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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.

Marginalizing women leads to sterile society, says Pope

Mar 8, 2015 - 05:06 pm .- Women across the globe received a special greeting on Sunday from Pope Francis, who stressed the importance of their unique perspectives on the world.

Let Jesus cleanse your heart, Pope Francis says

Mar 8, 2015 - 10:28 am .- Pope Francis drew a penitential lesson from Jesus’ Cleansing of the Temple, encouraging Christians to allow Jesus to drive out  “all the behaviors that are against God, against our neighbor, and against ourselves.”

In Jesus' cleansing of the Temple, Pope Francis sees a lesson about the liturgy

Mar 7, 2015 - 06:39 pm .- Jesus’ cleansing of the moneychangers from the Temple is a reminder to Christians of the need for “authentic worship” and “conformity between liturgy and life,” Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis: Jesus is waiting for us

Mar 7, 2015 - 01:49 pm .- What’s so important about an encounter? Pope Francis thinks one encounter is key to everything.

A man captured by Christ: The legacy of Father Giussani 10 years on

Mar 6, 2015 - 02:50 pm .- Ten years after the death of Father Luigi Giussani, founder of the global fraternity Communion and Liberation, the priest's life continues to shed light on man's deepest questions, his biographer says.

Church unity is found in Christ, Eucharist, Pope Francis tells bishops

Mar 6, 2015 - 12:55 am .- Pope Francis on Wednesday reminded bishops to turn their sights to the Eucharist – rather than themselves – as the source of unity for the Church.

Abandonment is the greatest suffering of the elderly, Pope says

Mar 5, 2015 - 01:00 pm .- Pope Francis said Thursday that when it comes to caring for the elderly, palliative care is necessary because it counters a mentality of utility that often leaves elderly persons marginalized and alone.

Cardinal Pell's Vatican economy office gets new statutes

Mar 4, 2015 - 05:05 pm .- Statutes for the Vatican's three finanical oversight bodies were released earlier this week, largely consolidating the influence of the Secretariat for the Economy and its prefect, Cardinal George Pell.

Saints in the Little Flower family grow as parents set for canonization

Mar 4, 2015 - 03:39 pm .- Last week it was informally announced to journalists that the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, will be canonized this year in the same month as the synod on the family.

Pope slams culture of waste, says it’s 'a mortal sin' to discard elderly

Mar 4, 2015 - 05:16 am .- In his general audience Pope Francis condemned modern society for silently disposing of the elderly, saying that a civilization which views them only as burdensome is ‘perverse’ and ill.

Satanism, Pompeii and the Rosary – a bizarre tale surrounds Francis' next trip

Mar 3, 2015 - 08:08 am .- Later this month Pope Francis will head to Pompeii: a city which lays claim to the curious story of a former Satanist priest – now on the way to sainthood – and his miracle-working Marian devotion.

Pope taps Cordileone’s auxiliary to head San Diego diocese

Mar 3, 2015 - 05:01 am .- The Vatican announced Tuesday that Pope Francis has appointed San Francisco’s native auxiliary bishop, Robert W. McElroy, as the new head of the archdiocese of San Diego.

New statutes for economic reform are in effect at the Vatican

Mar 2, 2015 - 09:51 pm .- Statutes of the Vatican Council for Economy, Secretariat for the Economy, and General Auditor went into effect March 1, having been signed Feb. 22 by Msgr. Bryan Wells, assessor of the Secretariat of State.

The solution to North African violence – dialogue and encounter, Pope says

Mar 2, 2015 - 05:33 pm .- Pope Francis on Monday encouraged the bishops from northern Africa to dialogue with and encounter other groups, fostering hope for good relations between Muslims and Christians in the region.

Pope Francis explains why judging yourself is a Christian virtue

Mar 2, 2015 - 11:06 am .- The capacity of all men to commit the most despicable of sins should inspire the self-awareness necessary to accept God's mercy and move forward in the Christian life, Pope Francis said.

The message of Jesus at the Transfiguration: Listen and follow, Pope says

Mar 1, 2015 - 10:50 am .- The Transfiguration reveals the glory of Christ and demands a response of listening to and following Jesus, Pope Francis said in his Sunday Angelus address March 1.   

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