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Beyond the digital, into the heart: a Vatican take on communication

Jan 29, 2015 - 12:01 am .- The Vatican's top communications official said that true interaction requires more than just phones and internet – and that dialogue is an interpersonal encounter we learn even from our mother's womb.

A society without fathers is a society of orphans, Pope Francis says

Jan 28, 2015 - 06:40 am .- In his general audience catechesis, Pope Francis turned to the role of fathers, saying that they play an irreplaceable role in family life, and their absence leaves children prey to false idols.

Pope Francis asks, Do you discern God's will before making a decision?

Jan 27, 2015 - 04:19 pm .- Pope Francis dedicated his homily at Mass on Tuesday to the theme of obeying God’s will, saying a Christian should have a heart like Mary, who was open and obedient to all that God asked of her.

A visit to Naples, Pompeii on Pope Francis' slate for March

Jan 27, 2015 - 12:36 pm .- Pope Francis' liturgical schedule from now until Easter has been released – and it includes the creation of new cardinals and a daylong pastoral visit to Italian cities of Naples and Pompeii.

Wondering what to give up for Lent? Try indifference, Pope says

Jan 27, 2015 - 05:35 am .- The “globalization of indifference” was at the heart of Pope Francis’ Lenten message, in which he urged faithful to fight individualism with merciful hearts that are more attentive to the needs of others.

Women are irreplaceable in passing on the faith, Pope says

Jan 26, 2015 - 02:12 pm .- Women in the family have a crucial role in transmitting the faith from one generation to the next, said Pope Francis during morning Mass for the feast of saints Timothy and Titus.

Pope to canon lawyers: Annulment process must be secure, prompt

Jan 26, 2015 - 11:33 am .- In a speech delivered on Saturday to participants in a conference on how to handle causes of nullity, Pope Francis encouraged a marriage process that is both sure of its judgements and prompt.

Pope: Dialogue between religions key in countering violence

Jan 25, 2015 - 07:02 pm .- Pope Francis on Jan. 24 stressed the need for dialogue between different faiths, saying that it is essential in preventing violence and promoting peace.

Christian unity demands encounter – not theory, says Pope

Jan 25, 2015 - 03:37 pm .- More than “theoretical discussions,” what unites Christians is encounter, and a willingness to “challenge one another,” said Pope Francis as he marked the conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

As Ukraine violence continues, Pope renews call for dialogue

Jan 25, 2015 - 12:35 pm .- During his weekly Angelus address, Pope Francis decried the recent escalation of violence in Ukraine, and later called on Christians to pray for unity with one another.

Pope Francis surprised by misunderstanding of his words on family

Jan 24, 2015 - 04:20 pm .- Pope Francis was surprised that his words on responsible parenthood were not widely taken in the sense that he intended them, a Vatican official related in an interview on Thursday.

Want Christian unity? Deepen your own conversion, Pope says

Jan 24, 2015 - 02:46 pm .- Pope Francis told a group of religious men and women that they are the forerunners in working towards Christian unity, which is something that first requires personal conversion, holiness and prayer.

Worldliness 'stuns more than grappa on a fast,' Pope tells new cardinals

Jan 24, 2015 - 07:02 am .- In a letter to the 20 bishops who will be elevated to the cardinalate next month, Pope Francis said that the role is one of sacrificial service rather than an award, and cautioned against a worldly mindset.

Confession isn't the 'dry-cleaners' – it's an embrace from God

Jan 23, 2015 - 03:55 pm .- Pope Francis said that confessing our sins isn't a “mechanical” procedure like getting a stained removed but rather a joyful embrace from God, who forgives everything from a heart that's repentant.

For Pope Francis, faith is a criterion in investigating a marriage's validity

Jan 23, 2015 - 01:16 pm .- In investigating the validity of a marriage, ecclesial judges should consider whether the decision to marry was made in the context of values and faith, Pope Francis said on Friday.

American priest among saints causes advanced by Pope Francis

Jan 23, 2015 - 10:28 am .- Servant of God Aloysius Schwartz is one of the 11 causes for canonization that Pope Francis advanced yesterday, and will be granted the title “Venerable” with the pontiff’s recognition of his heroic virtue.

Flea market find becomes heavenly gift for Pope Francis

Jan 23, 2015 - 04:02 am .- The journalist who won a big smile from Pope Francis after giving him an image of St. Therese of Lisieux on his way to the Philippines said that she found it in a flea market, and gave it as the second in a pair.

Fostering close ties: what family life teaches us about communication

Jan 23, 2015 - 04:00 am .- Pope Francis chose the family as his theme for this year’s World Communications Day, saying that as the first place we learn to communicate, families teach us to go out of ourselves and encounter others.

Pope Francis completes new Vatican office to tackle clergy abuse

Jan 23, 2015 - 12:03 am .- Pope Francis completed the membership of the new Vatican body with responsibility for dealing with clerical sex abuse on Wednesday,  marking a further step in providing adequate procedures to insure justice for all the victims.

Pius XII helped Jews in Rome – and an Italian historian has the evidence

Jan 22, 2015 - 05:44 pm .- An Italian historian has found evidence that Venerable Pius XII’s order to open the doors to Jewish refugees was delivered to two enclosed monasteries in Rome, “L’Osservatore Romano” wrote on Wednesday.

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