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OSWALD CARDINAL GRACIAS, ARCHBISHOP OF BOMBAY APPOINTED TO ROMAN ROTA

OSWALD CARDINAL GRACIAS, ARCHBISHOP OF BOMBAY APPOINTED TO ROMAN ROTA

“The Holy Father has granted the title of Lawyer of the Roman Rota to Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Metropolitan Archbishop of Bombay, India.

-          issued by the Holy See Press Office on Wednesday, February 15, 2017”

The Archdiocese of Bombay congratulates His ...

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New Apostolic Nuncio for India and Nepal

New Apostolic Nuncio for India and Nepal

His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed His Excellency most reverend GIAMBATTISTA DIQUATTRO as the Apostolic Nuncio to India and Nepal.

The news was made public at noon (16:30 - Indian Standard Time) on Saturday, 21 January 2017 in Rome.

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All invited for Cardinal Fernandez’s celebration

All invited for Cardinal Fernandez’s celebration

A thanksgiving Mass, to celebrate the elevation of His Eminence Cardinal Anthony Soter Fernandez, Malaysia’s first Cardinal will be held on January 8, 2017 at the Cathedral of St John the Evangelist.

KUALA LUMPUR: A thanksgiving Mass, to celebrate ...

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THE ELEVENTH PLENARY ASSEMBLY OF THE FEDERATION OF ASIAN BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE

Taize prayer nourished Asian Bishops’ meet
An ecumenical form of worship, Taize has become a vital component of the plenary assemblies of the FABC for the past 16 years. Brother Ghislain Mazure introduced it in 1990. According to him, the ...

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Asian Bishops urged to aid families face modern threats

Asian Bishops urged to aid families face modern threats

The assembly began with the bishops listening to Pope Francis’ special envoy urging them to have a bold vision to transform families facing innumerable problems of modern society. “Our challenge is to confer on the families the required faith dynamism ...

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THE ELEVENTH PLENARY ASSEMBLY OF THE FEDERATION OF ASIAN BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE

THE ELEVENTH PLENARY ASSEMBLY OF THE FEDERATION OF ASIAN BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE

The Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) is a voluntary association of episcopal conferences in South, Southeast, East and Central Asia, established with the approval of the Holy See. 
Its purpose is to foster among its members solidarity and co-responsibility ...

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The life of Mother Teresa, marked by Love and the Eucharist - Oswald Cardinal  Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay

The life of Mother Teresa, marked by Love and the Eucharist - Oswald Cardinal Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay

Faith, love and courage of the future saint take centre stage in what the Archbishop of Bombay said at the 2016 AsiaNews International Symposium: “She based her life on love and prayer.”

Rome (AsiaNews) – What would Mother Teresa say if ...

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Iraqi Refugees Send Pope Francis A Gift And An Appeal For Prayers

Iraqi Refugees Send Pope Francis A Gift And An Appeal For Prayers

“Oh, Holy Father, we appeal to you to mention us in your prayers and to mention our country, Iraq, so that the Lord would reinstate peace there and in all the countries that seek peace, protect people from the evil ...

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Connecting and Communicating in Faith

Connecting and Communicating in Faith

Under this segment, we bring to you matters concerning the Church both on a global and national (even local) level. This will serve to enlighten you by communicating current affairs and events, with updates on a weekly basis, thus keeping ...

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Support peace in Syria

Support peace in Syria

The Holy Father Pope Francis is urging governments to work towards peace in Syria. Caritas international has released a new campaign "Syria: Peace is Possible". To know more, click here

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Share truth of family with mercy, help those struggling, pope says

Share truth of family with mercy, help those struggling, pope says

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The same mercy and patience that are essential for building a strong family must be shown to those whose families are in trouble or have broken up, Pope Francis said in ...

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Pope Francis at the general audience: “God is greater than our sin!”

Pope Francis at the general audience: “God is greater than our sin!”

Pope Francis concluded his catechesis on the mercy in the Old Testament during a busy general audience.
Despite the heavy security, the influx of pilgrims was great and the atmosphere during the general audience kept a particularly festive tone.
Pope ...
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The Holy Father's prayer intention for Evagelization - April 2016: African Christians

The Holy Father's prayer intention for Evagelization - April 2016: African Christians

That Christians in Africa may give witness to love and faith in Jesus Christ amid political-religious conflicts.

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The Holy Father's universal prayer intention for April 2016: Small Farmers

The Holy Father's universal prayer intention for April 2016: Small Farmers

That small farmers may receive a just reward for their precious labor.

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Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy

Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy

Opening Date: 8th December 2015
– Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Closing Date: 20thNovember 2016
– Solemnity of Christ the King

“With these sentiments of gratitude for everything the Church has received, and with a sense of responsibility for the task that ...

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National Eucharistic Congress of India comes to an end

National Eucharistic Congress of India comes to an end

The curtain came down on the 4-day National Eucharistic Congress of India on Sunday, in Mumbai, with delegates from all of the country's dioceses pledging themselves to nourish others having been nourished by the Eucharist.  The ‎theme of the ...

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Pope canonises French couple Louis and Zelie Martin

Pope canonises French couple Louis and Zelie Martin

VATICAN CITY

Pope Francis canonised the Catholic Church's first married couple in modern times on Sunday , declaring the parents of the beloved St Therese of Lisieux saints in their own right.

Francis told followers gathered in St Peter's ...

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The Ongoing Synod on the Family

The Ongoing Synod on the Family

The Fourteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of the Bishops is taking place from 4th to 25thOctober 2015. This three-week meeting will witness the congregation of 279 Bishops and Priests from across the world to discuss ...

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Pope arrives in Cuba

Pope arrives in Cuba

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis began his apostolic visit to Cuba Saturday, touching down in the nation’s capital Havana where he was greeted by the country’s president Raúl Castro, other authorities, and bishops.

The Holy Father’s 19-22 ...

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Pope Francis reforms Church law in marital nullity trials

Pope Francis reforms Church law in marital nullity trials

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis issued two Apostolic Lettersmotu proprio on Tuesday, by which he introduced reforms to the legal structures of the Church, which deal with questions of marital nullity. One of the Letters motu proprio, known by its ...

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Catholic religious in Asia seek to reinvigorate the Church

Catholic religious in Asia seek to reinvigorate the Church

Bangkok, Thailand, Jul 30, 2015 / 09:42 pm (EWTN News)

Consecrated religious and other Catholics in Asia felt renewed and enthusiastic after a major symposium in Thailand on vowed religious and evangelization in an Asian context.

“We are going with ...

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Beatification of Oscar Romero

Beatification of Oscar Romero

San Salvador, El Salvador (CNN) Just over 35 years to the day that an assassin's bullet hit his chest, Archbishop Oscar Romero was beatified on Saturday, bringing the slain priest one step closer to sainthood.

Tens of thousands of ...

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Canonization of four women religious

Canonization of four women religious

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis canonized four women religious on Sunday, all 19th century nuns who worked in education. St Marie-Alphonsine and St Mary of Jesus Crucified were from the territory that made up historical Palestine; St Jeanne Emilie de Villeneuve ...

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The Jesuit Priest Father Alexis Premkumar abducted by the Taliban released

The Jesuit Priest Father Alexis Premkumar abducted by the Taliban released

The Jesuit Curia in Rome has announced: "Fr. PREM KUMAR ALEXIUS SJ, abducted by Taliban in Afganistan is released after 8 months. Tweeted by Indian prime minister Narendra Modi. Prem arrived at  Delhi airport at 6:30pm Indian time."

The ...

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 Pope Francis to families: be examples of holiness, prayer

Pope Francis to families: be examples of holiness, prayer

(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis told families in the Philippines Friday that they should take time to rest and to pray together and to be examples of holiness.  On the second day of his five day trip to the Asian archipelago ...

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Do You Love me

Do You Love me

“Do you love me?”

Pope had just started to read the well-known passage where Jesus asks Peter this question, to over a thousand members of the clergy and religious when they respond with a resounding “Yes!” To which the Pope ...

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Popes Visit to Srilanka: Pope Francis can "push" reconciliation in Sri Lanka

Popes Visit to Srilanka: Pope Francis can "push" reconciliation in Sri Lanka

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis was scheduled to leave on Monday evening  and arive on Tuesady morning for the 7th Apostolic Trip of his Pontificate.  The first stop of his two-nation journey is Sri Lanka.

Welcoming him will be the Archbishop ...

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Pope names 20 new Cardinals

Pope names 20 new Cardinals

Pope Francis on Sunday named 20 new cardinals, a majority of them from Africa, Asia and Latin America, increasingly key areas as the Roman Catholic Church's support shifts from its traditional European stronghold.
Fifteen of the new cardinals — considered ...

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Catholic Church marks 500 years in Myanmar

Catholic Church marks 500 years in Myanmar

 

Thousands of Catholics arrived in Yangon on Friday for the start of a three-day celebration of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Catholicism in Myanmar. Cardinal Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai, attended the opening ceremony of the celebration at ...

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Communication at the Service of an Authentic Culture of Encounter: The World Communication day message from Pope Francis

Communication at the Service of an Authentic Culture of Encounter: The World Communication day message from Pope Francis

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Today we are living in a world which is growing ever “smaller” and where, as a result, it would seem to be easier for all of us to be neighbours. Developments in travel and communications ...

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EXTRAORDINARY SYNOD ON THE FAMILY 2014

EXTRAORDINARY SYNOD ON THE FAMILY 2014

The Holy Father, Pope Francis, convened the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which commenced at the Vatican on October 5 and will conclude on 19 October 2014. The theme of the Synod is: “The pastoral challenges ...

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Pope Sends Letter of Condolence

Pope Sends Letter of Condolence

Condolance message

The Holy See’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, has sent a message of condolence on behalf of Pope Francis for the family of the U.S. journalist James Foley, brutally executed last week by Islamic State militants, the ...

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Sunday Angelus: On Peter's Profession of Faith

Sunday Angelus: On Peter's Profession of Faith

Pope Francis recites the Angelus with the people reciting three times “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Pope Francis  reflected on the profession of faith of St. Peter  from the gospel of Mathew and also prays ...

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Pope Francis issues peace plea to all Holy See embassies

Pope Francis issues peace plea to all Holy See embassies

On behalf of Pope Francis, the Holy See sent a “nota verbale” to all embassies urging ambassadors to work for peace.

According to Vatican radio, the note, which has not yet been made public, was signed by Vatican secretary of ...

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124 Korean martyrs to be beatified by Pope next month

124 Korean martyrs to be beatified by Pope next month

During his August visit to Korea, Pope Francis is to beatify Paul Yun Ji-chung, the nation's first martyr, as well as 123 companions who were killed for the faith in the 19th century.

The Roman Pontiff will be in ...

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Refugees Remembered in Pope's August Prayer Intentions

Refugees Remembered in Pope's August Prayer Intentions

Pope Francis' prayer intentions this month focus on refugees as well as evangelization in Oceania.

The Apostleship of Prayer announced the intentions chosen by the Pope for August.

The Pope's general intention is "that refugees, forced by violence to ...

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Pope's Angelus: Imitate Jesus in Patiently Waiting for God's Victory Over Evil

Pope's Angelus: Imitate Jesus in Patiently Waiting for God's Victory Over Evil

Before reciting the Angelus prayer at noon today, Pope Francis explained the meaning of today's Gospel reading and the parable of the wheat and the tares.

The parable, he said, is a teaching of Jesus which addresses “the problem ...

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Pope Francis makes phone call to Israel, Palestine presidents

Pope Francis makes phone call to Israel, Palestine presidents

In wake of the rising death toll in Gaza due to increased tensions between Israel and Palestine, Pope Francis made a personal call to both presidents in order to ask for peace.

“Following last Sunday’s heartfelt appeal for continued ...

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Pope to Visit Italian City of Caserta on Two Days This Month

Pope to Visit Italian City of Caserta on Two Days This Month

The Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis will visit the city of Italian city of Caserta on 26 and 28 July, splitting the visit into private and public events.

In a statement, the Holy See Press Office said that in ...

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Pope receives autographed football jersey

Pope receives autographed football jersey

The players of the Argentine national football team have given Pope Francis an “Albiceleste” shirt signed by all the members of the team. Although Argentina fell at the final hurdle during the final of the World Cup 2014 in Brazil ...

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Official song released for papal visit to South Korea

Official song released for papal visit to South Korea

The Archdiocese of Seoul in South Korea has revealed the official song for Pope Francis’ visit to the country, scheduled for Aug. 14-18 to coincide with Asian Youth Day.

The video for the song was recorded at the Cathedral of ...

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Vatican lauds wide reach of #PAUSEforPeace campaign

Vatican lauds wide reach of #PAUSEforPeace campaign

In wake of the Vatican’s viral campaign urging faithful worldwide to pause for a moment of silence during the World Cup final, officials have expressed their hope that the fruits will continue to grow.

 

“For me it has been ...

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Catholic HIV-AIDS experts prepare to 'Step up in Faith'

Catholic HIV-AIDS experts prepare to 'Step up in Faith'

‘Stepping up in faith’ is the theme of a conference which opens in Melbourne, Australia on Friday bringing together Catholic experts from around the world in the fields of prevention, diagnosis and care of those living with HIV and AIDS ...

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Church in Cameroon holding day of Prayer for Peace on Saturday

Church in Cameroon holding day of Prayer for Peace on Saturday

The Catholic Church in Cameroon is sponsoring a day of prayer for peace on Saturday, July 19. Cameroon has been suffering from the actions of Boko Haram, an Islamist terrorist group based across the border in Nigeria.  Several foreign nationals ...

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Pope's audience with elderly to explore vocation of old age

Pope's audience with elderly to explore vocation of old age

Organizers for the first-ever audience to be held between a pope and the elderly population have revealed that a central reflection will be the active vocation of the aged in the Church and in society.

“We have given 20 years ...

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Pope Francis pauses, prays for peace during angelus address

Pope Francis pauses, prays for peace during angelus address

Following his reflections on the Sunday’s Gospel parable of the sower and the seed, Pope Francis called for peace in the Holy Land, asking participants to join him in a moment of silent prayer.

“I extend a heartfelt appeal ...

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Vatican media committee appointed to bring Church into digital era

Vatican media committee appointed to bring Church into digital era

The appointment of a committee to propose reforms for the Vatican media raises expectations for a substantial renewal of the Vatican media branch, bringing it ever more toward the digital age.

The 11 people appointed for the committee are entrusted ...

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Lord Patten appointed to oversee Vatican communications

Lord Patten appointed to oversee Vatican communications

At a press conference on Wednesday, the head of the Vatican's Secretariat for the Economy, Cardinal George Pell, announced that British life peer, Lord Patten, has been appointed to oversee Vatican Communications.

Former Chairman of the BBC Trust and ...

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Pope's meeting with sex abuse victims’ important step towards healing

Pope's meeting with sex abuse victims’ important step towards healing

The meetings Pope Francis held this week with six survivors of sexual abuse were an “important and very positive” step on the road towards healing and better child protection in the Catholic Church. That’s according to an Irish abuse ...

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Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final

Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final

The Pontifical Council for Culture launched an effort designed to unite the world in asking for peace in warring countries by observing a moment of silence during the final game of the World Cup.

“Sports were born around religious festivities ...

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Pope meets with Council of Cardinals for the 5th time

Pope meets with Council of Cardinals for the 5th time

Pope Francis held a meeting in the Vatican on Tuesday morning with the Council of Cardinals.

It is the fifth time the Pope and the eight-member Council have met formally since Francis established the so-called “G8”  to help him govern ...

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Pope Francis to meet elderly people and grandparents

Pope Francis to meet elderly people and grandparents

Sunday, September 28, has been chosen to be a day dedicated to elderly people and grandparents from around the world. The initiative, organized by the Pontifical Council for the Family, will take place in St. Peter's Square. Pope Francis ...

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Pope Francis 'has met 12,000 people' since taking office

Pope Francis 'has met 12,000 people' since taking office

Since his election last year, Pope Francis has personally met 12,000 people after his morning masses, read 50 letters a day from the public and has racked up 150 hours greeting people from the pope mobile in St Peter ...

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Pope Francis' prayer intentions for July

Pope Francis' prayer intentions for July

The Pope's universal prayer intention for July is “that sports may always be occasions of human fraternity and growth”.

His prayer intention for evangelisation is “that the Holy Spirit may support the work of the laity who proclaim the ...

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Vatican releases working document for Synod on Family

Vatican releases working document for Synod on Family

Results of a 2013 survey among Catholics on challenges to the Family were released by the Vatican Thursday in the form of a working document ahead of the upcoming extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family.  The Instrumentum Laboris “Pastoral ...

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New York archdiocese receives three new auxiliary bishops

New York archdiocese receives three new auxiliary bishops

Pope Francis on Saturday appointed three auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of New York, including one priest who ministered at Ground Zero after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York praised the bishops-to-be as “seasoned ...

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'Humble charity' overcomes corruption, Pope Francis preaches

'Humble charity' overcomes corruption, Pope Francis preaches

Pope Francis on Monday denounced corruption among those in authority in politics, business, and the Church, urging Christians to overcome it through both service and charity.

“Corruption is precisely the sin that the person with authority – whether political, economic or ...

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Pope Francis: Europe is tired, must be rejuvenated

Pope Francis: Europe is tired, must be rejuvenated

In a visit to a community dedicated to serving the poor and needy, Pope Francis warned of the poverty of Europe which faces a declining birthrate, hidden forms of euthanasia, and high rates of unemployment.

“Today I speak of Europe ...

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Path to synod is 'time of grace,' bishop says

Path to synod is 'time of grace,' bishop says

A Vatican official has said that the period before the upcoming bishops’ synods on the family will be a time of grace and prayer that allows the Church to pray and reflect about the family in all of its aspects ...

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Francis' Message for 88th World Mission Day

Francis' Message for 88th World Mission Day

Here is the text of Pope Francis' message for the 88th World Mission Day, which this year will take place on October 19.

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Today vast numbers of people still do not know Jesus Christ. For this ...

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Pope invites Romans, pilgrims to Eucharistic procession

Pope invites Romans, pilgrims to Eucharistic procession

During his Sunday Angelus remarks reflecting on divine love, Pope Francis invited all the Romans and pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square to join in a Eucharistic procession later this week.

“Next Thursday, according to Roman tradition, we will ...

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Pope's Words to FIFA World Cup 2014

Pope's Words to FIFA World Cup 2014

THE HOLY FATHER’S VIDEO-MESSAGE

Dear Friends,

It is with great joy that I address all of you, lovers of soccer, on the occasion of the opening of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. I want to send a warm ...

