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Vatican unveils a packed, diverse itinerary for Pope's Sarajevo visit

Apr 14, 2015 - 06:20 am .- Pope Francis will meet with a vast array of different groups during his daytrip to Bosnia, which is a visit Sarajevo’s cardinal says could help ease political and ethnic tensions after the country’s recent war.

Pope Francis: Vocations are about quality, not quantity

Apr 14, 2015 - 12:00 am .- Well-formed vocations are more important than numerous vocations Pope Francis said in address to religious formators on Saturday at the Vatican.

Evangelization isn't a synonym for advertising, Pope says

Apr 13, 2015 - 02:27 pm .- Giving witness to Jesus Christ is more than mere advertising, Pope Francis said: it's the act of courage in proclaiming the Gospel “with frankness” even to the point of martyrdom.

Pope recalls slaughter of Armenians in 'first genocide of the 20th century'

Apr 12, 2015 - 08:24 am .- Pope Francis today referred to the mass killing of Armenians by the Ottoman Turks in 1915 as a “genocide,” prompting the Turkish government to summon the Vatican’s ambassador for questioning.

Touch and be healed by the merciful wounds of Christ, Pope says

Apr 12, 2015 - 05:10 am .- In his homily on Divine Mercy Sunday Pope Francis said Jesus’ scars are full of mercy, and encouraged attendees to imitate the apostle Thomas in touching them and allowing their hearts to be converted.

Mercy inseparable from life, mission of the Church, says Pope

Apr 11, 2015 - 01:35 pm .- Pope Francis officially proclaimed the upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy by reminding the faithful that mercy cannot be separated from the life and ministry of the Church.

Pope Francis: Now is the time for mercy

Apr 11, 2015 - 11:12 am .- In a world marked by suffering and fierce persecution – especially of Christians – now “is the time for mercy,” Pope Francis said, speaking at the vigil for the Feast of Divine Mercy.

Practical help for the demon-possessed: Vatican rolls out new exorcism course

Apr 10, 2015 - 04:02 am .- This month the Vatican will gather a wide range experts in the field of exorcism with the aim of shedding light on demonic possession from both theological and scientific perspectives.

Kasper is not the 'Pope's theologian,' says leading African cardinal

Apr 9, 2015 - 05:08 pm .- A top African cardinal says that German cardinal Walter Kasper – who's stirred controversy over his views promoting Communion for the divorced and remarried – does not necessarily represent Pope Francis' theological stance.

The Vatican considers – what does vocational formation look like in the modern age?

Apr 9, 2015 - 01:08 pm .- Religious formators gathered in Rome for a seminar on fashioning new vocations in contemporary society – a task the Vatican’s point man for consecrated life says is not easy, but still full of hope.

Pope Francis brings down hammer, says 'Don’t mess with children'

Apr 8, 2015 - 06:20 am .- Pope Francis said Wednesday that children are never a mistake, and called adults out for building faulty systems that leave children exploited and abandoned, rather than treated as the blessings they are.

How the Holy See is using diplomacy to aid Christians in the Middle East

Apr 8, 2015 - 02:08 am .- In the face of increased persecution of Christians in the Middle East, the Holy See's diplomatic arm is developing a strategy to shed light on Christian martyrs, helping those remaining to stay in their homeland and to foster interreligous dialogue.

Pope's Easter message: In this violent world, what we need is Christ's resurrection

Apr 5, 2015 - 11:04 am .- Pope Francis reminded Christians this Easter of the strength which comes from Christ’s death and resurrection, calling them to be witnesses of peace and justice, especially for those suffering today in regions of extreme violence and persecution.

If you're looking for the truth, you'll find the Resurrection Pope says

Apr 4, 2015 - 12:57 pm .- During his homily for the Easter Vigil Pope Francis said that the Resurrection of Jesus is a mystery we can only enter by going out of ourselves and looking for the truth.

True martyrs die in prayer – not with clenched fists, papal preacher says

Apr 3, 2015 - 11:35 am .- In his homily for the celebration of the Passion of Our Lord on Good Friday, papal preacher Father Raniero Cantalamessa called for a spirit of forgiveness amid rising persecutions in the world.

Pope Francis to inmates: 'I too need to be washed by the Lord'

Apr 2, 2015 - 12:23 pm .- Pope Francis on Holy Thursday told inmates of a Rome prison that God’s love is personal and endless, emphasizing that he too needs forgiveness and purification.

Don't flirt with spiritual worldliness, Pope cautions priests

Apr 2, 2015 - 04:32 am .- During Holy Thursday’s Chrism Mass Pope Francis warned priests not to fall into a tiredness that leads to worldliness, and said that only resting in the Lord will enable them to continue when they feel worn out.

Blood of the martyrs sustains the Church, Pope reflects

Apr 1, 2015 - 01:46 pm .- Pope Francis, in his General Audience address for Holy Week, said that the Christian martyrs of today, by the shedding of their blood, join with Christ in serving the Church through their witness.

Vatican Appointments: Cardinal Versaldi to Congregation for Catholic Education

Mar 31, 2015 - 11:48 am .- Tuesday's appointment of Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi as prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, together with Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki's commission as a member of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See, signals that Vatican financial reform continues and that curial reform will need time to become effective.

A sweet sign of hope: Pope's envoy returns to Iraq with Easter cake

Mar 29, 2015 - 06:32 am .- Pope Francis' personal envoy to Iraq will return to the country during Holy Week, bringing with him the pontiff's love and solidarity along with a special gift from the diocese of Rome: cake.

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