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Tech-savvy Pope shares laughter, advice with special needs kids

Feb 5, 2015 - 12:05 pm .- Pope Francis virtually joined seven young people with disabilities and special needs in his second Google Hangout as pontiff, sharing jokes, advice and encouragement.

Pope gives 300 umbrellas to Rome's homeless amid downpour

Feb 5, 2015 - 09:53 am .- After several days of rain and dreary weather that has not yet cleared, the Vatican’s papal almoner has distributed 300 umbrellas to homeless persons around Rome on behalf of Pope Francis.

Pope to Church leaders: 'scourge' of minor sex abuse must stop

Feb 5, 2015 - 05:34 am .- Pope Francis has sent a letter to religious superiors and presidents of episcopal conferences, asking for their full cooperation in ending the sexual abuse of minors, and making the Church a safe haven.

Pope Francis urges end to scandal of 'fratricidal' violence in Ukraine

Feb 4, 2015 - 07:07 am .- As the number of deaths in Ukraine continue to rise amid escalating violence, Pope Francis has called the war “a scandal,” and urged the international community to “make every effort” for peace.

Oscar Romero to be beatified: Pope Francis recognizes martyrdom

Feb 3, 2015 - 10:13 am .- Pope Francis on Tuesday authorized the promulgation of decrees recognizing the martyrdom of Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero, paving the way for his beatification, as well as the martyrdom of three priests in Peru.

The Gospel is more important than soap operas or gossip, Pope says

Feb 3, 2015 - 05:59 am .- In his homily Tuesday Pope Francis noted the importance of contemplating scripture, and urged faithful to read the Gospel for 10-15 minutes a day, rather than watching soap operas or exchanging gossip.

Consecrated life without sacrifice is a 'caricature,' Pope Francis says

Feb 2, 2015 - 03:24 pm .- Pope Francis warned consecrated men and women against reducing their religious live to a “caricature,” calling them to instead embrace a life of obedience, which in turn leads to wisdom.

Heroes amid a haunted past: Pope meets, praises Lithuania's bishops

Feb 2, 2015 - 02:49 pm .- Pope Francis praised Lithuania's bishops for their courage in a nation marked by both a history of persecution against the Church as well as modern threats of secularism and relativism.

Pope: the Gospel doesn’t oppress, but frees those enslaved to evil

Feb 1, 2015 - 09:33 am .- In his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis pointed to the authority with which Jesus preached, saying that his words in the Gospel aren’t aimed to limit, but rather liberate us from evil and worldly spirits.

Pope Francis announces June visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina

Feb 1, 2015 - 04:11 am .- During his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis announced he will visit the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo in June, where WWI broke out in 1914 with the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

Lukewarm Christians who don’t love are 'in grave danger,' Pope warns

Jan 30, 2015 - 11:20 am .- In his homily Friday Pope Francis encouraged Christians to remember the first time they felt the love of God, and warned that those who forget this moment risk becoming lukewarm and losing salvation.

Coming soon to the Vatican: haircuts for Rome's homeless

Jan 30, 2015 - 12:08 am .- The Vatican’s continued efforts to help the homeless of Rome have expanded beyond showers and bathrooms at St. Peter’s Square, with a barber shop set to open soon.

Pope says palliums will be given to new archbishops at home – not Rome

Jan 29, 2015 - 04:35 pm .- As a sign of “synodality” with local Churches, Pope Francis has decided that new metropolitan archbishops will officially be imposed with the pallium in their home diocese, rather than the Vatican.

Does Francis like being Pope? A behind-the-scenes chat in the Philippines

Jan 29, 2015 - 03:12 pm .- During his pastoral visit to the Philippines Jan. 15-19, Pope Francis held an unscheduled meeting at the Apostolic Nunciature in Manila with 40 Jesuit priests and told them how it feels to be the Successor of Peter.  

A society without fathers is a society of orphans, Pope Francis says

Jan 28, 2015 - 06:40 am .- In his general audience catechesis, Pope Francis turned to the role of fathers, saying that they play an irreplaceable role in family life, and their absence leaves children prey to false idols.

A visit to Naples, Pompeii on Pope Francis' slate for March

Jan 27, 2015 - 12:36 pm .- Pope Francis' liturgical schedule from now until Easter has been released – and it includes the creation of new cardinals and a daylong pastoral visit to Italian cities of Naples and Pompeii.

Women are irreplaceable in passing on the faith, Pope says

Jan 26, 2015 - 02:12 pm .- Women in the family have a crucial role in transmitting the faith from one generation to the next, said Pope Francis during morning Mass for the feast of saints Timothy and Titus.

Pope: Dialogue between religions key in countering violence

Jan 25, 2015 - 07:02 pm .- Pope Francis on Jan. 24 stressed the need for dialogue between different faiths, saying that it is essential in preventing violence and promoting peace.

Christian unity demands encounter – not theory, says Pope

Jan 25, 2015 - 03:37 pm .- More than “theoretical discussions,” what unites Christians is encounter, and a willingness to “challenge one another,” said Pope Francis as he marked the conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

As Ukraine violence continues, Pope renews call for dialogue

Jan 25, 2015 - 12:35 pm .- During his weekly Angelus address, Pope Francis decried the recent escalation of violence in Ukraine, and later called on Christians to pray for unity with one another.

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