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Vatican ropes in global leaders to fight climate change, modern slavery

Jul 26, 2015 - 06:03 am .- Drawing dozens of mayors from major cities worldwide to discuss the link between slavery and climate change, this week's Vatican conference showed how secular leaders are responding to Pope Francis' lead in protecting the environment – and, more importantly, the vulnerable.

What Pope Francis might be planning to tell the UN in New York

Jul 23, 2015 - 12:01 am .- At a meeting with U.S. mayors at the Vatican this week, Pope Francis hinted at themes he could discuss with the United Nations during his September visit to the states.

Is the Pope a socialist?

Jul 22, 2015 - 03:31 am .- Pope Francis’ recent trip to Latin America has rekindled questions about whether he endorses socialism, or even communism.

Here's Pope Francis' schedule for the Jubilee of Mercy

Jul 22, 2015 - 12:04 am .- Twelve prominent events, each with the participation of Pope Francis, have been scheduled in Rome for the upcoming Jubilee of Mercy, and CNA was able to glance at details of their programs.

Ebola deaths are still happening – and the Vatican is aiming to stop them

Jul 21, 2015 - 06:02 am .- Although two of the three countries hardest hit by last year’s Ebola outbreak have been declared free of the virus, they aren’t out of the woods yet.

Pope entrusts South America trip to Mary

Jul 19, 2015 - 09:14 am .- Pope Francis entrusted his recent tri-nation voyage to South America to Our Lady of Guadalupe – praising the deeply-rooted Christianity in these countries, but also noting the social and economic challenges.

Budget-keeping at the Vatican: in transition toward a new era

Jul 18, 2015 - 12:09 pm .- The Holy See and Vatican City State administration released their 2014 financial statements Thursday amid an ongoing process to reform Vatican finances and accounting standards.

Corruption, threats, torture – we need justice in the mining industry, Pope says

Jul 18, 2015 - 12:03 pm .- Continuing his theme on protecting both the environment and human rights, Pope Francis pointed to various injustices in the mining industry and called for collaboration in fostering change.

The Vatican's helipad: Transporting popes, saving kid's lives

Jul 18, 2015 - 04:04 am .- One of Europe's best pediatric hospitals, Bambino Gesu Children's Hospital in Rome, can now use the Vatican’s helipad to transport patients, personnel and medical equipment in emergencies.

Heroic virtue of Ukrainian bishop who sheltered hundreds of Jews recognized

Jul 17, 2015 - 03:12 pm .- On Thursday, Pope Francis authorized a decree recognizing the heroic virtue of Archbishop Andrey Sheptytsky, who was head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church from 1900 to 1944, and who personally protected dozens of Jews from Nazi occupiers during World War II.

To fight human trafficking – one of Pope Francis' core commitments

Jul 16, 2015 - 06:06 am .- An upcoming conference being held at the Vatican examining the link between climate change and human trafficking is a reflection of the importance that ending modern slavery holds for Pope Francis, according to one of its organizers.

Slavery and climate – there's more in common than you think, Vatican says

Jul 15, 2015 - 03:47 pm .- The link between climate change and human slavery is the topic of an international conference to be hosted by the Vatican later this month, in which Pope Francis will take part along with the mayors of major cities from around the world.

After a two-week vacation, Benedict XVI heads back to Rome

Jul 14, 2015 - 12:09 pm .- With two restful weeks outside of the Vatican behind him and two honorary doctorates in hand, Benedict XVI has again returned to Rome, where he has a rare public event set for the summer.

Vatican applauds Iran nuclear deal, calls for commitment to make it 'bear fruit'

Jul 14, 2015 - 07:14 am .- After global powers reached an agreement with Iran Tuesday limiting the country’s nuclear activity, the Vatican said the deal was an important step and expressed their hope the fruits would spread to more than just the nuclear field.

Full text of Pope Francis' in-flight interview from Paraguay to Rome

Jul 13, 2015 - 11:43 am .- In the course of his 64 minute in-flight press conference while en route to Rome, Pope Francis answered questions ranging from politics, his upcoming trip to the Unites States, and his feelings about taking selfies.

Pope calls 'communist crucifix' protest art, but says he wasn't offended

Jul 13, 2015 - 09:18 am .- Responding to waves of controversy after receiving a “communist crucifix” – a carving of Christ crucified on a hammer and sickle – from Bolivian president Evo Morales, Pope Francis said he took no offense, but understands the work as “protest art.”

No controversy here – Pope sets record straight on family synod remarks

Jul 13, 2015 - 09:03 am .- During a press briefing on the return flight from South America, Pope Francis clarified that his call for prayer ahead of the upcoming Synod on the Family referred to today's family crisis generally – not, as some media have sources speculated, to “any point in particular.”

Pope to Paraguay’s poor: faith without solidarity is dead

Jul 12, 2015 - 08:53 am .- On his final day in South America Pope Francis visited the poorest neighborhood in Paraguay’s capitol, encouraging residents to practice solidarity, because without it one’s faith is either hypocritical or dead.

Vatican postpones criminal trial of ex-nuncio on pedophilia charges

Jul 11, 2015 - 10:29 am .- The criminal court of Vatican City State held on Saturday the first hearing in the trial of Jozef Wesolowski, the laicized, former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic, who is charged with possession of child pornography and for pedophile acts.

Papal crowds in Ecuador topped one million on Francis' first day

Jul 7, 2015 - 10:48 am .- On the first full day of his apostolic journey to South America Pope Francis had already drawn more than 1 million people to his first public Mass in Guayaquil, the Vatican’s spokesman estimates.

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