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Catholics in Australia support Pope Francis' action against human trafficking

Jan 27, 2015 - 02:08 am .- Australia's bishops and religious have joined the global call of Pope Francis to mark Feb. 8, the Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, as the world day of prayer, reflection, and action against human trafficking.

Cardinal praises Catholics in Vietnam for their witness to the faith

Jan 27, 2015 - 12:03 am .- Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, lauded the efforts of the Catholic community in Vietnam during his pastoral visit last week and encouraged them in the path of mission.

Francis likely to bring up poverty in his expected UN visit in New York

Jan 21, 2015 - 05:18 pm .- According to the Vatican's Observer to the United Nations, Pope Francis is likely to address the issue of poverty before the international body, a speech that is anticipated in the proposed schedule for his upcoming US trip.

A step forward for evangelization in the Philippines

Jan 21, 2015 - 04:01 am .- A three-day conference on evangelization took place in Manila during Pope Francis' Philippines visit, exploring the relationship between the beatitudes and evangelization in the southeast Asian nation.

Australia event looks to Oakland cathedral as model for church architecture

Jan 21, 2015 - 02:02 am .- An upcoming symposium at Australian Catholic University aims to study the relationship of liturgy and architecture, and takes the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland as a model for church architecture.

After Francis: what the 'Pope of Surprises' means for Philippines bishops

Jan 18, 2015 - 08:54 pm .- Pope Francis’ departure from the Philippines prompted gratitude from leading bishops who encouraged Filipinos to reflect on the Pope’s message and to use discernment in responding to modern life.

The Philippines' farewell to visiting pontiff: "Pope Francis, we love you!"

Jan 18, 2015 - 07:36 pm .- The Pope departed the Philippines Monday morning from Villamor Air Base at a farewell ceremony where over 400 abandoned children from various welfare centers performed songs to bid him farewell.

One Buddhist nun's thoughts on Pope Francis

Jan 18, 2015 - 04:24 pm .- A Buddhist nun who experienced Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines voiced her gratitude to the pontiff for his efforts at unity and dialogue among religious communities.

Philippines typhoon survivor: 'There's a reason for everything'

Jan 18, 2015 - 02:38 pm .- Elena Garado thought she was dead after being trapped under a table for four hours when Typhoon Yolanda hit her hometown in November 2013.

A providential boost for the Philippine church's Year for Poor

Jan 18, 2015 - 10:04 am .- A priest currently stationed in the Philippine diocese of Cebu said that not only is Pope Francis' visit an opportunity to vamp-up evangelization efforts, but also fuels the local church's push to help the poor.

History made! Philippine crowd for Pope Francis hits 6-7 million

Jan 18, 2015 - 04:39 am .- The Vatican's spokesman said that papal history was made Sunday during Pope Francis' visit to the Philippines where an estimated 6-7 million people attended his closing Mass.

Catholic and non-Catholic alike; young people swarm for Pope

Jan 18, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Harold Ducusin, like many of his peers, traveled several hours to join tens of thousands of other young Filipinos to see Pope Francis at the sports field of Santo Tomas University Jan. 18.

Protect the family – Pope's parting message to the Philippines

Jan 18, 2015 - 01:11 am .- In his homily for the Jan. 18 Closing Mass in the Philippines, Pope Francis pointed to our identity as God’s children, calling for the protection of the family against the numerous attacks that threaten it.

Pope's prescription for our info-saturated world: being surprised by love

Jan 17, 2015 - 11:04 pm .- Tens of thousands of Filipino youth gathered in Manila with Pope Francis on Sunday and heard his recommendation that a society inundated in information should embrace God’s loving surprises.

Pope Francis prays for woman killed at Philippines Mass

Jan 17, 2015 - 10:16 pm .- Pope Francis led a youth rally in prayer for Kristel Padasas, a young woman who died in a freak accident at Saturday’s papal Mass in the Philippines.

What Pope Francis learned from homeless girl: 'Cry with the suffering!'

Jan 17, 2015 - 09:14 pm .- Pope Francis praised Filipino former homeless girl Glyzelle Palomar for asking why God allows children to suffer, saying her tearful question show that Christians must “learn how to weep.”

Here's why Pope Francis goes off script

Jan 17, 2015 - 07:15 am .- In a press briefing with journalists in the Philippines, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi ventured to explain the reason why Pope Francis so frequently deviates from his prepared speeches.

Pope Francis to Philippines cardinal: 'this visit is really for me'

Jan 17, 2015 - 06:10 am .- On his return flight from the Philippine city of Tacloban to Manila, where he met with and shared in the suffering of typhoon survivors, Pope Francis was moved, and said the trip was really intended for him.

Prayers asked for woman killed in freak accident at papal Mass

Jan 17, 2015 - 04:55 am .- A local woman was killed at an airport near Tacloban, Philippines where Pope Francis had just celebrated Mass for thousands of people amid strong winds and rain brought on by Tropical Storm Amang.

A simple, intense encounter: Pope Francis and Manila's street kids

Jan 17, 2015 - 03:04 am .- Deviating from his schedule of events in the Philippines, Pope Francis had a brief but emotionally intense encounter with former street kids in Manila yesterday.

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