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Pope names Mexican-born priest as new auxiliary bishop of Denver

Aug 25, 2016 - 07:45 am .- On Thursday, Pope Francis appointed Mexico native Fr. Jorge Rodriguez, former professor and Vice-Rector of St. John Vianney Seminary, as a new auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Denver.

Life isn't black and white – teach priests to discern the gray, Pope says

Aug 25, 2016 - 04:18 am .- In a conversation with members of the Jesuit order from Poland, Pope Francis said the real life situations of everyday Catholics aren’t black and white, but rather vary on a spectrum of gray.

Coming soon: a meeting between Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury

Aug 25, 2016 - 12:24 am .- Pope Francis and Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury, the Primate of the Anglican Communion, will meet in Rome Oct. 5 to celebrate First Vespers in the Basilica of San Gregorio al Celio.

Pope tosses audience speech, prays rosary for victims of Italy quake

Aug 24, 2016 - 03:04 am .- Instead of giving the usual catechesis during his Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis decided to postpone the speech, leading pilgrims in praying the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary for the victims of an earthquake that rocked central Italy earlier that morning.

Pope Francis taps DC auxiliary as the new Bishop of Memphis

Aug 23, 2016 - 03:58 am .- On Tuesday the Vatican announced that Pope Francis has named Martin D. Holley, currently Auxiliary Bishop of Washington D.C. and an advocate of minority issues, as the new Bishop of Memphis, Tenn.

Pope Francis: Confession is encounter with God's 're-creating mercy'

Aug 22, 2016 - 12:36 pm .- Pope Francis commended the sacrament of confession as the prime means of encountering God's mercy in his message sent Monday to Italy's National Liturgical Week, which is being held in Gubbio.

Pope Francis names American as new Vatican ambassador to Guinea Bissau

Aug 22, 2016 - 04:10 am .- On Monday Pope Francis appointed U.S. Archbishop Michael W. Banach as Apostolic Nuncio to Guinea Bissau, marking the latest in a string of American nuncio appointments so far this year.

Pope Francis dedicates Olympic month to praying for sports

Aug 21, 2016 - 08:27 am .- While Pope Francis has often spoken about sports as a means of fellowship and fraternity, the message has a special resonance in his August prayer intention, which coincided with the Rio Summer Olympics.

Pope prays for victims of 'bloody' attack at a wedding in Turkey

Aug 21, 2016 - 05:16 am .- After an explosion in southern Turkey lit up a wedding ceremony, killing 50 people and wounding nearly 100 more, Pope Francis offered his prayers for the victims, and asked for peace to be given to all.

Pope Francis to visit Assisi again for interreligious summit

Aug 19, 2016 - 10:03 am .- In September Pope Francis will make his second visit to Assisi in just two months for an interreligious summit for peace, where he will pray and meet alongside major Islamic and Orthodox leaders.

Papal pizza? Rome's homeless get a special treat from Francis

Aug 17, 2016 - 11:27 am .- As summer temperatures soar in Rome, a trip to the beach and pizza dinner may sound like an ideal way to spend an afternoon. And Pope Francis is making it happen for some of the city’s homeless residents.  

The mathematics of mercy – Pope Francis sees a lesson in Jesus' miracles

Aug 17, 2016 - 09:47 am .- Jesus’ miraculous multiplication of the loaves and fishes is a lesson for us all, Pope Francis said Wednesday.  

Young priest whom Pope encouraged in battle against cancer dies

Aug 17, 2016 - 12:36 am .- A man of God. Someone who endured illness with faith and fortitude until the end. This is how those who knew Father Francisco Rencoret remembered him.

Pope Francis voices solidarity, closeness to victims of Portugal fires

Aug 16, 2016 - 10:42 am .- On Tuesday, Pope Francis voiced his sorrow for the damage done by wildfires raging on the Portuguese island of Madeira, entrusting the victims to the intercession of Our Lady and offering his closeness to their families.

Pope prays for massacre victims in DRC

Aug 15, 2016 - 03:59 am .- Pope Francis marked the feast of the Assumption of Mary by praying for the dozens of people massacred over the weekend in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and decrying the “shameful silence” which surround these attacks.

Don't be held back: Pope calls Christians to be set ablaze by the Holy Spirit

Aug 14, 2016 - 03:37 am .- The Church does not need “cold or lukewarm Christians” who are held back by fear, Pope Francis said Sunday; it needs Christians who are on fire with the Holy Spirit and committed to proclaiming the Gospel, even if it costs them their lives.

Former prostitutes get special visit from Pope Francis

Aug 12, 2016 - 11:15 am .- Pope Francis has visited a special community for women freed from prostitution and violent abuse as his latest ‘Mercy Friday’ initiative during the Jubilee.

Will Pope Francis visit Assisi again this year? This imam says yes.

Aug 11, 2016 - 05:24 pm .- If a prominent imam is right, Pope Francis will visit Assisi Sept. 19 for a major international interreligious meeting.

Pope Francis invites 21 Syrian refugees to lunch

Aug 11, 2016 - 09:58 am .- On Thursday Pope Francis invited 21 Syrian refugees to join him for lunch at his residence in the Vatican’s Casa Santa Marta, exchanging gifts, toys and drawings with the children.

For Pope Francis, when we receive Christ's mercy we must share it

Aug 10, 2016 - 12:11 pm .- Each of us must respond to the gift of mercy in our hearts by getting up and putting mercy into action, Pope Francis said Wednesday during his General Audience address.

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