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This Saint Bernard just met Pope Francis

May 18, 2016 - 12:16 pm .- While Pope Francis might have chastised animal-lovers who treat their pets better than people in last week’s general audience, that didn’t stop him from giving a good pat on the head to Magnum – the Saint Bernard with VIP access to today’s audience.

'To ignore the poor is to despise God,' Pope Francis says

May 18, 2016 - 08:03 am .- If we don’t show mercy to others we shouldn’t expect to get it from God, Pope Francis said, stressing that while turning a blind eye to the poor might make life on earth easier, the eternal result will be much different.

Top Italian cardinal throws punch at new civil unions law

May 18, 2016 - 03:04 am .- In a powerful speech Tuesday at the opening of the Italian bishops' general assembly, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa decried the civil unions bill passed in the nation's parliament last week, emphasizing that Pope Francis himself always advocates for the natural family.

You have the right to practice your faith, Pope Francis says in new interview

May 17, 2016 - 09:59 am .- In a new interview focused heavily on migration and dialogue with Islam, Pope Francis touched on growing concerns surrounding the hot-button topic of religious freedom.  

For Pope Francis, missionary work is 'love without limits'

May 15, 2016 - 05:59 pm .- On Pentecost, Pope Francis praised missionary work as a massive work of mercy based on the desire for everyone to be saved and loved.

Pope Francis: the Holy Spirit makes Jesus' teaching come to life

May 15, 2016 - 04:35 am .- On the solemnity of Pentecost Pope Francis said the Holy Spirit, rather than giving a new message, brings Jesus’ timeless teachings to life and helps us to both understand and live it throughout our lives.

We were made to be God's children, Pope says on Pentecost

May 15, 2016 - 02:51 am .- Although sin separates us from God, Pope Francis stressed on the feast of Pentecost that we haven’t been left as orphans, but that thanks to Jesus Christ and the gift of the Holy Spirit, we can reconcile with the Lord and continue to live as his children.

Pope Francis: You can't love your pet more than your neighbor

May 14, 2016 - 06:06 am .- People in need deserve more love from us than the animals do, Pope Francis has said.

Generate new models of economic progress, Pope urges business leaders

May 14, 2016 - 06:04 am .- Economic worldviews based only on material well-being cannot contribute to dignified labor and new models of economic progress are needed, Pope Francis told a gathering of business experts on Friday.

Why Pope Francis' visit matters to Armenians

May 13, 2016 - 04:45 pm .- Pope Francis’ visit to Armenia this summer comes at a poignant time in the country’s history.

What did Pope Francis actually say about the female diaconate?

May 13, 2016 - 04:55 am .- Yesterday Pope Francis raised eyebrows around the world after declaring his openness to establishing a commission to study the female diaconate, but a careful look at his full response is less of a shocker, and points to nothing new.

Pope Francis says he's open to studying the female diaconate

May 12, 2016 - 10:18 am .- On Thursday Pope Francis said he would be open to the idea of forming a commission to study the historical context of the female diaconate, as well as the possibility of women serving as deacons today.

The amazing promise of adult stem cells, and how the Church supports it

May 11, 2016 - 04:51 pm .- 3-D printing of human tissue. Organ transplant therapy for cancer victims that reduces fatalities by 75 percent.

No one can take our dignity – not even the devil, Pope Francis says

May 11, 2016 - 04:11 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis said the father’s embrace in the Parable of the Prodigal Son is a reminder that we never ought to despair, because nothing and no one can take away our dignity as children of God.

Beijing, Taipei, and the future of Vatican-Chinese relations

May 11, 2016 - 12:02 am .- A new phase in relations between the Holy See and mainland China could begin with a new vacancy in the apostolic nunciature now based in Taiwan.

We have a common witness, Pope Francis tells Coptic Orthodox patriarch

May 10, 2016 - 12:20 pm .- Pope Francis on Tuesday sent a message to Tawadros II to mark the “day of friendship” between Catholics and the Coptic Orthodox, acknowledging their common commitment to being witnesses of holiness and defending the dignity of human life.

Don't lock up the Holy Spirit in your heart, Pope Francis says

May 9, 2016 - 11:43 am .- The Holy Spirit seems to be a “luxury prisoner” in many Christians’ hearts: someone who is welcomed to stay, but not allowed to act or move us forward, the Pope said during his homily at Mass on Monday.

Pope Francis: Be witnesses of the Gospel every day

May 8, 2016 - 07:22 am .- Pope Francis commemorated the Feast of the Ascension of Jesus by reminding the faithful of their duty to be witnesses of the Gospel every day of the week, in all areas of life – and not just on Sundays.

'You are witnesses of Christ,' Cardinal Parolin tells new Swiss Guards

May 6, 2016 - 02:57 pm .- Every year on the Anniversary of the 1527 Sack of Rome, the new recruits for the Pontifical Swiss Guard swear an oath to protect and defend the Pope, with their lives if necessary. This year 23 young men joined their peers and predecessors in making that oath.

Receiving Charlemagne Prize, Pope says 'I have a dream' for Europe

May 6, 2016 - 06:18 am .- As he received the prestigious Charlemagne Prize Friday, Pope Francis laid out his vision for a renewed European continent in what could easily be his own version of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

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