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Two more Indian native Saints to invigorate Faith of the local Catholic Church

Two more Indian native Saints to invigorate Faith of the local Catholic Church

The Church in India, and especially Syro-Malabar Catholic community in Kerala have reasons to rejoice with a sure sign of further invigorating its ever strong and vibrant Faith. Two more native Indians, Bld Euphrasia Eluvathingal and Bld Kuriakose Elias Chavara ...

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Daily Homily: I Have Come to Fulfil the Law and the Prophets

Daily Homily: I Have Come to Fulfil the Law and the Prophets

1 Kings 18:20-39

Psalm 16:1b-2ab, 4, 5ab and 8, 11

Matthew 5:17-19

After three years of drought and famine in Israel, God tells the prophet Elijah to confront King Ahab. Elijah commands King Ahab to gather all ...

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Argentina team travels to World Cup with huge Pope Francis photo

Argentina team travels to World Cup with huge Pope Francis photo

The Argentinean team playing for the World Cup is bringing with it a larger-than-life photo of the players with Pope Francis, at a meeting in the Vatican last year.

The team hopes that the picture showing Lionel Messi and teammates ...

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Pope Sends Condolences at Death of African Prelate

Pope Sends Condolences at Death of African Prelate

Pope Francis has sent a telegram of condolences to Cardinal Jean-Pierre Kutwa, archbishop of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, following the death of Cardinal Bernard Agre, archbishop emeritus of Abidjan. The cardinal died on Monday in Paris at the age of 88 ...

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Cardinal Lourdusamy’s coffin interred at 300-year-old church

Cardinal Lourdusamy’s coffin interred at 300-year-old church

In a fitting final tribute, the Immaculate Conception Cathedral on Monday provided space within the church precincts for the burial of one of its most eminent sons Cardinal Duraisamy Simon Lourdusamy.

The Cardinal’s coffin was the first to be ...

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Dignitaries pay respects to Cardinal

Dignitaries pay respects to Cardinal

Lieutenant Governor Virendra Kataria, Chief Minister N. Rangasamy, Lok Sabha MP R. Radhakrishnan, Rajya Sabha MP P. Kannan and leaders of political parties were among those who paid last respects to Cardinal Duraisamy Simon Lourdusamy, whose mortal remains were brought ...

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Nun who won 'The Voice Italy' says priorities are Jesus, prayer

Nun who won 'The Voice Italy' says priorities are Jesus, prayer

Speaking to reporters for the first time after her victory on The Voice Italy, Sister Cristina Scuccia said that she now plans to return to the two priorities in her life, which are “Jesus and prayer.”

“My future is in ...

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Francis' Pentecost Homily

Francis' Pentecost Homily

Here is a translation of the homily Pope Francis gave during today's Mass for the feast of Pentecost.

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“All were filled with the Spirit” (Acts 2:4).

Speaking to the Apostles at the Last Supper, Jesus said that, after ...

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Pope Francis' Address at Invocation for Peace

Pope Francis' Address at Invocation for Peace

Here below is Pope Francis' address at the Invocation for Peace that took place in the evening of Pentecost Sunday, June 8, in the Vatican Gardens.

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Distinguished Presidents,

I greet you with immense joy and I wish to offer you ...

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Cardinal Lourdusamy passes away today in Rome

Cardinal Lourdusamy passes away today in Rome

We regret to announce the death of Cardinal Lourdusamy who passed away in Rome today the 2nd of June 2014

Duraisamy Simon Lourdusamy (5 February 1924 - 2 June 2014) was an Indian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He is ...

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Israeli-Palestinian Presidents' Prayer for Peace Confirmed for June 8

Israeli-Palestinian Presidents' Prayer for Peace Confirmed for June 8

The Prayer for Peace, announced by Pope Francis during his Holy Land pilgrimage, will take place in the afternoon of June 8, Pentecost Sunday, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi has said.

He confirmed in a short statement that the date ...

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Pope Francis Sends Encouragement to Young Recipients of Caritas Award

Pope Francis Sends Encouragement to Young Recipients of Caritas Award

Pope Francis has sent a message of encouragement to 1,000 young people in Scotland who are the recipients of the Caritas Award, praying that they “may continue to courageously witness to the love that God has for every individual ...

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Pope Francis praises 'nobility' of work

Pope Francis praises 'nobility' of work

Work is “both a gift and a duty,” Pope Francis told a U.N. labor agency in a message calling for an end to human trafficking and for greater concern for migrants and the unemployed, especially the young.

“At the ...

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'Love transforms everything,' Pope tells sick, disabled

'Love transforms everything,' Pope tells sick, disabled

Pope Francis met with nearly 5,000 members of apostolates dedicated to the sick and suffering on Saturday, encouraging them to live lives transformed by love and to support others who suffer.

“Jesus teaches us to live the pain by ...

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Heresies sprout from getting lost in 'ideas,' Pope warns

Heresies sprout from getting lost in 'ideas,' Pope warns

In his daily homily Pope Francis explained that it takes more than intellectual assent to truly get to know Jesus – we must also develop a personal relationship of joy through prayer and works.

“Ideas by themselves do not lead anywhere ...

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Venezuelan wins trip to Holy Land for Pope's visit

Venezuelan wins trip to Holy Land for Pope's visit

A 22-year-old Venezuelan man has won a contest held by Israel’s Ministry of Tourism to travel to the Holy Land for Pope Francis’ historic visit May 24-26. Gustavo Adolfo Franco Picaza of Maracaibo, Venezuela, made the winning video for ...

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Catholic publishers see boost from interest in Pope Francis

Catholic publishers see boost from interest in Pope Francis

The “Francis effect” has invigorated Catholic publishing houses, and religious books are becoming less of a niche market, publishers at a recent international book fair in Italy have explained.

This year’s Turin International Book Fair, held May 8-12, was ...

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Pope warns against closed-mindedness of 'intellectual aristocracy'

Pope warns against closed-mindedness of 'intellectual aristocracy'

In his daily Mass Pope Francis cautioned against those who seek to understand the faith only with the intellect, explaining this attitude closes one to the Holy Spirit and prevents him from acting in our lives.

“You do not believe ...

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Exorcism conference trains priests in 'ministry of love'

Exorcism conference trains priests in 'ministry of love'

For the ninth consecutive year, a group of experts met in Rome to train those interested in the ministry of exorcism – a rite hailed as a vital act of service in the Church today.

Participant Father Maximus Urbanowicz, a missionary ...

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Pope to New Priests: Never Tire of Being Merciful

Pope to New Priests: Never Tire of Being Merciful

“If you do not enter your ministry through the Lord’s wounds, you will not be good pastors.” Pope Francis has reminded new priests. 

On the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, Pope Francis ordained 13 new priests at Mass ...

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Pope to Faithful: 'Bother Your Pastors

Pope to Faithful: 'Bother Your Pastors

During his Regina Caeli address Sunday, Pope Francis spoke of the role of the priest as pastor and “shepherd,” to his community, and how a priest figuratively serves as a "cow" providing nourishment to its "calves."

Before reciting the midday ...

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Pope Paul VI to be beatified October 19, 2014

Pope Paul VI to be beatified October 19, 2014

Pope Francis has approved the promulgation of the decree for the cause of beatification of his predecessor Pope Paul VI. The approval was announced Saturday.

The beatification ceremony is scheduled to take place October 19, 2014, at the conclusion of ...

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Pope's upcoming meeting with UN officials presents opportunity

Pope's upcoming meeting with UN officials presents opportunity

Pope Francis will meet with United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon May 9, as well as with the Chief Executives Board for Coordination, marking an opportunity for the Pope to encourage reform of the organization.

The board coordinates and directs the ...

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Evangelize to heal wounds, Pope encourages Burundi bishops

Evangelize to heal wounds, Pope encourages Burundi bishops

Pope Francis encouraged the bishops of Burundi to engage with civil society and proclaim the Gospel in order to promote justice and reconciliation in the fragile society.

“I can only encourage you to take your whole place – as you are ...

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New prayer released for Pope's Holy Land pilgrimage

New prayer released for Pope's Holy Land pilgrimage

The priest who is organizing Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Jordan has written a special prayer for the occasion with the aim of allowing the world to participate.

“This prayer takes into consideration the whole pilgrimage of His Holiness to ...

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Pope Urges Faithful to Pick Up Their Rosaries

Pope Urges Faithful to Pick Up Their Rosaries

During this month of May dedicated to Mary, Pope Francis has invited the faithful to pick up their rosaries and call upon her in a special way.

The Pope told those gathered at the end of his General Audience this ...

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Pope: Church is Not Just School of Religion

Pope: Church is Not Just School of Religion

The Christian who does not witness to the faith becomes sterile.

This was the focus of Pope Francis’ homily at morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta. The Pope drew inspiration from the martyrdom of St. Stephen, narrated in the Acts ...

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Pope: follow God for pure intentions rather than personal gain

Pope: follow God for pure intentions rather than personal gain

During his daily Mass Pope Francis warned against those who use their faith vainly in order to obtain power or money, and prayed that all might have the grace to follow the Lord out of love.

“In the Church there ...

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Pope calls on Church in Sri Lanka to be leaven for reconciliation

Pope calls on Church in Sri Lanka to be leaven for reconciliation

During his ad limina address Saturday, Pope Francis urged the bishops of Sri Lanka to continue their role in reconciliation of the nation, which emerged in 2009 from a 26-year civil war. “Our vocation is to be a ‘leaven in ...

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Official Anthem and Special Prayer For Pope's Holy Land Visit Revealed

Official Anthem and Special Prayer For Pope's Holy Land Visit Revealed

An official anthem and a special prayer for the Holy Father’s upcoming visit has to the Holy Land have been unveiled.

According to the official web site of the visit, Holy Land musicians Louay Zaher and Rabab Zeitoun composed ...

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Interreligious Thai leaders pray for peace during crisis

Interreligious Thai leaders pray for peace during crisis

Catholics and representatives of four other religious traditions in Thailand have prayed in union with another for peace, in light of tensions and political unrest that have threatened the nation's progress.

“Prayer has power and plays an important role ...

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Service to poor will be focus of 2014 Fortnight for Freedom

Service to poor will be focus of 2014 Fortnight for Freedom

The U.S. bishops have announced a third Fortnight for Freedom to encourage prayer and awareness of religious liberty, with a particular focus on how it enables service to the poor and vulnerable.

“This is a time when Catholics can ...

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Young artist's captivating work shows 'human face' of saints

Young artist's captivating work shows 'human face' of saints

Polish artist Anna Gulak has mesmerized pilgrims in Rome with a series of drawings on the recently-canonized John Paul II and John XXIII, portraying both the holiness and humility of the two saints.

“The message that I would want to ...

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Pope urges Christian communities to be ones of peace

Pope urges Christian communities to be ones of peace

Returning to his usual daily Mass schedule, Pope Francis reflected today that our contemporary faith communities ought to reflect that of the first Christians, who were united in “heart and mind.”

“They had one heart and mind,” the Pope said ...

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Masses of Thanksgiving offered in Rome for new Pope saints

Masses of Thanksgiving offered in Rome for new Pope saints

Following the canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XIII, Church officials presided over two Masses of Thanksgiving, drawing attention to the saints’ enormous contributions to the Church and to society.

Taking place April 28 at 10 a.m ...

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Obama praises influence of Saints John XXIII, John Paul II

Obama praises influence of Saints John XXIII, John Paul II

U.S. president Barack Obama issued a statement Monday noting the canonization of both John XXIII and John Paul II over the weekend, paying tribute to their work in the Church and society.

“Today, Michelle and I join Catholics around ...

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Daily Homily: Eternal Life Through Jesus Christ

Daily Homily: Eternal Life Through Jesus Christ

Memorial of Saint Catherine of Siena

Acts 4:32-37

Psalm 93:1ab, 1cd-2, 5

John 3:7b-15

In his conversation with Nicodemus, Jesus reveals to him that he will be lifted up from the earth: he is lifted up on ...

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Pope Sends Video Message to Argentina Youth Day

Pope Sends Video Message to Argentina Youth Day

Pope Francis has urged Argentina’s young people to “be the Church” and to trust in God’s mercy. He posed this question in a video message that was broadcasted in Buenos Aires for National Youth Day on Saturday.

Like ...

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Council of Cardinals meeting this week for fourth time

Council of Cardinals meeting this week for fourth time

The latest meeting of the group of eight cardinals advising Pope Francis on the reform of the Roman Curia began Monday, and will continue for the following two days. The meeting, held April 28-30, follows previous meetings held in February ...

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John Paul II, John XXIII Canonized

John Paul II, John XXIII Canonized

On Divine Mercy Sunday, the Church celebrated the canonization John XXIII and John Paul II, two of the most influential figures of the 20th century.

Two tapestries, each bearing the image of the newly-declared saints, hung from the façade ...

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Pope Francis' Homily at Canonization Mass of Sts. John XXIII and John Paul II

Pope Francis' Homily at Canonization Mass of Sts. John XXIII and John Paul II

Here is the translation of the Pope's homily at the Canonization Mass of Sts. John XXIII and John Paul II today in St. Peter's Square.

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At the heart of this Sunday, which concludes the Octave of Easter and ...

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Popes Exhibit Prophetic Vision, Care for Others, Love of the Cross

Popes Exhibit Prophetic Vision, Care for Others, Love of the Cross

John Paul II and John XXII were characterized by their prophetic vision for the future, their love for others, and their willingness to embrace the cross. This according to Monsignor Anthony Figueiredo, director of the Institute for continuing Theological Education ...

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Canonization Mass may draw 1,000 bishop concelebrants

Canonization Mass may draw 1,000 bishop concelebrants

Holy See Press Office director Father Federico Lombardi said that as many as 150 cardinals and 1,000 bishops will concelebrate the April 27 canonization Mass for Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII.

The concelebrants at the altar ...

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Pope: Don't Be Bat-Like Christians

Pope: Don't Be Bat-Like Christians

Pope Francis said there are Christians who are afraid of the joy of Christ’s resurrection and who instead prefer sadness and staying in the shadows just like bats.

The importance of Christians being joyful, rather than sad or fearful ...

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Papuans make two week pilgrimage in missionaries' steps

Papuans make two week pilgrimage in missionaries' steps

Catholics in Papua New Guinea honoured the evangelization, 80 years ago, of the remote interior of the nation's main island by making a pilgrimage in the steps of its first missionaries.

“After 80 years, the Catholic faithful in the ...

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Youth fill Rome's cathedral to remember John Paul II, John XXIII

Youth fill Rome's cathedral to remember John Paul II, John XXIII

The Basilica of St. John Lateran, cathedral of the Diocese of Rome, was filled Tuesday with thousands of youths who had come to learn more about the two Bishops of Rome who will be canonized Sunday.

Both John Paul II ...

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Philippines issue new stamps of Blessed John Paul II, John XXIII

Philippines issue new stamps of Blessed John Paul II, John XXIII

Following the presentation of a new stamp of Pope Francis, Philippine postmaster Maria De la Cruz revealed that they will also release stamps honouring Bl. John Paul II and John XXIII for their canonization.

“We’re actually issuing a very ...

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Pope Francis gives Easter eggs to children with cancer

Pope Francis gives Easter eggs to children with cancer

Pope Francis sent 150 Easter eggs to the Bambino Gesu Pediatric Hospital as an Easter gift to children hospitalized with cancer.

According to hospital officials, a van from the Vatican filled with chocolate eggs arrived at the facility during Holy ...

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Pope's Easter Mass and Blessing Attract 150,000 Faithful

Pope's Easter Mass and Blessing Attract 150,000 Faithful

Celebrating the Easter Sunday liturgy in St. Peter’s Square, Francis emphasized that the Resurrection is the event that gives Christianity its meaning. Without it, he said, “the whole mission of the Church would lose its impulse.”

Creating a bridge ...

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Pope: Let Joy of Easter be Imprinted on Our Hearts

Pope: Let Joy of Easter be Imprinted on Our Hearts

“Let the joy of the Risen Lord be imprinted in our hearts and lives,” Pope Francis told the faithful gathered in a sunny St. Peter’s Square on Easter Monday.

During his Regina Caeli address, the Holy Father said in ...

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Culture of exclusion sacrifices children, elderly, Pope warns

Culture of exclusion sacrifices children, elderly, Pope warns

Efforts to fight a “throw-away culture of exclusion” should include openness to the lives of the young and elderly, as well as education and even sports, Pope Francis has said.

The Holy Father expressed his concern for “excessive economic liberalism ...

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Archbishop underscores beauty, joy of family life

Archbishop underscores beauty, joy of family life

At the official presentation of the upcoming World Day of Families in Rome, Archbishop Charles Chaput spoke of the importance of family life in society, and expressed his desire to strengthen it in the Church.

“We in Pennsylvania are grateful ...

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Pope lauds Mary’s meekness on feast of the Annunciation

Pope lauds Mary’s meekness on feast of the Annunciation

During his Mass celebrating the Solemnity of the Annunciation, Pope Francis emphasized that salvation is a gift from the Lord which we ought to receive with humility and obedience, just as Mary did. “In order to receive this salvation, we ...

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Pope Underlines Importance of Marriage "Without Ambiguity"

Pope Underlines Importance of Marriage "Without Ambiguity"

In a speech to the bishops of Guinea, Pope Francis said Christian marriage must be lived without ambiguity, and stressed that only if Christians are united in love can they give witness to the truth.

Addressing the bishops at the ...

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Global symposium aims to educate media on religious liberty

Global symposium aims to educate media on religious liberty

Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal advocacy association, is hosting a conference in Rome this week to inform members of the media about its work in defense of religious freedom.

“Alliance Defending Freedom is hosting an International Media Symposium to educate ...

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Pope: only the humble, marginalized 'obtain salvation'

Pope: only the humble, marginalized 'obtain salvation'

In his daily homily Pope Francis dedicated his reflections to the virtue of humility, explaining that only the “outcasts” who recognize their need of God know what it means to be saved.

“Jesus tells us: ‘if you do not put ...

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Pope announces a 'festival of forgiveness' for 28-29 March in St Peter's Basilica and churches around the world

Pope announces a 'festival of forgiveness' for 28-29 March in St Peter's Basilica and churches around the world

On 28 and 29 March, a "special moment of penance" called the '24 Hours for the Lord' will be held in St Peter's Basilica and in many churches in Rome and around the world." Pope Francis made the announcement ...

