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Pope: Missing something in your spiritual life? It's probably love

Dec 11, 2014 - 07:40 am .- In his daily homily Pope Francis said that God’s love is always expressed in tenderness, and cautioned that if we haven’t experienced this then something is missing in our relationship with the Lord.

Vatican calls online harassment 'violence,' ups efforts to fight it

Dec 11, 2014 - 02:01 am .- The Holy See joined efforts with other Catholic organizations in order to raise awareness of the increasing trend of Internet threats, which is one among many current forms of violence against youth.

Palestinian nuns among newly advanced causes for sainthood

Dec 11, 2014 - 12:08 am .- Pope Francis on Saturday approved the advancement in the causes for sainthood of eight men and women, including two Palestinian nuns and an 20th century Italian wife and mother.

Consumers have a social responsibility regarding slavery, Pope says

Dec 10, 2014 - 12:42 pm .- In his message for the 2015 World Day of Peace, released on Wednesday, Pope Francis has called for a global effort of fraternity rather than indifference to combat slavery and human trafficking.

Pope calls victims to be 'prophetic voices' against nuclear war

Dec 10, 2014 - 10:44 am .- In a message to an international gathering on the impact of nuclear weapons, Pope Francis called on victims to be “prophetic voices” against the potential for destruction of persons and the planet.

Family synod gets down to basics of marriage, Pope says

Dec 10, 2014 - 08:26 am .- In his weekly general audience Pope Francis started a new catechesis on the family, and explained that discussion surrounding the topic in the synod of bishops is rooted in the fundamental truths of marriage.

Synod document asks how can we improve pastoral care to families

Dec 10, 2014 - 02:04 am .- The Synod of Bishops announced Tuesday it had released its prepatory document for the 2015 Synod on the Family, asking that bishops avoid formulating pastoral care merely in terms based on doctrine.

Former Vatican librarian, a friend of Pope Francis, dies at 91

Dec 10, 2014 - 12:01 am .- Cardinal Jorge Maria Mejìa, a former prefect of the Vatican Apostolic Library and a longtime friend of Pope Francis, died on Tuesday Dec. 9.

What makes the Church happy? Seeking lost sheep, Pope says

Dec 9, 2014 - 03:29 pm .- Like a shepherd finding lost sheep, the Church is a joyful mother who goes out and seeks her lost children, inviting them to consolation of the tenderness of Jesus, said Pope Francis in his daily homily Tuesday.

The request of a retired pope – simply call me 'Father Benedict'

Dec 9, 2014 - 01:08 pm .- Rather than being called by his papal name “Benedict XVI,” the retired pontiff revealed that since his retirement he has wanted to return to his original priestly title and be called simply “Father Benedict.”

Will a host of pontifical councils be merged into two congregations?

Dec 9, 2014 - 12:01 am .- The establishment of two large congregations, to include many tasks formerly divided among several pontifical councils, is expected to be discussed in the meeting of the Council of Cardinals scheduled for Dec. 9-11.

Pope: Church must improve marriage prep, strengthen families

Dec 8, 2014 - 04:23 pm .- Pope Francis in his latest interview reflected on October’s Extraordinary Synod on the Family, dismissing fears of doctrinal “collapse” while considering difficult topics like marriage preparation and the treatment of divorced and remarried Catholics.  

Amid investigation, accounts of former Vatican Bank directors frozen

Dec 8, 2014 - 12:22 pm .- More than $19.6 million in the accounts of two former managers of the Institute for Religious Works, commonly known as the Vatican Bank or IOR, have been frozen by a Vatican prosecutor in the course of an investigation, it was announced Sunday.

For Francis, Mary teaches us to share with others the graces we receive

Dec 8, 2014 - 10:48 am .- In his Angelus address for the feast of the Immaculate Conception on Monday, Pope Francis said because everything we have received is “a gift freely given by God,” we too must “become a gift for others.”

A silver lining from World War I? Restored ties between UK, Holy See

Dec 7, 2014 - 04:02 pm .- A Mass was said on Wednesday at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls to mark 100 years of restored diplomatic relations between Britain and the Holy See, a relationship first broken amid the English Reformation.

'I'm not worried' about resistance, Pope Francis says in new interview

Dec 7, 2014 - 11:04 am .- In an interview with the Argentine daily “La Nacion” published Sunday, Pope Francis spoke on a variety of topics, giving specific attention to the ongoing reform of the Roman Curia, and some of the resistance he’s facing.

'Let yourselves be consoled' during Advent, Pope Francis says

Dec 7, 2014 - 08:04 am .- In his Angelus address on Sunday, Pope Francis asked that during Advent the faithful prepare for the Lord’s coming by being open to God’s consolation, which we must receive personally before giving to others.

For Catholics and Muslims, interreligious dialogue a path to peace

Dec 7, 2014 - 06:03 am .- Pursuing interreligious dialogue and opening hearts and minds to others are the way to face troubled times, stressed participants in the Third Catholic-Muslim Summit held this week in Rome.

Pope Francis decries persecution of Iraqi Christians in video message

Dec 6, 2014 - 09:36 am .- In a video message delivered to the displaced Iraqi Christians on Saturday, Pope Francis decried the suffering experienced by those persecuted for their faith, while expressing his gratitude for their witness.

Advent meditations for Pope delve into meaning of peace

Dec 6, 2014 - 04:01 am .- Papal preacher Father Raniero Cantalamessa gave his first advent homily to Pope Francis, touching on the biblical meaning of the word peace – both as a gift from God and a longing of the human heart.

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