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'Teach your children how to pray!' Pope tells parents

Aug 26, 2015 - 09:27 am .- On Wednesday, Pope Francis continued his weekly catechesis on the family, saying that parents have the responsibility to teach their children to pray.

Are Vatican officials involved in the Ashley Madison leak? Nope.

Aug 25, 2015 - 04:50 pm .- Early this week, a leak of personal data from millions of users of Ashley Madison, a website designed to arrange extramarital affairs, wreaked havoc on and off the internet.

Pope: When Jesus' words are hard to hear, you need faith to stay

Aug 23, 2015 - 10:21 am .- Those who turn away from the “uncomfortable” teaching on Jesus being the Bread of Life, Pope Francis said during his weekly Sunday Angelus address, do so not because of a lack of understanding, but a lack of faith.

Pope calls for peace in Ukraine ahead of Independence Day

Aug 23, 2015 - 07:57 am .- On Sunday the Holy Father renewed his appeal for peace in Ukraine as the nation faces ongoing cease-fire violations in a conflict that has claimed thousands of lives since early last year.

Eleven cardinals join forces to tackle marriage prep, family issues in pre-synod book

Aug 20, 2015 - 04:29 pm .- With the Synod of Bishops rapidly approaching, 11 cardinals have contributed to a small but important book offering a pastoral perspective of the issues at stake, while reaffirming the truth of the Gospel on family and marriage issues.

Our limits remind us that we are made for great things – Pope Francis

Aug 20, 2015 - 03:42 pm .- In a message sent on behalf of Pope Francis to the Rimini Meeting, an annual gathering organized by the lay movement Communion and Liberation, Cardinal Pietro Parolin said humanity's limitations point to the greatness to which we are called.

When it comes to work, don't feed off the backs of others, Pope says

Aug 19, 2015 - 11:25 am .- Pope Francis said Wednesday that work is something sacred, and called out those who abuse it by either contributing to the unemployment crisis, or refusing to work in order to feed off the system.

Pope Francis assures his prayers, solidarity after deadly Bangkok attacks

Aug 19, 2015 - 07:37 am .- After two bombings this week in the Thai capital of Bangkok left several dead, injured and fearful of other attacks, Pope Francis offered his condolences and prayers to the victims and their families.

Pope Francis mourns death of Hungarian Cardinal Laszlo Paskai

Aug 18, 2015 - 07:52 am .- In a letter of condolence Pope Francis has offered his comfort and prayer to the Church of Hungary following the recent death of Cardinal Laszlo Paskai, archbishop emeritus of Budapest.

Pope Francis: let yourself be transformed by the Eucharist

Aug 16, 2015 - 05:59 am .- On Sunday Pope Francis said that the Eucharist is no mere symbol, but is in fact the true body and blood of Jesus Christ, which has the ability to transform our hearts and minds to be more like him.

For Pope Francis, Mary's greatness comes down to this one virtue

Aug 15, 2015 - 07:18 am .- On the feast of the Assumption of Mary, Pope Francis said that faith is the defining virtue of her greatness, and that the mysterious way she was taken into heaven is a foreshadowing of what awaits each of us.

Benedict XVI and Christian Europe, as seen by a Japanese scholar

Aug 14, 2015 - 06:02 am .- Benedict XVI’s role in Europe is the focus of a Japanese scholar who says the Pope emeritus’ recent decades show his engagement in a dialogue that promotes both Catholic identity and what he saw as the best of Western values.

Pope Francis baptizes children of an old friend at the Vatican

Aug 13, 2015 - 12:31 am .- In a whirlwind trip, Lucas Schaerer and his family – friends of Pope Francis from his time in Buenos Aires – traveled to the Vatican, where the Pope baptized their daughters, Simona and Charo.

Pope Francis: Sundays are a gift from God – don't ruin it

Aug 12, 2015 - 05:20 am .- Moments of rest and celebration were the focal point of Francis’ Wednesday general audience, during which he spoke out against a profit-centered mentality and encouraged families to live life at a more human pace.

For Pope Francis, achieving peace means overcoming indifference

Aug 11, 2015 - 07:59 am .- The Vatican announced Tuesday that the theme for 2016’s World Day of Peace will focus on a topic Pope Francis has spoken out against relentlessly since the beginning of his pontificate: indifference.

In ecumenical move, Pope Francis establishes World Day of Prayer for Creation

Aug 10, 2015 - 11:37 am .- Pope Francis has instituted a new day of prayer and celebration for the Church entitled the “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation,” to be celebrated on September 1 each year.

The Pope's new doctor is an expert in liver disease, surgical medicine

Aug 9, 2015 - 12:16 pm .- The Vatican announced Saturday that Pope Francis has selected Professor Fabrizio Soccorsi – an expert in liver diseases and surgical medicine – as his new personal doctor, who will accompany Francis on his upcoming trip to the United States and Cuba.

'No to war!' – Pope pushes for nuclear disarmament on atomic bomb anniversary

Aug 9, 2015 - 06:27 am .- On Sunday Pope Francis said the “horrific” atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are the icon of man’s destructive misuse of scientific progress, and called for an end to all nuclear arms and weapons of mass destruction.

Archbishop Cupich will attend synod, Vatican source says

Aug 7, 2015 - 12:35 pm .- Originally selected as an alternate synod delegate, Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago will in fact be an attendee at the Vatican gathering on the family this fall, a Vatican source told CNA.

Pope Francis: Beware the 'false peace' that comes from the devil

Aug 7, 2015 - 07:00 am .- Pope Francis on Friday told a group of youth that the greatest challenge in his vocation so far has been finding true peace, and encouraged them to learn how to discern between this peace and the one offered by the devil.

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