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Pope appeals for peace in Burundi

May 17, 2015 - 01:10 pm .- On Sunday morning, Pope Francis called for prayers for the people of Burundi, where violent clashes have broken out following a failed coup last week.

Pope Francis shares the secret of the saints: life in Christ's love

May 17, 2015 - 10:11 am .- Pope Francis canonized the Church’s four newest saints on Sunday, praising their loving witness to Jesus Christ’s Resurrection.

Pope Francis reminds Christians to have a festive faith

May 16, 2015 - 02:17 pm .- Speaking to vowed religious, Pope Francis said Christianity must be festive. He praised the special nourishing power of a nun’s smile.

Population control won't solve climate change, Caritas official says

May 16, 2015 - 06:04 am .- Controlling populations is not the answer in fighting poverty and protecting the environment, says a leading official for the Catholic aid federation, Caritas Internationalis.

Justice and truth are the keys to peace in Central African Republic, Pope says

May 15, 2015 - 11:47 am .- Pope Francis' address to the bishops of the Central African Republic on Friday focused on the Church's role in fostering reconciliation in the war-torn country, urging a deeper adhesion to the Gospel and the importance of honesty and justice in the process.

Pope Francis: Fear and joylessness are signs of bad spiritual health

May 15, 2015 - 11:40 am .- In his daily homily on Friday Pope Francis said that Christian communities become “sick” when they live in fear and fail to be joyful – even when times are difficult.

Cardinal Tagle, the first Caritas Internationalis president from Asia

May 14, 2015 - 01:46 pm .- Cardinal Luis Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, is the new president of Caritas Internationalis. The general assembly of the umbrella organization of Catholic charities elected the Filipino cardinal with 91 votes out of 133.

Vatican and 'State of Palestine' agree to treaty safeguarding religious liberty

May 13, 2015 - 02:13 pm .- The Holy See and the State of Palestine have agreed on the text of a treaty regarding the life and activity of the Church in Palestine, which is expected to be signed soon by both parties.

Christian marriage – it's 'demanding but magnificent,' Pope says

May 13, 2015 - 01:28 pm .- In his audience closing out the Togolese bishops’ ad Limina visit to Rome, Pope Francis on Monday encouraged solid faith formation for the young, especially those preparing for marriage.

When was the last time you said 'thank you' and 'I'm sorry?' Pope asks

May 13, 2015 - 09:04 am .- In his general audience Pope Francis focused on the concrete challenges families face in daily life, and said that simply remembering to be grateful and to apologize can go a long way in avoiding conflict.

You are not just aid workers – you are witnesses to Christ, Pope tells Caritas

May 12, 2015 - 03:38 pm .- On Tuesday Pope Francis told global representatives of Caritas International that true service is about welcoming God and others, and called them to continue their mission by going out to the peripheries.

In rare new letter, Benedict XVI seeks shepherds for the whole world

May 12, 2015 - 06:03 am .- Speaking from retirement, Benedict XVI has underscored the need for the Church to extend its pastoral care to non-believers and to share “the questions of the times” in its continuing efforts to announce the gospel to the world.

Pope Francis: Spare no effort in defending life, family

May 12, 2015 - 03:26 am .- In his meeting on Saturday with the bishops from Mozambique, a southeast African nation, Pope Francis urged support for public policies that promote the family and protect human life.

Martyrdom serves Christian unity, Pope Francis tells Coptic Orthodox patriarch

May 12, 2015 - 12:02 am .- In a message sent Sunday to the leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Pope Francis said advances toward reconciliation are strengthened by the martyrs and that Christians must unite to confront shared global challenges.

On Monday, a little boy asked Pope Francis: 'What is peace?'

May 11, 2015 - 01:31 pm .- This question was part of a special question and answer session with the Bishop of Rome touching on a wide range of themes – from the link between greed and war, to arguments with siblings, and the role of religion in promoting peace in the world.

Dates of Pope's Cuba trip announced: Sept. 19-22

May 11, 2015 - 12:40 pm .- Pope Francis’ historic trip to Cuba will take place Sept. 19-22, the Catholic Bishops Conference of Cuba has announced.

Pope Francis: Get ready to be martyrs – even in the little things

May 11, 2015 - 11:31 am .- Pope Francis centered his homily for Monday's daily Mass on the “scandal of the cross,” saying Christians should turn to the Holy Spirit in preparing for martyrdom – great or small.

Raul Castro to Pope: Thanks to you, I may come back to the Church

May 10, 2015 - 01:51 pm .- Following a private meeting at the Vatican with Pope Francis, who has helped to broker improved relations between Cuba and the United States, the president of the Caribbean nation suggested he could return to the Church in the future.

Pope Francis sends a hug to moms worldwide for Mother's Day

May 10, 2015 - 09:28 am .- On Sunday, Pope Francis extended a special greeting to all those around the world who are celebrating Mother's Day, after offering advice on loving to the point of laying down one's life.

Synod will endorse Church teaching on family – Cardinal Pell

May 9, 2015 - 02:23 pm .- Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Vatican's Secretariat for the Economy, spoke this weekend on issues surrounding the family and the upcoming Synod of Bishops, saying the synod is unable to change Church teaching.

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