Mar 2, 2015 - 05:33 pm .- Pope Francis on Monday encouraged the bishops from northern Africa to dialogue with and encounter other groups, fostering hope for good relations between Muslims and Christians in the region.
Mar 2, 2015 - 11:06 am .- The capacity of all men to commit the most despicable of sins should inspire the self-awareness necessary to accept God's mercy and move forward in the Christian life, Pope Francis said.
Feb 27, 2015 - 04:24 pm .- While Pope Francis has altered the custom of his predecessors by leaving the Vatican for his yearly Lenten retreat, one priest tells CNA the pontiff is merely being true to his Jesuit roots.
Feb 27, 2015 - 06:15 am .- After a weeklong spiritual retreat outside of Rome, Pope Francis expressed his gratitude to the priest who led the reflections, saying that although it’s not easy to preach to priests, seeds have been planted.
Feb 27, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Fallen away Catholics are being invited to “come home” this Lent through a worldwide initiative led by Pope Francis, which points to confession as a primary way to experience God's merciful embrace.
Feb 25, 2015 - 11:02 am .- The Vatican on Wednesday issued a statement clarifying a private comment made by Pope Francis to a friend warning that his native Argentina was in danger of a “Mexicanization” by drug traffickers.
Feb 24, 2015 - 02:17 am .- The commander of the Pontifical Swiss Guard says the group of soldiers charged with protecting the Pope is on high alert and ready to act if any threat from ISIS materializes.
Feb 22, 2015 - 01:49 pm .- Pope Francis and members of the Curia set out from Rome on Sunday afternoon to begin their annual Lenten retreat.
Feb 22, 2015 - 10:22 am .- The 40 days of Lent are a reminder that we face spiritual deserts, and we must confront them with courage and the aid of Scripture, Pope Francis said during his weekly Angelus address.
Feb 21, 2015 - 02:46 pm .- You cannot call yourself a true believer if you participate in organized crime, Pope Francis told members of the Cassano all’Jonio diocese in Italy on Saturday.
Feb 21, 2015 - 11:56 am .- The ongoing crisis in Ukraine was among the topics covered by Pope Francis and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in their Feb. 21 meeting at the Vatican.
Feb 20, 2015 - 03:32 pm .- After meeting with Pope Francis during their ad limina visit to Rome, one of Ukraine's bishops said the country faces a humanitarian crisis in conflict areas and called for dialogue and prayers for peace.
Feb 20, 2015 - 08:32 am .- In his homily Friday, Pope Francis said that love of God and of neighbor are inseparable, and castigated the actions of those who give to the Church, but at the same time exploit and mistreat others.
Feb 19, 2015 - 05:35 am .- In his homily Thursday Pope Francis said that every day we are faced with choices between good and evil, and stressed that God is always there to help us when the right decision is hard to make.
Feb 18, 2015 - 12:37 pm .- In his Ash Wednesday homily, Pope Francis said the time of Lent is a call to leave hypocrisy behind and reconcile with God through fasting, charity and prayerful tears before our merciful Father.
Feb 18, 2015 - 12:57 am .- In this week’s general audience Pope Francis spoke on the role of siblings in family life, saying the fraternity we learn from them teaches us how to overcome barriers and leads to greater freedom.
Feb 18, 2015 - 12:02 am .- Pope Francis' newly elevated cardinals reflected on their roles as shepherds within a vast, multicultural Church – and the many challenges and opportunities of service the modern world poses to their peripheral dioceses.
Feb 17, 2015 - 07:37 am .- Pope Francis offered his Tuesday morning Mass for the repose of the souls of the 21 Egyptian Christians killed by ISIS militants, praying that man learn to reject his evil temptations, and choose what is good.
Feb 15, 2015 - 09:14 am .- In his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis focused on mercy, noting how Jesus heals not by giving lectures, but by going close to those who suffer and curing the “leprosy” of our sin.
Feb 15, 2015 - 04:27 am .- After elevating 20 new cardinals, Pope Francis reminded them that true honor is found in service, and urged them to follow Jesus in breaking rigid ways of thinking and touching society’s marginalized.
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