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New app takes Pope Francis' Philippines visit mobile

Dec 17, 2014 - 03:56 pm .- The new official app for the Pope’s January visit to the Philippines will help people follow the Pope’s activities and find the latest news, while letting them offer their prayers on a special prayer wall.

Vatican, Pope played key role in US-Cuba prisoner release

Dec 17, 2014 - 10:26 am .- The Vatican played a critical role behind a prisoner exchange and a groundbreaking new policy between U.S. and Cuba announced on Wednesday, senior administration officials said.  

Tea and cake for Pope Francis as he celebrates 78th birthday

Dec 17, 2014 - 09:45 am .- Shouts of “Tanti auguri” – or, “Happy Birthday!” – filled St. Peter's Square Wednesday morning as Pope Francis circled around throngs of pilgrims on his popemobile during the weekly general audience.

An Advent gift: God's mercy in the confessional, cardinal says

Dec 17, 2014 - 06:02 am .- As Christmas approaches, priests and penitents should remind themselves of the “miracle” of confession and how we should approach the sacrament with “full freedom,” a Vatican cardinal says.

Pope: Mary and Joseph exemplify mission, vocation of family life

Dec 17, 2014 - 05:06 am .- Pope Francis spoke today about Jesus’ choice to be born into a family, saying that it shows the importance of the vocation, which Mary and Joseph epitomized through their everyday holiness.

Only a repentant heart will receive salvation, Pope Francis says

Dec 16, 2014 - 01:14 pm .- Pope Francis touched on the importance of being humble and open to the Lord's correction, encouraging the faithful to offer him their sins to God in order to be saved.

Pope Francis to media: People are more valuable than 'hits'

Dec 15, 2014 - 02:54 pm .- Catholics working in media would do well to remember that communications is about informing people – not collecting “hits,” Pope Francis told representatives from the Italian station TV2000.

No such thing as gloomy-faced saints, Pope Francis says

Dec 14, 2014 - 08:43 am .- Christian joy is borne out of nearness to Christ, said Pope Francis during his Angelus address for the third Sunday of Advent, adding that “gloomy-faced” saints are a contradiction.

St. Lucy an example of courage for all who face disabilities, Pope says

Dec 13, 2014 - 09:26 am .- In an audience with people who are blind and visually impaired Pope Francis said that St. Lucy’s courage in facing martyrdom can teach them to live their disability without fear or isolation.

Knights donate $2 million to papal charities, Middle East relief

Dec 13, 2014 - 09:13 am .- The Knights of Columbus have donated $1.6 million to the Pope’s personal charities, and are giving an additional $400,000 to assist the Holy See’s relief efforts in the Middle East.

Pope pleads with Middle East churches to address crisis together

Dec 13, 2014 - 04:05 am .- Pope Francis addressed the increasing challenges caused by violence in the Middle East with members of the Syriac Catholic Church, urging them to work alongside other churches to find solutions.

Pope: Missing something in your spiritual life? It's probably love

Dec 11, 2014 - 07:40 am .- In his daily homily Pope Francis said that God’s love is always expressed in tenderness, and cautioned that if we haven’t experienced this then something is missing in our relationship with the Lord.

Pope calls victims to be 'prophetic voices' against nuclear war

Dec 10, 2014 - 10:44 am .- In a message to an international gathering on the impact of nuclear weapons, Pope Francis called on victims to be “prophetic voices” against the potential for destruction of persons and the planet.

Family synod gets down to basics of marriage, Pope says

Dec 10, 2014 - 08:26 am .- In his weekly general audience Pope Francis started a new catechesis on the family, and explained that discussion surrounding the topic in the synod of bishops is rooted in the fundamental truths of marriage.

The politics of Pope Francis: An anti-corruption, anti-ideology populism

Dec 9, 2014 - 10:02 pm .- Most people “still don’t know how Pope Francis thinks,” says a longtime Catholic observer who believes the Pope’s approach to politics is an ordinary path that rejects both corruption and elite ideological obsessions isolated from real people.

What makes the Church happy? Seeking lost sheep, Pope says

Dec 9, 2014 - 03:29 pm .- Like a shepherd finding lost sheep, the Church is a joyful mother who goes out and seeks her lost children, inviting them to consolation of the tenderness of Jesus, said Pope Francis in his daily homily Tuesday.

Pope: Church must improve marriage prep, strengthen families

Dec 8, 2014 - 04:23 pm .- Pope Francis in his latest interview reflected on October’s Extraordinary Synod on the Family, dismissing fears of doctrinal “collapse” while considering difficult topics like marriage preparation and the treatment of divorced and remarried Catholics.  

'Let yourselves be consoled' during Advent, Pope Francis says

Dec 7, 2014 - 08:04 am .- In his Angelus address on Sunday, Pope Francis asked that during Advent the faithful prepare for the Lord’s coming by being open to God’s consolation, which we must receive personally before giving to others.

Advent meditations for Pope delve into meaning of peace

Dec 6, 2014 - 04:01 am .- Papal preacher Father Raniero Cantalamessa gave his first advent homily to Pope Francis, touching on the biblical meaning of the word peace – both as a gift from God and a longing of the human heart.

Pope: the 'feminine genius' takes on theology's uncharted territory

Dec 5, 2014 - 01:07 pm .- In an address given to theologians, Pope Francis praised the increasing presence of women in the field, saying that their femininity has the capacity to delve deeper into the mystery of Christ.

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