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Pope Francis praises the 'hidden holiness' of everyday saints

Dec 4, 2014 - 09:57 am .- Pope Francis cautioned against the false appearances of those who are proud or vain, saying that true holiness is found in the silent, everyday witness of the poor and humble.

Papal mace points to education's true purpose, Scottish bishop says

Dec 4, 2014 - 12:28 am .- The presentation of a special Papal mace marking the 600th anniversary of Scotland’s oldest university is a reminder of the ultimate purpose of education – to know, love and serve God, said the local bishop.  

Investigation of former Dominican Republic nuncio moves forward

Dec 3, 2014 - 10:31 am .- The Vatican’s press officer provided an update on the trial of laicized former nuncio Jozef Wesolowski, saying that the case is moving forward, and the first stages of investigation and questioning have begun.  

Pope Francis prays for more fruitful dialogue after trip to Turkey

Dec 3, 2014 - 05:35 am .- In his weekly general audience Pope Francis recalled the activities of his recent trip to Turkey, and prayed that the visit would lead to a more fruitful ecumenical and interreligious dialogue.

The Church is about Christ – not an NGO, Pope tells Swiss bishops

Dec 2, 2014 - 03:30 pm .- In an address to the Swiss bishops on Monday, Pope Francis urged them maintain a lively faith, lest their country’s religious buildings become nothing more than dust-filled museums.  

Pope: Knowledge alone doesn't reveal God; humble prayer does

Dec 2, 2014 - 12:47 pm .- In his homily on Tuesday, Pope Francis said that no matter how much we study, we will never know anything about God unless we speak to him humbly like children.

Thousands of Tango dancers to perform for Pope's birthday

Dec 2, 2014 - 02:43 am .- Pope Francis enjoys the customs of his native Argentina. He drinks mate – an Argentinean tea – he follows soccer, and likes to listen to Tango music.  

Pope Francis speaks up on synod process – 'it isn't over'

Nov 30, 2014 - 05:57 pm .- In keeping with his usual tradition on papal trips, Pope Francis held an in-flight press conference on his way back to Rome, in which he opened up about the debate surrounding last month’s Synod of Bishops.  

Muslims must speak out against terrorism, violence, Pope insists

Nov 30, 2014 - 05:47 pm .- On his in-flight press conference returning from a three-day trip to Turkey, Pope Francis said that Muslim leaders around the world must speak out against violence and terrorism carried out in the name of Islam.

Pope opens Year for Consecrated Life with call to joyful witness

Nov 30, 2014 - 03:19 pm .- At the opening of the Year for Consecrated Life, Pope Francis issued a challenge to consecrated men and women, inviting them to lives of courage, communion, and joy.

Pope's visit could draw attention to refugees in Turkey

Nov 30, 2014 - 03:08 pm .- The head of a charitable agency in Turkey voiced hope that Pope Francis’ visit will shine a light on the dramatic plight of refugees there, who fled the Syrian civil war and other regional conflicts.  

'Things will change!' – Turkish girls hopeful after Pope's visit

Nov 30, 2014 - 01:47 pm .- Pope Francis’ visit to Turkey may change the traction Christians have in a country that is almost entirely Muslim, said two Turkish young women who had the occasion to greet the Pope on his recent trip.  

God never forgets his children, Pope Francis tells young refugees

Nov 30, 2014 - 08:04 am .- “Dear young people, do not be discouraged.” Pope Francis made this appeal during an encounter with young refugees in Istanbul, urging them to remember that God never forgets his children.

Patriarch to Francis: 'You preach with words, but above all with love'

Nov 30, 2014 - 06:52 am .- Head of the Eastern Orthodox Church Patriarch Bartholomew I lauded the humble manner in which Pope Francis exercises his Petrine ministry, and urged their churches to focus on the future of dialogue.

Second joint declaration signals new step in path toward unity

Nov 30, 2014 - 03:44 am .- In the second joint declaration they have signed since May, Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew reaffirmed their shared desire for full Christian unity, as well as their concerns for the Middle East.

A kiss of peace: Pope Francis receives symbolic gesture from patriarch

Nov 29, 2014 - 01:31 pm .- In a fraternal gesture Pope Francis asked for the blessing of Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, who marked a historic moment in ecumenical dialogue by kissing the head of the Bishop of Rome.

Pope Francis to consecrated men, women: Leave your nests!

Nov 29, 2014 - 01:19 pm .- Religious men and women are called to leave their “nest” and bring the Gospel to the peripheries, said Pope Francis in a video message marking the vigil of the Year for Consecrated Life.

Unity becomes 'uniformity' without the Holy Spirit, Pope warns

Nov 29, 2014 - 08:32 am .- During the only public Mass of his three-day apostolic journey to Turkey, Pope Francis warned that unity without the Holy Spirit stays limited within human plans and falls into mere uniformity.

Pope Francis' prayer at Blue Mosque 'exactly the same' as Benedict XVI

Nov 29, 2014 - 06:04 am .- During Pope Francis’ visit to Istanbul’s Blue Mosque, he paused for a moment of prayer alongside Ankara’s Grand Mufti – a moment of “interreligious dialogue” which mirrored that of his predecessor.

Pope to Turkish authorities: religious freedom a key factor for peace

Nov 28, 2014 - 07:21 am .- Pope Francis spoke to Turkish authorities on Friday of the need to create a lasting peace – one based on a fraternal solidarity which respects human dignity and man’s essential right to religious freedom.

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