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Vatican: rumor of assassination attempt on Pope Francis 'unreliable'

Feb 11, 2015 - 06:11 am .- Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi told journalists Tuesday that rumors circulating about a possible assassination attempt on Pope Francis during his visit to the Philippines are unfounded.

The story behind Pope Francis' surprise visit to a Rome shantytown

Feb 10, 2015 - 05:47 pm .- Pope Francis made a surprise stop at a shantytown on his way to celebrate Mass at a Roman parish Feb. 8 – a “secret” plan that only the pontiff knew about and which prompted tears of joy from residents

In Ukraine, Pope Francis backs effort for peace – not any particular party

Feb 10, 2015 - 05:12 pm .- Following mixed interpretations of Pope Francis’ words on the crisis in Ukraine, the director of the Holy See press office said on Tuesday that the Holy See's overarching interest is in peace and negotiation.

German bishop appointed to catechetical post in Vatican

Feb 10, 2015 - 04:17 pm .- Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, the former bishop of Limburg, near Frankfurt, Germany, is to begin a new appointment in March as a delegate on catechesis at the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, the Register has learned.

God isn't found on a computer screen but in restless hearts, Pope says

Feb 10, 2015 - 01:23 pm .- In his homily Tuesday, Pope Francis said that Christians must have a certain “restlessness” if they want to know God, who is not found by staring at a computer, but rather by going outside of oneself.

Times are hard, but don't give up – Pope's plea to Greek bishops

Feb 10, 2015 - 12:41 am .- Pope Francis encouraged the bishops of Greece to engage in dialogue and solidarity, values he said are particularly necessary in fighting pessimism during the country's ongoing financial crisis.

What Cardinal Burke really said about 'resisting' Pope Francis

Feb 9, 2015 - 05:27 pm .- Cardinal Raymond Burke said he was “responding to a hypothetical situation” when he stated that he would resist any possible move by Pope Francis away from Catholic doctrine.

If you care about God's handiwork you'll protect nature, Pope says

Feb 9, 2015 - 04:23 pm .- Set to finish his encyclical on the environment next month, Pope Francis said during his daily Mass at the Vatican on Monday that Christians who fail to safeguard nature do not care about God's handiwork.

What are the theological criteria to reform the Church and the Roman Curia?

Feb 9, 2015 - 02:46 pm .- The reform of the Roman Curia must be an example for the spiritual renewal of the entire Church, the prefect of Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith wrote in an essay published Saturday in the Vatican's newspaper.

'Rock star' cardinal talks big cities, small gestures

Feb 8, 2015 - 05:40 pm .- Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle knows a thing or two about urban evangelization. Ranked among the youngest cardinals in the Catholic Church, he heads the Archdiocese of Manila, based in one of the most densely-populated cities in the world.

Pope Francis' tough words against horrors of human trafficking

Feb 8, 2015 - 10:37 am .- Pope Francis marked the Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking by calling on governments to remove this “shameful wound” which has no place in “civil society.”

Is priestly celibacy the cause of clerical sex abuse? Not likely, victim says

Feb 7, 2015 - 12:47 pm .- One survivor of priestly sexual abuse says that despite a common perception that clerical celibacy can lead to sex abuse of minors, most perpetrators likely had issues before entering the seminary.

Society's dire need for the 'female soul' – Pope Francis speaks to women

Feb 7, 2015 - 10:51 am .- Pope Francis has advocated for the widespread participation of women in all levels of the Church and society, saying that their unique gifts enrich both their families – as well as the public sphere.

For Cardinal Baldisseri, consensus at the Synod of Bishops remains important

Feb 7, 2015 - 06:03 am .- Even though the 2014 Synod on the Family's final report included three paragraphs that failed to gain a consensus among the synod fathers, the secretary general of the Synod of Bishop maintains that the principle of consensus remains valid.

Pope Francis backs traditional marriage as Slovakia vote looms

Feb 6, 2015 - 01:41 pm .- With Slovaks set to hit the polls on tomorrow's referendum on marriage, Pope Francis used this week's general audience as a chance to encourage voters in defending the sacrament’s traditional definition.

Modern martyrs are massacred by 'corrupt people who hate Jesus'

Feb 6, 2015 - 07:55 am .- In his homily on Friday Pope Francis said that he is moved whenever he thinks of the many Christians killed for their faith, and encouraged faithful to remember them and their courageous witness.

Awaiting an ecology encyclical, everyone wants Pope Francis' support

Feb 6, 2015 - 02:08 am .- In view of the much anticipated encyclical on ecology, countries, agencies, and even industries are seeking papal support in advance of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, being held in Paris in December.

Pope Francis goes to Washington: will Congress listen?

Feb 5, 2015 - 05:09 pm .- Pope Francis’ address to a joint session of Congress during his U.S. visit in September will be a “wonderful opportunity,” Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has said.

Archbishop Romero's witness a 'slap in the face' to self-centered society

Feb 5, 2015 - 02:15 pm .- Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the postulator of Archbishop Oscar Romero's cause for beatification, said the martyr's life was a chastisement of modern societies in which individuals focus on themselves.  

Tech-savvy Pope shares laughter, advice with special needs kids

Feb 5, 2015 - 12:05 pm .- Pope Francis virtually joined seven young people with disabilities and special needs in his second Google Hangout as pontiff, sharing jokes, advice and encouragement.

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