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A prayer from the Pope – may Christians not be forced out of the Middle East

Oct 28, 2015 - 12:13 am .- The sufferings of the Chaldean Catholic Church were the focus of Pope Francis on Monday when he addressed a synod of Chaldean bishops. He prayed for Middle East Christians and again called for international work to secure peace.

Pope Francis expected to visit Italian diocese of Milan in May

Oct 27, 2015 - 09:42 am .- Milan’s archbishop, Cardinal Angelo Scola, made an informal announcement Tuesday that Pope Francis will visit the archdiocese May 7, marking the first papal visit there since 2012.

Pope visits elderly prelate who broke leg at Sunday's Mass

Oct 26, 2015 - 11:32 am .- Pope Francis Sunday evening paid a private visit to an elderly cardinal who is in hospital after having fallen and broken his leg in St. Peter's Basilica that morning.

Walk alongside your people, Pope Francis tells bishops at synod's close

Oct 25, 2015 - 05:13 am .- Pope Francis Sunday officially brought the Synod on the Family to a close at Mass in St. Peter’s, warning against a “spirituality of illusion,” and reminding pastors of their duty to accompany the faithful and be bearers of God’s mercy especially in times of suffering and conflict.

Final synod document strongly backs Church teaching, beauty of family life

Oct 24, 2015 - 04:39 pm .- With a two-thirds majority vote, the more than 200 bishops gathered for the Vatican's synod on the family supported Church teaching on hot-button issues such as homosexuality and communion for divorced and remarried persons.

Pope Francis: Synod was about affirming family, indissoluble marriage

Oct 24, 2015 - 01:10 pm .- At the conclusion of the 2015 Synod on the Family, Pope Francis emphasized that the gathering had been about recognizing that society is founded on the family and marriage as the permanent union of one man and one woman.

Marriage doesn't take away your freedom – quite the opposite, Pope says

Oct 21, 2015 - 08:34 am .- Pope Francis on Wednesday said that contrary to modern notions, fidelity in marriage does not rob us of personal freedom but instead is a fundamental attribute of all human relationships based on love.

Vatican calls rumors over Pope Francis' health false and irresponsible

Oct 21, 2015 - 05:27 am .- The director of the Holy See press office has denied reports in the Italian press that Pope Francis is suffering from a brain tumor, and denounced its dissemination as “gravely irresponsible.”

That notorious 2014 synod report? We got it an hour after the media did, cardinal says

Oct 20, 2015 - 10:26 am .- Cardinal Wilfrid Napier says the highly controversial midterm report from last year's synod gave weight to issues discussed by only “two or three” people, and was unseen by most synod fathers until after it hit mainstream media.

Archbishop Chaput: In Philly and in synod, support for Francis is obvious

Oct 19, 2015 - 09:38 am .- In an Oct. 19 interview, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said that despite an implied assertion in America Magazine over the weekend, no synod father is an “opponent” of Pope Francis.  

Pope Francis: Four new saints point to humility – not worldly power

Oct 18, 2015 - 03:45 am .- On Sunday Pope Francis canonized four new saints, whose greatest legacy he said was their tireless imitation of Jesus in humble service to others, which is something each of us are asked to emulate.

Pope Francis makes secret stop at new dorms for Rome's homeless

Oct 16, 2015 - 04:42 am .- After last night’s synod session Pope Francis didn’t go back to his residence at the St. Martha house as usual, but instead decided to pop by the Vatican’s new dormitory for homeless men.

Pope meets with Chilean miners five years after 'miraculous' rescue

Oct 15, 2015 - 04:02 pm .- Pope Francis met this week with a group of Chilean miners who spent more than two months in a collapsed mine in 2010, before a dramatic rescue that many have hailed as miraculous.

Do aliens exist? Pope Francis tackles this (and other things) in new interview

Oct 15, 2015 - 11:31 am .- Pope Francis discussed in a new interview topics ranging from his reasons for canonizing the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, to his thoughts on whether there could be life on other planets.

Pope Francis asks forgiveness for scandals in the Church

Oct 14, 2015 - 08:01 am .- Pope Francis opened this Wednesday's general audience by apologizing for unspecified scandals that have recently arisen in the Vatican.

Pope Francis establishes new dorm for Rome's homeless men

Oct 13, 2015 - 03:16 am .- Pope Francis and his brother Jesuits in Rome have converted an old travel agency building into a new homeless shelter for men, just in time for the cold winter months.

Pope Francis leads synod in praying for peace in the Middle East

Oct 9, 2015 - 04:56 pm .- This morning, Pope Francis offered one of the synod’s daily moments of prayer for peace in the Middle East, and appealed the international community to put immediate interests aside, and find solutions.

'Flawed, inadequate' – bishops skewer synod's working doc in new report

Oct 9, 2015 - 07:47 am .- A controversial working document for the Vatican's synod on the family took a hard hit from numerous bishops who've called the text overly negative, unclear, and possibly inaccurate in its translations.

For Cubans, the Pope’s visit brought hope - but will it last?

Oct 9, 2015 - 03:04 am .- After Pope Francis’ visit as a “missionary of mercy,” Cuba is now in a prime moment to move forward in its relationship with the Church and work for the common good, said a representative of an aid group that works in the country.

African bishops throw swift punch at 'ideological colonization'

Oct 8, 2015 - 10:38 am .- Heavy criticism of the West imposing secular values on Africa in exchange for aid emerged as a theme from the continent's bishops, as the Vatican's synod on the family kicks off its first week.

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