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Pope Francis' post-synod doc to be released April 8

Mar 31, 2016 - 04:44 am .- The Vatican announced Thursday that Pope Francis’ highly anticipated post-synodal apostolic exhortation on the gifts and challenges of family life will be published April 8.

'She's in heaven' – Pope Francis on Mother Angelica

Mar 30, 2016 - 06:00 am .- Pope Francis on Wednesday offered a special blessing for Mother Angelica following her death on Easter Sunday, expressing his confidence that she is already in heaven.

Vatican spokesman recalls joy of meeting Mother Angelica

Mar 29, 2016 - 11:00 am .- After hearing of the death of Mother Angelica on Easter Sunday, Fr. Federico Lombardi, the Vatican’s spokesman, recalled the joy of being able to meet the nun several years ago in Birmingham, Alabama.

Benedict XVI responds to Mother Angelica's death

Mar 28, 2016 - 02:54 pm .- Benedict XVI had a special response to Mother Angelica’s death falling on Easter Sunday: “it’s a gift.”

Pope condemns 'cowardly' attack on Pakistani Christians

Mar 28, 2016 - 04:48 am .- Pope Francis on Monday mourned the loss of life in Pakistan, where more than 70 people – mostly women and children -- were killed Sunday after a suicide attack on Christians who were celebrating Easter at a public park.

Pope prays for victims of terror strike at Iraq football stadium

Mar 27, 2016 - 06:24 am .- Pope Francis has sent a his condolences following the suicide attack against a football stadium in Iskanderiyah, Iraq which killed more than 30 people last week, many of them young boys.

Pope: Easter message brings hope to victims of terrorism, persecution

Mar 27, 2016 - 05:35 am .- In his Urbi et Orbi message for Easter, Pope Francis encouraged victims of terrorism and Christian persecution to find hope in the Lord’s resurrection.

Let yourselves be moved by hope, Pope says at Easter Vigil

Mar 26, 2016 - 03:38 pm .- During the Easter Vigil, Pope Francis told attendees not to be overcome by sadness in the face of life’s difficulties, but to be open to hope, which is not the absence of problems, but is a gift from God when we allow him to enter our lives.

Mercy will save the world: papal preacher's Good Friday meditation

Mar 25, 2016 - 11:45 am .- Remembering this week's deadly terror attack in Brussels, the papal preacher centered his Good Friday reflection on mercy's role in saving the world.

Archbishop Bernard Hebda 'honored' to head Minn. diocese

Mar 24, 2016 - 07:48 am .- Pope Francis has named Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda as the new head of the Minneapolis-St. Paul archdiocese – a surprise move for the archbishop, who was expected to take over the diocese of Newark in July.

Your task is to incarnate mercy, Pope Francis tells priests

Mar 24, 2016 - 04:54 am .- During Holy Thursday’s Chrism Mass Pope Francis focused on the topic of mercy, telling priests that one of their primary tasks is to make mercy visible in the same way as Jesus, who always gave it in excess.

What does it mean to be a bishop – and a Vatican diplomat?

Mar 24, 2016 - 03:04 am .- For Archbishop Peter Wells, the Pope’s new ambassador to South Africa, being in the diplomatic service of the Holy See isn’t about politics or governing,  but is  above all a ministry centered on Jesus Christ.

Pope Francis will speak on the synod soon. But the spin has already begun.

Mar 23, 2016 - 05:18 pm .- The war of interpretations has begun over Pope Francis’ yet-to-be-published post-synodal exhortation. And this war is taking place in the press.

Pope Francis observes moment of silence for Belgium attack victims

Mar 23, 2016 - 07:08 am .- In his general audience the day after terrorist attacks in Belgium claimed the lives of at least 30 people and injured 230 more, Pope Francis led pilgrims in a moment of silent prayer for the victims and their families.

Pope Francis to wash the feet of migrants on Holy Thursday

Mar 22, 2016 - 12:42 pm .- After spending previous years washing the feet of inmates and disabled persons on Holy Thursday, this year Pope Francis will celebrate the liturgy in a welcoming center for migrants and refugees.

Pope Francis grieves Belgium attacks, condemns 'blind violence'

Mar 22, 2016 - 08:49 am .- On Tuesday Pope Francis offered prayers for the victims of attacks at an airport and metro in Belgium, condemning the acts as “blind violence” and praying for peace.

Pope prays for victims of Russian plane crash, Istanbul bombing

Mar 21, 2016 - 10:30 am .- Pope Francis offered prayers over the weekend for victims of both a plane crash in Russia and a suicide bombing in Istanbul.

Humility is the epitome of redemption, Pope says on Palm Sunday

Mar 20, 2016 - 05:28 am .- On Palm Sunday Pope Francis said the path toward salvation can be summed up by humility and service, and encouraged pilgrims to contemplate Jesus’ shameful Passion and Death throughout Holy Week.

Pope's Instagram launches with appeal for prayer

Mar 19, 2016 - 03:49 am .- The official Instagram account of Pope Francis launched on Saturday with a simple request for his followers: “Pray for me.”

The Church is our mother, Pope Francis explains to Neocatechumenal Way

Mar 18, 2016 - 01:45 pm .- Pope Francis told members of the Neocatechumenal Way that they have received a great charism to maintain. On Friday he spoke with them about Church unity, how to engage the world, and the difference between worldly and divine glory.

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