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Pope Francis baptizes children of an old friend at the Vatican

Aug 13, 2015 - 12:31 am .- In a whirlwind trip, Lucas Schaerer and his family – friends of Pope Francis from his time in Buenos Aires – traveled to the Vatican, where the Pope baptized their daughters, Simona and Charo.

Pope Francis: Sundays are a gift from God – don't ruin it

Aug 12, 2015 - 05:20 am .- Moments of rest and celebration were the focal point of Francis’ Wednesday general audience, during which he spoke out against a profit-centered mentality and encouraged families to live life at a more human pace.

For Pope Francis, achieving peace means overcoming indifference

Aug 11, 2015 - 07:59 am .- The Vatican announced Tuesday that the theme for 2016’s World Day of Peace will focus on a topic Pope Francis has spoken out against relentlessly since the beginning of his pontificate: indifference.

In ecumenical move, Pope Francis establishes World Day of Prayer for Creation

Aug 10, 2015 - 11:37 am .- Pope Francis has instituted a new day of prayer and celebration for the Church entitled the “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation,” to be celebrated on September 1 each year.

The Pope's new doctor is an expert in liver disease, surgical medicine

Aug 9, 2015 - 12:16 pm .- The Vatican announced Saturday that Pope Francis has selected Professor Fabrizio Soccorsi – an expert in liver diseases and surgical medicine – as his new personal doctor, who will accompany Francis on his upcoming trip to the United States and Cuba.

'No to war!' – Pope pushes for nuclear disarmament on atomic bomb anniversary

Aug 9, 2015 - 06:27 am .- On Sunday Pope Francis said the “horrific” atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are the icon of man’s destructive misuse of scientific progress, and called for an end to all nuclear arms and weapons of mass destruction.

Pope to Knights: Thank you for your steadfast witness to truth of marriage

Aug 7, 2015 - 02:05 am .- Pope Francis thanked the Knights of Columbus for their support of Christian marriage in a message to their 133rd Supreme Convention this week. The letter comes less than two months before the Pope’s visit to the United States for the World Meeting of Families at the end of September.

To welcome refugees is a witness of the resurrection, Pope says

Aug 6, 2015 - 06:47 am .- On the first anniversary of the arrival of Iraqi refugees in Jordan, Pope Francis sent a letter thanking the country for welcoming thousands forced to flee their homes, and urged the international community not to remain indifferent.

Pope: Divorce and remarriage contradicts the sacrament, but Church always reaches out

Aug 5, 2015 - 09:28 am .- Echoing his predecessors on the need to care for divorced and remarried persons, Pope Francis said Christians should help these persons integrate into the community rather than treating them as though they are excommunicated.

Make friends with your congressman – and you just might get to see the Pope

Jul 30, 2015 - 09:49 am .- The final plans are set for the public’s chance to watch Pope Francis’ Sept. 24 address to Congress live at the U.S. Capitol.

Will Vatican officials face term limits?

Jul 30, 2015 - 01:02 am .- A fixed term mandate for Vatican officials serving in the Roman Curia was among recent proposals for the Vatican's ongoing reform process, and will likely be discussed at the Sept. 14-16 meeting of the Council of Cardinals.

Pope Francis to handpick new doctor ahead of Cuba, US trip

Jul 29, 2015 - 06:03 am .- As the five-year term for Pope Francis' personal doctor comes to an end, the Pope is expected to choose a new one soon who will accompany him during his upcoming visit to Cuba and the United States.

The Francis effect takes hold at a notorious Bolivian prison

Jul 28, 2015 - 04:39 pm .- Pope Francis’ July 10 visit to a prison in Bolivia was just one of several dozen events over the course of the recent papal trip to Latin America.

Exclusive: Essure victims plan hunger strike in front of FDA during Pope's visit

Jul 28, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Last month, it looked like the thousands of women who have suffered detrimental side effects from the birth control device “Essure” were finally being heard.   

With a tap on an iPad, Pope Francis registers for World Youth Day 2016

Jul 26, 2015 - 12:38 pm .- Pope Francis has invited the youth of the world on pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2016--and on Sunday he became the first pilgrim to register himself.

Pope Francis: Let Jesus satisfy your hunger for God

Jul 26, 2015 - 10:33 am .- Jesus Christ’s miraculous multiplication of the loaves shows that he offers “fullness of life for hungry man,” Pope Francis said Sunday. He encouraged everyone to offer what little they have to God so that God can multiply their gifts and good deeds.

Vatican ropes in global leaders to fight climate change, modern slavery

Jul 26, 2015 - 06:03 am .- Drawing dozens of mayors from major cities worldwide to discuss the link between slavery and climate change, this week's Vatican conference showed how secular leaders are responding to Pope Francis' lead in protecting the environment – and, more importantly, the vulnerable.

Want to walk with Pope Francis? Then take this pledge

Jul 23, 2015 - 05:24 pm .- Catholics in Washington, D.C. are hoping a new charity pledge will go viral like last year’s “Ice Bucket Challenge,” but there’s a new twist – this pledge is for Pope Francis.

What Pope Francis might be planning to tell the UN in New York

Jul 23, 2015 - 12:01 am .- At a meeting with U.S. mayors at the Vatican this week, Pope Francis hinted at themes he could discuss with the United Nations during his September visit to the states.

Less 'euro-centric,' please – what African bishops want from the synod

Jul 22, 2015 - 06:02 am .- October's synod of bishops on the family should take on a global perspective, rather than sticking to isolated issues found primarily in western society, African Church leaders have said.

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