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Pope Francis baptizes children of an old friend at the Vatican

Aug 13, 2015 - 12:31 am .- In a whirlwind trip, Lucas Schaerer and his family – friends of Pope Francis from his time in Buenos Aires – traveled to the Vatican, where the Pope baptized their daughters, Simona and Charo.

Pope Francis: Sundays are a gift from God – don't ruin it

Aug 12, 2015 - 05:20 am .- Moments of rest and celebration were the focal point of Francis’ Wednesday general audience, during which he spoke out against a profit-centered mentality and encouraged families to live life at a more human pace.

For Pope Francis, achieving peace means overcoming indifference

Aug 11, 2015 - 07:59 am .- The Vatican announced Tuesday that the theme for 2016’s World Day of Peace will focus on a topic Pope Francis has spoken out against relentlessly since the beginning of his pontificate: indifference.

In ecumenical move, Pope Francis establishes World Day of Prayer for Creation

Aug 10, 2015 - 11:37 am .- Pope Francis has instituted a new day of prayer and celebration for the Church entitled the “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation,” to be celebrated on September 1 each year.

The Pope's new doctor is an expert in liver disease, surgical medicine

Aug 9, 2015 - 12:16 pm .- The Vatican announced Saturday that Pope Francis has selected Professor Fabrizio Soccorsi – an expert in liver diseases and surgical medicine – as his new personal doctor, who will accompany Francis on his upcoming trip to the United States and Cuba.

'No to war!' – Pope pushes for nuclear disarmament on atomic bomb anniversary

Aug 9, 2015 - 06:27 am .- On Sunday Pope Francis said the “horrific” atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are the icon of man’s destructive misuse of scientific progress, and called for an end to all nuclear arms and weapons of mass destruction.

Archbishop Cupich will attend synod, Vatican source says

Aug 7, 2015 - 12:35 pm .- Originally selected as an alternate synod delegate, Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago will in fact be an attendee at the Vatican gathering on the family this fall, a Vatican source told CNA.

Pope Francis: Beware the 'false peace' that comes from the devil

Aug 7, 2015 - 07:00 am .- Pope Francis on Friday told a group of youth that the greatest challenge in his vocation so far has been finding true peace, and encouraged them to learn how to discern between this peace and the one offered by the devil.

To welcome refugees is a witness of the resurrection, Pope says

Aug 6, 2015 - 06:47 am .- On the first anniversary of the arrival of Iraqi refugees in Jordan, Pope Francis sent a letter thanking the country for welcoming thousands forced to flee their homes, and urged the international community not to remain indifferent.

Pope: Divorce and remarriage contradicts the sacrament, but Church always reaches out

Aug 5, 2015 - 09:28 am .- Echoing his predecessors on the need to care for divorced and remarried persons, Pope Francis said Christians should help these persons integrate into the community rather than treating them as though they are excommunicated.

Pope Francis' advice to altar servers: Let Christ draw near to you

Aug 4, 2015 - 11:46 am .- In his first public audience in a month, Pope Francis told thousands of young altar servers on Tuesday that they should be open to Christ, who isn’t someone far off, but is close to us in the Eucharist and the other sacraments.

Will Pope Francis visit Kenya in November?

Aug 4, 2015 - 06:01 am .- Uganda, Central African Republic … and Kenya? There are no details yet for Pope Francis' trip to Africa this November, but Kenyan media have announced that a Vatican delegation is expected next week to prepare for the Pope's arrival.

Pope: In Confession we encounter God's immense mercy

Aug 2, 2015 - 09:59 am .- Delivering his weekly Angelus address in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, Pope Francis said that while everyone feels shame before going to Confession, this grace helps us to be open to God’s forgiveness.

A childhood friendship that shaped JPII's love for the Jewish community

Aug 2, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Saint John Paul II's historic embrace of former chief rabbi of Rome Elio Toaff welcomes visitors to a new Vatican exhibition on the late Pope's compelling relationship with the Jewish people.

A new step in thawing relations between China and the Holy See?

Jul 31, 2015 - 02:02 am .- In a tiny victory for Vatican-Chinese rapprochement, China's government now recognizes seminary studies and allows seminarians to continue their education in a state university should they leave.

Vatican bails on questionable anti-human trafficking initiative (Updated)

Jul 30, 2015 - 03:50 pm .- Faithful to its commitment against human trafficking, the Holy See has left the board of an initiative it helped to found, as questions have been raised around both its effectiveness and its chairman's possible use of the Pope to raise funds.

Will Vatican officials face term limits?

Jul 30, 2015 - 01:02 am .- A fixed term mandate for Vatican officials serving in the Roman Curia was among recent proposals for the Vatican's ongoing reform process, and will likely be discussed at the Sept. 14-16 meeting of the Council of Cardinals.

Pope Francis to handpick new doctor ahead of Cuba, US trip

Jul 29, 2015 - 06:03 am .- As the five-year term for Pope Francis' personal doctor comes to an end, the Pope is expected to choose a new one soon who will accompany him during his upcoming visit to Cuba and the United States.

With a tap on an iPad, Pope Francis registers for World Youth Day 2016

Jul 26, 2015 - 12:38 pm .- Pope Francis has invited the youth of the world on pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2016--and on Sunday he became the first pilgrim to register himself.

Pope Francis: Let Jesus satisfy your hunger for God

Jul 26, 2015 - 10:33 am .- Jesus Christ’s miraculous multiplication of the loaves shows that he offers “fullness of life for hungry man,” Pope Francis said Sunday. He encouraged everyone to offer what little they have to God so that God can multiply their gifts and good deeds.

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