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Cover sins with the blanket of mercy, Pope Francis tells priests

Feb 9, 2016 - 03:03 pm .- Pope Francis met with 650 of the 1,000 priests who've been chosen as Missionaries of Mercy, telling them to show the tenderness of God’s love to those who confess to them during the Jubliee.

Cardinal council wraps up prep work on new Vatican departments

Feb 9, 2016 - 02:33 pm .- As Pope Francis' ongoing process of reform continues to move forward, his council of advisers have finished their proposals for two new Vatican departments, which would merge several others together.

How to be a great confessor – Pope Francis' advice for priests

Feb 9, 2016 - 12:19 pm .- Priests who are good confessors must recognize their own sins in order to forgive and comfort penitents, Pope Francis said one day before the start of the Lenten season.

Pope Francis grieves over victims of Taiwan earthquake

Feb 8, 2016 - 02:38 pm .- Pope Francis sent his condolences to those affected by a deadly earthquake which struck the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan on Saturday, causing a building collapse that has killed dozens of people.

Padre Pio was a true 'servant of mercy,' Pope Francis says

Feb 6, 2016 - 04:57 am .- On Saturday Pope Francis said that St. Padre Pio is a key example of someone who has given their entire life in the service of God’s mercy, but cautioned that there is only one reason he was able to do so: prayer.

'First in history' – Pope Francis to meet Russian Patriarch in Cuba

Feb 5, 2016 - 04:59 am .- On Friday the Vatican announced that while on his way to Mexico, Pope Francis will stop in Cuba to meet with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in the first-ever meeting between a Pope and a leader of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Pope Francis surprises jubilee pilgrims in visit to Vatican departments

Feb 4, 2016 - 05:29 pm .- On Thursday the “Pope of Surprises” made an unscheduled stop at the welcoming center for pilgrims in Rome for the Jubilee of Mercy, before heading to three Vatican departments for a lengthy visit after.

Padre Pio's incorrupt body is in Rome – here's why

Feb 4, 2016 - 10:03 am .- The partially incorrupt body of Padre Pio has arrived to Rome for the first time ever alongside that of another friar, St. Leopold Mandi?, as a special initiative for the Jubilee of Mercy.

Pope Francis: I want to help bring peace to Mexico

Feb 3, 2016 - 03:55 pm .- Pope Francis will leave for Mexico in just over a week. In a new interview with a Mexican news agency, he told citizens of the crime-ridden country that while there, he hopes to be a messenger of peace, which must be fought for daily.

Do mercy and justice contradict each other? Pope Francis says no

Feb 3, 2016 - 04:02 am .- When God is described in the Bible as being both merciful and just it can seem like an identity crisis, however Pope Francis said it’s the opposite: rather than contradicting each other, the two actually go hand in hand.

Why I wear the habit – a nun's reflection on religious life

Feb 2, 2016 - 03:30 pm .- As Pope Francis' year dedicated to consecrated life comes to a close, one nun shared her thoughts on the how her religious garb serves as a “visible sign” that God exists and loves every person.

Pope stresses balance of work, family in new interview with Chinese paper

Feb 2, 2016 - 05:59 am .- As the Chinese New Year approaches, Pope Francis has granted an interview to Hong Kong’s Asia Times in which he touches on an array of topics including the country’s rapid rise to power and a realistic balance of work and family life.

Pope Francis had a special message for the Eucharistic congress in the Philippines

Feb 1, 2016 - 07:30 pm .- Pope Francis’ closing message to the 2016 International Eucharistic Congress said that the Eucharist is a consolation for the Catholic – and also a summons to be a missionary to bring God’s mercy to everyone.

Starring Pope Francis – New film features Holy Father as himself (UPDATED)

Feb 1, 2016 - 03:08 pm .- The “Pope of Surprises” is at it again. Pope Francis is set to be featured in the upcoming film “Beyond the Sun,” the first Pope in history to play himself in a big screen production.

The 'terrorism of gossip' destroys communities, Pope warns religious

Feb 1, 2016 - 10:33 am .- Christ-like obedience, the “terrorism of gossip”, and hope for future vocations were some of the themes Pope Francis addressed during a Monday audience marking the end of the Year for Consecrated Life.

Pope Francis: It's not us, but God who takes the first step

Jan 31, 2016 - 05:50 am .- On Sunday Pope Francis said that it’s the weak and vulnerable who are most valuable in God’s eyes, and stressed that it’s always him who takes the initiative in meeting us where we are.

Pope Francis meets Leonardo DiCaprio at the Vatican

Jan 28, 2016 - 09:24 am .- On Thursday Pope Francis met briefly with actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio, who recently won an award for his efforts for environmental protection at the World Economic Forum.

Vatican official: Pope's post-synod doc will be released in March

Jan 27, 2016 - 01:32 pm .- Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on family life following last year's synod will be published in March, says Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Family.

Pope rallies Catholics to be 'mediators of mercy' during jubilee

Jan 27, 2016 - 05:40 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis renewed his appeal for faithful to put the works of mercy into practice during the jubilee, urging them to open their hearts to others, and to show God’s tenderness to those who suffer.

What is Pope Francis going to say in Mexico about immigration?

Jan 27, 2016 - 03:06 am .- As Pope Francis’ weeklong visit to Mexico draws near, anticipation is building not just for the presence of the Successor of Peter, but also for how he will respond to hot-button topics such as immigration.

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