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Siblings help you keep your eyes off yourself, Pope says

Feb 18, 2015 - 12:57 am .- In this week’s general audience Pope Francis spoke on the role of siblings in family life, saying the fraternity we learn from them teaches us how to overcome barriers and leads to greater freedom.

New cardinals speak out on perils, potential of a globalized society

Feb 18, 2015 - 12:02 am .- Pope Francis' newly elevated cardinals reflected on their roles as shepherds within a vast, multicultural Church – and the many challenges and opportunities of service the modern world poses to their peripheral dioceses.

Pope offers Mass for murdered Coptic Christians, hails them as 'martyrs'

Feb 17, 2015 - 07:37 am .- Pope Francis offered his Tuesday morning Mass for the repose of the souls of the 21 Egyptian Christians killed by ISIS militants, praying that man learn to reject his evil temptations, and choose what is good.

Jesus has no 'proxy'– he touches our wounds with his hands, Pope says

Feb 15, 2015 - 09:14 am .- In his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis focused on mercy, noting how Jesus heals not by giving lectures, but by going close to those who suffer and curing the “leprosy” of our sin.

Take the red hat, but leave your 'spiritual box' behind, Pope tells cardinals

Feb 15, 2015 - 04:27 am .- After elevating 20 new cardinals, Pope Francis reminded them that true honor is found in service, and urged them to follow Jesus in breaking rigid ways of thinking and touching society’s marginalized.

Pope Francis' call to new cardinals: be captivated by truth

Feb 14, 2015 - 09:20 am .- Pope Francis welcomed the Catholic Church’s newest cardinals on Saturday, encouraging them to center themselves in Jesus Christ as they lead the faithful in patience, justice, and docility to the Holy Spirit.

Pope prays for migrants killed in Mediterranean boat tragedy

Feb 12, 2015 - 12:24 am .- During his weekly general audience, Pope Francis said he was following “with concern” the news of hundreds of immigrants who perished in the Mediterranean Sea this week.

'Surrounded by children' – Pope Francis’ take on a thriving society

Feb 11, 2015 - 08:04 am .- In his general audience address Pope Francis said that children are gift to parents and society, and that there is no future for a civilization which views them as merely an inconvenience.

Vatican: rumor of assassination attempt on Pope Francis 'unreliable'

Feb 11, 2015 - 06:11 am .- Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi told journalists Tuesday that rumors circulating about a possible assassination attempt on Pope Francis during his visit to the Philippines are unfounded.

The story behind Pope Francis' surprise visit to a Rome shantytown

Feb 10, 2015 - 05:47 pm .- Pope Francis made a surprise stop at a shantytown on his way to celebrate Mass at a Roman parish Feb. 8 – a “secret” plan that only the pontiff knew about and which prompted tears of joy from residents

God isn't found on a computer screen but in restless hearts, Pope says

Feb 10, 2015 - 01:23 pm .- In his homily Tuesday, Pope Francis said that Christians must have a certain “restlessness” if they want to know God, who is not found by staring at a computer, but rather by going outside of oneself.

Pope Francis hopes to invigorate Philadelphia Church in US visit

Feb 10, 2015 - 08:55 am .- With preparations for the World Meeting of Families well underway, Pope Francis has told Archbishop Charles Chaput he hopes his visit will inspire joy and confidence in the Church of Philadelphia.

Statue of Pope Francis' new saint could be kicked out of US capitol

Feb 10, 2015 - 04:01 am .- Just weeks after Pope Francis announced his intention to canonize missionary Father Junipero Serra during his upcoming visit to the states, a California legislator has proposed replacing the soon-to-be-saint's statue in the U.S. Capitol – but critics of the move are beginning to speak out.

Times are hard, but don't give up – Pope's plea to Greek bishops

Feb 10, 2015 - 12:41 am .- Pope Francis encouraged the bishops of Greece to engage in dialogue and solidarity, values he said are particularly necessary in fighting pessimism during the country's ongoing financial crisis.

What Cardinal Burke really said about 'resisting' Pope Francis

Feb 9, 2015 - 05:27 pm .- Cardinal Raymond Burke said he was “responding to a hypothetical situation” when he stated that he would resist any possible move by Pope Francis away from Catholic doctrine.

If you care about God's handiwork you'll protect nature, Pope says

Feb 9, 2015 - 04:23 pm .- Set to finish his encyclical on the environment next month, Pope Francis said during his daily Mass at the Vatican on Monday that Christians who fail to safeguard nature do not care about God's handiwork.

Parish dedicated to Rome's poor gets a visit from Pope Francis

Feb 8, 2015 - 12:01 pm .- Pope Francis traveled in the eastern outskirts of Rome on Sunday afternoon to hear confessions and say Mass at a parish known for its commitment to the city's poor and the marginalized.

Pope Francis' tough words against horrors of human trafficking

Feb 8, 2015 - 10:37 am .- Pope Francis marked the Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking by calling on governments to remove this “shameful wound” which has no place in “civil society.”

Society's dire need for the 'female soul' – Pope Francis speaks to women

Feb 7, 2015 - 10:51 am .- Pope Francis has advocated for the widespread participation of women in all levels of the Church and society, saying that their unique gifts enrich both their families – as well as the public sphere.

Pope Francis backs traditional marriage as Slovakia vote looms

Feb 6, 2015 - 01:41 pm .- With Slovaks set to hit the polls on tomorrow's referendum on marriage, Pope Francis used this week's general audience as a chance to encourage voters in defending the sacrament’s traditional definition.

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