of them Jews.