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Papal canonizations to be a spiritual event, cardinal stresses

Mar 31, 2014 - 01:04 pm .- At a Monday news conference detailing preparations for the canonization of Bl. John Paul II and Bl. John XXIII, the Holy See announced initiatives designed to help the Church live the event in a spiritual way.

Pope warns against the wandering of an 'existential tourist'

Mar 31, 2014 - 11:33 am .- In his homily Monday, Pope Francis spoke of the importance of having direction in our lives rather than turning in circles and never advancing, emphasizing that we move forward only through faith in God.

Protection of minors a priority for Pope, commission member says

Mar 31, 2014 - 06:28 am .- A German priest and psychologist recently appointed to the new Vatican commission for the protection of minors has stated that the initiative demonstrates Pope Francis’ concern regarding the immediacy of the issue.

Program offers African students 'second home' in Rome

Mar 30, 2014 - 10:21 am .- African students studying in Rome are finding a home away from home in an outreach program dedicated to accompanying them spiritually, culturally, and socially.

Be open to the light of Christ, encourages Pope

Mar 30, 2014 - 05:27 am .- During his Sunday Angelus message, Pope Francis urged the faithful to open themselves to the light of Christ and not be hindered by pride or interior blindness.

Vatican hosts day of study on family and creation

Mar 29, 2014 - 02:14 pm .- On Saturday the Pontifical Council for the Family sponsored a day of reflection on the family as the custodian of the created world.

Witness to Christ, Pope urges blind and deaf

Mar 29, 2014 - 10:44 am .- Pope Francis held an audience with the blind and deaf on Saturday, encouraging them to become witnesses of Christ and to build a culture of encounter rather than exclusion.

Churches answer Pope's call for 24 hours of Confession

Mar 28, 2014 - 04:59 pm .- As many dioceses the world over begin to offer special round-the clock periods of Confession, Pope Francis stressed that conversion is “a commitment that lasts a lifetime.”

God never tires of forgiving us, Pope reflects

Mar 28, 2014 - 12:13 pm .- Pope Francis dedicated his homily at Friday’s Mass to the mercy of God, emphasizing that while God is firm in his call for conversion, he is always waiting to receive the sinner with open arms.

Pope Francis: confession is not condemnation, but mercy

Mar 28, 2014 - 07:14 am .- In a speech given to priests and seminarians attending a course on the Sacrament of Confession, Pope Francis spoke about the mercy of God, stating that it is the most important aspect of their ministry.

Joy of forgiving, being forgiven are 'united' in confessional

Mar 28, 2014 - 12:03 am .- Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, head of the Apostolic Penitentiary, said sinners should not be afraid of the Sacrament of Confession because in the confessional “the joy of forgiving and the joy of being forgiven are united.”

Pope urges lawmakers to embrace faith over 'theology of duty'

Mar 27, 2014 - 05:15 pm .- Saying Mass for some 500 Italian parliamentarians Thursday, Pope Francis warned them of the corruption of the heart, imploring them not to slip from the theology of faith to a theology of duty.

Obama meets with Pope at time of 'tense' relations with Church

Mar 27, 2014 - 11:49 am .- U.S. President Barack Obama’s March 27 meeting with Pope Francis comes at a time of tension between his administration and the Church over religious liberty, several Catholic leaders have said.

Schedule for Pope’s Holy Land visit released

Mar 27, 2014 - 08:41 am .- The Holy See has officially published the itinerary for Pope Francis’ upcoming trip to the Holy Land, during which he is slated to travel to Jordan, the State of Palestine, and Israel.

Pope, Obama discuss relations between Church and State

Mar 27, 2014 - 08:04 am .- During the March 27 meeting between Pope Francis and President Barack Obama, the two exchanged cordial discussion regarding the state of the Church in the U.S., as well as topics of shared interest.

Minor protection group shows collaboration with Jesuit center

Mar 27, 2014 - 12:03 am .- The appointments made to the newly established Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors show that Pope Francis has modeled it on the Jesuit’s Center for the Protection of Minors.

Immigration advocates give Pope letters from children

Mar 26, 2014 - 05:00 pm .- A group of U.S. immigration reform advocates participated in Wednesday’s General Audience at the Vatican, giving the Pope letters from children who face being separated from their parents by deportation.

German bishop accused of luxurious lifestyle resigns (Updated)

Mar 26, 2014 - 08:56 am .- In a March 26 statement the Holy See announced its acceptance of the resignation of Bishop Franz-Peter Tebarts-van Elst, noting that the situation in his diocese does not allow the full exercise of his ministry.

Holy Orders fosters a passionate love of the Church, Pope notes

Mar 26, 2014 - 05:13 am .- In his weekly general audience Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the Sacraments, devoting today’s discourse to those who receive Holy Orders, referring to it as a vocation of “service.”

Culture of exclusion sacrifices children, elderly, Pope warns

Mar 26, 2014 - 02:04 am .- Efforts to fight a “throw-away culture of exclusion” should include openness to the lives of the young and elderly, as well as education and even sports, Pope Francis has said.

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