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The blessing of a lifetime: 5-year-old girl going blind meets Pope Francis

Apr 6, 2016 - 11:51 am .- When Lizzy Myers was diagnosed with a condition that could result in complete blindness, her parents, Steve and Christine, went to work on a “visual bucket list” for their daughter.

Mary's 'yes' to God changed history, Pope Francis says

Apr 4, 2016 - 01:31 pm .- Pope Francis marked the Feast of the Annunciation on Monday by reflecting on the power of Mary’s “yes” to God.

Francis announces special collection for victims of Ukraine conflict

Apr 3, 2016 - 05:20 am .- On Sunday Pope Francis announced that a special collection will be taken up in all Catholic churches in Europe April 24, the funds of which will go toward relief for all suffering due to ongoing violence in Ukraine.

Mercy is an open book – and it's our task to write it, Pope says

Apr 3, 2016 - 04:08 am .- On Divine Mercy Sunday Pope Francis said the “Gospel of Mercy” begun by Jesus and the apostles is still unfinished, and is an open book that each person is called to write through their words and actions.

You can’t receive mercy without sharing it, Pope says

Apr 2, 2016 - 12:36 pm .- Receiving God’s mercy ignites in us the drive to become “instruments of mercy,” especially to the weakest and the marginalized, Pope Francis said Saturday at a vigil for the feast of Divine Mercy.

Pope Francis' post-synod doc to be released April 8

Mar 31, 2016 - 04:44 am .- The Vatican announced Thursday that Pope Francis’ highly anticipated post-synodal apostolic exhortation on the gifts and challenges of family life will be published April 8.

'She's in heaven' – Pope Francis on Mother Angelica

Mar 30, 2016 - 06:00 am .- Pope Francis on Wednesday offered a special blessing for Mother Angelica following her death on Easter Sunday, expressing his confidence that she is already in heaven.

Pope condemns 'cowardly' attack on Pakistani Christians

Mar 28, 2016 - 04:48 am .- Pope Francis on Monday mourned the loss of life in Pakistan, where more than 70 people – mostly women and children -- were killed Sunday after a suicide attack on Christians who were celebrating Easter at a public park.

Pope prays for victims of terror strike at Iraq football stadium

Mar 27, 2016 - 06:24 am .- Pope Francis has sent a his condolences following the suicide attack against a football stadium in Iskanderiyah, Iraq which killed more than 30 people last week, many of them young boys.

Pope: Easter message brings hope to victims of terrorism, persecution

Mar 27, 2016 - 05:35 am .- In his Urbi et Orbi message for Easter, Pope Francis encouraged victims of terrorism and Christian persecution to find hope in the Lord’s resurrection.

Let yourselves be moved by hope, Pope says at Easter Vigil

Mar 26, 2016 - 03:38 pm .- During the Easter Vigil, Pope Francis told attendees not to be overcome by sadness in the face of life’s difficulties, but to be open to hope, which is not the absence of problems, but is a gift from God when we allow him to enter our lives.

Pope's Way of the Cross remembers migrants, persecuted Christians

Mar 25, 2016 - 05:54 pm .- Following the yearly Good Friday tradition set by his predecessors, Pope Francis presided over the Stations of the Cross at Rome's Colosseum, where such issues as migration and the persecution of Christians were remembered.

An emotional Mass for migrants with Pope Francis

Mar 24, 2016 - 11:50 am .- During a Mass in Rome on Holy Thursday Pope Francis washed the feet of migrants and refugees, many of whom were moved to tears by the gesture.

Archbishop Bernard Hebda 'honored' to head Minn. diocese

Mar 24, 2016 - 07:48 am .- Pope Francis has named Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda as the new head of the Minneapolis-St. Paul archdiocese – a surprise move for the archbishop, who was expected to take over the diocese of Newark in July.

Your task is to incarnate mercy, Pope Francis tells priests

Mar 24, 2016 - 04:54 am .- During Holy Thursday’s Chrism Mass Pope Francis focused on the topic of mercy, telling priests that one of their primary tasks is to make mercy visible in the same way as Jesus, who always gave it in excess.

Pope Francis will speak on the synod soon. But the spin has already begun.

Mar 23, 2016 - 05:18 pm .- The war of interpretations has begun over Pope Francis’ yet-to-be-published post-synodal exhortation. And this war is taking place in the press.

Pope Francis observes moment of silence for Belgium attack victims

Mar 23, 2016 - 07:08 am .- In his general audience the day after terrorist attacks in Belgium claimed the lives of at least 30 people and injured 230 more, Pope Francis led pilgrims in a moment of silent prayer for the victims and their families.

Pope Francis grieves Belgium attacks, condemns 'blind violence'

Mar 22, 2016 - 08:49 am .- On Tuesday Pope Francis offered prayers for the victims of attacks at an airport and metro in Belgium, condemning the acts as “blind violence” and praying for peace.

Pope prays for victims of Russian plane crash, Istanbul bombing

Mar 21, 2016 - 10:30 am .- Pope Francis offered prayers over the weekend for victims of both a plane crash in Russia and a suicide bombing in Istanbul.

Humility is the epitome of redemption, Pope says on Palm Sunday

Mar 20, 2016 - 05:28 am .- On Palm Sunday Pope Francis said the path toward salvation can be summed up by humility and service, and encouraged pilgrims to contemplate Jesus’ shameful Passion and Death throughout Holy Week.

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