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Pope institutes commission for protecting minors

Pope institutes commission for protecting minors

Today Pope Francis instituted the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, issuing the names of eight members tasked with structuring the future form of the commission.

“Pope Francis has made clear that the Church must hold the protection of ...

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US bishops designate St John Paul II National Shrine

US bishops designate St John Paul II National Shrine

Ahead of Bl. John Paul II’s April 27 canonization, the U.S. bishops have named a D.C.-based facility as a national shrine to commemorate the beloved Roman Pontiff.

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, president of the U ...

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Rely on God alone, Pope encourages in homily

Rely on God alone, Pope encourages in homily

Pope Francis drew on today’s readings from the Gospel of Luke and the Psalms to warn listeners against putting one’s faith in man or accomplishments, rather than God.

“Let us ask the Lord for the grace that he ...

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Labor upholds human dignity, Pope says

Labor upholds human dignity, Pope says

Pope Francis addressed the central role of employment in realizing human dignity during a special audience with steelworkers and residents from Umbria, Italy at the Vatican.

“Labour is an essential reality for society, for families and for individuals. Labor, in ...

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Young nun wows judges on Italy's 'The Voice'

Young nun wows judges on Italy's 'The Voice'

Sr. Cristina Scuccia is a 25 year old member of the Ursuline Sisters of the Holy Family who has appeared on "The Voice of Italy," a reality show akin to "American Idol" or "Britain’s Got Talent."

Sr. Cristina surprised ...

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For Pope, creative entrepreneurship and societal solidarity needed to overcome crisis

For Pope, creative entrepreneurship and societal solidarity needed to overcome crisis

For Pope Francis, Europe's current "period of severe hardships and high unemployment" is the by-product of an economic system that "has placed an idol called money at its centre". It "has to be addressed with tools of creativity and ...

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Pope Francis Invited to Saint Pius X Celebrations

Pope Francis Invited to Saint Pius X Celebrations

An invitation has been extended to Pope Francis by organizers of the upcoming celebrations for centenary of the death of Pope Saint Pius X in August.

The festivities, which will take place in Venice, include an art exhibition in his ...

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Pope Francis: St. Joseph Helped Jesus Grow in Wisdom, Age and Grace

Pope Francis: St. Joseph Helped Jesus Grow in Wisdom, Age and Grace

During his weekly General Audience, Pope Francis reflected on St. Joseph, whose feast day is today. The Holy Father dedicated his catechesis to St. Joseph’s role as guardian of the Holy Family, a role that is an example to ...

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Bishop Warns Against Slander, Lack of Charity on Social Media

Bishop Warns Against Slander, Lack of Charity on Social Media

In his pastoral letter for Lent to be read in parishes of the diocese Sunday, Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, England, asks everyone to examine their consciences as to how they respect the Eighth Commandment (“You shall not bear false ...

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Concluding spiritual exercises, Pope calls for renewed focus on Christ

Concluding spiritual exercises, Pope calls for renewed focus on Christ

Returning to the Vatican after a week of Lenten spiritual exercises, Pope Francis emphasized that we should not be discouraged by sin, but rather renew our commitment to following Christ. “We are all sinners but we want to follow Jesus ...

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Pope Francis to meet with families of mafia victims

Pope Francis to meet with families of mafia victims

This coming Friday Pope Francis is slated to preside over a prayer vigil for victims of mafia violence and their families, which takes place the night before the national day commemorating the lives lost.

“For the families of innocent victims ...

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Philly Catholics join 'Mass Mob' trend to support churches

Philly Catholics join 'Mass Mob' trend to support churches

Catholics in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia have planned their first “Mass Mob” in the north of the city, seeking to rally scores of people to a beautiful but sparsely attended church. “It’s an opportunity for people from all over ...

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'There is something Greater Than Jonah Here'

'There is something Greater Than Jonah Here'

Repentance and mercy are two themes in today's Liturgy of the Word. The story of Jonah is well known: God commanded him to preach repentance in the city of Nineveh, the capital of Israel's enemy. And Jonah - knowing ...

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Fr. Lombardi Reflects on Pope Francis' First Year

Fr. Lombardi Reflects on Pope Francis' First Year

To commemorate the first anniversary of Pope Francis' election on March 13th, the director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J., has given an interview with Vatican Radio in which he reflects on this year and ...

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Pope to hold first official audience with the blind, deaf

Pope to hold first official audience with the blind, deaf

As the first pontiff to meet with those who are blind and deaf in an exclusive audience, Pope Francis will hold the gathering later this month – an encounter, participants are highly anticipating.

“I am pleased that the Pope is making ...

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Pope is challenging church to revitalize roots in Christ, cardinals say

Pope is challenging church to revitalize roots in Christ, cardinals say

In just one year, Pope Francis has made a powerful impact on the Catholic Church worldwide, a number of cardinals have said.

Members of the College of Cardinals gathered in Rome for a series of meetings in late February, and ...

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Voices of Faith Brings Women's Stories to Forefront

Voices of Faith Brings Women's Stories to Forefront

On Saturday, 8 March, the Vatican celebrated International Woman’s Day by giving voice to some of the “hidden” women of the world. An initiative of Voices of Faith, the event featured the personal stories of nearly a dozen women ...

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Global youth garner thanks for Pope on first anniversary

Global youth garner thanks for Pope on first anniversary

A group of young people from around the world have launched a campaign called Grazie Francesco – Thank You Francis – to send the Pope messages marking the first year of his pontificate March 13.

Thousands of messages from around the world ...

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Path of self-denial brings joy, fruitfulness, Pope reflects

Path of self-denial brings joy, fruitfulness, Pope reflects

In his daily homily, Pope Francis spoke of the Christian “style,” explaining that in order to be authentic, it must follow the path of Jesus in denying oneself, taking up the Cross, and practicing humility.

“And this style will save ...

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Sister Clarice, a life dedicated to Sri Lanka's young and to converting

Sister Clarice, a life dedicated to Sri Lanka's young and to converting

"The most important mission of my life has been supporting young people and proclaiming Christ to help others build their faith. This alone has made me happy," said Sister Mary Clarice Karunanayake, a 96-year-old nun who spoke to AsiaNews about ...

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Pope Francis: Lent is a 'Turning Point' That Encourages Us to Convert

Pope Francis: Lent is a 'Turning Point' That Encourages Us to Convert

Lent is a ‘strong’ time, a turning point that can encourage in each one of us a change, a conversion to come out from tiring habits and from the lazy addiction of evil that deceives us.”

These are the words ...

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Pope Francis Says Ideological Perceptions of Him Are 'Offensive'

Pope Francis Says Ideological Perceptions of Him Are 'Offensive'

The Pope is a man who laughs, cries, sleeps well and has friends like everyone else. He is a normal person.” This was the description given by Pope Francis in an in-depth interview published today in the Italian newspaper, Corriere ...

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Vatican's Worship Congregation Releases 2 More DVDs in Series on Eucharist, Mass

Vatican's Worship Congregation Releases 2 More DVDs in Series on Eucharist, Mass

A four-part DVD series on the Eucharist and the Holy Mass, produced by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, is now available.

The series, called "From the Visible to the Invisible: The Eucharist and the Holy Mass" was ...

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Pope Francis Calls for Prayer for Vocations

Pope Francis Calls for Prayer for Vocations

During morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis called on the faithful to pray for vocations free from the idolatries of this world. The Holy Father based his homily on today’s Gospel from St. Mark, which recalled the ...

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Pope Francis: 'To Know Jesus, One Must Follow Him'

Pope Francis: 'To Know Jesus, One Must Follow Him'

Jesus cannot be known only by studying Him, but rather through following the path of a disciple. Pope Francis emphasized this during his homily at Casa Santa Marta this morning.

The Holy Father reflected on today’s Gospel which recalled ...

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Pope Francis' Address to the Extraordinary Consistory of the College of Cardinals

Pope Francis' Address to the Extraordinary Consistory of the College of Cardinals

Here is the address given by the Holy Father this morning to the Extraordinary Consistory of the College of Cardinals.

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Dear brothers,

I extend a warm greeting to you all and, with you; I thank the Lord who has given ...

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Pope greets 19 prisoners at St. Martha's Residence

Pope greets 19 prisoners at St. Martha's Residence

Pope Francis set aside his schedule on Wednesday to meet briefly with 19 inmates from prisons in Pisa and the island of Pianosa, greeting each one individually and blessing them.

According to ANSA, the secretary for the Synod of Bishops ...

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Pope to Faithful: 'Do Not Be Afraid of Confession'

Pope to Faithful: 'Do Not Be Afraid of Confession'

Continuing his catechetical series on the Sacraments, Pope Francis reflected on the Sacrament of Reconciliation, which along with the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick form what he described the “Sacraments of Healing”. “The Sacraments of Penance and Reconciliation ...

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Pope Francis: Riches and Properties Are Good When They Help Others

Pope Francis: Riches and Properties Are Good When They Help Others

Pope Francis has written a preface for the book “Povera per i poveri. La missione della Chiesa” (“Poor for the poor” The Mission of the Church), which was written by Cardinal-designate Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the ...

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Council of Cardinals Presents Proposals to Francis

Council of Cardinals Presents Proposals to Francis

The (G8) Council of Cardinals has presented several proposals to the Holy Father at the conclusion of its meetings. Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, informed journalists today on the final sessions of the Council.

The ...

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Pontifical academy to address science, ethics of aging

Pontifical academy to address science, ethics of aging

As the global number of elderly increases, one Vatican advisory group is meeting this week to discuss the many challenges associated with aging and its accompanying disabilities.

The Pontifical Academy for Life's general assembly will consider issues surrounding “the ...

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Pope celebrates Valentine's Day with thousands of engaged couples

Pope celebrates Valentine's Day with thousands of engaged couples

Signs of affection were as common as signs of the cross in St. Peter's Square on Friday as couples from around the world attended a special Valentine's Day gathering with Pope Francis. Some 25,000 people engaged to ...

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"G8" Council of Cardinals Begins Third Meeting in Rome

"G8" Council of Cardinals Begins Third Meeting in Rome

Reform of economic and organizational structures of the Holy See was the first order of business for the College of Cardinals today in Rome.

This is the third such meeting of the eight-member council, established by Pope Francis to advise ...

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Vatican Publishes Second Volume of Pope's Morning Homilies

Vatican Publishes Second Volume of Pope's Morning Homilies

The Vatican publishing house, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, has today published a second volume of Pope Francis’ morning homilies. Titled “Omelie del mattino”, this latest volume comprises Pope Francis’ reflections on the day’s readings at his morning Masses in the ...

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Pope Francis: Bear Life's Struggles with Patience

Pope Francis: Bear Life's Struggles with Patience

Those who carry the Church forward are the ones who bear with joyful patience the trials of everyday life. This was the sentiment expressed by Pope Francis this morning during his daily Mass at Casa Santa Marta.

The Pope reflected ...

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Pope Francis Reflects on the Mystery of Death

Pope Francis Reflects on the Mystery of Death

During morning Mass today, Pope Francis reflected on the death of King David, inviting the faithful to ask for three graces: to die within the Church, to die with hope and to leave an inheritance of Christian witness. Regarding the ...

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Pope Francis to Young People: "Think Big! Open Your Hearts"

Pope Francis to Young People: "Think Big! Open Your Hearts"

The Holy See today published Pope Francis’ message for the 29th World Youth Day (WYD), which will take place on Palm Sunday, April 13. The theme for this year’s event is based on an excerpt from the Beatitudes: “Blessed ...

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Pope's Harley, leather jacket auctioned for over $350,000

Pope's Harley, leather jacket auctioned for over $350,000

On Feb. 6, Pope Francis’ autographed Harley Davidson motorcycle and leather jacket were auctioned in France, bringing in more than $350,000 for a local charity in Rome.

Presented to the Pope last June when Rome hosted the 110th anniversary ...

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Pope Francis: Have Complete Trust in God in Times of Trial

Pope Francis: Have Complete Trust in God in Times of Trial

David, who in the midst of betrayal and persecution is not shaken in his faith in God, is an example to follow in moments of difficulty.

Pope Francis focused on the figure of the king of Israel during his morning ...

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Rome Mass in Memory of Poor and Homeless Who Have Died

Rome Mass in Memory of Poor and Homeless Who Have Died

The Pope's almoner has celebrated Mass in Rome in memory of the poor and homeless who have lost their lives due to inadequate living conditions and abandonment.

Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, who celebrated the Feb. 2 Mass in Santa Maria ...

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Pope's Prayer Intentions for February

Pope's Prayer Intentions for February

The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis' universal prayer intention for February is: “That the Church and society may respect the wisdom and experience of older people”.

His intention for evangelization is: “That priests, religious, and lay people may work ...

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Vatican Radio’s English service for South Asia completes 55 years

Vatican Radio’s English service for South Asia completes 55 years

The Vatican Radio’s English service which completes 55 years in South Asia has grown in proportion with the number of years it has been in existence. It started in 1958, with weekly 10-minute news broadcast for India, Pakistan and ...

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Resources Offer Clergy, Individuals Tips to Link Sunday Liturgies With Life and Family

Resources Offer Clergy, Individuals Tips to Link Sunday Liturgies With Life and Family

The bishops of Canada have suggestions for linking February's Sunday liturgies to family and life issues.

For the third year following the launching of the national pastoral initiative for life and family, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB ...

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Vatican to Publish Manual on Ecclesiastical Coats of Arms

Vatican to Publish Manual on Ecclesiastical Coats of Arms

The Vatican is to publish a manual on ecclesiastical heraldry in the Catholic Church.

The work, which the Vatican describes as “very diligent research on what is at the same time a science and an art”, is to be formally ...

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Pope Calls on Catholic Universities to Give "Uncompromising Witness" to Church's Moral Teaching

Pope Calls on Catholic Universities to Give "Uncompromising Witness" to Church's Moral Teaching

In an audience with the Board of Trustees of the University of Notre Dame today, Pope Francis stressed the importance of an “uncompromising witness" of Catholic universities to the Church’s moral teaching and the defence of her freedom.

The ...

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Pope Francis: A Christian Without the Church is 'An Absurd Dichotomy'

Pope Francis: A Christian Without the Church is 'An Absurd Dichotomy'

A Christian without the Church is not understood, Pope Francis said during his homily at Casa Santa Marta this morning.

In a reflection on the importance of belonging to the Church, the Holy Father drew on the image of David ...

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Holy See press office launches new Twitter account

Holy See press office launches new Twitter account

The Holy See press office has launched a new Twitter account, aiming to make the world more aware of the activities of the Church and of Pope Francis.

“I hope that people have this help to go and to check ...

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The letters sent to Pope Francis

The letters sent to Pope Francis

A phone rings, and at the end of the line a voice says: “Hello, I’m Pope Francis, I’m calling because I’ve read your letter.” Since the beginning of this pontificate, the media worldwide has reported these stories ...

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Pope Francis: Confirmation Completes Our Bond With the Church

Pope Francis: Confirmation Completes Our Bond With the Church

Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the Sacraments during his General Audience, focusing on the Sacrament of Confirmation.

The weekly audience was held in St. Peter’s Square earlier this morning. Confirmation, along with Baptism and Eucharist, he said, form ...

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Pope Denounces Usury as Inhuman

Pope Denounces Usury as Inhuman

Pope Francis has denounced usury as inhuman, against human dignity and “a dramatic social ill”.

Greeting the National Council of Anti-Usury Foundations after today’s weekly general audience, he said he hoped these institutions “may intensify their commitment alongside the ...

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'No One is Excluded from God's Salvation'

'No One is Excluded from God's Salvation'

During his Sunday Angelus address, Pope Francis contemplated on Jesus’ public ministry, which he said is a calling for each one of us to follow him.

The Gospel of Matthew recalled the beginning of Christ’s mission, calling the people ...

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Pope Francis speaks on Following Christ

Pope Francis speaks on Following Christ

Here is the translation of the Holy Father's address before the recitation of the Angelus to the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square today.

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Dear brothers and sisters, hello,

This Sunday’s Gospel recounts the beginnings of Jesus ...

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Pro-life Movie in Theaters Tonight

Pro-life Movie in Theaters Tonight

Pro-life champion Kathy DiFiore has had a life filled with redemption and hope. A suburban wife and mother, she escaped an abusive marriage only to find herself homeless and on the street. She focused on saying the prayer of St ...

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Vatican Clarifies Pope's Forthcoming Document on Ecology

Vatican Clarifies Pope's Forthcoming Document on Ecology

Following the meeting today of French President Francois Hollande and Pope Francis, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi confirmed that the Holy Father had begun work on a draft text on the topic of ecology, which could become an encyclical.

But ...

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Pope Francis' Message for the 48th World Day of Social Communications

Pope Francis' Message for the 48th World Day of Social Communications

Here is the text of the Holy Father's message for the 48th World Day of Social Communications, which will be celebrated on Sunday, June 1st, 2014.

Communication at the Service of an Authentic Culture of Encounter

Dear Brothers and ...

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Pope Francis: Jealousy and Envy Opens the Door to Evil

Pope Francis: Jealousy and Envy Opens the Door to Evil

Jealousy and envy are the gateways to bitterness and gossip that sow division within the Christian community. This was the central point of Pope Francis’ homily today at Casa Santa Marta.

The Holy Father drew his reflection from the first ...

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Lorna Gonsalves gets Ohio Martin Luther King Award for Community Building

Lorna Gonsalves gets Ohio Martin Luther King Award for Community Building

Mangalore born Dr Lorna Gonsalves has been conferred the State of Ohio Martin Luther King Award for Community Building. The award was presented by the Ohio Dr Martin Luther King, Jr Holiday Commission recently at the 29th annual Ohio Dr ...

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Catholics in Singapore celebrate Pongal in church

Catholics in Singapore celebrate Pongal in church

At the Catholic Church of Our Lady of Lourdes on Sunday evening, men in crisp white dhotis and women in a rainbow of saris were stirring pots of milk, rice and lentils.

As they did so, Father Jacob Yagappa, the ...

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President Obama to Meet Pope Francis March 27th

President Obama to Meet Pope Francis March 27th

In a Jan. 21 statement, the White House said the President “looks forward to discussing with Pope Francis their shared commitment to fighting poverty and growing inequality.”

The Vatican also confirmed the meeting.

While in Rome, he will also meet ...

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Pope Francis: God Always Chooses the Little Ones

Pope Francis: God Always Chooses the Little Ones

In his homily at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis said that in order to dialogue with the greatness of the Lord, one must safeguard and embrace our “smallness”.

