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VIP treatment for LGBT group at the Vatican? Not really.

Feb 19, 2015 - 05:19 pm .- Vatican sources have cast doubt on reports of VIP treatment for New Ways Ministry, an American LGBT activist group that rejects Catholic teaching, at Pope Francis’ most recent general audience.

Not endorsement, but understanding – Pope Francis and married priests

Feb 19, 2015 - 04:58 pm .- While addressing the priests of the Diocese of Rome on Thursday, Pope Francis also responded to a question about married priests, underscoring that the Church has great concern for priests who leave ministry to get married and later want to return, but that on the other hand he does not know if the Church can find a way for this to happen.

Pope Francis' daily challenge: Who will you follow – God or the world?

Feb 19, 2015 - 05:35 am .- In his homily Thursday Pope Francis said that every day we are faced with choices between good and evil, and stressed that God is always there to help us when the right decision is hard to make.

Vatican Secretary of State urges 'quick response' to crisis in Libya

Feb 18, 2015 - 08:02 pm .- After a meeting with Italian officials on Tuesday, Cardinal Pietro Parolin told reporters that swift action is needed in Libya, where continual conflict since a 2011 revolution has resulted in rival governments and a foothold for Islamists.

This Lent, ask God for the 'gift of tears,' Pope says

Feb 18, 2015 - 12:37 pm .- In his Ash Wednesday homily, Pope Francis said the time of Lent is a call to leave hypocrisy behind and reconcile with God through fasting, charity and prayerful tears before our merciful Father.

Siblings help you keep your eyes off yourself, Pope says

Feb 18, 2015 - 12:57 am .- In this week’s general audience Pope Francis spoke on the role of siblings in family life, saying the fraternity we learn from them teaches us how to overcome barriers and leads to greater freedom.

New cardinals speak out on perils, potential of a globalized society

Feb 18, 2015 - 12:02 am .- Pope Francis' newly elevated cardinals reflected on their roles as shepherds within a vast, multicultural Church – and the many challenges and opportunities of service the modern world poses to their peripheral dioceses.

Is there an end in sight to centuries-old sectarian divisions in Scotland?

Feb 17, 2015 - 02:01 pm .- Following an ecumenical meeting with Pope Francis on Monday, the moderator of the Church of Scotland said the gathering  was significant, and could signal the end of its tensions with the Catholic Church.

Pope offers Mass for murdered Coptic Christians, hails them as 'martyrs'

Feb 17, 2015 - 07:37 am .- Pope Francis offered his Tuesday morning Mass for the repose of the souls of the 21 Egyptian Christians killed by ISIS militants, praying that man learn to reject his evil temptations, and choose what is good.

Unexpected friendships bloom as Vatican rolls out haircuts for homeless

Feb 17, 2015 - 04:01 am .- As homeless men and women line up under the massive arms of Saint Peter's colonnade waiting to take advantage of the Vatican's newly-christened showers and barbershop, volunteers who assist them say they are deeply moved by their encounter with a population often rejected by society.

Pope condemns beheading of Egyptian Christians, says blood 'cries out to be heard'

Feb 16, 2015 - 10:45 am .- Pope Francis mourned the 21 Egyptian Christians beheaded by the Islamic State, calling them martyrs that “belong to all Christians.”

Jesus has no 'proxy'– he touches our wounds with his hands, Pope says

Feb 15, 2015 - 09:14 am .- In his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis focused on mercy, noting how Jesus heals not by giving lectures, but by going close to those who suffer and curing the “leprosy” of our sin.

Take the red hat, but leave your 'spiritual box' behind, Pope tells cardinals

Feb 15, 2015 - 04:27 am .- After elevating 20 new cardinals, Pope Francis reminded them that true honor is found in service, and urged them to follow Jesus in breaking rigid ways of thinking and touching society’s marginalized.

Pope Francis' call to new cardinals: be captivated by truth

Feb 14, 2015 - 09:20 am .- Pope Francis welcomed the Catholic Church’s newest cardinals on Saturday, encouraging them to center themselves in Jesus Christ as they lead the faithful in patience, justice, and docility to the Holy Spirit.

At the consistory, a strong dedication to Vatican reforms

Feb 13, 2015 - 02:18 pm .- Reform was the watchword as cardinals met at the Vatican for briefings about the state of Vatican finances and about the work of a pontifical commission that protects minors.

Three countries will be represented in College of Cardinals for first time

Feb 13, 2015 - 12:08 am .- The different cultures represented by bishops who will be created cardinals this weekend demonstrate the Church's universality, thereby enriching the College of Cardinals, says the prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

'A reform to promote harmony' – Pope Francis opens a much-debated consistory

Feb 12, 2015 - 02:13 pm .- A reform to promote a greater harmony in the work of the Roman Curia, in Pope Francis’ words, was the topic of discussion on Thursday, the opening day of an extraordinary consistory of cardinals held at the Vatican.

Pope prays for migrants killed in Mediterranean boat tragedy

Feb 12, 2015 - 12:24 am .- During his weekly general audience, Pope Francis said he was following “with concern” the news of hundreds of immigrants who perished in the Mediterranean Sea this week.

Could a new charity department lead a reformed Roman Curia?

Feb 11, 2015 - 01:03 pm .- The secretary of the Council of Cardinals will present tomorrow at the consistory a proposal for curial reform based on the pivotal notion of charity, according to a source who has seen the latest draft of the proposal.

Two years into retirement, the legacy of Father Benedict endures

Feb 11, 2015 - 12:00 pm .- Two years to the day since Pope Benedict XVI told the world of his historic decision to step down from the papal office, those impacted by his pontificate say that his legacy is still burning bright.  

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