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Pope Francis asks kids to join Syrian children in praying for peace

May 29, 2016 - 06:19 am .- Millions of children have either been killed, displaced or orphaned as a result of Syria’s ongoing, bloody civil war.

Want to be a good servant? Be generous, Pope Francis tells deacons

May 29, 2016 - 03:52 am .- On Sunday Pope Francis celebrated a special jubilee for deacons, telling them that a good servant is one who forgets themselves, letting go of their own plans and humbly placing their lives at the disposal of those to whom they are called to minister.

These 61 cloistered nuns visited a prison

May 28, 2016 - 04:02 pm .- A group of 61 cloistered nuns from six monasteries in Santiago, Chile made an historic visit to the local Women's Prison Center to spend time with the inmates and attend Mass with them.

Death of refugee girl frames Pope's heartbreaking talk with youth

May 28, 2016 - 09:54 am .- The story of a young migrant girl who drowned at sea was at the heart of Pope Francis' address to some 400 children who on Saturday had traveled to the Vatican from the southern Italian region of Calabria.

Pope Francis' message for Corpus Christi: Let yourself be broken for others

May 26, 2016 - 11:44 am .- In breaking bread for his disciples Christ gave an example of what it means to allow oneself to be broken for the good of others, Pope Francis said on the feast of Corpus Christi, explaining that it is the Eucharist which gives us the strength to do this.

Pray without ceasing – not just when you want to, Pope says

May 25, 2016 - 06:56 am .- For Pope Francis, prayer is neither a “magic wand” used to get what we want nor something casual we do only when we feel like it, but is rather the strength that sustains our faith in difficult moments.

Don't love concepts – love people, Pope Francis tells aid workers

May 24, 2016 - 04:44 pm .- Addressing a global summit on humanitarian aid, Pope Francis offered encouragement and a reminder – don’t ever forget that each suffering person you encounter has a name.

From the Vatican, top Sunni imam calls for end to terrorism

May 24, 2016 - 12:34 pm .- After his historic meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican Monday, Egypt's Grand Imam of al Azhar issued a global appeal to counter terrorism, which he said is “deviant” of true Islam and threatens the both east and west alike.

In seismic meeting, Pope Francis embraces top Sunni imam

May 23, 2016 - 10:09 am .- Pope Francis on Monday embraced the grand imam Sheik Ahmed Muhammad Al-Tayyib during a meeting at the Vatican, a move which is being seen as a step toward reopening dialogue between Christians and Sunni Muslims.

Teen girls cancel Disney World trip to see Pope Francis instead

May 21, 2016 - 04:02 pm .- Dozens of teen girls in Paraguay had planned to celebrate their 15th birthday – or Quinceañera – at Florida's Disney World.

Pope Francis clarifies question on diocesan religious institutes

May 20, 2016 - 04:09 pm .- Pope Francis issued a binding clarification of a question regarding Canon Law and the establishment of new diocesan Institutes of Consecrated Life on Friday.

Pope Francis offers prayers following EgyptAir plane crash

May 20, 2016 - 09:58 am .- Pope Francis has voiced his prayers and condolences to all those affected by the apparent crash of an EgyptAir plane in the Mediterranean Sea Thursday morning.

Exploiting workers is a form of trafficking, Pope Francis says

May 19, 2016 - 04:07 pm .- During his Mass on Thursday, Pope Francis preached a warning to the rich who oppress the poor, focusing on employers who accumulate wealth by misusing those who work for them.

Pope Francis to meet top Sunni imam at the Vatican

May 19, 2016 - 09:08 am .- An official meeting between Pope Francis and Imam Ahmed al Tayyeb will take place Monday at the Vatican, signaling a new step in Catholic-Muslim relations.  

Your job is to give voice to the suffering, Pope tells new ambassadors

May 19, 2016 - 07:40 am .- As six new ambassadors to the Holy See presented Pope Francis with their credentials, the pontiff stressed that as representatives of their people, they must be the voice of those suffering from tragedies.

This Saint Bernard just met Pope Francis

May 18, 2016 - 12:16 pm .- While Pope Francis might have chastised animal-lovers who treat their pets better than people in last week’s general audience, that didn’t stop him from giving a good pat on the head to Magnum – the Saint Bernard with VIP access to today’s audience.

'To ignore the poor is to despise God,' Pope Francis says

May 18, 2016 - 08:03 am .- If we don’t show mercy to others we shouldn’t expect to get it from God, Pope Francis said, stressing that while turning a blind eye to the poor might make life on earth easier, the eternal result will be much different.

You have the right to practice your faith, Pope Francis says in new interview

May 17, 2016 - 09:59 am .- In a new interview focused heavily on migration and dialogue with Islam, Pope Francis touched on growing concerns surrounding the hot-button topic of religious freedom.  

For US bishops, Pope Francis brings clarity to transgender issues

May 16, 2016 - 04:23 pm .- As an alternative to the “deeply disturbing” new federal guidance on transgender regulations for schools, the U.S. bishops pointed to the words of Pope Francis in offering a positive path to young people.  

For Pope Francis, missionary work is 'love without limits'

May 15, 2016 - 05:59 pm .- On Pentecost, Pope Francis praised missionary work as a massive work of mercy based on the desire for everyone to be saved and loved.

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