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Churches, families must be places of welcome, Pope says

Sep 9, 2015 - 07:13 am .- Pope Francis Wednesday spoke of the bond which must exist between families and the Christian community, stressing that the Church, in following the Gospel, must always keep its doors open.

Revamped annulment process focuses on speed, role of local bishops

Sep 8, 2015 - 07:34 am .- In a revamped marriage annulment process, Pope Francis has made significant changes, giving more of a role to the local bishop, dropping automatic appeals, and declaring the process free of charge.

Vatican reform of annulment process will be presented tomorrow

Sep 7, 2015 - 01:01 pm .- The Holy See press office has announced that two motu proprio will be released on Tuesday, both of which concern the reform of the process for the declaration of the nullity of marriage.

Pope Francis urges Armenian Catholics to remember their martyrs

Sep 7, 2015 - 11:34 am .- Concelebrating Mass with the Armenian Patriarch of Cilicia on Monday, Pope Francis recalled how persecution has been constant in the Church, from the time of Christ's Passion until now.

Pope: all European churches to welcome refugees during Year of Mercy

Sep 6, 2015 - 04:30 am .- Pope Francis Sunday issued a strong appeal to the entire European Church – including the Vatican – to take in migrant families as part of the lead-in to the upcoming Jubilee of Mercy.

Was the last synod 'rigged'? Tell-all book lets the reader decide

Sep 5, 2015 - 12:00 pm .- A new book about the 2014 Extraordinary Synod on the Family alleges evidence of a hidden agenda pushed by a handful of bishops in positions of influence.

Pope engages Americans on immigration, abortion in pre-trip virtual audience

Sep 5, 2015 - 07:48 am .- In a virtual audience with Americans Pope Francis heard emotive testimonies from undocumented immigrants, comforted a single mother, and encouraged greater solidarity in world racked with many problems.

Doctrine and pastoral care go hand-in-hand, Pope Francis reminds theologians

Sep 4, 2015 - 12:14 pm .- The Church's teaching and her pastoral ministry are not opposed, Pope Francis said in a video message on Thursday, even though this false dichotomy is frequently made.

Blessed Junipero Serra's cross gets a kiss from Pope Francis

Sep 4, 2015 - 06:07 am .- Pope Francis on Wednesday kissed and blessed a cross that was buried with Father Junipero Serra, the early California missionary whom he will canonize during his U.S. visit later this month.

Pope Francis to Israeli president: 'the challenge is to unite'

Sep 4, 2015 - 12:03 am .- Pope Francis held an audience with Israeli president Reuven Rivlin on Thursday, where they exchanged gifts and discussed efforts to secure peace and to address the plight of Middle East Christians.

Strong words from the Vatican as migrant crisis spikes worldwide

Sep 3, 2015 - 03:06 pm .- A Vatican official in charge of assisting migrants spoke about the increasing number of refugees around the globe and stressed that they should be welcomed as brothers and sisters – not seen as a burden.

Are dialogue and reconciliation with the SSPX part of the Jubilee for Mercy?

Sep 3, 2015 - 02:31 pm .- Pope Francis' decision that during the Jubilee Year of Mercy the faithful can receive absolution from priests of the Society of St. Pius X is the most recent attempt at reconciliation with the priestly society, according to a Vatican official.

On WWII anniversary, Pope says 'never again' to war, condemns arms trafficking

Sep 2, 2015 - 05:09 pm .- Pope Francis remembered the official end of the Second World War on Wednesday with the plea: “never again,” and he decried similar horrors from today’s bloody conflicts, denouncing weapons trafficking.

Vatican says 'no' to transsexual godparents amid Spain controversy

Sep 2, 2015 - 12:22 pm .- A media firestorm arose in Spain after a transsexual woman, who considers herself a man, asked to be the godfather of her nephew – leading a diocese's bishop to turn to the Vatican for an answer.

Alliance between families and God can change the world, Pope Francis says

Sep 2, 2015 - 11:31 am .- Encouraging families to hear God's word and to put it into practice, Pope Francis said Wednesday that the family, by being allied with God, is called to counteract the “desertification” found in today's cities.

Pope listens to what Francis of Assisi can teach us about creation

Sep 1, 2015 - 02:46 pm .- On the first World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, the preacher to the papal household said that St. Francis of Assisi is a key model in showing the link between faith in God and care for our common home.

All priests will be able to forgive sin of abortion during Jubilee for Mercy

Sep 1, 2015 - 06:33 am .- In a new set of pastoral guidelines for the upcoming Holy Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has made some significant moves, allowing all priests to forgive the sin of abortion and granting SSPX priests the faculty to forgive sins.

Benedict XVI: God's truth, love, and goodness are what make us pure

Sep 1, 2015 - 03:01 am .- When Benedict XVI said Mass on Sunday for the annual meeting of his former students, his homily focused on how God's Word frees us from the forgetfulness of a world that no longer thinks about God.

Pope Francis holds virtual audience with Americans in Chicago, Texas, LA

Aug 31, 2015 - 07:37 pm .- Pope Francis on Monday took part in a virtual audience with a group of Americans, less than a month before his historic trip to the United States.

Pope to Catholic lawmakers: Be strong. Protect life.

Aug 31, 2015 - 05:00 pm .- On Sunday, Pope Francis urged Catholic legislators to be protectors of human life, calling them to “be strong” against a throw-away culture marked by Christian persecution, and the rejection of the unborn and migrants.

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