The Holy Father underlined the personal relationship that God shares with his ...

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Peshawar, a priest at the forefront of anti- polio vaccination campaigns

Peshawar, a priest at the forefront of anti- polio vaccination campaigns

"The assassination of volunteers engaged in the vaccination campaigns against polio broke my heart. After the bloodshed nobody wanted to continue the project of prevention. This is why I felt the need to do something to help the younger generation ...

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Pope Francis to RAI: Maintain Ethical Quality of Communication

Pope Francis to RAI: Maintain Ethical Quality of Communication

“The ethical quality of communication is the result of consciences that are always attentive, never superficial, and always respectful towards others, both those who are the object of the information, and those who are intended to receive the messages.”

These ...

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Cardinal Appeals for Peace in South Sudan

Cardinal Appeals for Peace in South Sudan

The Cardinal Archbishop of Khartoum has called on political leaders in South Sudan to go beyond their own personal interests and resolve the current crisis in the fledgling nation.

Cardinal Gabriel Zubeir, currently on a visit to South Sudan’s ...

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Church Leaders Make Urgent Call for Just Peace in Syria

Church Leaders Make Urgent Call for Just Peace in Syria

Middle East Christian leaders, the World Council of Churches, and the Holy See have called for an immediate ceasefire in Syria, stressing the conflict won’t be resolved by military means.

The appeal was made in a statement issued after ...

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Music as Theology

Music as Theology

Some of the Protestant churches, along with Charismatic groups, have had success with attracting young people through their use of music to animate services. This is much more than a superficial matter, as Maeve Louise Heaney has pointed out.

Heaney ...

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On the Lamb of God

On the Lamb of God

Here is the translation of the Holy Father's address before and after the recitation of the Angelus today to the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Basilica.

Dear brothers and sisters, hello!

With the feast of the Baptism of ...

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Pope Francis: Uniform Worldliness Brings Us to Reject the Word of God

Pope Francis: Uniform Worldliness Brings Us to Reject the Word of God

A misunderstood sense of normality can lead us to forget the Word of God, causing us to live as if God did not exist.

This was the central point of Pope Francis’ homily this morning at Casa Santa Marta.

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New Vatican Document Looks at Religion and Violence

New Vatican Document Looks at Religion and Violence

The International Theological Commission has published a new document clarifying that Christian belief is not only inherently incompatible with the incitement to violence, but that calls for violence are the religion’s greatest corruption.

The new document, published so far ...

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Msgr. Georg Ratzinger Celebrates 90th Birthday with Pope Emeritus

Msgr. Georg Ratzinger Celebrates 90th Birthday with Pope Emeritus

Msgr. Georg Ratzinger celebrated his 90th birthday on Wednesday with his brother, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, at the former pope’s Mater Ecclesiae residence in the Vatican.

The high point was Mass in the residence chapel, followed by a Bavarian ...

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Holy See Presents Report to UN Committee on Child Protection

Holy See Presents Report to UN Committee on Child Protection

“I am sure the Holy See will fulfil its international obligations and it will take into due account, the observations, the comments and suggestions in furthering its commitments under the convention of the rights of the child.”

This was the ...

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Pope Francis' Message for 51st World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Pope Francis' Message for 51st World Day of Prayer for Vocations

On 11 May 2014, the 4th Sunday of Easter, the Church will celebrate the 51st World Day of Prayer for Vocations. The theme this year is "Vocations, Witness to the Truth."

Here below is Pope Francis' message sent for the ...

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Engaged couples to meet with Pope on Valentine's Day

Engaged couples to meet with Pope on Valentine's Day

The Pontifical Council for the Family is promoting a special encounter between Pope Francis and couples who have been engaged, which will take place on the upcoming feast of Saint Valentine.

Invited to the meeting with the Pope are those ...

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Card Alencherry: welcoming migrants is the mission of the new Eparchy of Melbourne

Card Alencherry: welcoming migrants is the mission of the new Eparchy of Melbourne

The new diocese is "required for the development of migrant communities from India and other countries in Australia," said His Beatitude Mar George Alencherry, Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly (Kerala), as he spoke to AsiaNews about the ...

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Chart-topping Nuns Releasing Lent Album

Chart-topping Nuns Releasing Lent Album

The critically acclaimed Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, are releasing an album for Lent, after their Advent hit.

Lent at Ephesus is a seasonal recording of a compilation of chants and hymns of glory and redemption.

The album will ...

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Pope Francis: "No One Is Saved on Their Own"

Pope Francis: "No One Is Saved on Their Own"

Continuing his catechesis on the Sacrament of Baptism, Pope Francis reminded the faithful that our Baptism calls us to become “missionary disciples” within the Church. Beginning his address, the Holy Father reiterated his imagery of Baptism as an unbroken chain ...

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Pope Expresses Solidarity With Persecuted Christians in the Middle East

Pope Expresses Solidarity With Persecuted Christians in the Middle East

During his General Audience, Pope Francis expressed his solidarity with Christians in the Middle East who are facing persecution.

The Holy Father, who continued his catechesis on the Sacrament of Baptism, reflected on the Church in Japan in the 17th ...

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 Pope to Priests: Those who waste their energy in vanity do so much harm to the Church

Pope to Priests: Those who waste their energy in vanity do so much harm to the Church

Pope Francis explained why priests must always renew their relationship with Jesus. As he celebrated Mass with a group of Italian priests, he explained that those who don't take care of their faith undergo the risk of becoming just ...

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It was a 'thrill' to perform for Pope, circus members say

It was a 'thrill' to perform for Pope, circus members say

During last week’s general audience, members of the circus gave a special performance for Pope Francis, saying the exciting encounter was an opportunity to show how the circus can bring “harmony.”

“This has been my first time to perform ...

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Revelation helps answer reason's questions, priest scholar says

Revelation helps answer reason's questions, priest scholar says

In a new work exploring the connection between revelation and political philosophy, Fr. James Schall argues that revelation is an answer addressed to questions raised, but unable to be solved, by reason alone.

“Political Philosophy and Revelation,” by the Jesuit ...

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God has a 'handmade' love for everyone, says Pope

God has a 'handmade' love for everyone, says Pope

Pope Francis’ Monday morning homily centered on the theme of God’s profound and unique love for each person.

“I like to think that the Lord might have the feelings of a couple who is expecting a child: he waits ...

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Pope Expresses Support for People with Disabilities

Pope Expresses Support for People with Disabilities

Pope Francis has assured a disabled Italian parliamentarian of his support and encouragement for people with disabilities and those who care for them.

The Holy Father received in private audience on Jan. 11 Italian member of Parliament Ileana Argentin, known ...

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Pope baptises 32 children

Pope baptises 32 children

Faith "is the most beautiful inheritance" that parents can leave their children and this makes the transmission of the faith a "duty" because if "every child that is born is a gift of joy and hope," every "child that is ...

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Pope's first cardinals represent peripheries of the world

Pope's first cardinals represent peripheries of the world

Today Pope Francis announced the names of the 19 men from various parts of the globe who will be appointed cardinals in February.

 In the surprise announcement at the end of his Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis noted that the new ...

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List of 19 new cardinals named by pope

List of 19 new cardinals named by pope

The following is a list of 19 churchmen that Pope Francis will install as new cardinals in a Vatican ceremony on Feb. 22:

Pietro Parolin, Titular Archbishop of Acquapendente, Secretary of State.

Lorenzo Baldisseri, Titular Archbishop of Diocleziana, Secretary General ...

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Pope Francis Thanks Roman Priest for Live Nativity Scene Visit

Pope Francis Thanks Roman Priest for Live Nativity Scene Visit

Evidently the visit to the live nativity scene at the parish of Saint Alphonsus Liguori made a real impression on Pope Francis. So much so, that the following day the Pontiff telephoned the parish priest again, Fr. Dario Pompeo Cruscuoli ...

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Pope: Christ's Birth Calls Us to To Bear Witness to the Humility of Service

Pope: Christ's Birth Calls Us to To Bear Witness to the Humility of Service

The “Sediari Pontifici”, or Papal Ushers, following the most ancient collegial tradition in the Vatican since the fourteenth century, were received in audience by the Pope in the Consistory Hall this morning.

The chair-bearers or ushers had the honor of ...

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Day of Prayer for Benedict XVI

Day of Prayer for Benedict XVI

To mark the first anniversary of the end of the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI on Feb. 28, 2014, the Italian blog “La Vigna del Signore” (The Vineyard of the Lord ...

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Pope Francis: Christian Love is Concrete

Pope Francis: Christian Love is Concrete

Christian love is not that of a soap opera but rather, characterized by its concreteness. This was the emphasis of Pope Francis’ homily at Casa Santa Marta this morning.

The Holy Father began his homily by reflecting on the first ...

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Legionaries of Christ General Chapter Begins With Mass

Legionaries of Christ General Chapter Begins With Mass

Cardinal Velasio de Paolis, the Pontifical Delegate for the Legionaries of Christ, has called on the congregation to continue on the path of renewal at the opening Mass of the Extraordinary General Chapter of the Legion.

The Chapter will appoint ...

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Vatican analyst eager to improve media coverage of Church

Vatican analyst eager to improve media coverage of Church

Vatican journalist and expert John L. Allen, Jr. will join the staff of The Boston Globe as an associate editor next month in a bid to enrich the media's coverage of religion and the Church.

“What I really hope ...

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Paleography Expert Analyzes Manuscript of Third Secret of Fatima

Paleography Expert Analyzes Manuscript of Third Secret of Fatima

Professor Maria Jose Azevedo Santos, an expert in paleography, has examined the manuscript of the third part of the Secret of Fatima and found "no doubts about the authenticity of the document.”

The news was published on January 6 by ...

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Pope Begins New Series of Catechesis on the Sacraments

Pope Begins New Series of Catechesis on the Sacraments

In his first General Audience of 2014, Pope Francis began a new series of catecheses on the Sacraments in St. Peter’s Square, focusing today on the Sacrament of Baptism. Thousands gathered in the cold winter morning to see the ...

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Pope meets baby Jesus, carries lamb during visit to live Nativity scene

Pope meets baby Jesus, carries lamb during visit to live Nativity scene

Surrounded by cheese sellers, shoemakers and bleating, baying animals, Pope Francis immersed himself in a lively re-enactment of a special day in Bethlehem.

He even let a lamb rest on his shoulders and greeted a tiny baby named Francis, who ...

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Pope Francis: the path of 'humiliation' leads us to Jesus

Pope Francis: the path of 'humiliation' leads us to Jesus

In his daily Mass homily, Pope Francis touched on the importance of discerning what comes from God and what is false; emphasizing that the way of Jesus is always one of “humility.”

“That is the path of Jesus Christ: abasement ...

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Pope Makes Surprise Call to Benedictine Nuns

Pope Makes Surprise Call to Benedictine Nuns

Pope Francis today called a group of cloistered nuns to thank them for their prayers and to wish them a happy new year. He left an amusing phone message to a group of Carmelite nuns.

The Holy Father this time ...

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Chinese Media Forum Votes Pope Francis a "Key Man of the Year 2013"

Chinese Media Forum Votes Pope Francis a "Key Man of the Year 2013"

A group of Chinese media and diplomatic representatives have voted Pope Francis one of the world’s top ten “key men of the year 2013”.

The “China International News Forum”, made up of 50 representatives from the most important media ...

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Journey of the Magi symbolizes 'destiny' of man, says Pope

Journey of the Magi symbolizes 'destiny' of man, says Pope

In his homily for the feast of the Epiphany, Pope Francis described how our lives are a continuous search to encounter “the Light” of Jesus, urging that we be “cunning” in our defence against darkness.

“The destiny of every person ...

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Pope to meet all the Christian Churches of Jerusalem in Holy Land this May

Pope to meet all the Christian Churches of Jerusalem in Holy Land this May

Pope Francis will be in the Holy Land from May 24 to 26 , to commemorate the "historic meeting" between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras . During this pilgrimage, for which the Pope asks the prayers of all the faithful, there ...

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Vatican - Pastoral care workers killed in 2013

Vatican - Pastoral care workers killed in 2013

In the year 2013, twenty two pastoral care workers, mostly priests, were killed worldwide. This is almost double the number compared to 13 who were killed in 2012. On the night of December 31, 2013 and January 1, 2014, Fr ...

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Pope: Religious Must Wake Up the World

Pope: Religious Must Wake Up the World

Religious should be able to “wake the world up” and attract others by being effective witnesses to the Gospel, Pope Francis has said.

His comments were made in a lengthy conversation with the Union of Superiors General of Men which ...

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Six million people attended Pope Francis' Vatican events in 2013

Six million people attended Pope Francis' Vatican events in 2013

More than 6.6 million people have taken part in events with Pope Francis at the Vatican since his election to the papacy, the Prefecture of the Papal Household has estimated.

In the nine months since Pope Francis’ March 13 ...

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Pope: best New Year wish fully realized in Mary, Mother of God

Pope: best New Year wish fully realized in Mary, Mother of God

"The wish" for a year full of God's blessing , "was fully realized in a woman, Mary, who was destined to become the Mother of God, and it was fulfilled in her before any other creature".

Pope Francis' sermon this ...

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Vatican Newspaper to Offer Series on Theology of Women

Vatican Newspaper to Offer Series on Theology of Women

The Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano is to offer a new series of articles focussing on the theology of women, Vatican Radio reports.

The articles will appear in the newspaper’s monthly insert “Women Church World” (Donna Chiesa Mondo) and ...

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Pope's January 2014 Prayer Intentions Released

Pope's January 2014 Prayer Intentions Released

The Vatican has released Pope Francis' prayer intentions for January 2014.

The Holy Father's universal prayer intention is “that all may promote authentic economic development that respects the dignity of all peoples”.

His prayer intention for evangelization is “that ...

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Asia Bibi Writes to Pope Francis

Asia Bibi Writes to Pope Francis

Asia Bibi, the Catholic Pakistani mother sentenced to death for blasphemy, has written to Pope Francis saying that only God can liberate her.

"To His Holiness Pope Francis: in the name of our almighty and glorious Lord, I, Asia Bibi ...

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Pope: A year that ends is one more step toward the hope of meeting God

Pope: A year that ends is one more step toward the hope of meeting God

For the Christian, the year that ends, the passage of time "is a journey towards a final destination" "a further step toward the goal that lies ahead of us: a place of hope and happiness, because we will meet God ...

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Vatican wants renewed missionary zeal in Catholic schools

Vatican wants renewed missionary zeal in Catholic schools

A recently released Vatican document is calling for a fresh commitment to Catholic identity within what it calls an increasingly secularized educational system.

At a press conference held on December 19, Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, prefect of the Congregation for Catholic ...

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Prayer to the Holy Family

Prayer to the Holy Family

Here is the prayer that Pope Francis prayed at the end of Sunday's Angelus address.

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PRAYER TO THE HOLY FAMILY

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in you we contemplate the splendour of true love; to you we turn with trust ...

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Pope to Give Thanks for Graces of 2013

Pope to Give Thanks for Graces of 2013

On Tuesday evening, December 31 at 5:00 p.m. in St. Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis will preside at a celebration of Vespers (Evening prayer of the Church) that will include the singing of the Te Deum prayer.

The ...

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Syria's President Assad Sends Message to Pope

Syria's President Assad Sends Message to Pope

A delegation from the Syrian government met on Saturday morning with the Vatican Secretary of State, Archbishop Pietro Parolin and Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Secretary for Relations with States.

According to a statement issued by the director of the Vatican Press ...

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Pope Francis: "Jesus is the Light Who Brightens the Darkness"

Pope Francis: "Jesus is the Light Who Brightens the Darkness"

“God loves us, he so loves us that he gave us his Son to be our brother, to be light in our darkness.” These were the words proclaimed by Pope Francis during his homily at Midnight Mass on Tuesday night ...

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Pope orders senior clergy to hear confessions in local church

Pope orders senior clergy to hear confessions in local church

Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, now goes out to meet in person some of those who have written to the Pope asking for help.

As the representative of the Holy Father, where he can help with small sums, interventions or other acts ...

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Pope Francis Sends Christmas Greetings to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Pope Francis Sends Christmas Greetings to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Pope Francis has sent holiday greetings to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on a telephone call.

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, confirmed the telephone conversation between the Pope and his predecessor yesterday.

“In a brief ...

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Pope Francis sends Christmas presents to 2,000 poor immigrants

Pope Francis sends Christmas presents to 2,000 poor immigrants

Two thousand immigrants at a shelter near the Vatican received simple Christmas presents from Pope Francis on the evening of Dec. 14.

“The guests were very happy,” said Sister Michelle, the superior of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in ...

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Bishops of Mexico to celebrate Christmas Mass in prisons

Bishops of Mexico to celebrate Christmas Mass in prisons

Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City will inaugurate a series of Masses on Dec.18 that will be celebrated during the Christmas season in various prisons in the Mexican capital.

The Apostolic Nuncio to Mexico, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, will ...

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Pope: A Christian refusing to serve others is a 'pagan'

Pope: A Christian refusing to serve others is a 'pagan'

In his Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis stressed the importance of humility and service in the Christian life.

“It is an ugly thing when one sees a Christian who does not want to lower himself, who does not want to ...

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Pope Francis' Favorite Soccer Team Give Him a Birthday Gift

Pope Francis' Favorite Soccer Team Give Him a Birthday Gift

A delegation from Pope Francis’ favourite soccer team this morning presented the Holy Father with a replica of a championship trophy that the squad won this year.

The delegation from the Buenos Aires football team “San Lorenzo de Almagro”, of ...

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Pope Francis Declares Model Jesuit a Saint

Pope Francis Declares Model Jesuit a Saint

Pope Francis has declared the 16th century Jesuit Father Pierre Favre a saint, bypassing the usual procedures for canonization.

The Vatican announced the Pope’s decision on Dec. 17, Francis’ 77th birthday.

The Holy Father has long viewed Father Favre ...

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Pope Offers Christmas Gift to the Poor

Pope Offers Christmas Gift to the Poor

As an early Christmas gift, Pope Francis has sent envelopes containing telephone cards and Rome metro rail tickets for the city’s poor. Two thousand envelopes will be distributed to the needy of the city.

According to a communique released ...

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Italian Newspaper, La Stampa, Interviews Pope Francis

Italian Newspaper, La Stampa, Interviews Pope Francis

In an interview with Italian newspaper, La Stampa, Pope Francis opened up on several topics including the Christmas season, a possible visit to the Holy Land, the Council of Cardinals, and answering accusations from right-wing conservatives who have labelled him ...

