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Spectacular Paraguay altar destined to be broken down, recycled

Jul 12, 2015 - 03:07 pm .- The more than 60,000 corncobs, 20,000 squashes and 150,000 coconuts that adorn the altarpiece in Asuncion’s Ñu Guazú park where Pope Francis celebrated Mass on the last day of his visit to Paraguay won’t be going to waste.  

Want to preach the Gospel effectively? Be welcoming, Pope says

Jul 12, 2015 - 09:41 am .- In the final homily of his trip to South America Pope Francis said that a key aspect of Christian spirituality and evangelization is to have a welcoming attitude toward others, especially those most in need.

Pope prays with Paraguay clergy, urges conformity to Christ

Jul 11, 2015 - 05:14 pm .- Pope Francis reflected on the nature of Christian vocation on Saturday during a meeting with Paraguay’s clergy, religious and seminarians.  “A person called by God does not show off; he or she does not seek recognition or applause; he or she does not claim to be better than others, standing apart as if on a pedestal,” Pope Francis said.

Happiness and pleasure are not synonyms, Pope Francis reminds Paraguay's youth

Jul 11, 2015 - 04:30 pm .- Meeting Saturday afternoon with representatives of Paraguayan society, Pope Francis addressed young people in particular, telling them they must realize that happiness is a result of working to make a more fraternal world.

Pope visits foundation for AIDS victims verbally attacked by gay rights activist

Jul 11, 2015 - 11:32 am .- Pope Francis modified his schedule on Saturday, July 11, deciding to include this afternoon a visit to the Saint Rafael Foundation, which cares for patients with AIDS and cancer, and which was recently verbally attacked by Paraguay's most prominent gay rights activist.

Pope calls on Paraguay’s women to build the future

Jul 11, 2015 - 09:47 am .- Saying Mass at the Marian shrine of Caacupé on Saturday, Pope Francis reflected that it is the task of the “women, wives and mothers” of Paraguay to keep alive their nation’s faith and heritage.

Pope Francis tells sick children of Paraguay they are close to Jesus

Jul 11, 2015 - 08:29 am .- There is one way to annoy Jesus, Pope Francis said on Saturday: Keep the children from coming to him.

Francis lauds strength of Paraguay women amid nation's bloody history

Jul 10, 2015 - 05:33 pm .- Arriving in Paraguay on Friday, Pope Francis recognized the particular contribution of women in the nation’s warn-torn past.    

From one sinner to another, Pope asks for prayers during prison visit

Jul 10, 2015 - 09:19 am .- Pope Francis on Friday told Bolivian inmates that he too is a sinner who has experienced the merciful love of God, and encouraged them not to fall into despair but to accept forgiveness and to sustain themselves with prayer.

Pope in Latin America apologizes for sins against native peoples

Jul 9, 2015 - 06:18 pm .- Following in the footsteps of St. John Paul II, Pope Francis on Thursday asked forgiveness for crimes against the indigenous peoples of Latin America during “the so-called conquest of America.”

Pope Francis: Humanity's future is in the hands of the poor

Jul 9, 2015 - 05:38 pm .- In an address to international NGOs on Thursday, Pope Francis said the poor and marginalized have an irreplaceable role to play in reversing what he calls the global dictatorship of greed.

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.

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