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Four American prelates added to synod list by Pope Francis

Sep 15, 2015 - 03:02 pm .- The official list of participants in this year’s synod of bishops on the family has been released, showing 45 new names personally appointed by Pope Francis – four of whom are Americans.

Pope Francis names new bishop for Kansas City-St. Joseph

Sep 15, 2015 - 08:07 am .- The Vatican announced today that Bishop James V. Johnston, Jr. of Springfield-Cape Girardeau has been selected as the new head of the Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese.

Pope Francis will likely meet Fidel Castro during Cuba visit

Sep 15, 2015 - 06:24 am .- While Pope Francis is in Cuba next week chances are high that he will meet with former president Fidel Castro, though no specific time has been set, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi has announced.

As the cross is lifted high, we must bring ourselves low, Pope says

Sep 14, 2015 - 03:30 pm .- Today’s feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross reminds us that the way of Christ and his followers is one of humble surrender, Pope Francis said in his homily on Monday.

Full Text of Pope Francis' interview with Portuguese radio station

Sep 14, 2015 - 04:40 am .- In a new, wide-ranging interview Pope Francis touched on a variety of serious and lighthearted topics, such as the current refugee crisis, youth unemployment and how often the he goes to confession.

Refuse to have kids? Then make room for migrants, Pope Francis says

Sep 14, 2015 - 03:11 am .- In a new, wide-ranging interview Pope Francis spoke at length of the European refugee crisis – saying that incoming migrants are now filling the void left by a sterile continent that refuses to have children.

Jesus shows us the path to freedom, not success, Pope says

Sep 13, 2015 - 05:58 am .- The path Jesus takes as a humble servant isn’t easy, Pope Francis has said, explaining that to follow him doesn’t guarantee earthly success or honor, but rather true freedom and unity with God.

How do you become a saint? Pope Francis gives a hint

Sep 12, 2015 - 04:02 pm .- Find someone who has never spoken ill of another person, someone who has never judged another – and they would qualify for immediate canonization, Pope Francis said.

You need to work toward an honest economy, Pope tells bankers

Sep 12, 2015 - 09:30 am .- Pope Francis Saturday met with members of Italy's largest credit union, encouraging them to promote an economy that is rooted in honesty, and to promote a “globalization of solidarity.”

Pope Francis warns of 'grave consequences' if climate change is ignored

Sep 11, 2015 - 04:28 pm .- The environment is facing serious threats such as climate change and global warming, Pope Francis has said – adding that finding solutions is a matter of justice since it's often the poor who are most affected.

Is this the miracle that could canonize Mother Teresa?

Sep 11, 2015 - 01:20 pm .- The Vatican is studying the case of a Brazilian man inexplicably cured of brain abscesses – which could be the miracle that leads to the canonization of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

9/11: When John Paul II grieved with America

Sep 11, 2015 - 11:28 am .- As three airliners smashed into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon, and Flight 93 crashed into a Pennsylvania field on September 11, 2001, Joaquín Navarro-Valls, at the time the director of the Vatican press office, delivered the news to Pope John Paul II.

Marriage – between a man and a woman – is under attack, Pope Francis says

Sep 10, 2015 - 12:26 pm .- Pope Francis told couples to defend God's design for the family as the union of a man and woman for the procreation of children, and urged them to be merciful to those whose marriages have failed.

With official launch, ACI Stampa aims to revitalize Italian Catholic news

Sep 10, 2015 - 12:01 pm .- Catholic news is an opportunity to serve truth and evangelization. So says the head of the Italian-language news agency ACI Stampa, which officially launched Sept. 10.

Vatican officially confirms Pope Francis' visit to Africa in November

Sep 10, 2015 - 07:22 am .- The Vatican today officially announced that Pope Francis will travel to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic in November, a plan informally revealed by the Pope himself this summer.

How might the new annulment process affect the Synod on the Family?

Sep 10, 2015 - 03:08 am .- By reforming the process for discovering the nullity of marriage on Tuesday, mere weeks before the beginning of October's Synod on the Family, Pope Francis has taken that issue out of the hands of the synod fathers.

The Pope's annulment move? It's a good thing, Vatican official says

Sep 10, 2015 - 02:02 am .- A member of the Vatican council charged with interpreting Church law says the increased role of bishops in the annulment process is a positive step that will ensure the procedure is done responsibly.

Churches, families must be places of welcome, Pope says

Sep 9, 2015 - 07:13 am .- Pope Francis Wednesday spoke of the bond which must exist between families and the Christian community, stressing that the Church, in following the Gospel, must always keep its doors open.

Revamped annulment process focuses on speed, role of local bishops

Sep 8, 2015 - 07:34 am .- In a revamped marriage annulment process, Pope Francis has made significant changes, giving more of a role to the local bishop, dropping automatic appeals, and declaring the process free of charge.

Vatican reform of annulment process will be presented tomorrow

Sep 7, 2015 - 01:01 pm .- The Holy See press office has announced that two motu proprio will be released on Tuesday, both of which concern the reform of the process for the declaration of the nullity of marriage.

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