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Make friends with your congressman – and you just might get to see the Pope

Jul 30, 2015 - 09:49 am .- The final plans are set for the public’s chance to watch Pope Francis’ Sept. 24 address to Congress live at the U.S. Capitol.

Will Vatican officials face term limits?

Jul 30, 2015 - 01:02 am .- A fixed term mandate for Vatican officials serving in the Roman Curia was among recent proposals for the Vatican's ongoing reform process, and will likely be discussed at the Sept. 14-16 meeting of the Council of Cardinals.

Pope Francis to handpick new doctor ahead of Cuba, US trip

Jul 29, 2015 - 06:03 am .- As the five-year term for Pope Francis' personal doctor comes to an end, the Pope is expected to choose a new one soon who will accompany him during his upcoming visit to Cuba and the United States.

The Francis effect takes hold at a notorious Bolivian prison

Jul 28, 2015 - 04:39 pm .- Pope Francis’ July 10 visit to a prison in Bolivia was just one of several dozen events over the course of the recent papal trip to Latin America.

Exclusive: Essure victims plan hunger strike in front of FDA during Pope's visit

Jul 28, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Last month, it looked like the thousands of women who have suffered detrimental side effects from the birth control device “Essure” were finally being heard.   

With a tap on an iPad, Pope Francis registers for World Youth Day 2016

Jul 26, 2015 - 12:38 pm .- Pope Francis has invited the youth of the world on pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2016--and on Sunday he became the first pilgrim to register himself.

Pope Francis: Let Jesus satisfy your hunger for God

Jul 26, 2015 - 10:33 am .- Jesus Christ’s miraculous multiplication of the loaves shows that he offers “fullness of life for hungry man,” Pope Francis said Sunday. He encouraged everyone to offer what little they have to God so that God can multiply their gifts and good deeds.

Vatican ropes in global leaders to fight climate change, modern slavery

Jul 26, 2015 - 06:03 am .- Drawing dozens of mayors from major cities worldwide to discuss the link between slavery and climate change, this week's Vatican conference showed how secular leaders are responding to Pope Francis' lead in protecting the environment – and, more importantly, the vulnerable.

Want to walk with Pope Francis? Then take this pledge

Jul 23, 2015 - 05:24 pm .- Catholics in Washington, D.C. are hoping a new charity pledge will go viral like last year’s “Ice Bucket Challenge,” but there’s a new twist – this pledge is for Pope Francis.

What Pope Francis might be planning to tell the UN in New York

Jul 23, 2015 - 12:01 am .- At a meeting with U.S. mayors at the Vatican this week, Pope Francis hinted at themes he could discuss with the United Nations during his September visit to the states.

Less 'euro-centric,' please – what African bishops want from the synod

Jul 22, 2015 - 06:02 am .- October's synod of bishops on the family should take on a global perspective, rather than sticking to isolated issues found primarily in western society, African Church leaders have said.

Is the Pope a socialist?

Jul 22, 2015 - 03:31 am .- Pope Francis’ recent trip to Latin America has rekindled questions about whether he endorses socialism, or even communism.

Pope entrusts South America trip to Mary

Jul 19, 2015 - 09:14 am .- Pope Francis entrusted his recent tri-nation voyage to South America to Our Lady of Guadalupe – praising the deeply-rooted Christianity in these countries, but also noting the social and economic challenges.

Corruption, threats, torture – we need justice in the mining industry, Pope says

Jul 18, 2015 - 12:03 pm .- Continuing his theme on protecting both the environment and human rights, Pope Francis pointed to various injustices in the mining industry and called for collaboration in fostering change.

The Vatican's helipad: Transporting popes, saving kid's lives

Jul 18, 2015 - 04:04 am .- One of Europe's best pediatric hospitals, Bambino Gesu Children's Hospital in Rome, can now use the Vatican’s helipad to transport patients, personnel and medical equipment in emergencies.

Slavery and climate – there's more in common than you think, Vatican says

Jul 15, 2015 - 03:47 pm .- The link between climate change and human slavery is the topic of an international conference to be hosted by the Vatican later this month, in which Pope Francis will take part along with the mayors of major cities from around the world.

Full text of Pope Francis' in-flight interview from Paraguay to Rome

Jul 13, 2015 - 11:43 am .- In the course of his 64 minute in-flight press conference while en route to Rome, Pope Francis answered questions ranging from politics, his upcoming trip to the Unites States, and his feelings about taking selfies.

Pope calls 'communist crucifix' protest art, but says he wasn't offended

Jul 13, 2015 - 09:18 am .- Responding to waves of controversy after receiving a “communist crucifix” – a carving of Christ crucified on a hammer and sickle – from Bolivian president Evo Morales, Pope Francis said he took no offense, but understands the work as “protest art.”

No controversy here – Pope sets record straight on family synod remarks

Jul 13, 2015 - 09:03 am .- During a press briefing on the return flight from South America, Pope Francis clarified that his call for prayer ahead of the upcoming Synod on the Family referred to today's family crisis generally – not, as some media have sources speculated, to “any point in particular.”

Pope Francis off-the-cuff to young people: Don't waste your lives

Jul 12, 2015 - 04:13 pm .- Pope Francis tossed aside his prepared remarks in a talk to thousands of Paraguay's young people – urging the crowd to go against the cultural current and to live for Jesus with a “free heart.”

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