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A follow-up from Robert Spaemann on Amoris Laetitia

Jun 20, 2016 - 10:00 am .- In April, Robert Spaemann, emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of Munich, attracted significant attention for an interview with Anian Christoph Wimmer, editor of CNA's German-language edition.

The world needs Christ more than ever, Pope Francis says

Jun 19, 2016 - 05:12 am .- On Sunday Pope Francis said that with a growing sense of emptiness and insecurity gripping the world, Jesus Christ is needed more than ever before, since he alone knows how to answer humanity’s deepest questions.

Christian persecution extends beyond genocide, Pope says

Jun 18, 2016 - 06:06 pm .- In a wide-ranging question and answer session on Saturday, Pope Francis said it is “reductionism” to describe the violence against Christians in the world; the correct word, he said, is persecution.

Pope: Authentic conversion only comes from Christ

Jun 18, 2016 - 06:10 am .- Recognizing the needs of others is a sign of genuine conversion, which only happens when the heart is ready to be changed by Jesus, Pope Francis said Saturday.

For Pope Francis, the Catholic laity can transform the world

Jun 18, 2016 - 06:04 am .- The Church should always value the transformative power of faith-filled laity who are willing to serve the Gospel, Pope Francis said Friday.

What actually makes a marriage invalid?

Jun 17, 2016 - 03:48 pm .- A virtual brouhaha erupted Thursday after Pope Francis said in unscripted remarks that “the great majority” of marriages today are null, due to a “provisional” culture in which people do not understand permanent commitment.

Priests in Rome get a surprise visit from Pope Francis

Jun 17, 2016 - 12:00 pm .- On Friday afternoon Pope Francis visited two communities of priests in Rome as part of his “Mercy Friday” initiative to spend time with various groups each month during the Jubilee of Mercy.

Vatican lends hand in welcoming new group of Syrian refugees to Rome

Jun 17, 2016 - 08:29 am .- Since 2015, when the refugee crisis reached a fever pitch in Europe, five Syrian families fleeing civil war have found refuge in Italy with the help of the Vatican. As of Thursday, nine more people have been added to that list.

Updated: Most marriages today are invalid, Pope Francis suggests

Jun 16, 2016 - 02:56 pm .- Pope Francis said Thursday that the great majority of sacramental marriages today are not valid, because couples do not enter into them with a proper understanding of permanence and commitment.

You are 'artisans of wonder,' Pope Francis tells performers

Jun 16, 2016 - 10:14 am .- Pope Francis told a group of nearly 6,000 traveling performers that while their work is demanding and at times unstable, it gives them the ability to bring light to what is an often dark world.

How the Pope's visit to Auschwitz will shape World Youth Day

Jun 16, 2016 - 03:46 am .- Since the very first World Youth Day in 1986, the international Catholic event has been marked by prayer, music, and fellowship among thousands of young people eager to encounter the Pope.

Are you 'bothered' by the cry of the poor? If so, it’s a problem, Pope says

Jun 15, 2016 - 04:50 am .- Pope Francis said Wednesday that we must listen to the cries of the poor and needy, resisting the temptation to close our hearts because we are “bothered” by their constant pleas for help.

Pope greets graduates of Rome course on protecting minors from abuse

Jun 14, 2016 - 11:38 am .- The first graduates of an international diploma course on safeguarding minors received a special greeting from Pope Francis, who encouraged the students and faculty to be courageous in their work against sexual abuse.

Don't become immune to poverty, Pope tells UN's food agency

Jun 13, 2016 - 05:50 am .- In a world where information is brought instantly to our fingertips, society is becoming increasingly anesthetized to the suffering brought about by poverty, Pope Francis told the United Nations' World Food Programme.

Pope horrified by deadly attack in Orlando

Jun 12, 2016 - 12:37 pm .- Pope Francis has offered his prayers and compassion for those affected by Saturday night's shooting at a nightclub in Orlando.

Pope: Disabled persons should be loved, not hidden from society

Jun 12, 2016 - 06:59 am .- On Sunday, Pope Francis denounced the increasingly prevalent mentality which claims that sick and disabled persons cannot be happy, and should be kept out of sight of society. In reality, he said, true happiness is achieved by our capacity to love.

Behind Pope Francis' diplomacy is a small school with a big impact

Jun 11, 2016 - 04:02 pm .- The pontificate of Pope Francis has a diplomatic style of its own, and many of his diplomats share a common source: a college and a home for disadvantaged but talented young people on scholarship called the Istitutio Villa Nazareth.

Pope Francis calls it – discrimination against the disabled is 'ugly'

Jun 11, 2016 - 11:56 am .- No single person is more valuable than another, especially when it comes to those with disabilities, Pope Francis said on Saturday,, insisting that these people have a unique richness, and that discriminating against them is “one of the ugliest things” we can do.

Pope Francis: Let’s be clear – assisted suicide is 'false compassion'

Jun 10, 2016 - 02:13 pm .- Physician-assisted suicide is part of a “throwaway culture” that offers a “false compassion” and treats a human person as a problem, Pope Francis told medical leaders on Thursday.  

Pope Francis calls young priest with cancer in Chile

Jun 10, 2016 - 06:12 am .- On Saturday, June 4, right around lunch time, Chilean priest Father Francisco Rencoret Mujica received an unexpected call.

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