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Rome's poor receive 1,000 pounds of food from Pope Francis

Mar 23, 2015 - 12:17 pm .- Pope Francis is sending half a ton of food to families suffering hardships in Rome’s Tor Bella Monaca neighborhood.

Got plans for Holy Week? Pope Francis does

Mar 22, 2015 - 04:48 pm .- Pope Francis' full slate of events for Holy Week includes plans for a traditional Stations of the Cross, Easter Masses and a universal blessing given on Easter Day.

Pope invites Rome's homeless to distribute Gospels at Sunday angelus

Mar 22, 2015 - 10:39 am .- Pope Francis on Sunday invited members of Rome's homeless community to join volunteers in handing out copies of the Gospel to pilgrims in Saint Peter's Square, a reminder of how God's Word is found among the poorest of society.

Pope Francis: No matter what the crime, 'the death penalty is inadmissible'

Mar 20, 2015 - 03:10 pm .- Regardless of the crime that has been committed, capital punishment is unacceptable in the modern world, Pope Francis stressed in a recent letter.

Vatican archives shed light on tragedy of Armenian genocide

Mar 20, 2015 - 11:14 am .- Ahead of Pope Francis’ Mass commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, newly released historic documents confirm the Holy See’s broad commitment to helping the Armenian people at a time when few others would.

Pope accepts disgraced Scottish prelate's resignation from cardinal status

Mar 20, 2015 - 05:54 am .- In a rare move, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of disgraced Scottish Cardinal Keith Patrick O'Brien from the rights and duties of a cardinal, the Vatican announced on Friday.

Pope condemns Tunisia attack as act against 'the sacredness of life'

Mar 19, 2015 - 11:44 am .- On behalf of Pope Francis, the Vatican’s Secretariat of State has sent a letter to the archbishop of Tunisia, assuring them of the Pope’s prayers after yesterday’s deadly terrorist attack killed at least 23 people.

Three laypersons among saints' causes advanced by Pope Francis

Mar 18, 2015 - 11:07 am .- Pope Francis recognized on Wednesday the heroic virtue of seven persons on the path of canonization, including a young Italian laywoman, as well as a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux.

A society that doesn't want children is 'sad and gray,' Pope says

Mar 18, 2015 - 05:36 am .- Pope Francis said Wednesday that children are a joy-filled gift for the Church and the world, and cautioned against an overcast society that lacks life because it has rejected and run out of children.

Use of force is a last resort against Islamic State – Vatican diplomat

Mar 17, 2015 - 06:03 pm .- By presenting a joint statement to the United Nations’ Human Rights Council to support Christians and other communities in the Middle East, the Holy See has fostered a new diplomatic approach to protect communities and raise the international focus on a top issue.

Pope Francis encourages bishops of Bosnia and Herzegovina in reconciliation

Mar 17, 2015 - 12:04 am .- During his address to the bishops from Bosnia and Herzegovina on Monday, Pope Francis urged them to foster reconciliation and peaceful coexistence in their country, which has been marked by ethno-religious tensions.

Vatican: no papal endorsement for LGBT Catholic video

Mar 16, 2015 - 05:35 pm .- A Vatican official says there will be no papal endorsement for an LGBT activist video whose backers want it to reach Pope Francis.

Pope grieves Pakistan bombings, says world hides Christian persecution

Mar 15, 2015 - 06:49 am .- In his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis lamented today’s terrorist attacks against two Christian churches – one of them Catholic – in Pakistan, and prayed that such violence will stop.

Lay people at the forefront of the Church's mission, says Pope

Mar 14, 2015 - 01:56 pm .- Pope Francis reminded lay men and women of their place in the “front lines” in spreading the Gospel, living as Christian witnesses in the secular world.

Pope to teachers: engage with peripheries in your classrooms

Mar 14, 2015 - 01:30 pm .- Pope Francis has called on teachers to engage with the peripheries within their own classrooms, loving their students for their limitations as well as their potential.

Scholar from JPII Institute on marriage, family to advise helmsman of 2015 Synod

Mar 14, 2015 - 10:00 am .- As the church prepares for the 2015 Synod on the Family, one of the newly-named advisers to the synod of bishops' general secretariat is a scholar from the John Paul II Institute on marriage and the family – representatives of which were notably absent during last year's gathering on the same subject.

Two years into papacy, Francis continues path set in first moments

Mar 13, 2015 - 04:31 pm .- The infant moments of Francis’ papacy deeply signified what his future mission would be like, reflected Catholics who were present for his election two years ago.

Pope Francis says he wanted to enter US from Mexican border

Mar 13, 2015 - 02:56 pm .- In a lengthy interview with a Mexican multimedia group Pope Francis hit on several topics including his visit to the U.S., where he symbolically wanted to enter from the country’s border with Mexico.

Pope Francis declares Holy Year for Mercy

Mar 13, 2015 - 10:05 am .- During his homily for a Lenten penitential service, Pope Francis announced an extraordinary Jubilee to start at the end of the year, and which will be dedicated to a theme close to the pontiff’s heart: mercy.

Pope reiterates lessons from Korea in meeting with nation's bishops

Mar 12, 2015 - 09:13 pm .- His trip last August to South Korea was on Pope Francis' mind Thursday when he met with the nation's bishops, who are visiting Rome for their ad limina meeting.

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