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Pope Francis holds virtual audience with Americans in Chicago, Texas, LA

Aug 31, 2015 - 07:37 pm .- Pope Francis on Monday took part in a virtual audience with a group of Americans, less than a month before his historic trip to the United States.

Pope to Catholic lawmakers: Be strong. Protect life.

Aug 31, 2015 - 05:00 pm .- On Monday, Pope Francis urged Catholic legislators to be protectors of human life, calling them to “be strong” against a throw-away culture marked by Christian persecution, and the rejection of the unborn and migrants.

Pope Francis: conversion isn't just an appearance – it's a matter of the heart

Aug 30, 2015 - 07:07 am .- In his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis said that merely obeying the rules isn’t enough to make us holy, but that if we truly want to serve God our conversion has to be deeper, changing the heart.

Pope Francis mourns death of 71 migrants who suffocated in abandoned truck

Aug 30, 2015 - 04:51 am .- In his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis lamented the death of 71 migrants – mostly from war-torn Syria – whose bodies were found in an abandoned truck on an Austrian highway. He offered prayers for the victims.

Vatican: Pope did not endorse 'gay penguin' book

Aug 28, 2015 - 11:52 am .- The Vatican has rejected claims in the media that Pope Francis is supporting a book on gay adoption, saying a letter responding to the author should not be interpreted as an endorsement.

Ahead of papal visit, Cuba's Women in White fear government crackdown

Aug 27, 2015 - 02:24 pm .- The leader of a human rights group is concerned that the Cuban government will repeat its 2012 crackdown on opposition activists when Pope Francis visits the nation next month.

'Teach your children how to pray!' Pope tells parents

Aug 26, 2015 - 09:27 am .- On Wednesday, Pope Francis continued his weekly catechesis on the family, saying that parents have the responsibility to teach their children to pray.

#PopUpPope brings hope to the inner city ahead of papal visit

Aug 24, 2015 - 04:27 pm .- In his nearly two-and-a-half year papacy, Pope Francis has spoken countless times about bringing the hope of Christ to society's most wounded and forgotten. With a life-sized cut-out of the Pope, and a combination of social media and street evangelization, one small initiative is doing just that.

Pope: When Jesus' words are hard to hear, you need faith to stay

Aug 23, 2015 - 10:21 am .- Those who turn away from the “uncomfortable” teaching on Jesus being the Bread of Life, Pope Francis said during his weekly Sunday Angelus address, do so not because of a lack of understanding, but a lack of faith.

Pope calls for peace in Ukraine ahead of Independence Day

Aug 23, 2015 - 07:57 am .- On Sunday the Holy Father renewed his appeal for peace in Ukraine as the nation faces ongoing cease-fire violations in a conflict that has claimed thousands of lives since early last year.

Our limits remind us that we are made for great things – Pope Francis

Aug 20, 2015 - 03:42 pm .- In a message sent on behalf of Pope Francis to the Rimini Meeting, an annual gathering organized by the lay movement Communion and Liberation, Cardinal Pietro Parolin said humanity's limitations point to the greatness to which we are called.

When it comes to work, don't feed off the backs of others, Pope says

Aug 19, 2015 - 11:25 am .- Pope Francis said Wednesday that work is something sacred, and called out those who abuse it by either contributing to the unemployment crisis, or refusing to work in order to feed off the system.

Pope Francis assures his prayers, solidarity after deadly Bangkok attacks

Aug 19, 2015 - 07:37 am .- After two bombings this week in the Thai capital of Bangkok left several dead, injured and fearful of other attacks, Pope Francis offered his condolences and prayers to the victims and their families.

Here's how one Catholic congressman is prepping for the Pope's US visit

Aug 18, 2015 - 05:05 pm .- As the nation’s capital works to get ready for Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. this fall, one Catholic congressman is preparing by reading papal encyclicals.

Pope Francis mourns death of Hungarian Cardinal Laszlo Paskai

Aug 18, 2015 - 07:52 am .- In a letter of condolence Pope Francis has offered his comfort and prayer to the Church of Hungary following the recent death of Cardinal Laszlo Paskai, archbishop emeritus of Budapest.

Pope Francis: let yourself be transformed by the Eucharist

Aug 16, 2015 - 05:59 am .- On Sunday Pope Francis said that the Eucharist is no mere symbol, but is in fact the true body and blood of Jesus Christ, which has the ability to transform our hearts and minds to be more like him.

For Pope Francis, Mary's greatness comes down to this one virtue

Aug 15, 2015 - 07:18 am .- On the feast of the Assumption of Mary, Pope Francis said that faith is the defining virtue of her greatness, and that the mysterious way she was taken into heaven is a foreshadowing of what awaits each of us.

Pope Francis baptizes children of an old friend at the Vatican

Aug 13, 2015 - 12:31 am .- In a whirlwind trip, Lucas Schaerer and his family – friends of Pope Francis from his time in Buenos Aires – traveled to the Vatican, where the Pope baptized their daughters, Simona and Charo.

Pope Francis: Sundays are a gift from God – don't ruin it

Aug 12, 2015 - 05:20 am .- Moments of rest and celebration were the focal point of Francis’ Wednesday general audience, during which he spoke out against a profit-centered mentality and encouraged families to live life at a more human pace.

For Pope Francis, achieving peace means overcoming indifference

Aug 11, 2015 - 07:59 am .- The Vatican announced Tuesday that the theme for 2016’s World Day of Peace will focus on a topic Pope Francis has spoken out against relentlessly since the beginning of his pontificate: indifference.

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