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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.

Full text of Benedict XVI's recent, rare, and lengthy interview

Mar 17, 2016 - 11:50 am .- In a recently published interview on issues of justification and faith, Benedict XVI has addressed issues of mercy and our need for forgiveness, salvation through the cross, the necessity of baptism, and the importance of sharing in Christ's redeeming love.

Francis: Hope is the 'humble virtue' that keeps us afloat in tough times

Mar 17, 2016 - 11:17 am .- In his homily Thursday, Pope Francis spoke on the essential role hope plays in the Christian life, saying that while it is a silent and humble virtue, it is what supports us in difficulty and brings us peace.

Pope Francis to world leaders: Open your doors to migrants

Mar 16, 2016 - 06:19 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis renewed his appeal on behalf of the tens of thousands struggling to enter other countries as they flee war and violence, asking global leaders to “open their hearts” and doors to migrants and refugees.

It's official – Mother Teresa will be canonized September 4

Mar 15, 2016 - 03:57 am .- After months of anticipation, the date of Mother Teresa’s canonization has finally been announced. It falls on Sept. 4, which this year will also mark a special jubilee for workers and volunteers of mercy.

Pope announces Palestinian as winner of international teaching prize

Mar 15, 2016 - 12:08 am .- A Palestinian school teacher on Sunday became the recipient of a US$1m international award for her work with children – and it was Pope Francis who announced the winner.

Priest admits to relaying confidential documents in 'Vatileaks' trial

Mar 14, 2016 - 05:37 pm .- During a Vatican City trial on Monday over a case in which five individuals are accused of leaking and disseminating confidential financial documents, a former Vatican official said he relayed documents only under duress.

In the face of suffering, let's entrust ourselves to God – Pope Francis

Mar 14, 2016 - 11:51 am .- Speaking days after the death of a homeless man on the streets of Rome, Pope Francis during Mass on Monday reflected on the challenge of trusting in God in a world where the innocent suffer.

Pope mourns 'tragic loss of life' after attack in Turkey

Mar 14, 2016 - 10:01 am .- Pope Francis sent his condolences to the president of Turkey where a terrorist attack Sunday left dozens dead.


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