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Religious liberty at center of Pope's meeting with Iranian president

Jan 26, 2016 - 09:28 am .- On Tuesday Pope Francis met with Iranian president Hassan Rouhani for the first time, an encounter that focused heavily on human rights, religious freedom, and an end to the spread of terrorism.

The Angel of Dachau: Pope Francis declares concentration camp priest a martyr

Jan 26, 2016 - 06:03 am .- Fr. Engelmar Unzeitig, a young priest with Czech roots serving in Germany and Austria, was arrested by the Nazis on April 21, 1941.

Pope calls for concrete acts of mercy this Lent

Jan 26, 2016 - 04:37 am .- In his 2016 Lenten message, Pope Francis called the faithful to place special emphasis on the spiritual and corporal works of mercy this Lent, taking into account the current Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Pope will go to Sweden for Reformation anniversary, Vatican announces

Jan 25, 2016 - 05:34 am .- Pope Francis will take part in an ecumenical ceremony in Lund, Sweden, to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, the Vatican announced Monday.

Evangelize the poor: that is your mission, Pope says

Jan 24, 2016 - 06:15 am .- Pope Francis centered his Angelus address this Sunday on what it means to evangelize the poor, and how this is the mission of the Church.

This sword-wielding Samurai just moved closer to sainthood!

Jan 23, 2016 - 04:02 am .- The martyrdom of a 16th-century Samurai who died for his Catholic faith was approved this week by Pope Francis, making the Japanese warrior one among nine other causes that advanced toward sainthood.

In speech to Rota, Pope Francis shows annulment conditions aren't loosening

Jan 22, 2016 - 11:38 am .- In his annual speech to the Holy See's main court on Friday, Pope Francis affirmed the indissolubility of marriage and clarified that poorly developed “personal faith” is not itself a grounds for finding that a marriage is null.

What's the first step to good communication? Listening, Pope says

Jan 22, 2016 - 05:53 am .- For Pope Francis, the ability to listen is the first requirement for good communication, which is something he said should never exclude, but must provide an encounter rooted in mercy and welcome.

Pope Francis celebrates Saint Agnes with blessing of lambs

Jan 21, 2016 - 10:42 am .- Pope Francis observed the feast of St. Agnes on Thursday with the time-honored custom of the blessing of lambs, whose wool will be used to make palliums, a vestment worn by metropolitan archbishops which signify their unity with the Church of Rome.

Women may now have their feet washed at Holy Thursday Mass, Pope says

Jan 21, 2016 - 10:14 am .- Pope Francis has changed the rules for the Church’s traditional foot-washing ceremony on Holy Thursday, issuing a decree allowing women to participate in what has until now been a ritual officially open only to men.

Technology is good but it shouldn't replace human beings, Pope says

Jan 20, 2016 - 04:20 pm .- While advancements in technology are mostly positive, they can also negatively affect the poor and the environment and risk letting “soulless machines” take the place of people, Pope Francis warned.

Pope Francis: for Christians, baptism is stronger than differences

Jan 20, 2016 - 05:32 am .- In his general audience during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Pope Francis focused on the common baptism Christians share, saying the strength of this bond is stronger than existing divisions.

Even the saints had sin in their past, Pope Francis recalls

Jan 19, 2016 - 12:00 pm .- Even great saints had at times succumbed to sin, Pope Francis said Tuesday during his Mass at the chapel of the Santa Marta residence.

Europe's 'new nationalism' is problematic, Austrian cardinal warns

Jan 19, 2016 - 12:08 am .- The Archbishop of Vienna has warned that as Europe’s migrant crisis reaches a fever pitch, the continent risks falling into old fears that could build new walls that are contrary to the Christian concept of charity.

Every migrant has a story and culture of value, Pope Francis says

Jan 17, 2016 - 05:19 am .- On Sunday Pope Francis offered special greetings to 6,000 migrants and refugees who were gathered in S. Peter’s Square, telling them not to be discouraged by negative experiences, but rather to find hope in the Lord.

'How good it is for brothers to be together' – a papal history in synagogues

Jan 15, 2016 - 04:07 pm .- On Sunday Pope Francis will become the third pontiff to cross the threshold of the Major Temple in Rome, the most important and significant synagogue in the city.

Pope Francis kicks off monthly works of mercy with surprise visits

Jan 15, 2016 - 01:05 pm .- True to form, the pope of the surprise papal visit dropped by two different nursing homes in Rome unannounced on Friday. The visits kicked off the Pope’s monthly works of mercy, which he plans to do on Fridays during the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Pope Francis invites 2,000 homeless, migrants to circus

Jan 14, 2016 - 03:35 pm .- On Thursday afternoon the office for papal charities offered a unique charity event for Rome's marginalized: an entire circus organized especially for them.

Pope's message to youth: have courage to swim against the tide

Jan 14, 2016 - 05:47 am .- Pope Francis has sent a special message to the youth who will participate in the Jubilee of Boys and Girls in April, telling them the Holy Year is an opportunity to grow in holiness and mercy, so that they become Christians capable of making courageous decisions.

A 'gay lobby' at the Vatican? One cardinal says it's real, and Pope Francis is responding

Jan 13, 2016 - 04:13 pm .- The influential Cardinal Oscar Maradiaga has acknowledged the presence of a “gay lobby” in the Vatican. In a new interview, he says that Pope Francis has adopted a gradual approach to address it – and that Catholic teaching won’t change.

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