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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.

Evangelize the poor: that is your mission, Pope says

Jan 24, 2016 - 06:15 am .- Pope Francis centered his Angelus address this Sunday on what it means to evangelize the poor, and how this is the mission of the Church.

This sword-wielding Samurai just moved closer to sainthood!

Jan 23, 2016 - 04:02 am .- The martyrdom of a 16th-century Samurai who died for his Catholic faith was approved this week by Pope Francis, making the Japanese warrior one among nine other causes that advanced toward sainthood.

What's the first step to good communication? Listening, Pope says

Jan 22, 2016 - 05:53 am .- For Pope Francis, the ability to listen is the first requirement for good communication, which is something he said should never exclude, but must provide an encounter rooted in mercy and welcome.

The car Pope Francis used in Philly is up for auction

Jan 21, 2016 - 02:18 pm .- The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and World Meeting of Families have announced that they have a unique way to raise money for local charities this year: auction off the car that Pope Francis used during his historic first trip to the United States.

Technology is good but it shouldn't replace human beings, Pope says

Jan 20, 2016 - 04:20 pm .- While advancements in technology are mostly positive, they can also negatively affect the poor and the environment and risk letting “soulless machines” take the place of people, Pope Francis warned.

Pope Francis: for Christians, baptism is stronger than differences

Jan 20, 2016 - 05:32 am .- In his general audience during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Pope Francis focused on the common baptism Christians share, saying the strength of this bond is stronger than existing divisions.

Every migrant has a story and culture of value, Pope Francis says

Jan 17, 2016 - 05:19 am .- On Sunday Pope Francis offered special greetings to 6,000 migrants and refugees who were gathered in S. Peter’s Square, telling them not to be discouraged by negative experiences, but rather to find hope in the Lord.

'How good it is for brothers to be together' – a papal history in synagogues

Jan 15, 2016 - 04:07 pm .- On Sunday Pope Francis will become the third pontiff to cross the threshold of the Major Temple in Rome, the most important and significant synagogue in the city.

Pope Francis kicks off monthly works of mercy with surprise visits

Jan 15, 2016 - 01:05 pm .- True to form, the pope of the surprise papal visit dropped by two different nursing homes in Rome unannounced on Friday. The visits kicked off the Pope’s monthly works of mercy, which he plans to do on Fridays during the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Pope Francis invites 2,000 homeless, migrants to circus

Jan 14, 2016 - 03:35 pm .- On Thursday afternoon the office for papal charities offered a unique charity event for Rome's marginalized: an entire circus organized especially for them.

Pope's message to youth: have courage to swim against the tide

Jan 14, 2016 - 05:47 am .- Pope Francis has sent a special message to the youth who will participate in the Jubilee of Boys and Girls in April, telling them the Holy Year is an opportunity to grow in holiness and mercy, so that they become Christians capable of making courageous decisions.

What Pope Francis' book could tell us about the upcoming synod doc

Jan 13, 2016 - 04:04 pm .- As things are picking up around the Vatican in the new year, anticipation is buzzing over the release of Pope Francis’ document on the conclusions of the 2014 and 2015 synod of bishops on the family.

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