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Care for environment is a moral duty, not a political football, bishop tells Americans

Sep 23, 2015 - 06:02 pm .- After Pope Francis insisted at the White House that the present moment is “critical” for addressing the threat of climate change, one bishop implored Americans to recognize environmental stewardship as a moral imperative.

Immigrants enrich America and the Church, Pope affirms

Sep 23, 2015 - 11:27 am .- In the longest speech of his trip so far, Pope Francis on Wednesday praised U.S. bishops for their commitment to defending life, their handling of the clerical abuse crisis, and their welcome of immigrants, while urging them not to be afraid to do more.

Pope Francis to Obama: Religious freedom is beyond price

Sep 23, 2015 - 08:04 am .- Pope Francis Wednesday reminded U.S. president Barack Obama that religious freedom is one of America's most “precious possessions,” while lauding the nation's Catholics their work toward a society marked by tolerance and inclusivity.

En route to US, Pope Francis rejects 'left-leaning' accusations

Sep 22, 2015 - 03:05 pm .- On the papal flight from Cuba to Washington, D.C., where Pope Francis held the customary press conference with journalists on board, an Italian reporter posed a particularly tough question.

Full transcript of Pope's in-flight interview from Cuba to US

Sep 22, 2015 - 02:52 pm .- Speaking to journalists aboard Tuesday's flight from Cuba to Joint Base Andrews, outside Washington, D.C., Pope Francis discussed his time in Cuba; the Church's social teaching, and personal freedoms in Cuba, as well as Cuba-United States relations.

Previewing the Pope at the United Nations: a call to abandon no one

Sep 22, 2015 - 12:05 pm .- In his much anticipated speech at the United Nations headquarters on Friday, Pope Francis will likely call on the countries of the world not to abandon those who are, in any sense, in the peripheries.

Pope blesses unborn children around the world while meeting with Cuban families

Sep 22, 2015 - 09:15 am .- Pope Francis met with families on Tuesday at Our Lady of the Assumption Cathedral in Santiago de Cuba, thanking those gathered for their warm witness and inclusive nature, reflecting that it is at home, in the family, that Christ shows the love of God.

Pope asks Cubans to imitate Mary's 'revolution of tenderness'

Sep 22, 2015 - 07:01 am .- During Mass on Tuesday Pope Francis praised the rich devotion to Our Lady of Charity seeded in the hearts of Cubans, and told them to be like her in making haste to meet the needs of others in tenderness and charity.

Move over Donald Trump – Pope Francis' approval ratings are much higher

Sep 21, 2015 - 03:49 pm .- Pope Francis can look forward to a warm welcome in the United States this week, from both Catholic and non-Catholic Americans.

Pope Francis unplugged: The Holy Father speaks from the heart to young Cubans

Sep 20, 2015 - 07:47 pm .- Pope Francis set aside his prepared remarks to respond to the dreams and hopes of young people who spoke to him in Cuba on Sunday evening.

Let poverty be your mother, Pope Francis tells religious in Cuba

Sep 20, 2015 - 06:37 pm .- Pope Francis on Sunday spoke from the heart about the importance of spiritual poverty, the danger of worldly wealth and the universal need for mercy. He made his impromptu remarks to Cuban priests, consecrated religious and seminarians at Havana’s cathedral.

Pope Francis' gift to Castro: a challenging message from Cuban leader's old teacher

Sep 20, 2015 - 04:56 pm .- Pope Francis met with Fidel Castro on Sunday and gave him a special gift: a book and two CDs with the homilies and songs of Father Amando Llorente, a Jesuit priest who was Castro’s school teacher. Before Father Llorente’s death, he publically asked for Castro’s conversion and repentance.

Pope Francis gifts Fidel Castro with copy of 'Laudato Si'

Sep 20, 2015 - 12:40 pm .- The Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis and former Cuban president Fidel Castro held a brief meeting after Sunday Mass and the Angelus today.

Pope deeply moved by plight of Vatican-housed refugee family

Sep 19, 2015 - 04:56 pm .- As he began his 10-day trip to Cuba and the United States, Pope Francis was seen off by a Syrian refugee family the Vatican is now housing through one of its parishes. The Pope described himself shortly after as “very moved.”

Iceland's new bishop inherits a turbulent, fascinating Catholic history

Sep 19, 2015 - 06:03 am .- The Vatican announced Friday that Pope Francis has appointed Fr. David Tencer, O.F.M. Cap., as bishop of Reykjavik, Iceland.

Vatican parish welcomes first refugee family following Pope's appeal

Sep 18, 2015 - 11:57 am .- A family of four has been welcomed by the community of the Vatican's St. Anne parish after Pope Francis' made an appeal earlier this month for every church in Europe open their doors to refugees.

No one can play dumb on what's happening in the Middle East, Pope says

Sep 18, 2015 - 06:02 am .- While the international community can't seem to find solutions to the current crisis ravaging the Middle East, thanks to the media it's caught the world's attention and can't be ignored, Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis will arrive to Cuba as a 'missionary of mercy'

Sep 18, 2015 - 04:13 am .- On the eve of his arrival to Cuba Pope Francis sent a video message to the small island nation, expressing his desire to be a witness of God’s mercy in the country, and to encourage locals to do the same.

Francis: Sex workers, abandoned children are a result of our indifference

Sep 17, 2015 - 07:14 am .- On Thursday Pope Francis said that abandoned children and exploited sex workers forced to live on the street are a “shameful reality” in modern society, and encouraged efforts to find more concrete ways to help them.

Women protect humanity against evil, Pope Francis says

Sep 16, 2015 - 11:19 am .- Women have a special God-given role in protecting each generation against the evils of its time, Pope Francis said in characteristically off-the-cuff remarks during his weekly Wednesday general audience.

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