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Pope Francis encourages bishops of Bosnia and Herzegovina in reconciliation

Mar 17, 2015 - 12:04 am .- During his address to the bishops from Bosnia and Herzegovina on Monday, Pope Francis urged them to foster reconciliation and peaceful coexistence in their country, which has been marked by ethno-religious tensions.

Vatican: no papal endorsement for LGBT Catholic video

Mar 16, 2015 - 05:35 pm .- A Vatican official says there will be no papal endorsement for an LGBT activist video whose backers want it to reach Pope Francis.

Pope grieves Pakistan bombings, says world hides Christian persecution

Mar 15, 2015 - 06:49 am .- In his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis lamented today’s terrorist attacks against two Christian churches – one of them Catholic – in Pakistan, and prayed that such violence will stop.

Lay people at the forefront of the Church's mission, says Pope

Mar 14, 2015 - 01:56 pm .- Pope Francis reminded lay men and women of their place in the “front lines” in spreading the Gospel, living as Christian witnesses in the secular world.

Pope to teachers: engage with peripheries in your classrooms

Mar 14, 2015 - 01:30 pm .- Pope Francis has called on teachers to engage with the peripheries within their own classrooms, loving their students for their limitations as well as their potential.

Scholar from JPII Institute on marriage, family to advise helmsman of 2015 Synod

Mar 14, 2015 - 10:00 am .- As the church prepares for the 2015 Synod on the Family, one of the newly-named advisers to the synod of bishops' general secretariat is a scholar from the John Paul II Institute on marriage and the family – representatives of which were notably absent during last year's gathering on the same subject.

Two years into papacy, Francis continues path set in first moments

Mar 13, 2015 - 04:31 pm .- The infant moments of Francis’ papacy deeply signified what his future mission would be like, reflected Catholics who were present for his election two years ago.

Pope Francis says he wanted to enter US from Mexican border

Mar 13, 2015 - 02:56 pm .- In a lengthy interview with a Mexican multimedia group Pope Francis hit on several topics including his visit to the U.S., where he symbolically wanted to enter from the country’s border with Mexico.

Pope Francis declares Holy Year for Mercy

Mar 13, 2015 - 10:05 am .- During his homily for a Lenten penitential service, Pope Francis announced an extraordinary Jubilee to start at the end of the year, and which will be dedicated to a theme close to the pontiff’s heart: mercy.

Pope reiterates lessons from Korea in meeting with nation's bishops

Mar 12, 2015 - 09:13 pm .- His trip last August to South Korea was on Pope Francis' mind Thursday when he met with the nation's bishops, who are visiting Rome for their ad limina meeting.

When it comes to faith, there's no room for compromise, Pope says

Mar 12, 2015 - 02:58 pm .- It is the saints – not the hypocrites – who carry the Church forward, Pope Francis said Thursday, cautioning that there is no middle ground on the path to heaven.

Pope Francis names new bishops for Spokane, Lexington dioceses

Mar 12, 2015 - 06:25 am .- On Thursday the Vatican announced that Bishop Thomas Anthony Daly has been tapped to lead Spokane’s Catholic population, while Fr. John Stowe O.F.M., Conv. will take the reins in Lexington.

Curia reform may include an office for negotiations in the Secretariat of State

Mar 11, 2015 - 06:08 pm .- The Vatican Secretary of State suggested Wednesday that an ‘office for pontifical mediation’ may established within the ranks of the Secretariat of State, in order to function as a link between the on-the-ground commitment of papal diplomacy and its commitment within international institutions.

Archbishop Romero, Salvadoran martyr, to be beatified May 23

Mar 11, 2015 - 12:30 pm .- May 23 will be the beatification date for El Salvador’s Archbishop Oscar Romero, an outspoken advocate for the poor and repressed who was martyred in 1980 while celebrating Mass.

Pope Francis carries his late grandma's words with him every day

Mar 11, 2015 - 08:23 am .- Pope Francis said Wednesday that the elderly play a key role in the lives of the youth, and revealed that he still keeps the letter his grandmother wrote him for his ordination in his daily prayer book.

Economic progress for Syria's women proves a silver lining amid war

Mar 11, 2015 - 04:32 am .- The destruction of Syria’s ongoing war has unearthed an unexpected jewel in the refugee camps of Lebanon: the chance for women to gain an education and the tools for rebuilding their homeland.

How did the Vatican respond to the sinking of the Lusitania during WWI?

Mar 10, 2015 - 04:01 am .- The 1915 torpedoing of the passenger liner RMS Lusitania, which galvanized anti-German sentiment in the US during World War I, was much-discussed at the top of the Vatican's ranks, revealing the Holy See's approach to  current events and its place in international diplomacy.

Simplicity, humility, divinity – God never makes a scene, Pope says

Mar 9, 2015 - 08:11 pm .- If there’s one thing that marks the presence of God, it’s humility rather than making a scene, Pope Francis said Monday.

Vatican declines ransom offer for stolen Michelangelo letters

Mar 9, 2015 - 02:23 pm .- After receiving an offer from a former employee to regain missing letters signed by Michelangelo for a price, the Vatican has said that it is not biting the bait, but is cooperating with police.

Pope Francis: We can't fool Jesus

Mar 9, 2015 - 09:51 am .- Christians cannot hide their lives from Jesus, Pope Francis has said. Instead, they must recognize their sins and trust in the mercy of God.

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