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Jesus' closeness to sinners isn’t a scandal – it's an example, Pope says

May 4, 2016 - 04:37 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis said the parable of the Good Shepherd is a key example of God’s mercy, because it represents the depth of the Lord's concern in ensuring that no one is lost.

Pope laments recent violence in Syria, renews call for dialogue

May 1, 2016 - 07:36 am .- Pope Francis on Sunday decried the resurgence of violence in Syria in recent days, especially in Aleppo, and renewed the call to bring about peace through dialogue.

Let yourselves be reconciled with God, Pope Francis says

Apr 30, 2016 - 04:35 am .- Reconciliation is an essential aspect of God’s mercy, Pope Francis said Saturday, explaining that when we distance ourselves from the Lord through sin, it takes much more than our own effort to get back to him.

Pope advocates for 'globalization of empathy' in curing rare diseases

Apr 29, 2016 - 07:34 am .- On Friday Pope Francis told participants in a Vatican stem cell summit that a renewed sense of empathy ought to fuel their work and research, ensuring that no person goes without access to proper care.

How Swiss Guards are bringing the Vatican to your kitchen

Apr 28, 2016 - 03:36 am .- A native of Zurich, Switzerland, David Geisser was a chef prodigy.

Knowledge is empty unless it leads to love, Pope Francis says

Apr 27, 2016 - 05:17 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis said that just because someone is an expert in God’s law and a strict adherent to the rules doesn’t necessarily mean they know how to love and serve others.

Pope blasts clericalism in Latin American Church

Apr 26, 2016 - 04:04 pm .- Pope Francis issued strong words to the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, calling clericalism “one of the greatest distortions” facing the local Church.

Vatican: suspended audit not intended to block curial reform

Apr 26, 2016 - 07:47 am .- The Vatican clarified Tuesday that the recent suspension of an external audit of Vatican finances by Pricewaterhouse Cooper is due to problems surrounding specific clauses in their contract, and is not meant to hinder the ongoing reform of the Curia.

Bishop Edward Rice 'humbled' to be new head of Missouri diocese

Apr 26, 2016 - 05:50 am .- On Tuesday the Vatican announced that Bishop Edward M. Rice of St. Louis has been tapped by Pope Francis to take charge of the Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese.

Pope to teens: There isn't a phone app for love and happiness

Apr 24, 2016 - 07:04 am .- Freedom does not come from things we possess or from doing whatever we want, Pope Francis said Sunday in his homily for the Jubilee for boys and girls. Rather, true freedom and happiness can only be found in the love of Jesus.  

Pope urges teens to practice works of mercy

Apr 23, 2016 - 05:07 pm .- Pope Francis has challenged young people to commit to practicing the corporal works of mercy in order to recognize the face of Jesus in each other.

Pope hears confessions at Jubilee event for teens

Apr 23, 2016 - 06:11 am .- Pope Francis on Saturday heard the confessions of young people in St. Peter's Square as part of this weekend's Jubilee for Boys and Girls, an event which is expected to draw tens of thousands of teenagers from around the world.  

Know the difference between sin and sinner, Pope Francis says

Apr 20, 2016 - 05:44 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis stressed the importance of knowing how to distinguish between sin and sinner, adding that God’s mercy is not afraid to reach out and touch our sins in order to forgive them.

Please forgive our indifference: Pope Francis' heartfelt plea to refugees

Apr 19, 2016 - 06:09 am .- Pope Francis has offered his praise to the Jesuits in Italy for their longstanding work with refugees, but asked the foreigners for their pardon on behalf of all who have been closed-minded and indifferent to their plight.

Pope: Jesus is the only door to eternal life

Apr 18, 2016 - 10:57 am .- Speaking at morning Mass at the Santa Marta residence, Pope Francis on Monday urged the faithful not to seek salvation through anyone but Jesus alone, because he is the only way into heaven.  

Pope meets Central African Republic's new president

Apr 18, 2016 - 07:52 am .- Pope Francis on Monday met with the Central African Republic's newly-installed president, Faustin-Archange Touadéra, who was elected to office a few months after the pontiff's visit to the country late last year.

Pray and act to help refugees – what Pope Francis and Orthodox leaders said at Lesbos

Apr 17, 2016 - 05:13 pm .- Forced migration affects millions of people and is “a crisis of humanity.” That is what Pope Francis and two leading Greek Orthodox churchmen have said in a joint declaration signed on the Greek island of Lesbos.

Pope Francis sends his greetings to Benedict XVI on his 89th birthday

Apr 17, 2016 - 02:38 pm .- Pope emeritus Benedict XVI celebrated his 89th birthday on Saturday, and received special greetings from Pope Francis.

Pope: 'I saw much suffering' at Lesbos refugee camp

Apr 17, 2016 - 06:42 am .- Pope Francis on Sunday reflected on the great suffering he had witnessed at the refugee camp in Lesbos. He remembered especially the children he encountered, as well as the husband of a Christian woman who was martyred by terrorists.

Pope: Media missed the real family crisis in covering Communion, remarriage

Apr 16, 2016 - 01:25 pm .- Pope Francis has said that the family is in crisis, and that is a much bigger issue than Communion for the divorced-and-remarried. He suggested the news media had focused too much on the latter issue during the synod and in coverage of his recent document on the family.

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