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UPDATED: Four sisters dead in attack on Missionaries of Charity home in Yemen

Mar 4, 2016 - 04:09 pm .- At least 16 people are dead after two gunmen attacked a Missionaries of Charity convent and nursing home for elderly and disabled persons in Aden, the provisional capital of Yemen, on Friday.

God did not create us to remain crushed by sin, Pope says

Mar 4, 2016 - 01:35 pm .- Leading his annual penitential service on Friday, Pope Francis told attendees to stand tall and be open to forgiveness, and not to let themselves remain under the heavy burden of sin.

What the Church has done about sex abuse

Mar 4, 2016 - 12:08 am .- The movie Spotlight’s Best Picture win at the Academy Awards has brought renewed attention to the Catholic sex abuse scandals that broke in 2002. But while the Church’s failures are well-known, it is also true that the Catholic Church has made more progress than any other body on this issue.

Pope Francis will hear confessions on Friday at St. Peter's

Mar 2, 2016 - 02:46 pm .- The office of Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations has announced that Pope Francis will hear confessions from the faithful at St. Peter’s Basilica on Friday, March 4.  

Pope Francis: The Church doesn't need 'dirty money'

Mar 2, 2016 - 10:37 am .- On Wednesday, Pope Francis issued a harsh condemnation of those who exploit others and then donate to the Church, telling them their “dirty money” isn’t wanted.

Pope to Oriental Orthodox leader: Ecumenism of martyrs calls us to unity

Feb 29, 2016 - 01:04 pm .- Today's martyrs have become “the seed of Christian unity,” Pope Francis said Monday during an audience with the leader of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church and his delegation.

Pope Francis meets with CEO of Instagram

Feb 26, 2016 - 01:57 pm .- The CEO and co-founder of Instagram, Kevin Systrom, was received in a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican's Apostolic Palace today.

Pope Francis spends his Friday with people in drug, alcohol recovery

Feb 26, 2016 - 11:35 am .- Continuing his knack for surprises, Pope Francis made an unscheduled stop at a rehabilitation center for those addicted to drugs and alcohol as part of monthly works of mercy, which he carries out on Fridays during the Jubilee Year of Mercy.  

God's love is the 'beating heart' of the Church, Pope Francis says

Feb 26, 2016 - 05:40 am .- Pope Francis marked the 10th anniversary of Benedict XVI’s encyclical “Deus Caritas Est” by telling participants in a conference commemorating the document that not only is love God’s identity, but it’s also the very heart and life of the Church.

Did Pope Francis like to dance? And other questions from kids

Feb 26, 2016 - 03:02 am .- In his first children's book Pope Francis touches on a variety of both lighthearted and sensitive topics from war and solving the world’s conflicts, to Sunday school, miracles and his preference for tango.

Pope Francis cancels appointments due to a slight fever

Feb 25, 2016 - 07:32 am .- On Thursday Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi SJ announced that after Pope Francis celebrated his usual morning Mass, he canceled the rest of his appointments due to a small fever.

Paul VI, nuns and contraception: did Pope Francis get it right?

Feb 24, 2016 - 05:09 pm .- If Vatican watcher Sandro Magister is right, Pope Francis cited an urban legend about Blessed Paul VI’s alleged approval of contraception for nuns in exceptional wartime circumstances in the Congo.

Pope: wealth and power are good, but only when used to serve

Feb 24, 2016 - 05:06 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis cautioned that unless wealth and power are put at the service of society, especially the poor, they risk becoming instruments of corruption, private interests and various forms of abuse.

Pope Francis to Curia: Your job is to be faithful

Feb 23, 2016 - 11:23 am .- Pope Francis celebrated the feast of the Chair of St. Peter with a reflection and Mass for members of the Roman Curia, during which he told them to be faithful in their work, and to keep their eyes on Christ.

Pope Francis against the death penalty: criminals too have the right to life

Feb 21, 2016 - 03:39 pm .- Christians must work to abolish the death penalty and improve prison conditions, Pope Francis said on Sunday.

When Pope Francis looks back at Mexico trip, he sees Our Lady of Guadalupe

Feb 21, 2016 - 08:24 am .- Pope Francis on Sunday said the visit to Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe was the “central point” of his spiritual pilgrimage to Mexico. He praised the witness of the Mexican faithful and suggested that Guadalupe is part of their “special inheritance” that launched the evangelization of the Americas.

Make a daily commitment to spreading God’s mercy, Pope Francis says

Feb 20, 2016 - 04:46 am .- On Saturday Pope Francis held his second Saturday general audience of the Jubilee, encouraging pilgrims to make a daily commitment to spreading God’s mercy both in the small things, and to those most in need.

Archbishop Gomez: The Pope's focus is human suffering, not Donald Trump

Feb 19, 2016 - 04:20 pm .- The controversy surrounding Pope Francis’ off-the-cuff statements on his return flight from Mexico – and Donald Trump’s response – should not overshadow the underlying reason for the papal visit, said Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles.

This little girl only has half a heart, but she's full of joy for Pope Francis

Feb 18, 2016 - 02:09 pm .- Sabrina Puig is eight years old. Due to a rare condition, she only has half a heart. But when Pope Francis passed by, she ran to him.

What did Pope Francis actually say about contraception?

Feb 18, 2016 - 02:06 pm .- Despite a rush of headlines claiming Pope Francis is softening the Church's stance on contraception, a closer look at his recent remarks could suggest otherwise.

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