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A new look into the Vatican's stunning museums

Nov 15, 2015 - 04:01 am .- Those who haven't made it to the world famous Vatican Museums needn't worry – the Church’s treasures will now come to them through a new DVD series aimed at sharing the small country’s rich patrimony with the world.

What Pope Francis has to say about Dostoyevsky and Guardini

Nov 14, 2015 - 06:01 am .- Pope Francis on Friday referred to the enduring relevance of two thinkers who have had a profound impact on his own thought: Romano Guardini, an early 20th century theologian, and Fyodor Dostoyevsky, a 19th century novelist.

UPDATED: Pope calls Paris terrorist attacks part of 'piecemeal WWIII'

Nov 14, 2015 - 04:52 am .- The acts of terrorism which took place in Paris Friday night are the latest part in what Pope Francis has called a “piecemeal World War III,” describing the attacks as “inhuman.”

Archbishop Chaput named as one of new members on synod council

Nov 14, 2015 - 04:08 am .- On Saturday the names of the 15 cardinals and bishops chosen to prepare for the next synod were announced by the Vatican – one of them being Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia.

Vatican shocked over Paris terror attacks, calls for global response

Nov 13, 2015 - 06:58 pm .- After Friday evening's devastating terror attacks throughout Paris that are reported to have claimed over 100 lives, the Vatican voiced its dismay over the events and urged a “decisive” response.

For Pope Francis, the Eucharist satisfies our every hunger

Nov 13, 2015 - 02:17 pm .- For Pope Francis, the Eucharist is all that can satisfy humanity’s deepest hungers and longings, and is a source of hope, joy, and zeal in leading others to Christ.

Beware the 'idolatry of immanence,' Pope Francis says

Nov 13, 2015 - 01:28 pm .- Pope Francis cautioned against making idols out of earthly things, including our own habits, and stressed that while these will eventually fade away, their Creator is the only thing that will remain.

Pope Francis encourages Church in Slovakia to welcome migrants

Nov 12, 2015 - 03:12 pm .- Speaking to the Slovak bishops on Thursday, Pope Francis reminded them that the Church is called to welcome immigrants and to reach out to 'the other', including by ministering to the Romani people.

Vatican launches investigation of journalists who published leaked docs

Nov 12, 2015 - 03:31 am .- The two Italian journalists who made headlines last week for authoring books on confidential Vatican financial documents are under investigation, and could face criminal charges.

Eat with your family, not with your smartphone, Pope says

Nov 11, 2015 - 05:57 am .- For Pope Francis the dinner table is a key place to strengthen family bonds and foster a sense of “togetherness,” which he said can often be thwarted by an excess attachment to technology.

Pope Francis: Christian joy comes from going against the tide

Nov 11, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Pope Francis celebrated Mass in Florence this week, saying that joy comes from discerning the real Jesus from the image offered by distorted philosophies of God, popular only for a short time.

In Tuscany, Pope Francis says proximity overcomes indifference

Nov 10, 2015 - 02:58 am .- Pope Francis today traveled to the Tuscan city of Prato, where he told the city’s labor force – many Chinese immigrants – to be courageous in fighting corruption and indifference, and to work toward a culture of inclusion.

Pope Francis to pro-life activists: You are the world's Good Samaritans

Nov 9, 2015 - 10:40 am .- Pope Francis praised pro-life activists as “Good Samaritans” to the most vulnerable, citing their commitment to defending life at all stages and their role in affirming the dignity of women.

Pope: 'Deplorable' leak of private docs doesn’t damper Vatican reform

Nov 8, 2015 - 05:15 am .- On Sunday Pope Francis spoke out for the first time on what has been called the most recent “Vatileaks” scandal with the theft of confidential information by the Holy See, but offered his assurances that the reform process would move forward.

If you have the right to work, you have the right to rest, Pope says

Nov 7, 2015 - 09:20 am .- The dignity of workers was at the center of an address by Pope Francis on Saturday, during which the pontiff reflected on the connection between the right to employment and the right to leisure.

Money and status don't make you happy – selflessness does, Pope says

Nov 6, 2015 - 02:25 pm .- On Friday Pope Francis praised those Christians who serve others and renounce their own comfort. He also gave a blunt warning about careerism and greed in the Church.

Pope Francis explains why he won't sell the Church's 'treasures'

Nov 6, 2015 - 09:38 am .- In a new interview ranging from fame to finances to his childhood dreams, Pope Francis explained that despite his strong concern for the poor, he will not sell the “riches of the Church.”

Pope Francis is going to Kenya - and here's what people are talking about

Nov 6, 2015 - 03:38 am .- As anticipation mounts in Africa ahead of Pope Francis’ coming visit, one Kenyan bishop said his country is excited to see the Pope’s simplicity and humility in action, especially toward the poor.

For Pope Francis, unity of martyrdom is stronger than Christian divisions

Nov 5, 2015 - 12:15 pm .- Despite the numerous divisions among Christians today, the followers of Christ are powerfully united in the witness of martyrdom across the globe, Pope Francis said Wednesday.

Excluding people isn't Christian – it leads to war, Pope says

Nov 5, 2015 - 09:46 am .- Pope Francis on Thursday said that those who form private, exclusive groups mimic the attitude of the Pharisees, leading to conflict and division, whereas true Christians open the doors – with prudence – to everyone.

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