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Pope blasts clericalism in Latin American Church

Apr 26, 2016 - 04:04 pm .- Pope Francis issued strong words to the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, calling clericalism “one of the greatest distortions” facing the local Church.

Vatican: suspended audit not intended to block curial reform

Apr 26, 2016 - 07:47 am .- The Vatican clarified Tuesday that the recent suspension of an external audit of Vatican finances by Pricewaterhouse Cooper is due to problems surrounding specific clauses in their contract, and is not meant to hinder the ongoing reform of the Curia.

Bishop Edward Rice 'humbled' to be new head of Missouri diocese

Apr 26, 2016 - 05:50 am .- On Tuesday the Vatican announced that Bishop Edward M. Rice of St. Louis has been tapped by Pope Francis to take charge of the Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese.

Could reconciliation with the SSPX arrive with ease?

Apr 26, 2016 - 03:01 am .- Pope Francis may soon offer the Society of Saint Pius X regular canonical status within the Church, without requiring the acceptance of certain texts of the Second Vatican Council with which they disagree.

Suspended audit reveals power struggle at the Vatican

Apr 25, 2016 - 05:02 pm .- The recent suspension of an audit of Vatican finances by a major accounting firm shed light on a lively debate within the Sacred Walls about the balance of power between the Secretariat of State and the Secretariat for the Economy.

Pope pays surprise visit to Earth Day celebration

Apr 24, 2016 - 04:10 pm .- Pope Francis encouraged Christians to courageously venture into the metaphorical deserts of the world during a surprise visit to an Earth Day celebration in Rome Sunday.

Pope to teens: There isn't a phone app for love and happiness

Apr 24, 2016 - 07:04 am .- Freedom does not come from things we possess or from doing whatever we want, Pope Francis said Sunday in his homily for the Jubilee for boys and girls. Rather, true freedom and happiness can only be found in the love of Jesus.  

How to be a pilgrim in Rome during the Jubilee of Mercy

Apr 24, 2016 - 05:53 am .- While Rome is always a popular destination for tourists, with millions of visitors annually, the Eternal City this year will be swarming with even more sightseers who want to make a pilgrimage to the city’s Holy Doors for the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Pope urges teens to practice works of mercy

Apr 23, 2016 - 05:07 pm .- Pope Francis has challenged young people to commit to practicing the corporal works of mercy in order to recognize the face of Jesus in each other.

Pope hears confessions at Jubilee event for teens

Apr 23, 2016 - 06:11 am .- Pope Francis on Saturday heard the confessions of young people in St. Peter's Square as part of this weekend's Jubilee for Boys and Girls, an event which is expected to draw tens of thousands of teenagers from around the world.  

After Prince’s death, Vatican praise for his rare gift of music

Apr 22, 2016 - 04:10 pm .- The death of the songwriter, singer and music producer Prince drew reactions from the Vatican and praise for his musical talent.

Cricket for the Queen's birthday! Vatican to play Royal Household

Apr 22, 2016 - 10:30 am .- Last year Queen Elizabeth II became the longest reigning monarch in British history, and on Thursday she passed yet another milestone – becoming the first monarch to ever reach the age of 90.

Know the difference between sin and sinner, Pope Francis says

Apr 20, 2016 - 05:44 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis stressed the importance of knowing how to distinguish between sin and sinner, adding that God’s mercy is not afraid to reach out and touch our sins in order to forgive them.

When terrorism destroys religious cooperation: the Holy See's message to the UN

Apr 20, 2016 - 12:03 am .- Terrorism in the name of religion is a lie, the head of the Holy See’s mission to the United Nations said last week. 

Please forgive our indifference: Pope Francis' heartfelt plea to refugees

Apr 19, 2016 - 06:09 am .- Pope Francis has offered his praise to the Jesuits in Italy for their longstanding work with refugees, but asked the foreigners for their pardon on behalf of all who have been closed-minded and indifferent to their plight.

Pope: Jesus is the only door to eternal life

Apr 18, 2016 - 10:57 am .- Speaking at morning Mass at the Santa Marta residence, Pope Francis on Monday urged the faithful not to seek salvation through anyone but Jesus alone, because he is the only way into heaven.  

Pope meets Central African Republic's new president

Apr 18, 2016 - 07:52 am .- Pope Francis on Monday met with the Central African Republic's newly-installed president, Faustin-Archange Touadéra, who was elected to office a few months after the pontiff's visit to the country late last year.

Pope Francis sends his greetings to Benedict XVI on his 89th birthday

Apr 17, 2016 - 02:38 pm .- Pope emeritus Benedict XVI celebrated his 89th birthday on Saturday, and received special greetings from Pope Francis.

Pope: 'I saw much suffering' at Lesbos refugee camp

Apr 17, 2016 - 06:42 am .- Pope Francis on Sunday reflected on the great suffering he had witnessed at the refugee camp in Lesbos. He remembered especially the children he encountered, as well as the husband of a Christian woman who was martyred by terrorists.

Pope: Media missed the real family crisis in covering Communion, remarriage

Apr 16, 2016 - 01:25 pm .- Pope Francis has said that the family is in crisis, and that is a much bigger issue than Communion for the divorced-and-remarried. He suggested the news media had focused too much on the latter issue during the synod and in coverage of his recent document on the family.

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