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Pope Francis' Instagram success: a model for Catholic social media?

Apr 12, 2016 - 06:46 am .- Social media can be a place for evangelization.

Pope appoints new Vatican ambassador to the US

Apr 12, 2016 - 05:42 am .- Pope Francis has appointed French-born Archbishop Christophe Pierre as the Vatican ambassador to the U.S., replacing Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the Holy See press office announced Tuesday.

Pope: It's not enough to follow the letter of the law with a closed heart

Apr 11, 2016 - 10:38 am .- Speaking at morning Mass at the Santa Marta residence, Pope Francis decried those who close themselves to God's truth, and condemn repentant sinners and the innocent alike in the name of following the “letter of the law.”

Pope sends condolences after deadly fire in India

Apr 10, 2016 - 08:05 am .- Pope Francis has sent his condolences to the victims and relatives of a fireworks accident on Sunday that killed at least 100 people and injured hundreds of others in India's Kerala state during celebrations of the local Hindu New Year.

Pope Francis calls for release of kidnapped priest

Apr 10, 2016 - 05:55 am .- Pope Francis on Sunday issued an appeal for the release of kidnapped Salesian priest, Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil, and all persons being held captive in conflict regions.

How Pope Francis thinks we should change marriage prep

Apr 10, 2016 - 05:39 am .- Among the less-noticed passages of Pope Francis’ new exhortation was a lengthy section on marriage preparation, a subject that the pontiff has repeatedly spoken on, calling for additional focus at the diocesan and parish levels.

Pope to visit Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan

Apr 9, 2016 - 06:59 am .- Pope Francis will journey this summer to Armenia, and will visit Georgia and Azerbaijan later in the year, the Vatican announced Saturday.

Pope: When giving to the poor, look them in the eyes

Apr 9, 2016 - 05:44 am .- In Saturday's address for the monthly Jubilee of Mercy general audience, Pope Francis said almsgiving is not just about the money; it is about being attentive to the actual needs of the person asking for help

Cardinal Schönborn praises 'Amoris Laetitia' stance on gay marriage

Apr 8, 2016 - 02:02 pm .- Pope Francis' new document on love in the family is welcome particularly for its steadfast adherence to Church teaching on homosexual acts and relationships, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna said.

Bernie Sanders, 'a big fan' of Pope Francis, to attend Vatican conference

Apr 8, 2016 - 12:25 pm .- Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has announced that he will attend a Vatican conference on social justice and the economy just before the New York primary election on April 19.

Interpreting Amoris Laetitia 'through the lens of Catholic tradition'

Apr 8, 2016 - 11:00 am .- While some passages in Pope Francis’ new document may be unclear and open to multiple interpretations, the correct view is that which aligns with the tradition and teaching of the Church, said a synod consultor and leading expert on Catholic family studies.  

Pope Francis: Children are always gifts, even in tough circumstances

Apr 8, 2016 - 04:05 am .- Pope Francis’ latest writings on the family include a strong affirmation of the need to welcome children even in difficult circumstances.

No doctrine change from Pope Francis – but a call for better pastoral care

Apr 8, 2016 - 04:00 am .- Catholics who have divorced-and-remarried need the fullness of Church teaching. They also need a wise pastoral and community response to their difficulties that can help them grow in the Christian life, Pope Francis said on Friday in his new document on love in the family.  

Pope Francis: Martyrs are still the 'life blood of the Church'

Apr 7, 2016 - 01:37 pm .- Pope Francis on Thursday praised the consistency and courage of the modern day martyrs who continue to “carry the Church forward” even as they face death for their witness to the Risen Christ.  

Vatican confirms Pope Francis will travel to Greece, visit refugees

Apr 7, 2016 - 06:04 am .- Pope Francis will travel to the Greek island of Lesbos next Saturday, April 16, where he will meet with ecumenical leaders and refugees, the Vatican announced Thursday.

The blessing of a lifetime: 5-year-old girl going blind meets Pope Francis

Apr 6, 2016 - 11:51 am .- When Lizzy Myers was diagnosed with a condition that could result in complete blindness, her parents, Steve and Christine, went to work on a “visual bucket list” for their daughter.

Pope Francis says Christ's love is open to all – that's why we go to Confession

Apr 6, 2016 - 11:08 am .- God’s mercy is for everyone, and Jesus Christ is proof, Pope Francis said on Wednesday.

Mary's 'yes' to God changed history, Pope Francis says

Apr 4, 2016 - 01:31 pm .- Pope Francis marked the Feast of the Annunciation on Monday by reflecting on the power of Mary’s “yes” to God.

Pope Francis meets with SSPX superior general

Apr 4, 2016 - 11:04 am .- Both the Vatican and the Society of St. Pius X have confirmed that this weekend Pope Francis met with the priestly society's superior general, Bishop Bernard Fellay, at the Vatican.

Mother Teresa was heroic – but maybe not for the reasons you think

Apr 4, 2016 - 03:02 am .- There are many things about Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta that could be called heroic – her tireless service to the world's most rejected and her courageous witness to millions of what it is to live the Gospel, just to name a couple.

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