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One Buddhist nun's thoughts on Pope Francis

Jan 18, 2015 - 04:24 pm .- A Buddhist nun who experienced Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines voiced her gratitude to the pontiff for his efforts at unity and dialogue among religious communities.

Philippines typhoon survivor: 'There's a reason for everything'

Jan 18, 2015 - 02:38 pm .- Elena Garado thought she was dead after being trapped under a table for four hours when Typhoon Yolanda hit her hometown in November 2013.

Exclusive: Details of the proposal for Pope Francis' US visit revealed

Jan 18, 2015 - 12:56 pm .- Archbishop Bernardito Auza – a member of the organizing committee for Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the U.S. – has revealed details of the proposed schedule, which includes visits to three cities.

A providential boost for the Philippine church's Year for Poor

Jan 18, 2015 - 10:04 am .- A priest currently stationed in the Philippine diocese of Cebu said that not only is Pope Francis' visit an opportunity to vamp-up evangelization efforts, but also fuels the local church's push to help the poor.

History made! Philippine crowd for Pope Francis hits 6-7 million

Jan 18, 2015 - 04:39 am .- The Vatican's spokesman said that papal history was made Sunday during Pope Francis' visit to the Philippines where an estimated 6-7 million people attended his closing Mass.

Catholic and non-Catholic alike; young people swarm for Pope

Jan 18, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Harold Ducusin, like many of his peers, traveled several hours to join tens of thousands of other young Filipinos to see Pope Francis at the sports field of Santo Tomas University Jan. 18.

Protect the family – Pope's parting message to the Philippines

Jan 18, 2015 - 01:11 am .- In his homily for the Jan. 18 Closing Mass in the Philippines, Pope Francis pointed to our identity as God’s children, calling for the protection of the family against the numerous attacks that threaten it.

Pope's prescription for our info-saturated world: being surprised by love

Jan 17, 2015 - 11:04 pm .- Tens of thousands of Filipino youth gathered in Manila with Pope Francis on Sunday and heard his recommendation that a society inundated in information should embrace God’s loving surprises.

Here's why Pope Francis goes off script

Jan 17, 2015 - 07:15 am .- In a press briefing with journalists in the Philippines, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi ventured to explain the reason why Pope Francis so frequently deviates from his prepared speeches.

Pope Francis to Philippines cardinal: 'this visit is really for me'

Jan 17, 2015 - 06:10 am .- On his return flight from the Philippine city of Tacloban to Manila, where he met with and shared in the suffering of typhoon survivors, Pope Francis was moved, and said the trip was really intended for him.

Prayers asked for woman killed in freak accident at papal Mass

Jan 17, 2015 - 04:55 am .- A local woman was killed at an airport near Tacloban, Philippines where Pope Francis had just celebrated Mass for thousands of people amid strong winds and rain brought on by Tropical Storm Amang.

A simple, intense encounter: Pope Francis and Manila's street kids

Jan 17, 2015 - 03:04 am .- Deviating from his schedule of events in the Philippines, Pope Francis had a brief but emotionally intense encounter with former street kids in Manila yesterday.

What the Pope wasn't able to say in the Philippines

Jan 17, 2015 - 12:00 am .- On Jan. 17, Pope Francis visited the Philippine city of Tacloban, which is still recovering from the devastating effects of 2013’s Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Yolanda. More than 7,000 people died in that storm, and an estimated 1 million people remain homeless.

Pope Francis' heartfelt words for typhoon survivors: Jesus is there for you!

Jan 16, 2015 - 07:44 pm .- Pope Francis on Saturday spoke to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in an impromptu homily, voicing compassion for their plight and encouraging them to look to the love of Jesus Christ on the Cross.

California bishops to Pope: Thanks for the new saint!

Jan 16, 2015 - 05:12 am .- Two California bishops have voiced elation and gratitude at Pope Francis’ announcement that he will canonize Blessed Junípero Serra, OFM, when he comes to the United States next September.

Paul VI was right to warn against contraception, Pope Francis says

Jan 16, 2015 - 04:07 am .- Pope Francis took the opportunity during an address to families in the Philippines to praise Blessed Pope Paul VI’s encyclical opposing contraception and affirming Church teaching on sexuality and human life.

What threatens families? Redefining marriage, Pope says

Jan 16, 2015 - 03:47 am .- Warning that “every threat to the family is a threat to society itself,” Pope Francis called on the people of the Philippines to be a prophetic witness in a world facing attacks on marriage and life.

Here's what Pope Francis gave the president of the Philippines

Jan 16, 2015 - 01:56 am .- During his first full day in the Philippines, Pope Francis met with President Benigno Aquino and other officials at the presidential palace, encouraging them to use the country’s strong religious heritage as a force for good.

Twelve hours on a boat to tell Pope Francis 'I love you'

Jan 16, 2015 - 12:45 am .- Dolorosa and Joay traveled on a 12-hour boat trip from their home province in the Philippines to Manila, where they hope to see “the image of Jesus” – Pope Francis – and tell him that they love him.

Pope Francis sees 'powerful missionary potential' in Philippines

Jan 15, 2015 - 09:10 pm .- Pope Francis on Friday repeated his praise for the Philippines’ Christians as he encouraged bishops, clergy, vowed religious and seminarians to proclaim the Gospel, identify with the poor and help the “broken in spirit.”

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