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Ukraine crisis the focal point in Pope's discussion with Putin

Jun 10, 2015 - 01:44 pm .- In the second meeting between Pope Francis and Russian president Vladimir Putin, held on Wednesday at the Vatican, the discussion focused on the current crises in both Ukraine and the Middle East.

When you care for a sick family member, you are a 'hidden hero,' Pope says

Jun 10, 2015 - 10:13 am .- During his weekly general audience, Pope Francis lauded families for the “hidden heroism” of caring for a sick loved one.

Pope Francis approves greater bishop accountability in abuse cases

Jun 10, 2015 - 09:07 am .- Bishop accountability in the mishandling of abuse cases and abuse allegations were key themes in the Vatican’s latest round of meetings on Curial reform, which also addressed the reform of Vatican media and finances.

Pope receives briefing on activities at Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts

Jun 10, 2015 - 02:01 am .- During his visit to the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts last week, Pope Francis was updated on the office's important work, which is focused on interpreting the laws of the Church.

Days after Medjugorje comment, Pope downplays predictable visions

Jun 9, 2015 - 07:59 am .- Days after declaring that a decision on the Medjugorje Marian apparitions would be coming soon, Pope Francis cautioned against basing one’s faith on solely on predicted visions or anything other than Christ himself.

Cardinal Müller warns against adapting Church to today's often pagan lifestyles

Jun 9, 2015 - 01:08 am .- Cardinal Gerhard Müller has spoken out firmly against trying to adapt the Church’s teaching to today’s often pagan lifestyles, saying such an approach introduces subjectivism and arbitrariness.

Pope Francis: Men and women are different for a reason

Jun 8, 2015 - 03:52 pm .- The value and beauty of marriage, based on the complementarity of man and woman, is lamentably being challenged by “gender ideology,” Pope Francis warned the bishops of Puerto Rico on Monday.

Pope Francis meets with Argentina’s president, and sends a present home

Jun 8, 2015 - 10:45 am .- Pope Francis on Sunday met with Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, the president of his native country. She assured the Roman Pontiff of the affection and closeness of his fellow Argentines and asked for his blessing on their behalf.

The Eucharist teaches us to care for the weakest of society, Pope Francis says

Jun 7, 2015 - 08:29 am .- In his Angelus address on Sunday, Pope Francis focused on the recent feast of Corpus Christi, saying the Eucharist is a “school of solidarity and charity,” which inspires us to care for the most vulnerable.

Pope Francis on Medjugorje: it's almost decision time

Jun 6, 2015 - 04:44 pm .- When asked by a Bosnian journalist about the status of his decision on the Marian apparitions in Medjugorje on his flight from Sarajevo to Rome, Pope Francis said that after a lengthy study, a decision could be coming soon.

Pope talks Medjugorje, coming encyclical on return from Bosnia

Jun 6, 2015 - 03:42 pm .- On his return flight from Sarajevo to Rome Pope Francis told journalists a final decision on the highly debated Mejugorje apparitions could be close, and disclosed the “cancer” of consumerism as a theme in his coming encyclical on human ecology.

Pope tells Bosnians to be 'tenacious' workers for peace

Jun 6, 2015 - 07:01 am .- During his daytrip to a country still marred by the effects of a recent war, Pope Francis said peace is not something that happens passively, but instead requires passionate action on the part of all.

Twenty years after war, Bosnians working to reclaim first victim: trust

Jun 5, 2015 - 06:05 am .- A key Muslim figure in Bosnia said that “mutual trust” was the first victim of the country’s recent war – and is something each of their four main religious populations are still working to regain.

Pope Francis pays for 120 of Rome's poor to visit Shroud of Turin

Jun 4, 2015 - 11:34 am .- In his latest act of papal charity, Pope Francis has donated funds for two busloads of homeless and sick pilgrims to visit the Shroud of Turin. They will stay in two charitable centers that offer shelter to the homeless during the winter.

War is the mother of poverty, Pope Francis says

Jun 3, 2015 - 03:30 pm .- In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis lamented the suffering inflicted on families already struggling from poverty in countries torn by the “great predator” of war.

Pope Francis wants Vatican liturgy chief to continue the work of Benedict XVI

Jun 3, 2015 - 01:33 pm .- Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, revealed in a letter sent to a liturgical conference this week that when he was appointed to his post, Pope Francis indicated a desire to continue the liturgical work done by his predecessor as Bishop of Rome.

Pope offers prayers for victims of China's ferry disaster

Jun 3, 2015 - 10:32 am .- Pope Francis on Wednesday expressed his condolences to the people of China following a ferry capsizing earlier this week which claimed the lives of hundreds of people.

'Is anyone surprised?' A Vatican response to the FIFA soccer scandal

Jun 2, 2015 - 04:40 pm .- Amid the new soccer corruption scandal that has rocked the sports world, a Vatican official has called for different sectors of society to unite in encouraging sports that contribute authentically to bettering humanity.

For upcoming Sarajevo visit, Pope Francis makes peace his mission statement

Jun 2, 2015 - 04:39 pm .- Pope Francis sent his greetings to the people of Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in a video message that emphasized the motto of his upcoming visit: “Peace be with you.”

Financial transparency serves the Church's mission, says Vatican official

Jun 2, 2015 - 06:01 am .- In an exclusive interview with CNA, the director of the Vatican's financial watchdog stressed that the Holy See has pursued the goal of adopting international standards for financial transparency in accord with the Church's mission, and not to merely seek adherence to international standards.

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