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Homily on 16th December, 2013: Pope prays for Church to be 'free of clericalism'

Homily on 16th December, 2013: Pope prays for Church to be 'free of clericalism'

In his daily homily preached in the Santa Marta chapel, Pope Francis emphasized the need for prophets in the Church in order to prevent a negative spirit of legalism from taking over.

“May our prayer in these days, in these ...

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Church is a 'house of joy,' Pope stresses on Gaudete Sunday

Church is a 'house of joy,' Pope stresses on Gaudete Sunday

In his Angelus address on the third Sunday of Advent, Pope Francis emphasized the joy of the Christian message and community.

“The Christian message is called the ‘gospel,’ that is, ‘good news,’ an announcement of joy for all people; the ...

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New devotional app delivers Christian content to any device

New devotional app delivers Christian content to any device

A new multi-device content delivery system has been hailed as a “game-changer” for the way Christians receive devotional materials to help grow their faith.

“The amount of Christian content available through iDisciple is unparalleled,” said Mike Kendrick, President and CEO ...

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Canadians Write, Promote Material for Annual Week of Prayer for Unity

Canadians Write, Promote Material for Annual Week of Prayer for Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be celebrated around the world, January 18-25, 2014. Printed resources in English and French for the 2014 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity can still be ordered (in PDF) from the Canadian ...

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Feb. 8 Designated as Day to Pray for Victims of Human Trafficking

Feb. 8 Designated as Day to Pray for Victims of Human Trafficking

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration designated February 8 as an annual day of prayer for survivors and victims of human trafficking. 

February 8 is the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, who was kidnapped ...

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Pope Francis: Be Silent to Know God’s Tenderness

Pope Francis: Be Silent to Know God’s Tenderness

Pope Francis has said that in preparing for Christmas, we would do well to take a moment of silence to listen to God who speaks to us with the tenderness of a father and of a mother.

In his homily ...

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Pope releases World Day of Peace message

Pope releases World Day of Peace message

In his first annual message for the World Day of Peace, Pope Francis has written that peace and social justice are impossible without a spirit of fraternity based on recognition that all men and women are children of God.

The ...

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Pope Francis named Time's Person of the Year

Pope Francis named Time's Person of the Year

Time magazine named Pope Francis its Person of the Year on Wednesday, crediting him with shifting the message of the Catholic Church while capturing the imagination of millions of people who had become disillusioned with the Vatican.

This is the ...

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Vatican Radio Hosts "Why Poverty" Exhibition

Vatican Radio Hosts "Why Poverty" Exhibition

Just inside the entrance of Vatican Radio, 30 photographs dedicated to the theme of poverty have gone on display, giving a face to the men, women and children who live each day without the basic necessities for life.

The photography ...

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Father Lombardi's Declaration on Time Magazine's Selection of Francis as Person of the Year

Father Lombardi's Declaration on Time Magazine's Selection of Francis as Person of the Year

Here is a working translation from the Vatican of the statement from the director of the Vatican press office, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, regarding the announcement that Time Magazine selected Pope Francis as Person of the Year.

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This fact is ...

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Pope Francis: Church Invites Us to Face God's Judgement With Joyful Hope

Pope Francis: Church Invites Us to Face God's Judgement With Joyful Hope

Summary of Pope Francis’ weekly general audience catechesis, Dec. 11

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

In our catechesis on the Creed, we now turn to the final article: “I believe in… life everlasting”.  At Christ’s coming in glory as judge ...

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Pope Francis: The Lord Comforts Us with Tenderness

Pope Francis: The Lord Comforts Us with Tenderness

The Lord brings consolation even in moments where we forget, or worse, lose hope, Pope Francis said during his homily on December 10th, at the morning Mass in Casa Santa Marta.

Reflecting on the first reading from the prophet ...

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Bible Day in Bangladesh to put God at the centre of one's life

Bible Day in Bangladesh to put God at the centre of one's life

The Catholic Church in Bangladesh celebrated 'Bible Day' to develop the faithful's understanding of the Holy Scriptures and the values ??of the Gospel. The event was held on Sunday, feast day of the Immaculate Conception, across the country, ending ...

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Pope joins in tributes to Nelson Mandela

Pope joins in tributes to Nelson Mandela

Pope Francis on Friday paid tribute to Nelson Mandela expressing his hope that the late President's example will inspire many more generations of South Africans. The Pope's words came in a telegramme of condolences that he sent to ...

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US-Based Catholic Relief Services Joins Campaign to End Hunger

US-Based Catholic Relief Services Joins Campaign to End Hunger

The committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops dealing with international and domestic justice issues have joined Pope Francis and Caritas Internationalis in a global campaign to combat hunger, which begins Tuesday and runs through May 2015.

The ...

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Pope Francis Says Youth Important in Proclaiming Christ in the Digital Age

Pope Francis Says Youth Important in Proclaiming Christ in the Digital Age

Pope Francis has said that proclaiming Christ in the digital era is a special field for the work of youth.

In an address to the Pontifical Council for the Laity whose members were concluding their plenary assembly on the theme ...

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Nepal: Christians , Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims prepare for Christmas together

Nepal: Christians , Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims prepare for Christmas together

Preparations for Christmas are being transformed into an opportunity for encounter and reconciliation among Christians, Hindus and other religions living in Nepal. On the streets of Kathmandu, hotels, restaurants, shops and homes are already decorated for Christmas. In the souvenir ...

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Pope launches appeal to end global hunger

Pope launches appeal to end global hunger

 

In an unprecedented video message, Pope Francis has appealed to people throughout the world to support a new campaign by Caritas Internationalis to wipe out global hunger.

The campaign is set to begin on Tuesday, 10 December, with a “wave ...

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Pope's Address to Delegation from the Dignitatis Humanae Institute

Pope's Address to Delegation from the Dignitatis Humanae Institute

Here is Pope Francis' address to a delegation from the Dignitatis Humanae Institute on Saturday.

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Lord Cardinals,

Illustrious Gentlemen,

I thank you for this meeting. I am especially grateful to Cardinal Martino for the words with which he introduced you ...

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On the Immaculate Conception

On the Immaculate Conception

Here is the translation of the Holy Father's address before and after the recitation of the Angelus this Sunday in St. Peter's Square.

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Dear brothers and sisters, hello,

This second Sunday of Advent falls on the feast of ...

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 Group Prepares Giant Birthday Card for Pope Francis

Group Prepares Giant Birthday Card for Pope Francis

Pope Francis' 77th birthday is Dec. 17 and the group Catholic to the Max will be shipping to Rome a giant birthday card for the occasion.

The Pope's birthday card was at the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) in ...

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Pope to create Commission for the Protection of Children

Pope to create Commission for the Protection of Children

Pope Francis has decided to establish a special Commission for the Protection of Children and February 22 will hold a consistory for the appointment of new cardinals. This is the main news that emerged from the briefing on 5th ...

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Pope Francis: Christian Words Without Christ Hurt, Are a Deception

Pope Francis: Christian Words Without Christ Hurt, Are a Deception

During his homily this morning at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis warned against those who do not practice what they preach, saying they damage not only themselves but others.

Commenting on Jesus’ parable of the man who built his house ...

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Ancient Traditions Mark Start of Advent in Bethlehem

Ancient Traditions Mark Start of Advent in Bethlehem

A solemn procession with the Custos of the Holy Land began Advent celebrations in Bethlehem last Saturday.

The Custos, Franciscan Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, was welcomed by the monks of the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem, and then the new ...

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An "Open Door" Into the Spirituality of Pope Francis

An "Open Door" Into the Spirituality of Pope Francis

La mia porta e sempre aperta (My door is always open). These simple words are the title and theme of the Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro’s new book on his historical interview with Pope Francis.

Fr. Spadaro presented the book ...

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Council of Cardinals Meet for 2nd Day

Council of Cardinals Meet for 2nd Day

Day Two of the meetings of the College of Cardinals with Pope Francis took place “in an environment of great serenity.” said Fr. Federico Lombardi, Director of the Holy See Press Office, during a briefing with journalists yesterday.

“As mentioned ...

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Caritas to Launch Global Campaign to End World Hunger

Caritas to Launch Global Campaign to End World Hunger

Pope Francis will launch the Caritas federation’s first ever global campaign against hunger on 10th December with a recorded video message.

Called “One Human Family, Food for All”, the initiative will unite Caritas organisations around the world with the ...

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Council of Cardinals to vet 'real' reform to Roman Curia

Council of Cardinals to vet 'real' reform to Roman Curia

The goal of the Council of Cardinals will be "a new constitution" and not "simple retouches or minor improvements to the Pastor Bonus," the document with which Pope John Paul II gave the Roman Curia its current setting in 1988 ...

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Pope to be nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Pope to be nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Argentina’s House of Representatives has passed a resolution to nominate Pope Francis for the Nobel Peace Prize for his call to end the violence in Syria. The resolution was passed by an overwhelming majority and now goes to the ...

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Pope to Visit Sick Children Before Christmas

Pope to Visit Sick Children Before Christmas

Pope Francis will visit the paediatric Bambino Gesu hospital in Rome on Dec. 21st.

Archbishop Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, made the announcement at the end of a Vatican concert in support of the hospital on Dec. 2nd ...

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Pope Francis: "We Cannot Think of Church Without Joy"

Pope Francis: "We Cannot Think of Church Without Joy"

During his morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis told the faithful that the Church should always be joyful as Jesus was.

Commenting on the first reading from the prophet Isaiah, which spoke of the peace that the Messiah ...

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Syro-Malabar APP Launched

Syro-Malabar APP Launched

The Syro Malabar Church has launched an Android App which offers the whole years Syro Malabar daily liturgy readings along with full Qurbana (Holy Mass) text. Apart from carrying church's brief history it is packed with cool feature of ...

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Pope Meets Polish Children Suffering With Cancer

Pope Meets Polish Children Suffering With Cancer

The Holy Father took the time on Saturday to meet with a group of Polish children suffering from cancer.

Meeting with the children at the Consistory Hall of the Vatican, Pope Francis cordially greeted the young pilgrims, thanking them for ...

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On the First Sunday of Advent

On the First Sunday of Advent

Here is the translation of the Holy Father's address before and after the recitation of the Angelus today to the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square.

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Dear brothers and sisters, hello!

Today, the first  Sunday of Advent, we ...

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Be counter-cultural, Pope encourages university students

Be counter-cultural, Pope encourages university students

During evening prayer with local college students on Nov. 30, Pope Francis emphasized the importance of remaining faithful to the truth in the face of modern ideologies.

“If you don’t let yourselves be conditioned by prevailing opinions, but remain ...

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Pope Dedicates 2015 to "Year of Consecrated Life"

Pope Dedicates 2015 to "Year of Consecrated Life"

Emphasizing the importance of the religious vocation, Pope Francis announced today that the year 2015 will be dedicated to Consecrated Life.

The Holy Father made the announcement during the 82nd General Assembly of the Union of Superior Generals, which concluded ...

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Papal Almoner Goes In Search of the Poor

Papal Almoner Goes In Search of the Poor

Oh, how I would like a poor Church, and for the poor.” These words spoken by Pope Francis several days after his election exemplified his mission to reach out to those in most need.

As Papal Almoner, Archbishop Konrad Krajewski ...

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Pope Says Diversity Is Key to Peaceful Coexistence

Pope Says Diversity Is Key to Peaceful Coexistence

Meeting with participants of the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Pope Francis emphasized the importance of “an attitude of openness in truth and in love” when communicating with non-Christians.

The assembly, which is reflecting on the ...

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Pope Francis: Times of Persecution Mean the Lord Is Near

Pope Francis: Times of Persecution Mean the Lord Is Near

Worldly powers that wish to make religion something private exists in this world. This was the warning Pope Francis gave this morning during Mass at Casa Santa Marta.

The Holy Father reflected on the first reading where Daniel is thrown ...

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Vatican Institutions Join Forces to Help Syrian Children

Vatican Institutions Join Forces to Help Syrian Children

A Vatican department has teamed up with a Vatican-run pediatric hospital in Rome and Caritas to provide a health mission for Syrian children in Lebanon.

The mission, run by the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, the Bambino Gesu Hospital and Caritas ...

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Priest in Philippines Says Typhoon Victims Can Experience 'Real Advent and Christmas'

Priest in Philippines Says Typhoon Victims Can Experience 'Real Advent and Christmas'

A Catholic priest in the Philippines is urging the public to celebrate Christmas even if they choose to make their celebrations more austere this year and do without parties in solidarity with the victims of Typhoon Yolanda.

“Forego Christmas party ...

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Pope's exhortation praised as a guide to Christian outreach

Pope's exhortation praised as a guide to Christian outreach

Pope Francis' new document on the “joy” of evangelization is an opportunity for Catholics to re-examine how to share the gospel in today's world, several Catholic commentators noted. “Pope Francis says the Church has to focus on what is ...

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On Dying in Christ

On Dying in Christ

Here is the translation of the Holy Father’s continuing catechesis on the Creed during today’s General Audience in St. Peter’s Square.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Good morning and congratulations because you are brave to be here in ...

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'Evangelii Gaudium' (The Joy of the Gospel) Released Today

'Evangelii Gaudium' (The Joy of the Gospel) Released Today

Pope Francis’ highly anticipated Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel, was released on November 26, 2013 by the Holy See. The first Exhortation of the Holy Father’s pontificate, Evangelii Gaudium “develops the theme of the proclamation ...

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Catholic social media summit stresses evangelization

Catholic social media summit stresses evangelization

A youth symposium on social media in the Philippines highlighted the call of the new evangelization to explore digital means of sharing the Gospel. “If we are to share the Good News with our brothers and sisters in the ‘digital ...

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Year of Faith: thousands of Catholics, Hindus and Buddhists join Christ the King procession

Year of Faith: thousands of Catholics, Hindus and Buddhists join Christ the King procession

Thousands of Nepali Catholics, Hindus and Buddhists on Saturday took part in Christ the King procession organised by the Catholic Church in Kathmandu to mark the closing of the Year of Faith, which ended with a solemn Mass in St ...

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Pope Francis Invites Faithful to Make Definitive Choices of Faith

Pope Francis Invites Faithful to Make Definitive Choices of Faith

To trust in God even in the most dire circumstances was the main theme of Pope Francis’ homily today at Casa Santa Marta. The first reading from the Book of Daniel spoke of the young men in the court of ...

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Marriage, Family and Some Help for Pope Francis

Marriage, Family and Some Help for Pope Francis

In less than two years -- exactly 22 months -- the Church in Philadelphia will host the Eighth World Meeting of Families.  Aside from a press conference last year and the kind public support of Governor Tom Corbett and Mayor Michael Nutter ...

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Pope Francis' Homily at the Closing Mass for the Year of Faith

Pope Francis' Homily at the Closing Mass for the Year of Faith

Here is the translation of the Holy Father's homily at the Closing Mass for the Year of Faith held in St. Peter's Square today.

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Today’s solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, the crowning ...

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Pope Francis calls a traditionalist writer who criticized him

Pope Francis calls a traditionalist writer who criticized him

Mario Palmaro, a traditionalist writer who co-authored an article critical of Pope Francis, received a phone call Nov.1 from the Pope himself, who knew that the writer is suffering from a grave illness. Palmaro shared with CNA Nov. 22 ...

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Pope welcomes those seeking entrance to Catholic Church

Pope Francis stood at the door of St. Peter’s Basilica on Saturday afternoon, prepared to celebrate the entrance of over 500 people into the Catholic Church. As they waited to process inside, Pope Francis asked in the words of ...

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Vatican Message for Thursday's Celebration of World Fisheries Day

Vatican Message for Thursday's Celebration of World Fisheries Day

Here is a message from the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travellers for Thursday's celebration of World Fisheries Day. In sending the message, the council noted that half of the victims of the typhoon in the Philippines were fishermen ...

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Francis: The Church is Not the Master of Forgiveness, But Its Servant

Francis: The Church is Not the Master of Forgiveness, But Its Servant

“The faithful do not have a duty but a right to find the forgiveness of God in the Sacrament of Reconciliation ministered through priests”, Pope Francis stressed at his weekly General Audience on November 20, 2013. Addressing tens of thousands ...

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Vatican Seeks to Improve Pastoral Service to the Sick and Suffering

Vatican Seeks to Improve Pastoral Service to the Sick and Suffering

Beginning on November 21, 700 people will meet at the Vatican to take part in the 28th International Conference of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Health Care Workers, on the theme “The Church at the Service of ...

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Severely Disfigured Man Embraced by Pope Gives Interview

Severely Disfigured Man Embraced by Pope Gives Interview

The severely disfigured man who Pope Francis embraced and blessed earlier this month has said his encounter with the Holy Father was like “being in Paradise.” Vincio Riva, 53, who suffers from neurofibromatosis Type 1, a rare disease that causes ...

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Pope Francis: Elderly Are Treasure of Society

Pope Francis: Elderly Are Treasure of Society

During Mass at Casa Santa Marta this morning, Pope Francis called on the faithful to care for grandparents, for without them there is no future. The Holy Father drew his homily from today’s first reading from the book of ...

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Pope Francis recommends 'spiritual medicine'

Pope Francis recommends 'spiritual medicine'

At the close of his Angelus address today, Pope Francis encouraged those in St. Peter’s Square to pick up a little box of spiritual medicine on their way out. “I would like now to all of you to consider ...

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God a 'relentless warrior' for our salvation, says Pope Francis

God a 'relentless warrior' for our salvation, says Pope Francis

Preaching his homily during Mass at the chapel of Santa Marta in the Vatican, the Pope stressed God's unwavering dedication to redeeming mankind. “When the Lord takes up the defense of his people it is like this: he is ...

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Pope to Guadalupe pilgrims: use Gospel's 'perfume' to evangelize

Pope to Guadalupe pilgrims: use Gospel's 'perfume' to evangelize

Pope Francis’ video message to the pilgrims gathered in Mexico City today encouraged the faithful to spread the Gospel with a peaceful manner, as did Christ. “The task of evangelization requires much patience, much patience…don’t lose peace in ...

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Pope Francis: Kingdom of God 'comes by wisdom'

Pope Francis: Kingdom of God 'comes by wisdom'

In his daily homily, Pope Francis warned against a misguided ‘spirit of curiosity’ which can lead us away from God, stating that it is only through the spirit of wisdom that we are able to be close to him.  “Jesus ...

