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Bl. Junipero statue in the Capitol is safe – for now

Jul 3, 2015 - 12:42 pm .- An effort to remove the statue of Bl. Junipero Serra from the U.S. Capitol has been set aside for the time being.

Evangelizing evangelicals – why Pope Francis loves to meet with charismatic movements

Jul 3, 2015 - 11:38 am .- Pope Francis’ attendance for the second consecutive year at the Catholic charismatic movement’s Renewal with the Spirit convocation shows his attention to charismatic movements as means to foster ecumenical path.

Cuban bishops: prepare for Pope's visit with works of mercy

Jul 2, 2015 - 12:13 am .- In preparation for Pope Francis’ visit to Cuba this fall, the bishops of the island nation are asking the faithful to perform acts of mercy during the first Fridays of July, August and September.

Chewed or brewed: A brief history of Popes and coca leaves

Jun 30, 2015 - 04:21 pm .- Pope Francis might chew coca leaves – or maybe sip coca tea – during his visit to Bolivia next week, the Vatican has said.

Francis wishes Benedict XVI a good summer in Castel Gandolfo

Jun 30, 2015 - 11:13 am .- Before heading out for his two-week stay at the papal residence in Castel Gandolfo this summer, retired pontiff Benedict XVI received a 30 minute visit from Pope Francis, who wished him a pleasant stay.

These nuns are making the Pope's vestments for Ecuador

Jun 30, 2015 - 06:25 am .- Within the walls of the convent in Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, Ecuador, the Carmelite nuns are busy making liturgical cloths and the vestments for Pope Francis’ July 6-7 visit to the country.  

Coming to the World Meeting of Families: Andrea Bocelli

Jun 25, 2015 - 12:00 am .- Renowned classical tenor Andrea Bocelli is accustomed to performing sold-out concerts around the world. He is comfortable center stage at Carnegie Hall and has sold over eighty million records during his musical career.   But come September, Bocelli will change his pace and join another award-winning musician - Colombian superstar Juanes - to perform for Pope Francis at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. 

Pope to families: If you hide your problems, they'll only get worse

Jun 24, 2015 - 06:47 am .- Family wounds that aren’t dealt with in a healthy and timely manner can have devastating effects on both spouses and children, Pope Francis has said, and encouraged wounded families to work toward healing without letting bitterness build up.

Transfixed by the face of Jesus: Pilgrims at the Shroud of Turin

Jun 24, 2015 - 04:02 am .- At this year's exposition of the Shroud of Turin, pilgrims reflected on looking upon what some believe to be Christ's own image – miraculously imprinted on a Jewish burial cloth 2,000 years ago.

What Pope Francis owes the Salesians

Jun 23, 2015 - 04:03 am .- Pope Francis is a Jesuit, but he has Salesian roots.

A wish granted – Pope meets with young prisoners in Turin

Jun 22, 2015 - 02:54 pm .- For Fr. Domenico Ricca, chaplain of the Ferrante Aporti juvenile prison in Turin, this weekend’s visit from Pope Francis was a dream come true.  

A Vatican two-wheeler: Teen mechanics restore motorbike for Pope Francis

Jun 21, 2015 - 06:49 pm .- A group of teenagers at a Salesian-run professional school in Italy have restored a motorbike as a gift for the Pope.

Pope in Turin: Allow God to make us new

Jun 21, 2015 - 12:42 pm .- Pope Francis has challenged Christians to seek safety in God’s transformative power, and not in the world.  

Pope Francis asks workers: give immigrants compassion, not blame

Jun 21, 2015 - 10:40 am .- Pope Francis has encouraged workers not to blame their economic troubles on migrants, who are themselves often victims of injustice and treated like merchandise rather than human beings.

Shroud of Turin reminds us of all human suffering, Pope Francis says

Jun 21, 2015 - 07:42 am .- Pope Francis prayed before the Shroud of Turin on Sunday and reflected on the role the reputed burial cloth of Jesus Christ can play in Christian spiritual life.

Pope Francis speaks up for Italy's unemployed youth

Jun 20, 2015 - 12:25 pm .- Youth unemployment is “a true social plague” that leaves young people feeling useless, Pope Francis told an Italian labor group on Saturday.

Infallible? Informal? How binding is the new encyclical on Catholics?

Jun 19, 2015 - 04:25 pm .- With the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment this week came a wave of controversy over the Pope’s statements about climate change, species extinction and other scientific topics.

Love life, have fun – a Pope Francis pep talk to Special Olympians

Jun 19, 2015 - 03:38 pm .- Pope Francis met with Italy's top Special Olympics athletes on Friday, encouraging them and all athletes to make sports a place for loyalty, human dignity and joy.

Will Pope Francis change the date of Easter?

Jun 19, 2015 - 03:53 am .- Speaking to a global gathering of priests, Pope Francis signaled an openness to changing the date of Easter in the West so that all Christians around the world could celebrate the feast on the same day.

Saint Francis and his star role in the Pope's new encyclical

Jun 18, 2015 - 03:03 pm .- Pope Francis' new encyclical is filled with references to his namesake, whom the Pope says is a model of how an integral ecology goes beyond matters of science and leads humanity to find God in creation.

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