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Pope Francis explains why he won't sell the Church's 'treasures'

Nov 6, 2015 - 09:38 am .- In a new interview ranging from fame to finances to his childhood dreams, Pope Francis explained that despite his strong concern for the poor, he will not sell the “riches of the Church.”

Pope Francis is going to Kenya - and here's what people are talking about

Nov 6, 2015 - 03:38 am .- As anticipation mounts in Africa ahead of Pope Francis’ coming visit, one Kenyan bishop said his country is excited to see the Pope’s simplicity and humility in action, especially toward the poor.

For Pope Francis, unity of martyrdom is stronger than Christian divisions

Nov 5, 2015 - 12:15 pm .- Despite the numerous divisions among Christians today, the followers of Christ are powerfully united in the witness of martyrdom across the globe, Pope Francis said Wednesday.

Excluding people isn't Christian – it leads to war, Pope says

Nov 5, 2015 - 09:46 am .- Pope Francis on Thursday said that those who form private, exclusive groups mimic the attitude of the Pharisees, leading to conflict and division, whereas true Christians open the doors – with prudence – to everyone.

Vatican: Leak of classified docs is illegal, trying to sow confusion

Nov 4, 2015 - 12:22 pm .- Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi said the recent stealing and leaking of confidential information surrounding Pope Francis' pontificate is illegal, and charged that it was done in order to create confusion.

Forgiveness in family has power to rebuild society, Pope says

Nov 4, 2015 - 09:20 am .- Delivering his Wednesday general audience address a little more than a week after the close of the Synod on the Family, Pope Francis spoke on the role of forgiveness in helping families become a force for the betterment of society.

Pope: if you don't serve others, then what are you living for?

Nov 3, 2015 - 05:54 am .- Though letting go of yourself and living for others can make you seem weak in the eyes of the world, Pope Francis said that this is the purpose of our lives, and that in the logic of God, it’s what makes us truly victorious.

Report on Pope Francis and divorce 'in no way reliable,' Vatican says

Nov 2, 2015 - 02:34 pm .- A Vatican spokesman entirely rejected the reliability of Italian journalist Antonio Scalfari’s report suggesting that Pope Francis said all divorced people who ask will be admitted to the Sacraments.

Scandal at the Vatican - two arrests made after leak of confidential docs

Nov 2, 2015 - 09:01 am .- Two former members of a Vatican commission have been arrested on charges of stealing and leaking information in connection with two soon-to-be released books alleged to contain confidential information surrounding Pope Francis' pontificate.  

Mexican cardinal: Pope Francis to visit Mexico in February

Nov 1, 2015 - 02:43 pm .- Pope Francis will visit Mexico City in February 2016, Cardinal Norberto Rivera announced on Sunday.

Pope Francis on All Saints Day: Want to be holy? Do what Jesus did

Nov 1, 2015 - 10:57 am .- The beatitudes are the most direct path toward happiness and holiness, Pope Francis said during Mass on All Saints Day. He urged the congregation to imitate Jesus in walking the difficult, yet rewarding, road to heaven.

Pope Francis to open Bangui's Holy Door while in Central African Republic

Nov 1, 2015 - 07:24 am .- On Sunday Pope Francis announced that he will jump-start the Jubilee of Mercy by opening the diocese of Bangui’s Holy Door while in the Central African Republic, as a sign of prayer and solidarity for the war-torn nation.

Saints are contagious examples of everyday holiness, Pope says

Nov 1, 2015 - 05:48 am .- On the Solemnity of All Saints, Pope Francis said the mark of true holiness is living each day as a child of God, imitating both Jesus and the saintly individuals we encounter in the ordinary moments of life.

Pope to Christian business execs: be faithful, treat workers right

Oct 31, 2015 - 10:34 am .- Pope Francis on Saturday spoke about the vocation of Christian business executives to be missionaries in the world. He stressed they should respect their employees’ needs.

Pope Francis: Every Christian must be prepared for martyrdom

Oct 30, 2015 - 10:36 am .- On Friday Pope Francis reflected on the life and death of Blessed Oscar Romero, who was recognized as a martyr earlier this year, stressing that each Christian ought to be ready to give their life for the faith.

Pope Francis sets up foundation to boost Catholic education

Oct 29, 2015 - 11:54 am .- Observing the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council's declaration on Christian education, Pope Francis on Wednesday established a foundation meant to promote Catholic education worldwide.

Africa abuzz ahead of Pope’s visit, Ugandan archbishop says

Oct 29, 2015 - 07:45 am .- As his country gets ready to receive their spiritual ‘grandfather,’ Archbishop John Baptist Odama of Gulu, Uganda said Pope Francis’ coming visit to Africa is a moment of both excitement and busy preparation.

Prayer is the treasure of all religions, says Pope

Oct 28, 2015 - 11:04 am .- Pope Francis marked Wednesday's anniversary of the Second Vatican Council's declaration on the relation of the Church to non-Christian religion by saying the world looks to religious believers for their ability to pray.

A prayer from the Pope – may Christians not be forced out of the Middle East

Oct 28, 2015 - 12:13 am .- The sufferings of the Chaldean Catholic Church were the focus of Pope Francis on Monday when he addressed a synod of Chaldean bishops. He prayed for Middle East Christians and again called for international work to secure peace.

Existing norms remain for Roman Curia, Pope says

Oct 27, 2015 - 02:59 pm .- Pope Francis has clarified that while the Roman Curia is in the process of being reconstructed, it doesn’t mean there is an absence of law or regulations – the existing rules are still in place, for now.

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