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Superior-general of Jesuits Offers Suggestions for 2014 Commemoration of Society's Restoration

Superior-general of Jesuits Offers Suggestions for 2014 Commemoration of Society's Restoration

Superior-general of Jesuits Offers Suggestions

Here is a message to the Society of Jesus from the superior-general, Father Adolfo Nicolás, regarding next year's anniversary of the restoration of the Society of Jesus.

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Commemoration of the second centenary  of the Restoration of the Society ...

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Statement From Pontifical Council on Fund for Philippines

Statement From Pontifical Council on Fund for Philippines

Here is a statement from the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travelers, regarding a special fund set up for the Philippines.

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Once again, we have witnessed the catastrophic power of the nature that in ...

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Pontifical Council for Migrants Sets Up Fund For Filipino Seafarers

Pontifical Council for Migrants Sets Up Fund For Filipino Seafarers

The Pontifical Council for Migrants and Itinerant People, through the Apostleship of the Sea (AOS), has set up a special fund to assist fisherman and seafarers affected by super typhoon Haiyan that struck the Philippines on November 7th. In a ...

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Pope thanks boy for entrusting him to guardian angel

Pope thanks boy for entrusting him to guardian angel

A 16 year-old Argentine boy who suffers from chronic encephalopathy – a brain disorder – was moved by a letter from Pope Francis responding to a note that he had sent the pontiff a few days earlier.The boy, Nicolas Marasco, is ...

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Baptism is a 'bath of regeneration,' says Pope

Baptism is a 'bath of regeneration,' says Pope

During his general audience, Pope Francis devoted his reflections to the sacrament of Baptism, stating that it opens the door to a journey of faith, and helps to sustain us along the way.“This sacrament constitutes a true immersion in ...

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Archbishop Kurtz elected president of US bishops' conference

Archbishop Kurtz elected president of US bishops' conference

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has elected Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville as its next president, giving national prominence to a prelate with significant experience in Catholic social services. Archbishop Kurtz, 67, has served as the conference ...

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Pope Francis: the hands of God are 'blistered by love'

Pope Francis: the hands of God are 'blistered by love'

In his daily homily Pope Francis recalled how God formed man with his own hand, emphasizing that he is a father who seeks to console his children rather than hurt them. “Jesus, God, has taken his wounds with him: he ...

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Costa Rica ambassador praises 'paternal' heart of Pope Francis

Costa Rica ambassador praises 'paternal' heart of Pope Francis

The Costa Rican ambassador to Italy praised Pope Francis for his example and attention to the poor, speaking also of the many visible fruits in the country's relationship with the Vatican. “We are absolutely marvelled, absolutely happy he has ...

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Pope Francis: 'Corrupt Christians Do Much Harm to the Church'

Pope Francis: 'Corrupt Christians Do Much Harm to the Church'

During his homily at Casa Santa Marta today, the Holy Father warned of those who pretend to be Christian while calling on the faithful to recognize themselves as sinners so as not to be corrupt.

Drawing from today’s Gospel ...

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Synod, evangelization discussed at bishops' meeting

Synod, evangelization discussed at bishops' meeting

During the first day of their fall meeting in Baltimore, the U.S. bishops discussed themes and priorities for their work as a whole, including evangelization, the family and Catholic education. The bishops listened on Nov. 11 to remarks from ...

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Caritas aid agency provides relief to typhoon-wrecked Philippines

Caritas aid agency provides relief to typhoon-wrecked Philippines

In the devastating wake of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, Caritas, a relief agency of the Church, has rushed to support victims through the distribution of food and first aid materials.  “The devastation is awful and the situation is outrageously ...

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The sick are not merely 'objects of charity,' Pope reflects

The sick are not merely 'objects of charity,' Pope reflects

In a meeting with an Italian organization dedicated to helping those in poor health go on pilgrimage, Pope Francis reminded the ill and infirm that they have a true role in the Church. “Dear sisters and brothers who are unwell ...

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Pope expresses solidarity with victims of Philippines typhoon

Pope expresses solidarity with victims of Philippines typhoon

Pope Francis sent a message of prayer and encouragement to those who were affected by the huge storm that swept across the Philippines on Friday. Vatican Secretary of State Archbishop Pietro Parolin sent a telegram on behalf of the Pontiff ...

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God carries our names in his heart, explains Pope

God carries our names in his heart, explains Pope

Pope Francis’ Sunday Angelus message emphasized the unique concern God has for every human person. “The name of God is linked to the names of men and women with whom he unites himself, and this bond is stronger than death ...

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Year of Faith to be marked by exposition of St. Peter relics

Year of Faith to be marked by exposition of St. Peter relics

A Vatican official announced that in anticipation of the close of the Year of Faith, the relics of the first Bishop of Rome will be exposed with the aim of re-awakening the faith of the first Christians.“A final culminating ...

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Pope Francis embraces man with tumorous disease

Pope Francis embraces man with tumorous disease

At the end of the Nov. 6 general audience in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis drew attention by warmly embracing a man who suffers from a rare disease causing neuronal tumors all over his body. The man was identified ...

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Pope names Alice von Hildebrand to prestigious order

Pope names Alice von Hildebrand to prestigious order

Pope Francis has declared Catholic philosopher, author, and teacher Alice von Hildebrand a Dame Grand Cross of the Equestrian Order of St. Gregory in recognition of her work. Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, formally invested her in ...

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Vietnamese youth pledge to journey alongside Christ

Vietnamese youth pledge to journey alongside Christ

A large group of Vietnamese Catholic youth living in Thailand recently participated in a faith encounter pilgrimage camp there, renewing their commitment to Christ. “The purpose of this encounter camp is to provide opportunities of empowering them with spiritual support ...

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Charity is the 'greatest richness' of Church, says Pope

Charity is the 'greatest richness' of Church, says Pope

During his general audience today, Pope Francis reflected on the importance of participating in the Church’s spiritual goods in order to grow closer to God as a community in charity. “Charity is the greatest richness of the Church. Living ...

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Thousands at Audience Pray for Little Girl Named Noemi

Thousands at Audience Pray for Little Girl Named Noemi

Pope Francis today asked the thousands in St. Peter's Square for the Wednesday audience to say a prayer for a little girl named Noemi.

L'Osservatore Romano reported that as the faithful prayed for her, the child was already ...

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Muscat church pays tribute to Indian-origin teacher

Muscat church pays tribute to Indian-origin teacher

A catholic church organised a mass in Oman capital Muscat to pay tribute to the Indian-origin trainee teacher Tarun Asthana, who died of his injuries Monday in New Zealand. The Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ruwi Monday paid ...

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Pope Francis’ Homily: 5th November, 2013

Pope Francis’ Homily: 5th November, 2013

During his daily Mass Pope Francis said that at the essence of Christianity is an invitation to the Lord’s feast, emphasizing that we cannot be passive in front of the Lord’s call. “You are invited to join in ...

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Vatican releases preparatory document for synod on family

Vatican releases preparatory document for synod on family

At a press conference Tuesday, the Vatican released the official preparatory document on the upcoming synod of bishops on the family, revealing key topics of the meeting's discussions. “The document contains, as well as a general presentation on the ...

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Vatican polls parishes on marriage, birth control

Vatican polls parishes on marriage, birth control

The Vatican is taking the unusual step of conducting a worldwide survey on how parishes deal with sensitive issues such as birth control, divorce and gay marriage, seeking input ahead of a major meeting on the family that Pope Francis ...

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Pope Francis’ Homily: 31st October, 2013

Pope Francis’ Homily: 31st October, 2013

In his daily homily, Pope Francis spoke of the necessity of God’s love in order to be faithful, and encouraged those present to make love the centre of their lives. “Without the love of Christ, without living this love ...

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Love of God 'scorches' our selfishness, Pope says:

Love of God 'scorches' our selfishness, Pope says:

In his general audience Pope Francis continued his reflections on the Creed, stressing the centrality of the Communion of Saints in the faith and how that communion embraces and purifies the Church. “The love of God,” Pope Francis told thousands ...

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Zambian bishops preparing to launch Catholic television station

Zambian bishops preparing to launch Catholic television station

Catholic television is coming to the southern African country of Zambia following years of effort by the Zambian bishops conference. “It has been a very long wait, but worthwhile,” Father Paul Samasumo, spokesman for the Zambian Episcopal Conference, said in ...

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Pope Prays for End to Iraq Violence

Pope Prays for End to Iraq Violence

Following the catechesis of today's general audience, the Pope announced that he would greet a delegation of representatives of the various Iraqi religious groups, accompanied by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. The Pope ...

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Pope and World Bank chief discuss joint action against poverty

Pope and World Bank chief discuss joint action against poverty

Pope Francis and World Bank president Jim Yong Kim have discussed the possibility of working together in the struggle against global extreme poverty during a meeting at the Vatican. "What the Holy Father has been saying about inclusion and poverty ...

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Pope reaches 10 million followers on Twitter

Pope reaches 10 million followers on Twitter

Pope Francis has passed 10 million followers across nine different language accounts on the popular social media network Twitter, where users publish messages of 140 characters or fewer. On Oct. 27, Pope Francis tweeted, “Dear Followers I understand there are ...

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Pope Francis’ Homily: 29th October, 2013

Pope Francis’ Homily: 29th October, 2013

During his daily Mass Pope Francis reflected on the virtue of hope, stressing that it is a gift which does not disappoint, and warning of the false attitudes that can appear to be the virtue. “Where are anchored, each one ...

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Pope Francis’ Homily on 28 October, 2013

Pope Francis’ Homily on 28 October, 2013

Pope Francis devoted his morning homily to the fact that Jesus prayed for his apostles and the people he encountered on earth, highlighting that he still prays for us in heaven. When we pray to Jesus, the Pope stressed, Jesus ...

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Pope: Let the love of Christ enlighten families around the world

Pope: Let the love of Christ enlighten families around the world

Without the joy and the love of Christ "there is no joy and love in life. Even within the family, it is He who fills us unabated with gifts. We just have to rely on Him with confidence," Pope Francis ...

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Pope Francis: Like Mary, the Church Must Bring Christ to the World

Pope Francis: Like Mary, the Church Must Bring Christ to the World

Continuing his catechesis on the Church, the Holy Father reflected on the role of Mary as an image and model of faith, charity, and and of the union with Christ. An estimated 100,000 people gathered in St. Peter’s ...

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Pope’s Homily on 22 October, 2013

Pope’s Homily on 22 October, 2013

A sinner is closest to the heart of Jesus because He is close to those in need of healing. This was is the central theme of Pope Francis’ homily today at Casa Santa Marta. The Holy Father focused his homily ...

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Pope Commemorates World Mission Day

Pope Commemorates World Mission Day

After the recitation of the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis commemorated World Mission Day in his address to thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square. The mission of the Church, he said, is “to spread throughout the world ...

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Archbishop of Westminster Addresses Muslim Council

Archbishop of Westminster Addresses Muslim Council

The president of the bishops' conference of England and Wales, Archbishop Vincent Nichols, tonight addressed the Muslim Council of Wales in Cardiff on the importance of spirituality in our world today. As the keynote speaker, the archbishop warned that without ...

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Vatican event lauds 'tenacious' women in modern society

Vatican event lauds 'tenacious' women in modern society

Just down the road from St. Peter's Basilica, a crowd of almost 200 packed into an audience hall to hear a panel discussion on the witness of modern women in the Church. The occasion for this event was the ...

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Pope Francis: Greed destroys people, families

Pope Francis: Greed destroys people, families

Greed, attachment to money, destroys people, destroys families and relationships with others: That was Pope Francis’ message this morning during Mass in Santa Marta. The invitation is not to choose poverty per se, but to use the wealth that God ...

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Misery, Mercy and Mission: Blessed John Paul II's Legacy in Pope Francis

Misery, Mercy and Mission: Blessed John Paul II's Legacy in Pope Francis

On Oct. 22, the liturgy offers us the memorial of Blessed John Paul II. It will be the last time this optional memorial is celebrated before his canonization this April. One may ask what themes of John Paul the Great ...

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Pope's Message to Victims of Australian Wildfires

Pope's Message to Victims of Australian Wildfires

His Holiness Pope Francis has asked me to express his concern for the people of New South Wales and all who are affected the devastation wrought by the extensive fires in the region.

He prays especially for those who have ...

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Pope Francis' Address to the Lutheran World Federation and Members of the Lutheran-Catholic Commission for Unity

Pope Francis' Address to the Lutheran World Federation and Members of the Lutheran-Catholic Commission for Unity

At 11 o’clock this morning, the Holy Father Francis received in audience a delegation of the Lutheran World Federation and members of the Lutheran-Catholic Commission for Unity. Here is a translation of the greeting the Pope addressed to those ...

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Priests, seminarians to bat for Vatican cricket team

Priests, seminarians to bat for Vatican cricket team

Vatican plans to announce an international cricket team of mainly priests and seminarians from countries where the sport remains popular. "Going in to bat and bowl for the Vatican team will be mainly priests and seminarians who played cricket back ...

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Pope: Prayer helps 'overcome evil with good'

Pope: Prayer helps 'overcome evil with good'

Pope Francis in his Sunday Angelus greeting taught that prayer is a ‘weapon’ in the struggle against evil. “Above all, persevering prayer is an expression of faith in a God who calls us to fight with him, every day, every ...

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World Mission Day - Catholic Church Statics 2013

World Mission Day - Catholic Church Statics 2013

As every year, in view of World Mission Day, this year celebrated on Sunday, October 20, Fides News Service offers some statistics chosen to give a panorama of the missionary Church all over the world. The tables are taken from ...

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Book on Pope Francis to illuminate his context, background

Book on Pope Francis to illuminate his context, background

Austen Ivereigh, author of an upcoming book on Pope Francis, says it will help explain the Pope's pastoral approach to North Americans and Europeans, who may not understand his Latin American roots. Before his election, Pope Francis “had already ...

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Do not reduce the faith to 'moralistic' ideology, Pope warns

Do not reduce the faith to 'moralistic' ideology, Pope warns

During his daily Mass homily Pope Francis reflected on the dangers of following one's own personal, “moralistic” ideology, stressing the importance of prayer in staying open to God. If a Christian “becomes a disciple of ideology,” noted Pope Francis ...

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Pope cautions against idolatry which punctures, 'stifles' the faith

Pope cautions against idolatry which punctures, 'stifles' the faith

In his daily Mass homily, Pope Francis warned of the presence of idolatry in our lives, urging each person present to look to themselves in order to find the hidden idols which are present in our hearts. “Even today, there ...

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Catholics in Qatar preparing to bring to a close the Year of Faith

Catholics in Qatar preparing to bring to a close the Year of Faith

The three-day 2013 National Faith Convention opens tomorrow in Doha at the initiative of Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, Qatar's only Catholic church, in order to prepare for the conclusion of the Year of Faith announced by ...

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Knights' documentary explores life, vision of Pope Francis

Knights' documentary explores life, vision of Pope Francis

A new documentary produced by the Knights of Columbus traces the background of Pope Francis, offering insight into his life and thought through the words of those who knew him best. “This documentary introduces people to Pope Francis in a ...

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Thank your family, Pope Francis says

Thank your family, Pope Francis says

Pope Francis on Sunday preached about the importance of gratitude and thankfulness for the Christian community and for family life. “If we can realize that everything is God’s gift, how happy will our hearts be! Everything is his gift ...

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Pope entrusts world to Immaculate Heart of Mary

Pope entrusts world to Immaculate Heart of Mary

Pope Francis on Sunday entrusted the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to her maternal care before the image of Our Lady of Fatima, asking Mary’s help to “revive and grow faith.” “Our Lady of Fatima, with ...

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Thai Catholic charity offers aid as flooding affect millions

Thai Catholic charity offers aid as flooding affect millions

With heavy rains causing season-long flooding in Thailand, the bishops' emergency relief office in the country has increased its assistance to those whose lives have been disrupted. Fr. Anusha Chaowpraeknoi, chaplain of Bangkok's Catholic Office for Emergency Relief and ...

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 Curia vision will be one of 'service' to Pope, local Churches

Curia vision will be one of 'service' to Pope, local Churches

After the conclusion of their meetings, two cardinals from Pope Francis' group of eight reveal that curia reform will largely focus on service to Pope Francis and the universal Church in its various areas. “We want to change the look ...

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Real prayer is always insistent, courageous, Pope Francis notes

Real prayer is always insistent, courageous, Pope Francis notes

During his daily Mass homily, Pope Francis reflected that authentic prayer involves knocking “at the heart” of God with a strong, unwavering faith that he will respond. “Do we pray…out of habit, piously but unbothered, or do we put ...

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Church's Catholicity embraces all of humanity, Pope says

Church's Catholicity embraces all of humanity, Pope says

During his weekly general audience Pope Francis explored the different elements of what makes the Church Catholic, reflecting on why we call ourselves by that name. “Dear Brothers and Sisters: In the Creed, we profess that the Church is ‘catholic ...

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A Symposium for the evangelization of Asia and 10 years of AsiaNews

A Symposium for the evangelization of Asia and 10 years of AsiaNews

Today, at the Pontifical Urbanianum University, an international symposium organized by AsiaNews is being held to deepen our understanding of the present and the future of Asia and to celebrate 10 years of our online news agency.

Before the superiors ...

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Francis Convenes Extraordinary Synod of Bishops For October 2014

Francis Convenes Extraordinary Synod of Bishops For October 2014

Today, Pope Francis called for an Extraordinary Synod of Bishops that will be held from October 5-18th, 2014 at the Vatican. The synod will reflect on the theme “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of the Evangelization ...

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Vatican prefect praises Korea's surge in Catholic numbers

Vatican prefect praises Korea's surge in Catholic numbers

At a meeting with Korean laity on October 5, the prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples expressed gratitude for the tremendous growth of the Church in South Korea over the past five decades and warned against three ...

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Pope Francis: prayer is not simply saying words 'like a parrot'

Pope Francis: prayer is not simply saying words 'like a parrot'

In his daily Mass, Pope Francis touched on the importance of prayer and forgiveness in the life of a Christian, warning against common attitudes which “close the door” to God. “The Lord tells us: 'the first task in life is ...

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Don't be too spiritual: Pope tells nuns

Don't be too spiritual: Pope tells nuns

Pope Francis Friday berated the nuns whose fixed smiles betray "a lack of joy that comes from within". "I am so disappointed when I meet nuns who are joyless, who may smile with the smile of a flight attendant but ...

