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Pope Francis speaks up for Italy's unemployed youth

Jun 20, 2015 - 12:25 pm .- Youth unemployment is “a true social plague” that leaves young people feeling useless, Pope Francis told an Italian labor group on Saturday.

In Middle East martyrdoms, Pope Francis sees seeds of Christian unity

Jun 20, 2015 - 06:02 am .- Meeting with Syriac Orthodox leaders on Friday, Pope Francis decried the continuing martyrdom of Middle East Christians, and gave special mention to two Christian bishops kidnapped in Syria two years ago.

Love life, have fun – a Pope Francis pep talk to Special Olympians

Jun 19, 2015 - 03:38 pm .- Pope Francis met with Italy's top Special Olympics athletes on Friday, encouraging them and all athletes to make sports a place for loyalty, human dignity and joy.

Will Pope Francis change the date of Easter?

Jun 19, 2015 - 03:53 am .- Speaking to a global gathering of priests, Pope Francis signaled an openness to changing the date of Easter in the West so that all Christians around the world could celebrate the feast on the same day.

The first encyclical wholly from Francis overturns expectations

Jun 19, 2015 - 12:04 am .- 'Laudato si' is not only an example of the Magisterium's social teaching: it also represents the birth of a new literary genre among papal documents.

Saint Francis and his star role in the Pope's new encyclical

Jun 18, 2015 - 03:03 pm .- Pope Francis' new encyclical is filled with references to his namesake, whom the Pope says is a model of how an integral ecology goes beyond matters of science and leads humanity to find God in creation.

Vatican: Encyclical aims to promote common good, not take sides

Jun 18, 2015 - 03:01 pm .- The Vatican's presentation of Pope Francis' new encyclical said the intent behind the document goes beyond political debates, aiming for something more essential: the well-being of all creation.

Magisterium – not secret authors – had final say on encyclical

Jun 18, 2015 - 11:09 am .- Despite many claiming they helped to draft Pope Francis' new encyclical, the final text cannot be attributed to any 'hidden' advisors, says a former Vatican official.


The Pope's take on transgender issues? Accept the body God gave you

Jun 18, 2015 - 04:14 am .- Pope Francis' new encyclical on the environment calls for men and women to acknowledge their bodies as a “gift” from God which should not be manipulated.

Pope Francis blasts abortion, population control in new encyclical

Jun 18, 2015 - 04:05 am .- In his new encyclical on the environment, Pope Francis slams attacks against human life such as abortion, embryonic experimentation and population control – saying that respect for creation and human dignity go hand in hand.

Environment encyclical takes bold stance on controversial issues

Jun 18, 2015 - 04:00 am .- In his newly released encyclical on the environment, Pope Francis did not hesitate to wade into controversial topics, making statements on global warming, pollution, species extinction and global inequality’s impact on natural resources.

A meeting to remember: seminarians chat with Benedict XVI

Jun 17, 2015 - 07:03 pm .- Several enthusiastic seminarians met with Benedict XVI at the Vatican Gardens on Tuesday – even though it is their exam time, they did not want to miss the chance to meet the Pope emeritus.

Don't blame God when someone dies – trust in the resurrection, Pope says

Jun 17, 2015 - 11:50 am .- Instead of blaming God when a parent loses a child – or vice versa – families should remember that because of Christ's resurrection death does not have the final say, Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis: Receive new encyclical with 'open heart'

Jun 17, 2015 - 10:18 am .- Speaking one day before its official release to the public, Pope Francis is asking for people to have an “open heart” when they read his latest encyclical dedicated to the environment.

Benedict XVI's summer plans – rare public events and a visit to Castel Gandolfo

Jun 16, 2015 - 11:07 am .- Benedict XVI’s summer is set to be the most active since he stepped down from the pontificate in 2013, with plans for participation in at least two public events and a two-week stay at the papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo.

What happens when an entire country becomes infested with demons?

Jun 16, 2015 - 03:09 am .- Can a country with deep Christian roots like Mexico find itself at the mercy of demons? Some in the Church fear so.

In Vatican trial, former archbishop faces sex abuse charges

Jun 15, 2015 - 03:07 pm .- Former papal nuncio Josef Wesolowski will be tried by the Vatican’s criminal court for sexual abuse of minors and for possession of child pornography.  

Is climate change natural or man-induced? For Pope Francis, it’s both

Jun 15, 2015 - 01:05 am .- One of the most challenging scientific questions Pope Francis faces in his new encyclical on creation is that of climate change, which a source close to the document says the Pope addresses in a balanced perspective without taking sides.

Pope Francis to parents: Do you believe in the beauty of love?

Jun 14, 2015 - 02:31 pm .- In an address on Sunday, Pope Francis asked parents if they believed in the beauty of the love God gives to a man and a woman, and told them to make sure their children see this love in little signs of affection.

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