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What Pope Francis' book could tell us about the upcoming synod doc

Jan 13, 2016 - 04:04 pm .- As things are picking up around the Vatican in the new year, anticipation is buzzing over the release of Pope Francis’ document on the conclusions of the 2014 and 2015 synod of bishops on the family.

Nothing can stop God's mercy – not even sin, Pope says

Jan 13, 2016 - 04:34 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis launched a new series of catechesis on mercy for his general audiences, telling pilgrims that the love and forgiveness of God can’t be overcome by anything, including our sin.

How a prostitute's story taught Pope Francis the meaning of mercy

Jan 13, 2016 - 03:02 am .- When Pope Francis was a parish priest in Argentina, he met a mother with young children who had been abandoned by her husband.

Pope Francis might travel to Armenia this year. Here's why.

Jan 13, 2016 - 02:04 am .- Pope Francis could make two additional international trips in 2016, including a possible trip to Armenia.

All the faithful can receive God's love in confession – Pope Francis

Jan 13, 2016 - 12:08 am .- God's love is offered to everyone who goes to the sacrament of confession, Pope Francis said in his new book on mercy – even those who are not able to receive absolution from their sins.

We're wounded – that’s why we need mercy, Pope Francis says

Jan 12, 2016 - 07:40 am .- In his new book on mercy Pope Francis offers extensive reflections on the topic that has shaped much of his pontificate, getting personal about his own experiences of mercy, what it means for him, and why humanity is in such desperate need of it.

Pope Francis explains 'who am I to judge' in his new book

Jan 12, 2016 - 03:02 am .- In his new book on God's mercy, Pope Francis explains that his oft-quoted words “who am I to judge”, about a homosexual person who is searching for the Lord with a good will, is simply his reflection on Church teaching found in the catechism.

Pope to diplomats: Migrants present challenges, but don't forget their dignity

Jan 11, 2016 - 07:05 am .- On Monday Pope Francis gave his first major speech of the year to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See, focusing on the hot-button topic of migration and the need to find dignified solutions to the problem.

Do you celebrate the day of your baptism? Pope Francis asks

Jan 10, 2016 - 05:35 am .- In his Sunday Angelus remarks Pope Francis stressed the importance of both knowing and celebrating the day of our baptism, since it is through the sacrament that we become children of God.

Pope Francis baptizes infants, says faith is their 'greatest inheritance'

Jan 10, 2016 - 03:07 am .- On Sunday Pope Francis baptized 26 babies in the Sistine Chapel, telling parents to nurture the faith in the lives of their children, because it is the greatest inheritance they can give.

What's the plan for reforming Vatican communications?

Jan 9, 2016 - 06:08 am .- Amid the lengthy process of reforming Vatican communications, the Secretariat of State has stated that the Holy See press office's administrative and human resources branches are to be handed over to the new Secretariat for Communications.

Pope Francis: when you say 'love,' do you really know what it means?

Jan 8, 2016 - 05:22 am .- Love was the center of Pope Francis’ second daily homily after taking a break for Christmas - he said the word has become so casual that we no longer know exactly what we mean when we say it.

Vatican paper blasts Charlie Hebdo cover as 'insulting' to all faiths

Jan 7, 2016 - 10:01 am .- One year after the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris that left 12 dead, the Vatican daily newspaper has condemned the French satirical paper’s anniversary cover which depicts God as an armed terrorist.

In first prayer video, Pope stresses interfaith unity: 'We are all children of God'

Jan 7, 2016 - 04:40 am .- The Pope’s first-ever video message on his monthly prayer intentions was released Tuesday, highlighting the importance of interreligious dialogue and the beliefs different faith traditions hold in common, such as the figure of God and love.

Pope: Humanity seeks God, and the Magi show us where to find him

Jan 6, 2016 - 04:29 am .- In a restless age when humanity fails to find the answer to their continuous searching, the Magi who go out looking for Christ only to find him in a humble stable in Bethlehem are a key example of where to turn, Pope Francis has said.

Missionaries of Mercy to be sent out under the gaze of Padre Pio

Jan 6, 2016 - 12:03 am .- The body of Padre Pio will be on display for veneration at next month’s Ash Wednesday Mass in the Vatican, where a group of priests will be sent  out as “Missionaries of Mercy” for the Jubilee Year.

New eparchy in US to serve Catholics with roots in ancient Indian Christianity

Jan 5, 2016 - 02:04 am .- Pope Francis on Monday created a new eparchy for the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church in the United States and Canada, to serve several thousand Catholics of the India-based Church.

Pope Francis makes surprise visit to birthplace of the Nativity scene

Jan 4, 2016 - 02:02 pm .- Pope Francis made a surprise visit Monday to the Italian hill town of Greccio where, centuries earlier, St. Francis created the first nativity scene.

Pope prays first Angelus of 2016 calling for vigilance against evil

Jan 3, 2016 - 12:03 pm .- Pope Francis lead the first Marian prayer of the new year with swarms of pilgrims gathered at the Vatican Sunday, urging an openness to Jesus in our hearts so that evil won't prevail in our lives.

Pope Francis: Mary is the 'mother of forgiveness'

Jan 1, 2016 - 12:35 pm .- Reflecting particularly on Mary’s title as “mother of mercy,” Pope Francis opened the Holy Door at the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome on Jan. 1.

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