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Mother Teresa finds prominence among Balkans

Mother Teresa finds prominence among Balkans

Blessed Teresa of Kolkata is all set to come alive in her home town. The prime minister of Macedonia has decided to name Balkan region's longest and most important highway after the founder of Missionaries of Charity. As part ...

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Cardinal says UN is in urgent need of reform

Cardinal says UN is in urgent need of reform

The Vatican has proposed a reform of the United Nations. At the moment the UN is split into two sections: the Ordinary Section and the Security Council but the Vatican would like all members to be able to express themselves ...

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Pope stresses relevance of Bl. John XXIII's peace encyclical

Pope stresses relevance of Bl. John XXIII's peace encyclical

Bl. Pope John XXIII’s encyclical on peace should remind everyone of the need to “build peace on the example of Jesus Christ,” Pope Francis said Oct. 3. The failure to work for justice means “there can be no real ...

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Spokesman Reports on Deliberations by Council of Cardinals

Spokesman Reports on Deliberations by Council of Cardinals

The reform of the Curia and a greater role for laity were among the principal themes considered Wednesday and today by the council of cardinals that Pope Francis established to advise him. This was the report given by Vatican spokesman ...

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Humility, service attract people to church, not power, pride, pope says

Humility, service attract people to church, not power, pride, pope says

As a series of consultations aimed at the reform of the Vatican bureaucracy began, Pope Francis told his group of cardinal advisers that humility and service attract people to the church, not power and pride. "Let us ask the Lord ...

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Council of cardinals gets down to business

Council of cardinals gets down to business

The eight cardinals picked by Pope Francis to advise him on reform of the Roman curia and the governance of the Catholic church are preparing to meet the pontiff for the first time on Tuesday[October 1], in an unprecedented ...

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Benedict may be invited to attend dual canonizations

Benedict may be invited to attend dual canonizations

The director of the Holy See’s Press Office announced that Benedict XVI could participate in the canonization ceremony next April for Blessed John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII. During a Sept. 30 press conference at the Vatican, Father ...

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Sainthood of Popes John Paul II, John XXIII set for April

Sainthood of Popes John Paul II, John XXIII set for April

Pope Francis has announced that Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII will be declared saints next year April 27, BBC reported Monday. Two living popes are expected to be present at the canonisation ceremony -- Francis, who will officiate ...

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 Pope to International Meeting for Peace: 'There Can Be No Religious Justification for Violence'

Pope to International Meeting for Peace: 'There Can Be No Religious Justification for Violence'

Pope Francis met today with participants of the International Meeting for Peace which is organized by the Sant’Egidio Community. The meeting, which began yesterday and concludes on October 1st, will reflect on the theme: “Courage and Hope: Religions and ...

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Pope: Communication to be at the service of an authentic culture of encounter

Pope: Communication to be at the service of an authentic culture of encounter

The age of globalization is making communication possible even in the most remote parts of the world, but it is also important "to use modern technologies and social networks in such a way as to reveal a presence that listens ...

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Benedict could attend canonizations, Vatican spokesman says

Benedict could attend canonizations, Vatican spokesman says

The director of the Holy See’s Press Office announced that Benedict XVI could participate in the canonization ceremony next April for Blessed John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII. During a Sept. 30 press conference at the Vatican, Father ...

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Charity without meekness and humility is sterile, Pope reflects

Charity without meekness and humility is sterile, Pope reflects

On the feast of St. Therese of Lisieux, Pope Francis praised the saint for her exemplary humility and meekness, praying that the council of cardinals would emulate her virtue in their upcoming meetings. The Pope concelebrated his Oct. 1 daily ...

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Pope to atheist: all people can receive grace, seek the Good

Pope to atheist: all people can receive grace, seek the Good

Emphasizing that grace is available to all people, Pope Francis stressed dialogue and encounter rather than proselytism and underscored the need for each person to seek the Good while following his conscience. “Even you, without knowing it, could be touched ...

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IOR Publishes First Annual Budget Report’

IOR Publishes First Annual Budget Report’

The Holy See’s Institute for Works of Religion (IOR) published its annual budget report. The report is the first in the Institute’s 125 year history. The 100 page report contains business activities and financial statements for 2012 and ...

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Council of Cardinals Concelebrates Morning Mass with Pope Francis

Council of Cardinals Concelebrates Morning Mass with Pope Francis

This morning, Pope Francis celebrated morning Mass with the Council of Cardinals who are convening today for the first of three meetings. The council, which was created on April 13th, will assist the Pope in the governance of the Church ...

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Hindi broadcaster gets Vatican Radio award

Hindi broadcaster gets Vatican Radio award

A Hindi broadcaster is among the four persons of the Vatican Radio to be given the meritorious service awards for 2013. Juliet Christopher is from the Hindi language service of Vatican Radio’s South Asian Section.  Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli ...

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Religions unite to protest Peshawar church bombing

Religions unite to protest Peshawar church bombing

Hundreds of Christians and Muslims joined hands in Karachi on Sunday to form a human chain in a rare show of unity in the wake of the September 22 terror attack on a church in Peshawar. At least 85 people ...

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Pope establishes advisory panel as permanent Council of Cardinals

Pope establishes advisory panel as permanent Council of Cardinals

Pope Francis made his international advisory panel on church governance a permanent council of cardinals, thereby emphasizing the importance and open-endedness of its work among his pontificate’s various efforts at reform. The Vatican made the announcement Sept. 30, a ...

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 Materialism robs us of our humanity, warns Pope Francis

Materialism robs us of our humanity, warns Pope Francis

Pope Francis celebrated Mass in cloudy St. Peter’s Square this morning, cautioning the faithful against the danger of losing their personal identity to materialism. “Whenever material things, money, worldliness, become the center of our lives, they take hold of ...

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Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias to represent Asia in 'G8 Commission'

Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias to represent Asia in 'G8 Commission'

The growing Church in Asia will be well represented at the hands of Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay. He is one of eight cardinals Pope Francis chose to advise him on reforming the governance of the Church. 

While talking ...

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African Catholics stress importance of Bible in faith life

African Catholics stress importance of Bible in faith life

Catholic African leaders met in Malawi earlier this week for an assembly dedicated to the Bible and to increasing the place of scripture in the lives of the continent’s faithful. “The Word of God serves as a guide for ...

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Vatican seminar to explore John Paul II document on women

Vatican seminar to explore John Paul II document on women

The Pontifical Council for the Laity is slated to hold a study seminar on one of Blessed John Paul II's documents discussing the dignity of women and their role in modern society. Held from Oct. 10-11, the theme of ...

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Jesus Christ was the first tweeter: cardinal

Jesus Christ was the first tweeter: cardinal

A Vatican cardinal has said that Jesus Christ was the world's first tweeter as his pronouncements were "brief and full of meaning." Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi yesterday said that Christ "used tweets before everyone else, with elementary phrases made up ...

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Pakistan bomb victims are 'martyrs,' says Anglican head

Pakistan bomb victims are 'martyrs,' says Anglican head

The victims of Sunday’s Peshawar church bombing should be regarded as martyrs, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said yesterday. The Anglican Church’s senior cleric said the attack, which killed at least 81 people and injured 150, was ...

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Five appointments made to Pope's liturgical celebrations office

Five appointments made to Pope's liturgical celebrations office

The Vatican announced Sept. 26 that five men were appointed as consultants to the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff. The office plans the ceremonies of Papal liturgies, and is headed by the Papal master of ceremonies, currently ...

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'Know Jesus,' Pope urges during daily homily

'Know Jesus,' Pope urges during daily homily

In his daily homily Pope Francis stressed the importance of having a personal encounter with Jesus, and said that there are three languages needed in order to get to know him. “Some people begin to feel afraid of this man ...

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Pope Francis shuffles his pack

Pope Francis shuffles his pack

According to Vatican observers, a Pope Francis “revolution” in the Roman Curia began Sept. 21, when a series of appointments and confirmations at the curia's top ranks changed the face of the Pope’s collaboration team. Pope Francis on ...

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Religious sisters lead first class-action suit against HHS mandate

Religious sisters lead first class-action suit against HHS mandate

The Little Sisters of the Poor have filed the first class-action lawsuit against the federal contraception mandate, saying that it would require them to violate the teachings of their Catholic faith. “Like all of the Little Sisters, I have vowed ...

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World needs the Church's witness of unity, Pope teaches

World needs the Church's witness of unity, Pope teaches

Today during his general audience, Pope Francis drew attention to the rich diversity within the universal Church, saying that such differences are in fact a sign of unity. “Dear Brothers and Sisters: in the Creed, we confess that the Church ...

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Pontifical Council for the Laity To Hold Seminar on the Dignity of Women

Pontifical Council for the Laity To Hold Seminar on the Dignity of Women

The Pontifical Council for the Laity has announced an upcoming seminar in October on the dignity and vocation of woman which will coincide with the 25th anniversary of Blessed John Paul II’s Apostolic Letter “Mulieris Dignitatem”. The theme of ...

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Prayer Vigils and Protests Held in Pakistan for Suicide Bombings

Prayer Vigils and Protests Held in Pakistan for Suicide Bombings

Pakistani Christians have gathered for prayer vigils and demonstrations against last Sunday’s suicide bombing at the Anglican Church of All Saints that killed 82 people. A splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack which occurred ...

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Pope Francis: We Must Seek to Build Communion

Pope Francis: We Must Seek to Build Communion

Continuing his catechesis on the Church, Pope Francis reflected on the unity of the Church during his weekly General Audience in St. Peter’s Square. Over 50,000 pilgrims from all over the world gathered to hear the Holy Father ...

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Church leaders call for calm amid Pakistan protests

Church leaders call for calm amid Pakistan protests

Church leaders in Pakistan have called for calm as Christian protests turned violent last night following the double suicide bombing of the historic All Saints Church in Peshawar on Sunday. As the death toll climbed to 85 people following the ...

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Global community offers prayers, support after Kenya attack

Global community offers prayers, support after Kenya attack

A deadly terrorist attack at a shopping mall in the capital of Kenya has drawn prayers and condolences from across the country and around the world. Auxiliary Bishop David Kamau of Nairobi, speaking for the Kenyan bishops’ conference, condemned “the ...

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Prejudice towards migrants and refugees must end, Pope stresses

Prejudice towards migrants and refugees must end, Pope stresses

In honor of the upcoming World Migration Day, Pope Francis said that the improvement of society demands the end of common prejudices against migrants and refugees. “In considering the situation of migrants and refugees, I would point to yet another ...

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Pope Francis warns prelates not to be 'airport bishops'

Pope Francis warns prelates not to be 'airport bishops'

Pope Francis on Thursday lashed out at what he called the scandal of “airport bishops,” urging his peers to remain rooted in their dioceses and spend less time seeking the spotlight. The Argentine pontiff, who is very attached to his ...

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Pope expresses good will to Muslims in letter to Sunni imam

Pope expresses good will to Muslims in letter to Sunni imam

Pope Francis has indicated respect “for Islam and Muslims” in a letter to the head of the main cultural institution of Sunni Islam, marking the end of Ramadan. Ahmed el-Tayeb, grand imam of al-Azhar University, perhaps the highest authority in ...

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Pope wants empty convents turned into refugee shelters

Pope wants empty convents turned into refugee shelters

“Empty convents are not for the Church to transform into hotels and make money from them. Empty convents are not ours, they are for the flesh of Christ: refugees,” the Pope said lifting his eyes from his script during his ...

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Pope donates mooncakes to Hong Kong prisoners

Pope donates mooncakes to Hong Kong prisoners

Pope Francis’s response to a request for a symbolic mooncake donation to prisoners in Hong Kong has generated excitement and a flood of cash donations since it was published last week. Cardinal Zen of Hong Kong issued the request ...

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Pope Francis: the Church nurtures, loves us as a mother

Pope Francis: the Church nurtures, loves us as a mother

Pope Francis told thousands gathered for his weekly general audience that the Church is like our mother, who gives life to and nurtures the faithful. “Today I wish to continue our catechesis on the Church by reflecting on an image ...

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Bishops release special Mass prayers for 9/11 anniversary

Bishops release special Mass prayers for 9/11 anniversary

On the twelfth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the U.S. bishops have released special Mass intercessions to pray for victims of terrorism, for military service members, and for an “end to all hatred.” “For all victims ...

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Italian pastor donates used car to Pope Francis

Italian pastor donates used car to Pope Francis

An Italian pastor has donated a used Renault 4 with 186,000 miles to Pope Francis, in response to the exhortation he made to priests and seminarians in July to live simply and humbly. Father Renzo Roca, 69, who is ...

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Syrian refugees find support from Catholic Relief Services

Syrian refugees find support from Catholic Relief Services

Unable to enter refugee camps run by the United Nations, many Syrians fleeing from violence in their home country have found basic necessities and ongoing support from Catholic Relief Services in nearby Lebanon. “When they come, they have nothing,” said ...

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Pope Francis visits refugees at Jesuit center in Rome

Pope Francis visits refugees at Jesuit center in Rome

Just two months after paying a visit to immigrants on the Italian island of Lampedusa, Pope Francis visited a group of refugees at a Jesuit-run center in Rome today. He met at the Church of the Gesù with refugees seeking ...

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Monthi Fest: Konkan Organization of Toronto

Monthi Fest: Konkan Organization of Toronto

Monthi Fest is a major Mangalorean Catholic festival which is the celebration of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and in the Mangalorean Catholic community involves the blessing of Novem (new crops). This is the second year of hosting ...

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Pope calls single mother, offers to baptize her child

Pope calls single mother, offers to baptize her child

Pope Francis made a personal phone call to a young Italian woman facing a difficult pregnancy, applauding her bravery in choosing life for her child and offering to baptize the baby. Anna Romero, a 35-year-old woman from central Italy, was ...

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Pope Francis continues peace appeals on Twitter

Pope Francis continues peace appeals on Twitter

After a global day of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria and throughout the world, Pope Francis is continuing his calls for peace, hope and negotiations through messages on social media.“Humanity needs to see these gestures of peace ...

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Pope Francis: follow Jesus' Way of the Cross

Pope Francis: follow Jesus' Way of the Cross

Pope Francis spoke to crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square for Sunday’s Angelus, encouraging them to follow Christ on the way of the cross. “Following Jesus does not mean participating in a triumphal procession!” he said on Sept ...

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Papal peace vigil draws positive response

Papal peace vigil draws positive response

Pope Francis’ four-hour Saturday prayer vigil is part of a “major peace initiative” that is receiving a favorable reaction across religious lines, a leading Vatican communications figure has said. “Pope Francis wants to keep this issue alive to make sure ...

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Pope Francis carries forward papal commitment to peace

Pope Francis carries forward papal commitment to peace

In calling for a day of fasting and prayer for peace on Sept. 7, Pope Francis is following a long tradition of Popes showing a deep commitment to peace. There is “an evolution of the theology of peace” from the ...

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Pope’s vigil for Syrian peace expected to be biggest in decades

Pope’s vigil for Syrian peace expected to be biggest in decades

A five-hour prayer vigil in St. Peter's Square for peace in Syria, initiated by Pope Francis and to be held this Saturday, will be the largest the Vatican has seen in years, according to the Holy See’s press ...

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Pope tells G20 leaders they "cannot remain indifferent"

Pope tells G20 leaders they "cannot remain indifferent"

In view of the Syrian tragedy, G20 leaders "cannot remain indifferent," the pope writes. They must "help find ways to overcome the conflicting positions and to lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution." They must also "do everything ...

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New encyclical to clarify poverty vows, cardinal says

New encyclical to clarify poverty vows, cardinal says

A new encyclical that is being written by Pope Francis will help address how to live out a vow of poverty in the modern world, according to one cardinal. “How to define poverty is not easy today because it’s ...

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Pope Proposes 3-Word Summary of World Youth Day

Pope Proposes 3-Word Summary of World Youth Day

Francis began again today with his Wednesday general audiences, dedicating his address yesterday to a review of World Youth Day, held in Brazil in July. Considering his experience on the continent “where the majority of the world's Catholics live ...

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From businessman to first priest of Bhutan, thanks to the encounter with Mother Teresa

From businessman to first priest of Bhutan, thanks to the encounter with Mother Teresa

Discover the vocation to the priesthood on board a plane, sitting next to Mother Teresa of Calcutta: is the story of Fr. Kinley Tshering SJ, the only Catholic priest Bhutanese. Born into a devout Buddhist family, as a young man ...

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Pope: welcome, celebration, mission the soul of Christian life

Pope: welcome, celebration, mission the soul of Christian life

Reflecting on the recent World Youth Day held in Brazil, Pope Francis said at his General Audience today that hospitality, celebration and mission are reminders of the event that drew millions. “Three words: hospitality, celebration and mission. These words are ...

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Scientists call for religious help to save our wildlife

Scientists call for religious help to save our wildlife

Leaders of the world's major religions could play a vital role in helping to save the world's dwindling wildlife and wilderness, three eminent ecologists from Sweden and Australia have proposed. The scientists, including The University of Queensland's ...

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Priests report marked upsurge in confessions

Priests report marked upsurge in confessions

Roman Catholic priests are reporting a marked rise in the number of people attending confession since the election of Pope Francis – including young people and some who had not attended Church for decades. An informal survey of clergy based in ...

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Pope Francis: 'meek light' of Christ brings peace and the cross

Pope Francis: 'meek light' of Christ brings peace and the cross

While the light of Jesus is powerful enough to cast out demons, it is a peaceful and humble light that helps us carry the cross in our lives, said Pope Francis in his Sept. 3 homily. “Jesus doesn’t need ...

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Francis Rallying Support for Peace

Francis Rallying Support for Peace

US President Barack Obama is busy trying to convince Congress and US citizens that military intervention in Syria is necessary to maintain American credibility and punish the Assad regime for reportedly using chemical weapons to attack its citizens Aug. 21 ...

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Leader of Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church to Visit Pope

Leader of Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church to Visit Pope

Moran Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, Catholicos of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, India, will visit Pope Francis this week. The meeting will form part of the Catholicos' pastoral visit to orthodox faithful in Europe. The Malankara Orthodox Church is divided ...

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Pope: Angelus appeal for peace in Syria (full text)

Pope: Angelus appeal for peace in Syria (full text)

Pope Francis has called for a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, in the entire Mideast region, and throughout the whole world to be held this coming Saturday, September 7th, 2013. The Pope made the announcement during ...

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Priest shares God’s love on Ohio’s death row

Priest shares God’s love on Ohio’s death row

An Ohio priest says his ministry to prisoners on death row has strengthened his conviction in the power of God’s forgiveness, even among prisoners who feel like “pariahs.’  “People preparing for death are the same whether they are in ...

