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The silent reform of Benedict XVI's papacy

Feb 11, 2016 - 02:29 pm .- In his new book on Benedict XVI, Vatican journalist Marco Mancini argues that while the retired pontiff became known for his shocking resignation three years ago, his real legacy began far earlier.

Four reasons why Pope Francis will meet with Patriarch Kirill

Feb 11, 2016 - 12:08 am .- The first, historic meeting between a Pope and a Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church does not come from nowhere. Both the Russian Orthodox Patriarchate and the Holy See have been working on such an event for decades.  

A chat with Joseph Fiennes – star of historical thriller 'Risen'

Feb 10, 2016 - 03:02 pm .- The lead actor of “Risen,” a film told through the eyes of a Roman soldier who is forced to confront the resurrection of Christ, calls it a story for believers and nonbelievers alike – notwithstanding its strong Christian themes.  

Lent is a time of pruning and reconciliation, Pope Francis says

Feb 10, 2016 - 10:24 am .- In his Ash Wednesday homily, Pope Francis said that Lent is the perfect time to let go of selfish and indifferent attitudes, returning to God with the help of prayer, penance and acts of charity.

If mercy doesn’t reach your pockets, it’s not real, Pope says

Feb 10, 2016 - 06:05 am .- For Pope Francis, mercy isn’t just spiritual, but is something that ought to be expressed in concrete acts of service and in sharing one’s goods with the poor, which was a key tradition during Jubilee years throughout scripture.

Cover sinners 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 Jubilee.

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.

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