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What fuels migration? For Pope Francis, a strong 'aspiration to hope'

Nov 21, 2014 - 01:14 pm .- Pope Francis said on Friday that the desire to migrate from one’s homeland is inspired by the search for hope, and encouraged the Church throughout the world to welcome migrants, whose presence helps build up society.

Pope Francis: Turning churches into 'businesses' is a scandal

Nov 21, 2014 - 10:33 am .- Pope Francis condemned priests and laity who turn their parishes into a “business” by charging for things such as baptisms, blessings and Mass intentions – calling it a scandal that's hard to forgive.

Italy's return of millions to 'Vatican bank' indicates financial reform

Nov 21, 2014 - 12:08 am .- The recent return to the “Vatican bank” of some $28.8 million, seized because of alleged money laundering, closes a story that opened almost five years ago and accompanied the reform of Vatican finances.

Pope called alleged Spanish abuse victim, encouraged him to file charges

Nov 20, 2014 - 01:29 pm .- A Vatican source has confirmed to CNA that Pope Francis called a 24-year-old man in Spain who alleges he was the victim of sexual abuse a decade ago in the city of Granada.  

Repentance: A tough but true topic for divorced, remarried

Nov 20, 2014 - 11:40 am .- The divorced and remarried can receive absolution like any other member of the faithful, the Vatican's doctrinal office has affirmed: when they repent, in their case taking a firm resolution to abstain from sex with their new partner.

Pope: Jesus weeps for those who prefer comfort over conversion

Nov 20, 2014 - 05:44 am .- In his homily on Thursday Pope Francis said that the Gospel scene in which Jesus wept for Jerusalem’s closed heart is repeated today with those in the Church who are afraid to let him work in their lives.

Turkey's 53,000 Catholics happily awaiting Pope Francis

Nov 20, 2014 - 02:02 am .- Turkey's small community of 53,000 Catholics – amid a population of 76 million – is anticipating Pope Francis' upcoming trip to the country with joyful hearts, says Istanbul's apostolic vicariate.

Sex complementarity is the 'human experience', not a political agenda

Nov 20, 2014 - 12:08 am .- One of the lessons learned from this week's Vatican conference on marriage, say organizers, is that the beauty of man and woman's complementarity is not political, but is rather the human experience.

Latest appointment at Vatican financial watchdog opens a new phase

Nov 19, 2014 - 07:07 pm .- Pope Francis on Wednesday appointed René Bruelhart president of the Financial Information Authority, the Vatican's financial watchdog, thus opening a new phase for the authority that Bruelhart had until now directed.

Beyond religious differences: Interfaith leaders unite on marriage

Nov 19, 2014 - 06:02 pm .- Leaders from various faith traditions around the globe are backing the union of a man and woman as an inherently complementary human reality that transcends even the difference of religion.

Pope Francis offers a lesson from a ham and cheese sandwich

Nov 19, 2014 - 01:04 pm .- Pope Francis brought laughter to a group of young people gathered at the Vatican Nov.15 when he quoted an Argentinean comedian’s metaphor about ham and cheese sandwiches in relation to the Christian life.

Thinking of yourself won’t make you holy, but serving others will, Pope says

Nov 19, 2014 - 07:29 am .- In his weekly general audience address, Pope Francis said that holiness can never be selfish, but is a gift that must be put into practice through daily witness and attentiveness to the needs of others.

Vatican communication reform underway, but no decisions yet

Nov 18, 2014 - 09:01 pm .- Though the Vatican's communications reform committee met last week, it is still to be seen how the committee's proposals will be incorporated within a larger reform of the Roman Curia.

Pope: Christians living under false appearances are 'dead'

Nov 18, 2014 - 10:02 am .- In his homily on Tuesday, Pope Francis spoke of how we must never be content with where we are in the spiritual life, but rather must seek constant conversion.  

Annulment process is no business, Roman Rota official clarifies

Nov 18, 2014 - 12:02 am .- Following a media frenzy around Pope Francis' request that the annulment process not be treated like a business, an official of the Apostolic See's court of higher instance has explained that annulment procedures are already free in most cases.

Pope Francis: Children have right to a mother and father

Nov 17, 2014 - 04:00 pm .- Children have the right to be raised by a mother and a father, Pope Francis said, emphasizing that “the family is the foundation of co-existence and a remedy against social fragmentation.”

It's official! Pope Francis announces 2015 visit to US

Nov 17, 2014 - 01:11 am .- Pope Francis on Monday officially announced that he will visit the U.S. in September 2015, including a visit to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.  

Dialogue with immigrants overcomes tensions, Pope says

Nov 16, 2014 - 09:23 am .- Pope Francis made an appeal for peace and dialogue with members of immigrant communities in his remarks after the weekly recitation of the Angelus in Saint Peter’s Square on Sunday.

Pope Francis blasts abortion, euthanasia as 'sins against God'

Nov 15, 2014 - 07:53 am .- Pope Francis told a group of Catholic doctors that “playing with life” in ways like abortion and euthanasia is sinful, and he stressed that each human life, no matter the condition, is sacred.

A new love language: Post synod conference seeks ways to communicate truth of marriage

Nov 15, 2014 - 06:17 am .- One month after the intensely media-centric Synod on the Family, experts are gathering once again in the Vatican to explore man and woman's complementarity, using “new and creative language to speak to people where they are.”

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