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You are not just aid workers – you are witnesses to Christ, Pope tells Caritas

May 12, 2015 - 03:38 pm .- On Tuesday Pope Francis told global representatives of Caritas International that true service is about welcoming God and others, and called them to continue their mission by going out to the peripheries.

Pope Francis: Spare no effort in defending life, family

May 12, 2015 - 03:26 am .- In his meeting on Saturday with the bishops from Mozambique, a southeast African nation, Pope Francis urged support for public policies that promote the family and protect human life.

On Monday, a little boy asked Pope Francis: 'What is peace?'

May 11, 2015 - 01:31 pm .- This question was part of a special question and answer session with the Bishop of Rome touching on a wide range of themes – from the link between greed and war, to arguments with siblings, and the role of religion in promoting peace in the world.

Dates of Pope's Cuba trip announced: Sept. 19-22

May 11, 2015 - 12:40 pm .- Pope Francis’ historic trip to Cuba will take place Sept. 19-22, the Catholic Bishops Conference of Cuba has announced.

Pope Francis: Get ready to be martyrs – even in the little things

May 11, 2015 - 11:31 am .- Pope Francis centered his homily for Monday's daily Mass on the “scandal of the cross,” saying Christians should turn to the Holy Spirit in preparing for martyrdom – great or small.

Pope's first South America stop: Ecuador's sanctuary of Divine Mercy

May 8, 2015 - 11:35 am .- After arriving to Ecuador for his 10 day trip to South America, Pope Francis' first stop will be Guayaquil's Sanctuary of Divine Mercy – breaking with his usual custom of meeting the president first.

Pope urges bishops in African nation to oppose violence toward women

May 8, 2015 - 12:56 am .- Pope Francis on Thursday encouraged Christians in the west African nation of Mali to provide a strong witness of the family, and exhorted their bishops to give special attention to the situation of women there.

Pope Francis to star athletes: Don't forget to go to Mass

May 7, 2015 - 03:19 pm .- On Thursday Pope Francis demonstrated his keen interest in uniting sports with faith, telling members of Italy's Lazio club not to let training or competitions trump the spiritual essentials.

New Swiss Guards swear oath to defend, protect Pope Francis

May 6, 2015 - 04:06 pm .- On Wednesday 32 new Swiss Guards swore an oath of allegiance to Pope Francis, who told them their role is one of courageously imitating Christ which ought to be rooted in prayer.

Pope Francis to meet with Raul Castro May 10

May 6, 2015 - 12:42 pm .- Pope Francis will receive Cuban president Raul Castro Sunday morning May 10, in a “strictly private” audience, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi announced.

Pope Francis on marriage: It's not about the dress or photos. It's about the mission.

May 6, 2015 - 10:10 am .- Marriage is more than the wedding ceremony, the flowers, the dress, the photos, Pope Francis said in his weekly general audience: it is a participation in the Church's mission.

Pope Francis blesses image of children killed in Maryland fire

May 6, 2015 - 12:03 am .- After reading a letter while visiting Rome’s North American Seminary detailing the death of two young girls in a house fire, Pope Francis blessed their picture and a small statue to be given to their parents.

Pope to Lutherans: In Christian unity, don't be afraid of the tough issues

May 5, 2015 - 02:02 am .- Christians in pursuit of unity should not be afraid to broach potential areas of disagreement such as marriage, family, and sexuality, Pope Francis said in a meeting with the head of Sweden's Lutheran church.

Want to help families? Evangelize them, Pope says

May 4, 2015 - 04:07 pm .- Speaking to the bishops from the Republic of the Congo on Monday, Pope Francis encouraged them in their ministry to families, urging the need for evangelization of peoples and cultures alongside inculturation.

How do you remain in Jesus? Do what he did, Pope says

May 3, 2015 - 11:45 am .- On Sunday Pope Francis paid a visit to a parish on the southern outskirts of Rome, where he told parishioners that in order to be a good Christian they must always be attached to Jesus, who gives life.

Unity with Christ will transform your life, Pope says

May 3, 2015 - 06:07 am .- In his Sunday Regina Coeli address Pope Francis focused on the parable of the vine and the branches, saying that it reveals the importance of uniting oneself to Jesus, who changes how we live.

Pope Francis celebrates Junipero Serra – a 'founding father' of the US

May 2, 2015 - 09:41 am .- Pope Francis marked a “day of reflection” for the soon-to-be canonized Junípero Serra by celebrating Mass at the Pontifical North American College, lauding the 18th century missionary who worked to defend the native people against the abuses of colonialism.

Who's on the guest list for a Vatican concert? Rome's homeless community

Apr 30, 2015 - 05:45 pm .- Next month the Vatican will invite Rome's poor and homeless to a concert intended to raise money for Pope Francis’ charities, which last year boasted over one and a half million in charitable giving.

Pope Francis planning to visit Fatima in 2017, local bishop announces

Apr 30, 2015 - 11:48 am .- In 2017, Pope Francis plans to travel to Fatima, said Bishop António Augusto dos Santos Marto of Leiria-Fátima in a statement after meeting with the Holy Father.

Pope: Is the fear of failure causing young people to avoid marriage?

Apr 29, 2015 - 02:02 pm .- With the number of children raised in brokenness on the rise, young people view marriage as a path to failure – so Pope Francis says it’s time for Christians to restore faith in the family.

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