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WYD pilgrims to receive a social doctrine app from the Pope

Jul 9, 2016 - 05:52 pm .- Pope Francis has established a tech-savvy track record as Pope, and now in addition to breaking records on Instagram and becoming the first Pope to use Google Hangouts, he will give World Youth Day pilgrims a new electronic app.

Pope separates oversight, administration in ongoing reform of Vatican finances

Jul 9, 2016 - 11:58 am .- A new set of reforms further clarifying the roles of Vatican financial offices was announced July 9, implementing changes set in motion by Pope Francis’ 2014 edict, “Fidelis dispensator et prudens.”

This layman who refuted Nazism was declared a martyr by Pope Francis

Jul 8, 2016 - 01:16 pm .- On Friday Pope Francis moved eight martyrs a step further on the path to sainthood, one of whom is Josef Mayr-Nusser, an Italian layman killed for refusing to swear an oath to Hitler during the Second World War.

Archbishop Chaput: Pope Francis shows continuity on divorce, remarriage

Jul 7, 2016 - 03:25 pm .- Pope Francis’ teaching on divorce-and-remarriage and the sacraments represents Catholic tradition and shows the way forward for engaging those who are estranged and hurting, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has said.

Vatican sentences cleric, laywoman in second 'Vatileaks' trial

Jul 7, 2016 - 10:50 am .- After an eight month trial weighing the guilt of five individuals in the leaking and disseminating of confidential financial documents, the Vatican has reached a verdict, sentencing a Vatican official and a laywoman for the crime.

Respect indigenous cultures, traditions, Pope asks in new prayer video

Jul 7, 2016 - 12:08 am .- Pope Francis has dedicated the month of July to praying for the world’s indigenous peoples, asking specifically in his new prayer video that their identity and cultural traditions be respected.  

Pope Francis tells poor they are 'the treasures of the Church'

Jul 6, 2016 - 07:27 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis met with a group of poor and disabled pilgrims, calling them the “treasures of the Church,” and entrusting them with the special task of praying for the proud, greedy, vain and hypocrites.

Saint Maria Goretti calls us to be 'witnesses of forgiveness'

Jul 6, 2016 - 06:01 am .- Pope Francis has marked the feast of the young martyr St. Maria Goretti by calling the faithful to follow her example and be forgiving to those who wrong them.

Pope Francis meets with parents of American student killed in Rome

Jul 6, 2016 - 03:50 am .- After the tragic death of Beau Solomon in Rome late last week, Pope Francis met with the young student’s parents, who traveled to the city once they heard that their son was missing.

Pope to mark Franciscan feast day with pilgrimage to Assisi

Jul 5, 2016 - 06:10 am .- On Monday, it was announced that Pope Francis will make a private pilgrimage to Assisi early next month to celebrate the eighth centenary of the dedication of the Portiuncula chapel, the site where the Franciscan order began.

Pope to world leaders: if you want to help Syrians, stop funding the war

Jul 5, 2016 - 04:34 am .- In his message for a new campaign promoting peace in Syria, Pope Francis called out world leaders who speak of ending the conflict, but at the same time fund the war through the sale of arms.

Pope rejects conflict with 'ultraconservative' Catholics in new interview

Jul 4, 2016 - 10:42 am .- In his most recently-published interview, Pope Francis expressed his dislike of conflict with so-called  “ultra conservative” Catholics, but added that he's not held back by it.

Pope Francis says Mother Angelica was 'a holy woman'

Jul 3, 2016 - 06:01 am .- After speaking to EWTN News about how he recently helped his elderly mother to meet Pope Francis, Msgr. Anthony Figueiredo was able to show the Pope himself a few clips of the interview.

Pope prays for victims of recent attacks in Baghdad and Dhaka

Jul 3, 2016 - 04:38 am .- On Sunday, Pope Francis remembered the victims of attacks in Iraq and Bangladesh over the weekend, and prayed for the conversion of persons “blinded by hate” who commit such acts of violence.

His mother rejected an abortion – now, this priest helped her meet the Pope

Jul 2, 2016 - 09:13 am .- It was during the thalidomide sleeping pill craze that Sarah Figueiredo became pregnant with her fourth and last child, Anthony.

Bangladesh attack an offense against God, humanity, Pope Francis says

Jul 2, 2016 - 08:50 am .- Pope Francis has again voiced his sorrow for another “barbarous” terrorist attack, offering his prayers for the families and victims of a July 1 a siege on a restaurant in Bangladesh left 20 people dead.

Benedict XVI talks resignation, Pope Francis in new book-length interview

Jul 1, 2016 - 07:06 am .- Though he has rarely spoken since resigning from the papacy, Benedict XVI granted several lengthy interviews to German journalist Peter Seewald shortly after stepping down - conversations that touched on themes such as the reform of the Curia, his resignation and his thoughts on Pope Francis.

'Forced to endure hell' – A severe new report on human trafficking

Jun 30, 2016 - 05:36 pm .- The U.S. government released its annual human trafficking report Thursday, drawing praise but also some criticism for allegedly giving some offending countries a political pass.

How to understand Pope Francis' 'apology' to the gay community

Jun 30, 2016 - 09:35 am .- As Pope Francis on Sunday backed the idea of apologizing to gay individuals who may feel marginalized by the Church, discussion has once again broken out over how to interpret the pontiff’s words.

Mercy without works is dead, Pope Francis says

Jun 30, 2016 - 05:10 am .- In his Jubilee general audience for the month of June, Pope Francis focused his speech on the works of mercy and how to put them into action. He also gave thanks for his recent visit to Armenia, and spoke of his coming trips to Georgia and Azerbaijan.

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