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Patriarch to Francis: 'You preach with words, but above all with love'

Nov 30, 2014 - 06:52 am .- Head of the Eastern Orthodox Church Patriarch Bartholomew I lauded the humble manner in which Pope Francis exercises his Petrine ministry, and urged their churches to focus on the future of dialogue.

Second joint declaration signals new step in path toward unity

Nov 30, 2014 - 03:44 am .- In the second joint declaration they have signed since May, Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew reaffirmed their shared desire for full Christian unity, as well as their concerns for the Middle East.

A kiss of peace: Pope Francis receives symbolic gesture from patriarch

Nov 29, 2014 - 01:31 pm .- In a fraternal gesture Pope Francis asked for the blessing of Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, who marked a historic moment in ecumenical dialogue by kissing the head of the Bishop of Rome.

Pope Francis to consecrated men, women: Leave your nests!

Nov 29, 2014 - 01:19 pm .- Religious men and women are called to leave their “nest” and bring the Gospel to the peripheries, said Pope Francis in a video message marking the vigil of the Year for Consecrated Life.

Pope Francis' prayer at Blue Mosque 'exactly the same' as Benedict XVI

Nov 29, 2014 - 06:04 am .- During Pope Francis’ visit to Istanbul’s Blue Mosque, he paused for a moment of prayer alongside Ankara’s Grand Mufti – a moment of “interreligious dialogue” which mirrored that of his predecessor.

Pope authorizes plenary indulgence for Year of Consecrated Life

Nov 28, 2014 - 03:09 pm .- On the occasion of the Year of Consecrated Life that begins this weekend, Pope Francis has allowed the faithful to receive plenary indulgences, under the normal conditions.

Pope to Turkish authorities: religious freedom a key factor for peace

Nov 28, 2014 - 07:21 am .- Pope Francis spoke to Turkish authorities on Friday of the need to create a lasting peace – one based on a fraternal solidarity which respects human dignity and man’s essential right to religious freedom.

Pope: don't be depressed – despite our ugly reality, we have hope

Nov 27, 2014 - 09:23 am .- In his homily on Thursday Pope Francis said that although sin and corruption often seem to win out over good, Jesus gives us a promise of hope which enables us to keep “our heads held high.”

The Church isn’t static – she’s a pilgrim on a journey, Pope says

Nov 26, 2014 - 05:20 am .- Pope Francis in his weekly general audience said that the Church on earth is on a pilgrimage to heaven guided by the Lord, who will lead us to the fullness of joy and truth at the end of time.

Is dialogue with terrorists a lost cause? Pope Francis says no

Nov 25, 2014 - 10:02 am .- Speaking to journalists in-flight on his way back from Strasbourg, Pope Francis touched on dialogue with extremist terrorists – saying that although it's difficult, the door is never completely closed.

Pope tells 'haggard' Europe that human dignity is key to renewal

Nov 25, 2014 - 05:39 am .- Pope Francis’ address to the European Parliament touched on a variety of issues, all of which, he said, ought to promote the “centrality” of the human person so that a true cultural renewal can be attained.

Scholars: No, Benedict XVI doesn't support Kasper in Synod debates

Nov 25, 2014 - 02:49 am .- A new volume of Benedict XVI's collected works includes an updated version of a 1972 essay in which he had suggested that the divorced and remarried could receive Communion – but the Pope had long since abandoned that position, scholars noted.

Pope greets Indian community at Mass for newest saints

Nov 24, 2014 - 12:05 pm .- God's love is the “source” and “destination” of all holiness, said Pope Francis on Nov. 24, speaking of India's newly declared saints ahead of a Mass of thanksgiving in the Vatican.

Cardinal Sarah appointment paves the way for new Curia

Nov 24, 2014 - 05:56 am .- Cardinal Robert Sarah has been appointed as Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments -- a decision that sets a decisive tone for Curial reform. 

Pope Francis tells how to bring about Christ's kingdom

Nov 23, 2014 - 09:48 am .- On the Feast of Christ the King, during the canonization Mass of six new saints, Pope Francis said that Jesus Christ’s kingdom comes through his works of mercy--works that Christians must imitate with tenderness.

Build on the fruit of missionaries, Pope encourages Zambian bishops

Nov 23, 2014 - 06:01 am .- In his ad limina address to the bishops of Zambia on Monday, Pope Francis urged them to continue to build upon the efforts of missionaries to the country, a quarter of whose people are Catholic, and who are nearly all Christian.

Indian Catholics find spiritual inspiration in two new saints

Nov 22, 2014 - 05:25 pm .- Two new Indian Catholic saints to be canonized by Pope Francis on Sunday were known for their deep spiritual life and their intercession in helping families, say two Catholics who find deep inspiration in their sanctity.

Autism not a cause to lose hope, Vatican conference encourages

Nov 22, 2014 - 04:50 pm .- An international conference held this week at the Vatican is looking to bring “a message of hope and joy” to persons with autism and their families.

Pope: break down the stigma burdening those with autism

Nov 22, 2014 - 11:36 am .- Pope Francis has said autistic disorders are nothing to be ashamed of, as he encouraged everyone to build solidarity to ensure that autistic persons are not isolated.

'Backbiting' communities don’t help evangelization – unity does

Nov 22, 2014 - 01:16 am .- Pope Francis said that divisions among Christians are a stumbling block to evangelization, and encouraged members of the Church to go beyond personal opinions and find value in what others offer.

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