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Massachusetts woman says faith restored after phone call from Pope

Days after the death of her 25 year-old son, Stephany Nicolo from Wakefield, Massachusetts called the Vatican and left her name and number with a representative. Distraught with anguish, she told the Vatican that she did not believe in God anymore. The grieving mother thought she would never hear back. According to a July 2 [...]

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Prayer to accompany Pope Francis on his pilgrimage to the Holy Land

With Pope Francis scheduled to travel to Jordan, Palestine and Israel later this month, a new prayer has been released for the faithful wishing to “accompany” him on his pilgrimage, either physically or spiritually. The prayer was written by Father Rifat Bader, director of the Centre for Catholic Studies and Media, who is responsible for [...]

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Catholic Giving and Pope Francis

Have you been more charitable since Pope Francis’ election? The Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA) commissioned a nationwide survey to answer just that, and they found some interesting results. “Since his election a year ago today, Pope Francis’ message of hope and compassion has strongly resonated with Catholics and non-Catholics alike,” FADICA reported [...]

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Pope Francis and the Peripheries of the World

In case you missed it: Catholic News Agency’s Vatican Observer, Andrea Gagliarducci, gave a brief interview to the Wall Street Journal after the Pope’s announcement of new cardinals at the end of his Sunday Angelus on January 12, 2014. Pope Francis noted that the new Cardinals come “from 12 countries from every part of the [...]

The faith of a child

Last weekend, the Pope welcomed participants in the Pilgrimage for Families to the tomb of St. Peter as part of the Year of Faith. While the event boasted balloons, acrobats and music, the event was made even more festive when a little boy wandered on stage and made himself at home with the Holy Father. [...]

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Pope Francis: A look at the first six months

Today marks six months since the election of Pope Francis. The Holy Father has repeatedly been in the headlines since his election, washing the feet of inmates, inviting the homeless to dinner, surprising numerous people across the globe with personal phone calls, and greeting more than 3 million young people in Rio de Janeiro for [...]

Pope Francis greets the crowd at Castel Gandolfo before the Sunday Angelus on July 14, 2013. Credit: Lauren Cater/CNA.

Pope Francis, I see what you did there

By Mary Rezac* “If someone is gay but tries to follow the Lord and has goodwill, who am I to judge?” Pope “I don’t do interviews” Francis made this remark to a plane full of journalists on his way back to Rome from World Youth Day in an uncharacteristic 80-minute press conference. Word immediately exploded [...]

Pilgrims from Argentina gather outside the Rio cathedral for Pope Francis to arrive. Credit: Michelle Bauman/CNA.

A sea of white and blue: Argentina meets Pope Francis

World Youth Day has brought with it many memorable moments already. But for me, the most touching experience so far has been witnessing the meeting between Pope Francis and the young people of Argentina. The meeting, held Thursday, was not announced until Tuesday, once the World Youth Day festivities had already begun. It was the [...]

Papal Inauguration Mass in St. Peter's Square for Pope Francis on March 19, 2013. Credit: Jeffrey Bruno/CNA

Pope Francis: No dull uniformity in the Church

In his General Audience today, which I’ve posted below, the Bishop of Rome made some very moving comments about the unity of the Church — a unity that is grounded in diversity. He focused on the unity that comes through union with Christ, the head of the Church. A beauty of holiness is variety. Rather [...]

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The Pope of audience surprises

*By Stephen Driscoll During the May 22 general audience, Pope Francis got into a small debate with his security detail that gives a glimpse into his personality. Standing just a few feet from the Pope, I could hear him and his security team shouting over the roar of the crowd. They were debating whether the [...]

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August 1, 2014

Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

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