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Prayer is the treasure of all religions, says Pope

Oct 28, 2015 - 11:04 am .- Pope Francis marked Wednesday's anniversary of the Second Vatican Council's declaration on the relation of the Church to non-Christian religion by saying the world looks to religious believers for their ability to pray.

A prayer from the Pope – may Christians not be forced out of the Middle East

Oct 28, 2015 - 12:13 am .- The sufferings of the Chaldean Catholic Church were the focus of Pope Francis on Monday when he addressed a synod of Chaldean bishops. He prayed for Middle East Christians and again called for international work to secure peace.

Existing norms remain for Roman Curia, Pope says

Oct 27, 2015 - 02:59 pm .- Pope Francis has clarified that while the Roman Curia is in the process of being reconstructed, it doesn’t mean there is an absence of law or regulations – the existing rules are still in place, for now.

Pope Francis expected to visit Italian diocese of Milan in May

Oct 27, 2015 - 09:42 am .- Milan’s archbishop, Cardinal Angelo Scola, made an informal announcement Tuesday that Pope Francis will visit the archdiocese May 7, marking the first papal visit there since 2012.

Pope advises Gypsies to cultivate responsibility, openness

Oct 27, 2015 - 06:04 am .- Pope Francis met with Rome's Romani, or Gypsies, on Monday, asking them to take a new direction and embolden their efforts towards a life of inclusion, dignity, and responsibility.

'Protect our common home', world's bishops ask climate change conference

Oct 27, 2015 - 12:08 am .- Negotiators of a global agreement on climate change must take effective action to protect creation, leading bishops from around the world said on Monday.

Pope visits elderly prelate who broke leg at Sunday's Mass

Oct 26, 2015 - 11:32 am .- Pope Francis Sunday evening paid a private visit to an elderly cardinal who is in hospital after having fallen and broken his leg in St. Peter's Basilica that morning.

Walk alongside your people, Pope Francis tells bishops at synod's close

Oct 25, 2015 - 05:13 am .- Pope Francis Sunday officially brought the Synod on the Family to a close at Mass in St. Peter’s, warning against a “spirituality of illusion,” and reminding pastors of their duty to accompany the faithful and be bearers of God’s mercy especially in times of suffering and conflict.

Final synod document strongly backs Church teaching, beauty of family life

Oct 24, 2015 - 04:39 pm .- With a two-thirds majority vote, the more than 200 bishops gathered for the Vatican's synod on the family supported Church teaching on hot-button issues such as homosexuality and communion for divorced and remarried persons.

Pope Francis: Synod was about affirming family, indissoluble marriage

Oct 24, 2015 - 01:10 pm .- At the conclusion of the 2015 Synod on the Family, Pope Francis emphasized that the gathering had been about recognizing that society is founded on the family and marriage as the permanent union of one man and one woman.

Gay Catholic to Synod: Please protect teaching on homosexuality

Oct 23, 2015 - 02:27 pm .- With the pastoral care of homosexual persons on the agenda of the Synod on the Family, one man with same-sex attraction has appealed to the synod fathers to protect the Church's teaching on this issue.  

Pope Francis to youth: the Bible can change your life. Now read it!

Oct 23, 2015 - 06:03 am .- The Bible is so dangerous that some Christians risk persecution to have one. But for Pope Francis, its life-changing role in daily life is important too.

The problem of porn – are bishops talking about it?

Oct 23, 2015 - 04:06 am .- It hasn't gotten a lot of media coverage so far, but the rampant affects of pornography on families worldwide has sparked concern and dialogue among the synod's bishops – particularly the Americans.

The saint and the synod – John Paul II’s legacy still seen in Church teaching

Oct 22, 2015 - 03:54 pm .- Though it has been more than 10 years since the death of Pope John Paul II, the saint’s impact can still be seen in those working to uphold Church teaching at the Synod on the Family, said his former secretary.

Updated: Pope Francis creates Vatican office combining laity, family, life issues

Oct 22, 2015 - 11:27 am .- Pope Francis announced Thursday to the Synod on the Family that he has chosen to establish a new office in the Roman Curia that will deal with issues of laity, family, and life, as part of his reform of the curia.

Church unity and truth serve the family, Archbishop Gomez says from synod

Oct 21, 2015 - 01:29 pm .- The Catholic Church needs “a new missionary confidence and courage” that draws on Church unity and the recognition of God’s unwavering vision for the family, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles has said.

Synod finds strong support for Church teaching in communion debate

Oct 21, 2015 - 10:17 am .- Despite pastoral challenges posed by divorced-and-civilly-remarried Catholics, many synod fathers are in favor of current Church teaching and practice according to a new round of small group reports.

Marriage doesn't take away your freedom – quite the opposite, Pope says

Oct 21, 2015 - 08:34 am .- Pope Francis on Wednesday said that contrary to modern notions, fidelity in marriage does not rob us of personal freedom but instead is a fundamental attribute of all human relationships based on love.

Vatican calls rumors over Pope Francis' health false and irresponsible

Oct 21, 2015 - 05:27 am .- The director of the Holy See press office has denied reports in the Italian press that Pope Francis is suffering from a brain tumor, and denounced its dissemination as “gravely irresponsible.”

What the Holy See told the UN about outer space

Oct 20, 2015 - 03:43 pm .- When the United Nations met on Monday to discuss the peaceful uses of outer space, the Holy See chimed in by voicing its hopes for a more inclusive attitude in space exploration that would incorporate the good of all peoples, despite economic or social inequalities.

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