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'Rock star' cardinal talks big cities, small gestures

Feb 8, 2015 - 05:40 pm .- Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle knows a thing or two about urban evangelization. Ranked among the youngest cardinals in the Catholic Church, he heads the Archdiocese of Manila, based in one of the most densely-populated cities in the world.

Pope Francis' tough words against horrors of human trafficking

Feb 8, 2015 - 10:37 am .- Pope Francis marked the Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking by calling on governments to remove this “shameful wound” which has no place in “civil society.”

Is priestly celibacy the cause of clerical sex abuse? Not likely, victim says

Feb 7, 2015 - 12:47 pm .- One survivor of priestly sexual abuse says that despite a common perception that clerical celibacy can lead to sex abuse of minors, most perpetrators likely had issues before entering the seminary.

Society's dire need for the 'female soul' – Pope Francis speaks to women

Feb 7, 2015 - 10:51 am .- Pope Francis has advocated for the widespread participation of women in all levels of the Church and society, saying that their unique gifts enrich both their families – as well as the public sphere.

For Cardinal Baldisseri, consensus at the Synod of Bishops remains important

Feb 7, 2015 - 06:03 am .- Even though the 2014 Synod on the Family's final report included three paragraphs that failed to gain a consensus among the synod fathers, the secretary general of the Synod of Bishop maintains that the principle of consensus remains valid.

Pope Francis backs traditional marriage as Slovakia vote looms

Feb 6, 2015 - 01:41 pm .- With Slovaks set to hit the polls on tomorrow's referendum on marriage, Pope Francis used this week's general audience as a chance to encourage voters in defending the sacrament’s traditional definition.

Modern martyrs are massacred by 'corrupt people who hate Jesus'

Feb 6, 2015 - 07:55 am .- In his homily on Friday Pope Francis said that he is moved whenever he thinks of the many Christians killed for their faith, and encouraged faithful to remember them and their courageous witness.

Awaiting an ecology encyclical, everyone wants Pope Francis' support

Feb 6, 2015 - 02:08 am .- In view of the much anticipated encyclical on ecology, countries, agencies, and even industries are seeking papal support in advance of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, being held in Paris in December.

Pope Francis goes to Washington: will Congress listen?

Feb 5, 2015 - 05:09 pm .- Pope Francis’ address to a joint session of Congress during his U.S. visit in September will be a “wonderful opportunity,” Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has said.

Archbishop Romero's witness a 'slap in the face' to self-centered society

Feb 5, 2015 - 02:15 pm .- Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the postulator of Archbishop Oscar Romero's cause for beatification, said the martyr's life was a chastisement of modern societies in which individuals focus on themselves.  

Tech-savvy Pope shares laughter, advice with special needs kids

Feb 5, 2015 - 12:05 pm .- Pope Francis virtually joined seven young people with disabilities and special needs in his second Google Hangout as pontiff, sharing jokes, advice and encouragement.

Pope gives 300 umbrellas to Rome's homeless amid downpour

Feb 5, 2015 - 09:53 am .- After several days of rain and dreary weather that has not yet cleared, the Vatican’s papal almoner has distributed 300 umbrellas to homeless persons around Rome on behalf of Pope Francis.

Pope to Church leaders: 'scourge' of minor sex abuse must stop

Feb 5, 2015 - 05:34 am .- Pope Francis has sent a letter to religious superiors and presidents of episcopal conferences, asking for their full cooperation in ending the sexual abuse of minors, and making the Church a safe haven.

Much remains to be done, but Vatican-China relations may be improving

Feb 5, 2015 - 12:03 am .- Despite the recent death of a long-imprisoned Chinese bishop, there are mixed signals suggesting the People's Republic of China wills an improved relationship with the Holy See.

The best thing parents can give their children? Wisdom, Pope says

Feb 4, 2015 - 12:02 pm .- In his Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis said the role of parents is to teach their children with patience, gentleness, firmness and encouragement.

Pope Francis urges end to scandal of 'fratricidal' violence in Ukraine

Feb 4, 2015 - 07:07 am .- As the number of deaths in Ukraine continue to rise amid escalating violence, Pope Francis has called the war “a scandal,” and urged the international community to “make every effort” for peace.

Sunday will be the first International Day of Prayer against Human Trafficking

Feb 3, 2015 - 02:49 pm .- The Vatican has organized the first-ever international day of prayer and reflection against human trafficking, in hopes that the world will join forces in putting this “plague” to an end.

Oscar Romero to be beatified: Pope Francis recognizes martyrdom

Feb 3, 2015 - 10:13 am .- Pope Francis on Tuesday authorized the promulgation of decrees recognizing the martyrdom of Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero, paving the way for his beatification, as well as the martyrdom of three priests in Peru.

The Gospel is more important than soap operas or gossip, Pope says

Feb 3, 2015 - 05:59 am .- In his homily Tuesday Pope Francis noted the importance of contemplating scripture, and urged faithful to read the Gospel for 10-15 minutes a day, rather than watching soap operas or exchanging gossip.

Consecrated life without sacrifice is a 'caricature,' Pope Francis says

Feb 2, 2015 - 03:24 pm .- Pope Francis warned consecrated men and women against reducing their religious live to a “caricature,” calling them to instead embrace a life of obedience, which in turn leads to wisdom.

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