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In service, conversion of heart is the first step, says Pope Francis

Oct 10, 2016 - 11:40 am .- In this transitory and often difficult life, it is necessary to have Christ as the center of everything you do, working to increase your own faith in Jesus and the faith of those you serve, Pope Francis said Monday.

Albanian priest who moved the Pope to be named Cardinal

Oct 9, 2016 - 10:26 am .- The Albanian priest whose testimony moved Pope Francis to tears in 2014 is one of the 17 international bishops and priests the Pope will elevate to the College of Cardinals Nov. 19.

Pope Francis announces new consistory to coincide with close of Jubilee

Oct 9, 2016 - 04:39 am .- On Sunday Pope Francis announced that he will hold a consistory of cardinals on the Nov. 19 vigil of the close of the Jubilee of Mercy, during which he will elevate 17 new cardinals – including three Americans.

Pope Francis: the most godlike people might not be who you expect

Oct 9, 2016 - 03:55 am .- At the close of the Marian Jubilee, Pope Francis said that it’s often strangers and even people from other religions who remind us of the Christian virtues of humility and thanksgiving, of which Mary is a prime model.

Mary imitated God through service, Pope says

Oct 8, 2016 - 10:49 am .- During a special Jubilee weekend dedicated to Mary, Pope Francis said Mary was not only Christ’s mother, but also his obedient disciple and a model of concrete service to others.

Charity is the heart of all missionary action, Pope Francis says

Oct 7, 2016 - 07:59 am .- After electing their new General Superior, the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate had a meeting with Pope Francis, who told them that in the midst of a rapidly changing world, humanity needs missionaries filled love and zeal for the Gospel.  

Pope offers prayer, support for a Haiti devastated by hurricane Matthew

Oct 7, 2016 - 06:39 am .- After Hurricane Matthew killed more than 300 people and left thousands more homeless, Pope Francis has written a telegram assuring his prayer and spiritual closeness to all those affected by the disaster.

For Pope Francis, legalism makes Christians stupid.

Oct 6, 2016 - 02:58 pm .- The Holy Spirit is the “great gift” of God the Father who helps us avoid the stupidities of a legalistic faith while leading us forward in Christian life, Pope Francis has said.

Youth, discernment Pope's pick for next synod theme

Oct 6, 2016 - 09:00 am .- The theme for the 2018 Synod of Bishops has been released, and will focus on how to best teach the faith to young people and help them to discern God's will for their lives.

Despite hiccups, Pope Francis and Welby committed to unity

Oct 6, 2016 - 04:20 am .- Pope Francis and Anglican Primate Archbishop Welby have signed a joint-declaration emphasizing that while topics such as homosexuality and the ordination of women still constitute points of division, they are committed to working together in their pursuit of full unity.

Catholic groups around the world break ties with fossil fuels

Oct 6, 2016 - 12:02 am .- On the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi this week, seven Catholic organizations on five continents announced they are divesting from fossil fuel companies in an effort to care for creation.

Who benefits from sports? Everyone, Pope Francis says

Oct 5, 2016 - 01:40 pm .- The beauty and joy found in sports, whether playing or watching, is something that benefits and unites everyone, regardless of religion, ethnic group, nationality, or disability, Pope Francis said Wednesday.

The Church must be close to Caucasus nations, Pope Francis says

Oct 5, 2016 - 06:05 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis gave a recap of his recent trip to Georgia and Azerbaijan, noting how this year both nations will celebrate the 25th anniversary of their independence from the Soviet regime.

Pope Francis and China โ€“ attempts for a thaw?

Oct 5, 2016 - 03:03 am .- Improved Holy See relations with China are a major effort of this papacy, with an ongoing focus on disputes appointment of bishops and diplomatic recognition of neighboring Taiwan.

The Pope's latest prayer intention? That journalists be truthful

Oct 4, 2016 - 09:27 am .- In his latest prayer video Pope Francis dedicates the month of October to praying for journalists – specifically that their work would always be motivated by strong ethics and respect for the truth.

Dioceses of Anchorage, Arlington get new bishops

Oct 4, 2016 - 05:16 am .- Pope Francis has tapped two active bishops to head new dioceses, naming Bishop Paul D. Etienne of Cheyenne as the new Archbishop of Anchorage, Alaska, and Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Raleigh as Bishop of Arlington, Virginia.

Pope Francis makes surprise visit to Amatrice to pray for earthquake victims

Oct 4, 2016 - 03:03 am .- On Tuesday Pope Francis made an unannounced private visit to the small Italian city of Amatrice to offer support  areas devastated by a massive earthquake in August, where he offered a message of comfort and hope.

Georgian Catholics started from zero. What's next after the papal visit.

Oct 3, 2016 - 04:05 pm .- The tiny community of the Catholic Church in Georgia was barely surviving just decades ago. Now it has an opportunity to regenerate itself following Pope Francis' model of the “Church of consolation,” the local Catholic bishop has said.

Full text: Pope Francis' in-flight press conference from Azerbaijan

Oct 2, 2016 - 06:08 pm .- During his flight from Baku, Azerbaijan to Rome on Sunday, Pope Francis gave a press conference to the journalists aboard the the papal plane. He reflected on his trip to Georgia and Azerbaijan, marriage and divorce, and homosexuality and gender identity.

Pope Francis: Love those who struggle, but don't push gender theory on kids

Oct 2, 2016 - 03:55 pm .- On his way back from Georgia and Azerbaijan Pope Francis criticized what he called the “wicked” push of gender theory in schools, but stressed that individuals who struggle with their sexual identity ought to be treated with mercy, as Jesus would do. 

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