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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.

Look for the presence of God in your life, Pope says on New Year's

Dec 31, 2015 - 06:12 pm .- As this year comes to an end, Pope Francis has encouraged faithful to look back at the events of 2015, telling them to be attentive to both the presence of God, and the signs he is giving.

Pope Francis to families: forgive each other and journey together towards God

Dec 27, 2015 - 10:03 am .- Pope Francis on the Feast of the Holy Family reflected on the power of forgiveness in families and compared everyday family life to an ongoing pilgrimage of prayer and love.

Let God's forgiveness heal your heart, Pope Francis says after Christmas

Dec 26, 2015 - 09:01 am .- For Pope Francis, the path forward from Christmas can be found in the martyrdom of St. Stephen, especially in his transforming forgiveness of his persecutors.

Only God can overcome 'monstrous' evil in the world, Pope says on Christmas

Dec 25, 2015 - 08:38 am .- In his annual Christmas “Urbi et Orbi” blessing Pope Francis prayed for all those affected by violence, conflict and poverty throughout the world, asking that they rejoice in salvation offered by the birth of Christ.

Christmas joy is the antidote to skepticism, Pope Francis says

Dec 24, 2015 - 02:26 pm .- The joy we receive from Christ’s birth has the power to counteract doubt and indifference, in a world that is “merciless to the sinner and lenient to the sin,” Pope Francis said during Midnight Mass for Christmas.

Pope Francis: let's feel the wonder of meeting Jesus Christ, 'the great gift of God'

Dec 20, 2015 - 09:46 am .- Ahead of Christmas, Pope Francis spoke on the surprise of God and his great gift in sending Jesus Christ to save mankind.

Pope Francis meets with railroad workers--and reminds them of God's mercy

Dec 19, 2015 - 03:11 pm .- Pope Francis on Saturday addressed rail workers, remembering the hard and sometimes deadly work that built the railways of Italy. He invited them all to embrace God’s “medicine of mercy” in the Catholic Church’s year of Mercy.

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