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For the good of the human community

For the good of the human community

Ecclesiastical authority and civil power “are called to cooperate for the integral good of the human community”. The Pope wrote this in a message to Cardinal Koch for the 13th Inter-Christian Symposium taking place in Milan from 28 to 30 ...

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Augustinian order to focus on evangelizing Europe, youth

Augustinian order to focus on evangelizing Europe, youth

The Augustinian order is working on devising ways to evangelize secularized Europe and young people during the next few years, said members at the group’s meeting in Rome. “Since we’re spread out in many different countries with many ...

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Pope Francis calls to console a rape victim

Pope Francis calls to console a rape victim

A 44-year-old woman from Argentina said that after writing a letter to Pope Francis telling him that she had been raped by a local police officer, the Pope called her to tell her, “You are not alone.” “The Pope told ...

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Pope and Jordanian king urge dialogue to end Syrian violence

Pope and Jordanian king urge dialogue to end Syrian violence

Pope Francis met with King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan on Thursday morning, giving special attention to the Syrian conflict at a time when Western countries are considering military action.

Their Aug. 29 meeting reaffirmed the importance of ...

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US Bishops' Statement on Today's 50th Anniversary of 'I Have a Dream' Speech

US Bishops' Statement on Today's 50th Anniversary of 'I Have a Dream' Speech

Here is a statement from the US bishops' Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church on today's 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. On Aug. 28, 1963, Martin Luther King gave his famous "I ...

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Syrian bishop says 'no' to armed intervention

Syrian bishop says 'no' to armed intervention

"If there were a military intervention, I think this would lead to a world war," said Mgr. Antoine Audo, Chaldean Bishop of Aleppo and President of Caritas Syria in an interview with Vatican Radio. The bishop stressed that this risk ...

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Thai bishops stress Catholic identity, top academics in schools

Thai bishops stress Catholic identity, top academics in schools

The Catholic Bishops Conference of Thailand is calling for renewed effort to boost Catholic education in the country, striving to reach international standards while fostering faith education. A three-day seminar organized by the Commission of the Catholic Education Council of ...

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New York City talks to share Catholic perspectives on art, beauty

New York City talks to share Catholic perspectives on art, beauty

A series of talks on art and beauty aims to bring a Catholic understanding of the arts into the heart of New York City's Greenwich Village. The Catholic Center at New York University is hosting the Saturday lecture series ...

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Pope Francis makes a date to meet some refugees

Pope Francis makes a date to meet some refugees

In a few weeks, Pope Francis will make a short trip outside the walls of the Vatican City to the center of Rome to visit a group of refugees. On the afternoon of Sept. 10, he will greet those who ...

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Bishops Urge US to Increase Humanitarian Aid to Egypt

Bishops Urge US to Increase Humanitarian Aid to Egypt

The United States should work with the international community to support Egyptians in ending violence, restoring the rule of law and building an inclusive democracy in their country, says the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice ...

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Pope Francis: Christianity is a way of life, not a label

Pope Francis: Christianity is a way of life, not a label

In his Sunday Angelus audience, Pope Francis emphasized the importance of truly living a Christian life rather than letting it become a superficial label. “In the gospel, Jesus tells us that to be a Christian is not to have a ...

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Major appointments awaited after cardinals' October meeting

Major appointments awaited after cardinals' October meeting

Despite rumors about the supposedly imminent appointment of a new Secretary of State, Pope Francis will not be making any major appointments before October, Vatican insiders maintain. “Pope Francis is not in a hurry to appoint a new Secretary of ...

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Pope disturbed by terrible images from Syria

Pope disturbed by terrible images from Syria

Pope Francis says he has been disturbed by "terrible images" of atrocities occurring in Syria, and he is urging the international community to step up its efforts to end the civil war there. Francis told tens of thousands of people ...

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Pope calls for anti-human trafficking meeting at Vatican

Pope calls for anti-human trafficking meeting at Vatican

At Pope Francis' request, Vatican experts will gather this upcoming November with the aim of better tackling the growing scourge of human trafficking. “We must be grateful to Pope Francis for having identified one of the most important social dramas ...

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Senate bill would aid religious minorities in Middle East

Senate bill would aid religious minorities in Middle East

Amid ongoing attacks against Coptic Christians in Egypt, a U.S. Senator has introduced legislation aimed at protecting the rights of religious minorities in the Middle East. “The continued violence against Coptic Christians and other civilians in Egypt is incredibly ...

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Community's love for Mary draws young woman to religious life

Community's love for Mary draws young woman to religious life

On the recent feast of the Assumption, a young U.S. woman became a novice with a traditional religious order after she saw their devotion to Mary and counter-cultural witness to Christ. Taking the name Sister Marie-Celine, Erin Kelly joined ...

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National Catholic Reporter's $2.3 million grant to cover religious sisters

National Catholic Reporter's $2.3 million grant to cover religious sisters

Amid continued controversy over the Catholic identity of U.S. women religious, a dissenting Catholic newspaper has been awarded a multi-million dollar grant to cover religious sisters locally and globally. Brad Myers, a senior program officer for the Conrad N ...

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Churches to hold National Day service

Churches to hold National Day service

This year’s National Day Prayer Service by the Association of Churches Sarawak (ACS) will be held tomorrow (Aug 22) at 7.30pm at the Christian Ecumenical Worship Centre, Jalan Stampin. Themed “Proclaiming the year of the Lord’s favour ...

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French teens aim to learn extreme poverty during Rome trip

French teens aim to learn extreme poverty during Rome trip

A group of French teenagers arrived in Rome this month without money or possessions in the hopes of learning how to let go of material things and grow closer to God.  “We've come here without money,” said 17-year-old Marie ...

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Benedict XVI's students will meet to discuss God, secularism

Benedict XVI's students will meet to discuss God, secularism

The annual meeting of Benedict XVI's students from his time at the University of Regensburg will gather next week to discuss “the question of God,” though the former Pope will not be joining them. Since he is retired, he ...

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Egyptian bishop: Christians live in fear as attacks continue

Egyptian bishop: Christians live in fear as attacks continue

Bishop Joannes Zakaria of Luxor, Egypt, said that Christians in his country are running out of food, but are “afraid to come out of their homes” for fear of attacks by the Muslim Brotherhood. In statements to the Fides News ...

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Relief efforts underway as flooding wreaks havoc in Philippines

Relief efforts underway as flooding wreaks havoc in Philippines

A combination of seasonal monsoon rains and a tropical storm off the coast of the Philippines has caused massive damage to homes and property, leaving hundreds of thousands in need. “Our team is presently working day and night,” said Gilda ...

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Catholic Church turns up support for immigration reform

Catholic Church turns up support for immigration reform

The Catholic Church is ramping up support for immigration reform with plans to mobilize up to two dozen dioceses in key states in hopes of convincing House Republicans to support a comprehensive bill, organizers said. The church is planning a ...

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Young Muslim: We can only rebuild Egypt together with Christians

Young Muslim: We can only rebuild Egypt together with Christians

The arrest of Mohammed Badie, the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, has sparked a new round of criticism from Western countries and Turkey against the military hard line, which so far has claimed the lives of 900 people. International ...

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Despite rise of 'nones,' religious belief still strong in the US

Despite rise of 'nones,' religious belief still strong in the US

An increase in the number of religiously unaffiliated in the U.S. does not necessarily mean that the country is growing significantly more secular, said experts at a recent panel. Frank Newport, editor-in-chief of Gallup, explained during a panel discussion ...

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Canonization date of late Popes to be announced in September

Canonization date of late Popes to be announced in September

Pope Francis plans to hold a consistory Sept. 30 to formally approve the sainthood of Blesseds John Paul II and John XXIII, during which the official date of the canonizations will be announced. Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation ...

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Denver World Youth Day brought 'joy,' vitality to local Church

Denver World Youth Day brought 'joy,' vitality to local Church

At the event's recent anniversary, participants in World Youth Day Denver recalled how the presence of Blessed John Paul II brought joy to the local Church, as well as the call to be disciples without fear. “What I saw ...

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Pope blesses Hungarians on national feast day

Pope blesses Hungarians on national feast day

Pope Francis sent a message to the president and citizens of Hungary today, praying for the nation as it celebrates the feast of its founder and first king, St. Stephen of Hungary. “I ask God that the Hungarian people might ...

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Australian Bishops Show Migration-Faith Link

Australian Bishops Show Migration-Faith Link

The Australian bishops' Migrant and Refugee Office launched their parish resource for Migrant and Refugee Week, which is underway. This year’s theme for the resource is taken from Pope Benedict XVI’s Message for the World Day for Migrants ...

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Mahama lauds efforts of Catholic Church

Mahama lauds efforts of Catholic Church

President John Dramani Mahama on Monday called for effective partnership that would propel the physical and spiritual needs of the people between the state and the Church. He added: “Government will continue to see the development interventions the Church has ...

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Vatican sends condolences on death of senior Buddhist abbot

Vatican sends condolences on death of senior Buddhist abbot

The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue sent a message of condolence to Thailand on the passing of senior Buddhist abbot Somdej Phra Buddhacharn. The 85-year-old abbot died of a blood infection at Samitivej hospital on Aug. 10. Highly ...

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We cannot be part-time Christians, Pope says on Twitter

We cannot be part-time Christians, Pope says on Twitter

Pope Francis told his millions of followers on Twitter today that it is impossible for Christians to have a partial or lack lustre commitment to the faith. “We cannot be Christians part-time,” he said Aug. 19 on the social networking ...

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Egypt: at least 60 churches attacked in 4 days of violence

Egypt: at least 60 churches attacked in 4 days of violence

Following four days of violence against Christian institutions in Egypt, “nearly 40 churches have been looted and torched, while 23 others have been attacked and heavily damaged,” the Associated Press reported. Earlier, the press office of the Catholic Church in ...

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Catholic Church in Egypt Release Statement on Violent Protests

Catholic Church in Egypt Release Statement on Violent Protests

The Patriarch of Alexandria of the Copts, Ibrahim Isaac released a statement today regarding the dire political situation occurring in Egypt. Violence erupted after Muslim Brotherhood supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi began killing and burning churches, schools and state ...

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Pope Francis criticizes 'ornamental' faith

Pope Francis criticizes 'ornamental' faith

During his Sunday Angelus message, Pope Francis emphasized the importance of a deep faith that is fixed on Jesus, warning against a religious life that is only superficial. Faith “is not some decorative or ornamental thing,” said Pope Francis to ...

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Vatican reform aims for a Church that serves the world

Vatican reform aims for a Church that serves the world

A world Church needs a world perspective and Pope Francis knows it, Cardinal Oswald Gracias told The Catholic Register on a visit to Toronto Aug. 9. Gracias is one of eight cardinals chosen to advise Pope Francis on reforming the ...

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Thai Catholics encouraged to imitate Virgin Mary's faith life

Thai Catholics encouraged to imitate Virgin Mary's faith life

Mary is a perfect model for Christians, who should imitate their Blessed Mother and learn from her, said a Thai bishop on the feast of the Assumption of Mary in Bangkok. The Thai faithful have a very strong devotion to ...

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Saved from abortion, Chilean twin brothers are now priests

Saved from abortion, Chilean twin brothers are now priests

Two twin brothers in Chile say that their mother’s determination in protecting them from abortion despite the advice of doctors helped to foster their vocations to the priesthood. “How can I not defend the God of life?” said Fr ...

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Film tour hopes to reignite devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe

Film tour hopes to reignite devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe

The promotional tour of a recent film on the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe has helped reawaken devotion to the Patroness of the Americas, while inspiring a deeper conversion among Catholics. “We need things that are artistic, that leave ...

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Catholic Church to hold Asian ‘Festival of Faith’ in Manila

Catholic Church to hold Asian ‘Festival of Faith’ in Manila

Buffeted by secularism and fast-changing technology, the Catholic Church is inaugurating a “festival of faith” in October to keep its message in tune with the times, according to Church officials.

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said on Tuesday the ...

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Wis. law could push Catholic hospitals to admit abortionists

Wis. law could push Catholic hospitals to admit abortionists

A new abortion restriction in Wisconsin could inadvertently require several Catholic health systems to grant abortion doctors admitting privileges at their hospitals due to a decades-old federal law. “I don’t think too many people thought about that particular aspect ...

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Bishops offer encouragement on anniversary of civil rights march

Bishops offer encouragement on anniversary of civil rights march

Half a century after the famous civil rights march in Washington, D.C., significant progress towards justice has been made, but some goals remain unmet, said a group of U.S. bishops. “While we cannot deny the change that has ...

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New York cardinal warns of rampant 'disposable culture'

New York cardinal warns of rampant 'disposable culture'

At a recent Knights of Columbus event, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York and other Church leaders warned against the tendency to “discard” society's marginalized, including immigrants. During the Knights' 131st convention in San Antonio, Texas, Cardinal Dolan ...

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Good reception for Pope Francis in China press

Good reception for Pope Francis in China press

The Chinese media has reported on Pope Francis in “an honest, objective way” in these first four months of his pontificate “and that is already unusual”, according to Cardinal John Tong Hon, the bishop of Hong Kong. The reporting is ...

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Pope: Beauty, generosity in sports build the common good

Pope: Beauty, generosity in sports build the common good

Following a century of Popes who have been enthusiastic about sports, Pope Francis met with the Italian and Argentine soccer teams, urging them to contribute to the common good in their calling. “This is a social responsibility! Let me explain ...

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Assumption speaks to Japan's Catholics, missionary says

Assumption speaks to Japan's Catholics, missionary says

The Feast of the Assumption is an important celebration for Catholicism in Japan because of its link to both death and eternal life, according to an Australian missionary priest in Nagoya. “The Catholic communities spend this day in paying tribute ...

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Human life should be protected as gift from God, Pope says

Human life should be protected as gift from God, Pope says

Human life – including the lives of unborn children – must be defended as a gift from God, underscored Pope Francis in a recent message. Especially in today's throw-away culture that devalues the human person, parents “are called to teach their ...

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Soccer Star: Meeting With Pope an 'Unforgettable Day'

Soccer Star: Meeting With Pope an 'Unforgettable Day'

Argentine soccer start Lionel Messi says today is an "unforgettable day" because he was able to meet the Pope in the lead up to Wednesday's friendly soccer match between Italy and Argentina. The game has been organized in honor ...

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Medical Students Attend Fertility Care Professionals Meeting

Medical Students Attend Fertility Care Professionals Meeting

Students studying to become doctors were among those who attended the annual conference of the American Academy of FertilityCare Professionals last week. The Aug. 7-10 event was held in New Orleans, with the theme "New Hope New Life New Orleans ...

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Colombia to host 2014 World Congress on Divine Mercy

The Bishops’ Conference of Colombia has announced that the capital city of Bogota will be the site of the third World Apostolic Congress on Divine Mercy, to be held Aug. 15-19, 2014. Bishop Julio Hernando Garcia of Istima Tado, who ...

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Pope Francis calls, consoles Italian man after brother's murder

An Italian man who has struggled to forgive God after the murder of his brother recently received a personal phone call from Pope Francis, who offered him words of comfort. Michele Ferri was devastated when his brother, who owned several ...

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Holy See: No Confirmation on Jesuit Priest's Death

The Holy See Press Office stated that they are still looking into reports that Jesuit Father Paolo Dall’Oglio, who was kidnapped in Syria several weeks ago, was killed by his captors. “Nothing is confirmed. We are still evaluating the ...

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Catholic Church denies abandoning the poor

The Catholic Church in Zambia has remained steadfast in its position of fighting for the poor and the marginalised because this is the core of its prophetic role. The Church’s position is adequately demonstrated by the widely disseminated and ...

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Pope Francis' Surprise Visit to Vatican Industrial Area

Workers at the Vatican’s Industrial area received a surprise this morning as Pope Francis made an unannounced visit. The Holy Father visited the employees of the woodworking station and the Vatican Power Plant, as well the blacksmiths and plumbers ...

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Catholic radio host defends Islamic scholar's debate choice

Citing the need for public dialogue, Catholic radio host Al Kresta defended Islamic scholar Shadid Lewis’ invite to controversial critic Robert Spencer to a symposium and debate sponsored by Ave Maria Radio. “It was Shadid Lewis of the Muslim Debate ...

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Australian Catholic leaders to receive Papal honors

Pope Francis has recently named three South Australian Catholics to the Order of St. Gregory the Great, the single highest honor the Pope can bestow on an individual. “Their lives are exemplary models of Christian living, and all of them ...

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Pope spending vacation season visiting, planning

Pope spending vacation season visiting, planning

This summer the Vatican is finding out what it’s like to have a Pope in residence during the hottest weeks of the year, which for Francis seems to include visiting workers and planning for the fall. On Aug. 9 ...

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Catholic blogger grateful for prayers following accident

Catholic blogger grateful for prayers following accident

A young Catholic blogger known for his defense of the faith in the public square is thankful for prayers and support as he begins the long process of recovery following a severe accident. “Rehabilitation will not be easy and there ...

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World needs courageous Christian Missionaries, Pope says

World needs courageous Christian Missionaries, Pope says

Pope Francis delivered a strong call to Christians to share the faith in his message for World Mission Day, saying that in today’s troubled world “it is necessary to proclaim courageously and in every situation, the Gospel of Christ ...

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Winning pro-life contest photos will be shown to Pope

Winning pro-life contest photos will be shown to Pope

The winning photos of the contest “Life…in HD,” which is being organized by the Pontifical Council for the Family, will be projected for Pope Francis this October in Rome. The Vatican office announced the event on its website, inviting ...

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Jesus is Coming in 2015

Gold Soul Entertainment is launching a new web media series called 'Jesus 2015,' which tells a story based on the Second Coming of Jesus Christ in a modern society. Gold Soul Entertainment is seeking to raise funds for the project ...

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Vatican - Lourdes Miracle of Tumour Sufferer Approved

Vatican - Lourdes Miracle of Tumour Sufferer Approved

The Vatican approved of a miracle at the holy shrine of Lourdes 24 years after it took place. Danila Castelli was miraculously healed following immersion in holy water at the world famous pilgrimage sanctuary. She became the 69th person to ...

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Pope creates new commission of inquiry for finance

Pope creates new commission of inquiry for finance

On Friday, Pope Francis formed another inquiry commission into the Vatican's disturbed finances, naming an eight-member committee to recommend ways to slash waste, improve transparency and fix the Holy See's administrative shortcomings.

This is a signal by Pope ...

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