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Educate girls to the 'beauty and grandeur of their vocation' – Pope Francis

Jun 26, 2015 - 03:03 pm .- Pope Francis on Friday praised Catholic girl scout leaders’ “absolutely crucial” role in educating women for their vocation and responsibilities in a world of ideologies that work against God and treat women as inferior.

A hope for peace: Vatican, Palestine sign treaty protecting religious liberty

Jun 26, 2015 - 02:44 pm .- The comprehensive agreement signed on Friday by the Holy See and the State of Palestine may serve the twofold goal of stimulating peace in the Middle East and providing a model for similar treaties with other Middle East countries.

Pope exhorts future Vatican diplomats to bring Christ's face to the world

Jun 25, 2015 - 05:15 pm .- Pope Francis told the graduating class of Holy See ambassadors on Thursday that their main mission is to be Christ’s representatives to the world.

For Archbishop Chaput, Vatican synod, Philly family meeting providentially linked

Jun 25, 2015 - 03:31 pm .- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia sees a providential link between September’s World Meeting of Families and October’s Synod on the Family. As a participant in both, he says the fresh experience from Philadelphia will be on his mind as he enters the Vatican Synod hall mere weeks later.

Cardinal sends Ramadan wishes to suffering Muslims, rebukes religious violence

Jun 25, 2015 - 02:01 am .- In an oblique rebuke to the Islamic State and other militants, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran has wished Muslims a peaceful and joyful Ramadan and acknowledged the pain of those who have suffered or died because of violence.

Synod on the Family's working document sets the stage for spirited discussion

Jun 24, 2015 - 12:00 pm .- That the discussion at October's Synod on the Family is going to be a lively one is indicated by the fact that the most controversial paragraphs of the final report from last year's synod are included in the working document which was released Tuesday.

Pope to families: If you hide your problems, they'll only get worse

Jun 24, 2015 - 06:47 am .- Family wounds that aren’t dealt with in a healthy and timely manner can have devastating effects on both spouses and children, Pope Francis has said, and encouraged wounded families to work toward healing without letting bitterness build up.

Synod guiding document: families need the Church's message of mercy

Jun 23, 2015 - 08:20 am .- The document set to guide this year’s synod discussions on the family touches on hot-button issues such as homosexuality and divorced and remarried couples, stressing that mercy is something every family needs from the Church.

Pope Francis speaks up for Italy's unemployed youth

Jun 20, 2015 - 12:25 pm .- Youth unemployment is “a true social plague” that leaves young people feeling useless, Pope Francis told an Italian labor group on Saturday.

In Middle East martyrdoms, Pope Francis sees seeds of Christian unity

Jun 20, 2015 - 06:02 am .- Meeting with Syriac Orthodox leaders on Friday, Pope Francis decried the continuing martyrdom of Middle East Christians, and gave special mention to two Christian bishops kidnapped in Syria two years ago.

Love life, have fun – a Pope Francis pep talk to Special Olympians

Jun 19, 2015 - 03:38 pm .- Pope Francis met with Italy's top Special Olympics athletes on Friday, encouraging them and all athletes to make sports a place for loyalty, human dignity and joy.

Will Pope Francis change the date of Easter?

Jun 19, 2015 - 03:53 am .- Speaking to a global gathering of priests, Pope Francis signaled an openness to changing the date of Easter in the West so that all Christians around the world could celebrate the feast on the same day.

The first encyclical wholly from Francis overturns expectations

Jun 19, 2015 - 12:04 am .- 'Laudato si' is not only an example of the Magisterium's social teaching: it also represents the birth of a new literary genre among papal documents.

Saint Francis and his star role in the Pope's new encyclical

Jun 18, 2015 - 03:03 pm .- Pope Francis' new encyclical is filled with references to his namesake, whom the Pope says is a model of how an integral ecology goes beyond matters of science and leads humanity to find God in creation.

Vatican: Encyclical aims to promote common good, not take sides

Jun 18, 2015 - 03:01 pm .- The Vatican's presentation of Pope Francis' new encyclical said the intent behind the document goes beyond political debates, aiming for something more essential: the well-being of all creation.

Magisterium – not secret authors – had final say on encyclical

Jun 18, 2015 - 11:09 am .- Despite many claiming they helped to draft Pope Francis' new encyclical, the final text cannot be attributed to any 'hidden' advisors, says a former Vatican official.


The Pope's take on transgender issues? Accept the body God gave you

Jun 18, 2015 - 04:14 am .- Pope Francis' new encyclical on the environment calls for men and women to acknowledge their bodies as a “gift” from God which should not be manipulated.

Pope Francis blasts abortion, population control in new encyclical

Jun 18, 2015 - 04:05 am .- In his new encyclical on the environment, Pope Francis slams attacks against human life such as abortion, embryonic experimentation and population control – saying that respect for creation and human dignity go hand in hand.

Environment encyclical takes bold stance on controversial issues

Jun 18, 2015 - 04:00 am .- In his newly released encyclical on the environment, Pope Francis did not hesitate to wade into controversial topics, making statements on global warming, pollution, species extinction and global inequality’s impact on natural resources.

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