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Pope Francis apparently not amused by 'communist crucifix' (Updated)

Jul 9, 2015 - 10:45 am .- When leftist Bolivian president Evo Morales on Thursday presented Pope Francis with a “communist crucifix” – a carving of Christ crucified on the hammer of a hammer and sickle – the Pope appeared to say, “This is not ok,” while shaking his head.

No one should be discarded – In Bolivia, Pope Francis advocates for the poor

Jul 9, 2015 - 08:55 am .- Giving into despair when confronted with life’s difficulties only leads to an individualistic attitude that discards others, Pope Francis said Thursday, explaining that with Jesus, no one is ever left out or excluded.

Don't forget how Christianity shaped you, Pope tells Bolivia

Jul 8, 2015 - 06:28 pm .- In a meeting at the Cathedral of La Paz in Bolivia, Pope Francis urged civil authorities to respect religious freedom in order to allow Christians to play their part in civil life.

'Jallalla Bolivia' – Pope Francis arrives speaking Quechua

Jul 8, 2015 - 04:19 pm .- Arriving in Bolivia on Wednesday afternoon, Pope Francis greeted those waiting for him with the greeting “jallalla,” significant because it comes from the Quechua-Aymara languages of the nation's indigenous peoples.

'Remember your roots': Pope goes off-the-cuff to priests, religious

Jul 8, 2015 - 11:14 am .- In his last encounter during his visit to Ecuador, Pope Francis on Wednesday warned priests and religious against career ambitions that lead to 'spiritual Alzheimer’s.'

Ecuador is 'a Church on the move'

Jul 8, 2015 - 06:23 am .- Everyone at the Vatican is praying for the fruits of the Pope’s apostolic visit to Latin America, but there is one person with a special insight into the papal trip.  

The man who put Laudato Si into practice in Ecuador – 40 years ago

Jul 8, 2015 - 12:33 am .- Among the members of civil society Pope Francis met with in Quito was an Italian who helped build a banking system to aid the poor in rising from poverty, anticipating in practice what Pope Francis’ encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ stressed this year.

Pope to policy makers in Ecuador: Love society as your family

Jul 7, 2015 - 05:59 pm .- In an address at the San Francisco church in Quito, Ecuador Pope Francis told political and social policy makers of the country to look to the family as their model for solidarity and subsidiarity.

God to Cain, Pope to educators: 'Where is your brother?'

Jul 7, 2015 - 04:18 pm .- Pope Francis on Tuesday challenged Ecuador’s educators to form their students to engage in modern-day issues with innovation and in solidarity with the poor.

Pope: Evangelizing isn't about big talk – it's about joy

Jul 7, 2015 - 10:29 am .- In his second homily while visiting Ecuador, Pope Francis spoke on Tuesday of the importance of fostering unity through evangelization, which he said is not done by preaching at people, but rather by being a joyful witness to the Gospel we have received.

Pope Francis visits an old friend in Ecuador

Jul 7, 2015 - 12:32 am .- “Why in the world is the Vicar of Christ coming to me?” said Father Paquito, when asked how he would receive Pope Francis when he visits him in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Pray that the family synod will deepen the Church's spiritual discernment, Pope asks

Jul 6, 2015 - 12:11 pm .- During a Mass said on Monday, the first full day of his visit to Ecuador, Pope Francis called for prayers that the upcoming Synod on the Family might discern the needs of the family, an institution irreplaceable to society.

What did he just say? Pope Francis off-the-cuff in Latin America

Jul 5, 2015 - 05:05 pm .- The world is about to see a new side to Pope Francis and, interestingly, it could be the most intimate look yet at who he really is.

Pope lands in Ecuador, calls nation to continue in Catholic identity

Jul 5, 2015 - 02:45 pm .- Landing in Ecuador on Sunday afternoon, Pope Francis began his tri-nation visit to Latin America by stressing the Gospel’s role in fostering respect, dialogue, and care for the vulnerable, while praising the nation’s centuries-old Catholic heritage.

Cuban bishops: prepare for Pope's visit with works of mercy

Jul 2, 2015 - 12:13 am .- In preparation for Pope Francis’ visit to Cuba this fall, the bishops of the island nation are asking the faithful to perform acts of mercy during the first Fridays of July, August and September.

These nuns are making the Pope's vestments for Ecuador

Jun 30, 2015 - 06:25 am .- Within the walls of the convent in Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, Ecuador, the Carmelite nuns are busy making liturgical cloths and the vestments for Pope Francis’ July 6-7 visit to the country.  

Pope to Peruvian pro-lifers: 'Keep shaking things up'

Jun 5, 2015 - 06:33 am .- Upon seeing pictures from the 2015 March for Life in Lima, Peru, Pope Francis had a message for the faithful of the South American country: “keep shaking things up.”

Is 'Charlie Charlie' a harmless game? Exorcist says absolutely not

May 27, 2015 - 04:14 pm .- A game that purports to invoke a Mexican demon – known as “Charlie, Charlie” and considered to be a simplified version of the Ouija board – has gone viral on social media among young people, prompting one exorcist to warn of its dangers. 

Insides that didn't decompose – and other stunning facts about Oscar Romero

May 23, 2015 - 02:56 pm .- In his role as Vicar General, Monsignor Ricardo Urioste was one of the closest collaborators of Oscar Romero, the archbishop of San Salvador who was martyred for the faith in 1980 and beatified just this weekend.

Oscar Romero, a 'father of the poor,' beatified in El Salvador

May 23, 2015 - 01:20 pm .- Archbishop Oscar Romero was beatified in El Salvador this morning, with Pope Francis declaring from the Vatican that the martyr's feast will be celebrated on March 24 each year – the day “in which he was born into heaven.”

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