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A sign of hope; Christmas tree illuminates St. Peter's Square

Dec 19, 2014 - 05:05 pm .- The 83-foot Italian tree in St. Peter's Square was lit for the first time this season at the unveiling of the Vatican's nativity scene, which Pope Francis called a sign of “light, hope and love” for the world.

Pope warns against sterile egoism rooted in a desire for power

Dec 19, 2014 - 09:38 am .- Pope Francis cautioned Christians against an egoism that excludes the need for God in his homily at Mass on Friday, saying this attitude renders our lives sterile and prevents the Church from bearing fruit.

Vatican communications committee advances path of reforms

Dec 19, 2014 - 12:03 am .- The Vatican's committee on communications has finished its third round of visits to Vatican media branches, and will likely discuss the outcomes of the visits in their next meeting, due to take place in January.

Cuba, US: how the Holy See was behind the scene for 50 years

Dec 18, 2014 - 05:02 pm .- The announcement that the US and Cuba will enjoy warmer relations follows more than 50 years of Vatican diplomacy, which was ramped up by St. John Paul II during his 1984 visit to nearby Puerto Rico.

Pope Francis strengthens commission for the protection of minors

Dec 17, 2014 - 02:04 pm .- Pope Francis appointed eight new members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors on Wednesday, completing the ranks of the commission with a balanced geographical representation in doing so.

Tea and cake for Pope Francis as he celebrates 78th birthday

Dec 17, 2014 - 09:45 am .- Shouts of “Tanti auguri” – or, “Happy Birthday!” – filled St. Peter's Square Wednesday morning as Pope Francis circled around throngs of pilgrims on his popemobile during the weekly general audience.

An Advent gift: God's mercy in the confessional, cardinal says

Dec 17, 2014 - 06:02 am .- As Christmas approaches, priests and penitents should remind themselves of the “miracle” of confession and how we should approach the sacrament with “full freedom,” a Vatican cardinal says.

Pope: Mary and Joseph exemplify mission, vocation of family life

Dec 17, 2014 - 05:06 am .- Pope Francis spoke today about Jesus’ choice to be born into a family, saying that it shows the importance of the vocation, which Mary and Joseph epitomized through their everyday holiness.

An early Christmas present: Pope Francis to meet man serving life sentence

Dec 17, 2014 - 12:08 am .- As inmates are moved by a letter Pope Francis has sent to the prison of a small town in central Italy, the news broke that a man serving a life sentence will be among those at an audience with Pope Francis Dec. 20.

Only a repentant heart will receive salvation, Pope Francis says

Dec 16, 2014 - 01:14 pm .- Pope Francis touched on the importance of being humble and open to the Lord's correction, encouraging the faithful to offer him their sins to God in order to be saved.

Final report: Vatican thanks women religious, stresses focus on Christ

Dec 16, 2014 - 09:03 am .- The Vatican has published the results of its apostolic visitation examining the quality of religious communities across the U.S. in a report described as realistic yet encouraging.

Vatican budgets for 2015 to be prepared by springtime

Dec 16, 2014 - 12:02 am .- In an effort to improve the Holy See budgeting system, the Secretariat for the Economy has already trained Vatican employees in new budgeting policies, and 2015's budgets are to be released by the spring.

US asks Vatican to help relocate Guantanamo inmates

Dec 15, 2014 - 04:21 pm .- On Monday, the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met briefly with his Vatican counterpart, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to discuss issues of common concern and to seek the Holy See's aid in relocating Guantanamo detainees.

Pope Francis to media: People are more valuable than 'hits'

Dec 15, 2014 - 02:54 pm .- Catholics working in media would do well to remember that communications is about informing people – not collecting “hits,” Pope Francis told representatives from the Italian station TV2000.

No such thing as gloomy-faced saints, Pope Francis says

Dec 14, 2014 - 08:43 am .- Christian joy is borne out of nearness to Christ, said Pope Francis during his Angelus address for the third Sunday of Advent, adding that “gloomy-faced” saints are a contradiction.

St. Lucy an example of courage for all who face disabilities, Pope says

Dec 13, 2014 - 09:26 am .- In an audience with people who are blind and visually impaired Pope Francis said that St. Lucy’s courage in facing martyrdom can teach them to live their disability without fear or isolation.

Knights donate $2 million to papal charities, Middle East relief

Dec 13, 2014 - 09:13 am .- The Knights of Columbus have donated $1.6 million to the Pope’s personal charities, and are giving an additional $400,000 to assist the Holy See’s relief efforts in the Middle East.

Pope pleads with Middle East churches to address crisis together

Dec 13, 2014 - 04:05 am .- Pope Francis addressed the increasing challenges caused by violence in the Middle East with members of the Syriac Catholic Church, urging them to work alongside other churches to find solutions.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, the great missionary who protects her people

Dec 12, 2014 - 01:43 pm .- Pope Francis praised Our Lady of Guadalupe on Friday as “a great missionary” who brought the faith to Latin America, as he called on Christians to see her prayers as an introduction to the Beatitudes and to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Francis lauds Nobel Peace laureates, declines to meet with Dalai Lama

Dec 12, 2014 - 12:55 pm .- Following the reception of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize by two south Asians this week, Pope Francis has praised Nobel laureates' efforts for peace but chose not to meet with the Dalai Lama, who won the prize in 1989.

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December 20, 2014

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