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Pope's Way of the Cross remembers migrants, persecuted Christians

Mar 25, 2016 - 05:54 pm .- Following the yearly Good Friday tradition set by his predecessors, Pope Francis presided over the Stations of the Cross at Rome's Colosseum, where such issues as migration and the persecution of Christians were remembered.

An emotional Mass for migrants with Pope Francis

Mar 24, 2016 - 11:50 am .- During a Mass in Rome on Holy Thursday Pope Francis washed the feet of migrants and refugees, many of whom were moved to tears by the gesture.

Archbishop Bernard Hebda 'honored' to head Minn. diocese

Mar 24, 2016 - 07:48 am .- Pope Francis has named Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda as the new head of the Minneapolis-St. Paul archdiocese – a surprise move for the archbishop, who was expected to take over the diocese of Newark in July.

Your task is to incarnate mercy, Pope Francis tells priests

Mar 24, 2016 - 04:54 am .- During Holy Thursday’s Chrism Mass Pope Francis focused on the topic of mercy, telling priests that one of their primary tasks is to make mercy visible in the same way as Jesus, who always gave it in excess.

Pope Francis will speak on the synod soon. But the spin has already begun.

Mar 23, 2016 - 05:18 pm .- The war of interpretations has begun over Pope Francis’ yet-to-be-published post-synodal exhortation. And this war is taking place in the press.

Pope Francis observes moment of silence for Belgium attack victims

Mar 23, 2016 - 07:08 am .- In his general audience the day after terrorist attacks in Belgium claimed the lives of at least 30 people and injured 230 more, Pope Francis led pilgrims in a moment of silent prayer for the victims and their families.

Pope Francis grieves Belgium attacks, condemns 'blind violence'

Mar 22, 2016 - 08:49 am .- On Tuesday Pope Francis offered prayers for the victims of attacks at an airport and metro in Belgium, condemning the acts as “blind violence” and praying for peace.

Pope prays for victims of Russian plane crash, Istanbul bombing

Mar 21, 2016 - 10:30 am .- Pope Francis offered prayers over the weekend for victims of both a plane crash in Russia and a suicide bombing in Istanbul.

Humility is the epitome of redemption, Pope says on Palm Sunday

Mar 20, 2016 - 05:28 am .- On Palm Sunday Pope Francis said the path toward salvation can be summed up by humility and service, and encouraged pilgrims to contemplate Jesus’ shameful Passion and Death throughout Holy Week.

Pope's Instagram launches with appeal for prayer

Mar 19, 2016 - 03:49 am .- The official Instagram account of Pope Francis launched on Saturday with a simple request for his followers: “Pray for me.”

Francis: Hope is the 'humble virtue' that keeps us afloat in tough times

Mar 17, 2016 - 11:17 am .- In his homily Thursday, Pope Francis spoke on the essential role hope plays in the Christian life, saying that while it is a silent and humble virtue, it is what supports us in difficulty and brings us peace.

Pope Francis to world leaders: Open your doors to migrants

Mar 16, 2016 - 06:19 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis renewed his appeal on behalf of the tens of thousands struggling to enter other countries as they flee war and violence, asking global leaders to “open their hearts” and doors to migrants and refugees.

It's official – Mother Teresa will be canonized September 4

Mar 15, 2016 - 03:57 am .- After months of anticipation, the date of Mother Teresa’s canonization has finally been announced. It falls on Sept. 4, which this year will also mark a special jubilee for workers and volunteers of mercy.

Pope mourns 'tragic loss of life' after attack in Turkey

Mar 14, 2016 - 10:01 am .- Pope Francis sent his condolences to the president of Turkey where a terrorist attack Sunday left dozens dead.

Vatican releases papal schedule for World Youth Day in Poland

Mar 12, 2016 - 11:50 am .- On Saturday the Vatican released a provisional schedule of Pope Francis' visit to Poland for World Youth Day. He will be in the central European nation July 27-31.

Love is the hidden service we do for others, Pope Francis says

Mar 12, 2016 - 06:00 am .- On Saturday Pope Francis said that love is more than just saying nice words and doing things – it means forgetting oneself and serving others, just as Jesus did when he washed the feet of the disciples.

Pope: new annulment process has an 'eminently pastoral' goal

Mar 12, 2016 - 04:02 am .- On Saturday Pope Francis told participants in course on the streamlined annulment process that the main goal of the new norms is pastoral, and seeks to reach out to families suffering from a broken marriage.

Pope Francis returns to Rome after a week of spiritual exercises

Mar 11, 2016 - 03:44 am .- After spending a week outside Rome reflecting on key questions in the Gospel during their annual Lenten retreat, Pope Francis and members of the Roman Curia returned to the Vatican Friday.

So, what are these 'Missionaries of Mercy' actually doing?

Mar 11, 2016 - 03:03 am .- On Ash Wednesday Pope Francis commissioned more than 1,000 priests who were sent out around the world as ambassadors of mercy.

Who was Elizabeth of the Trinity? The story behind a new saint

Mar 8, 2016 - 03:03 am .- Pope Francis acknowledged a miracle worked through the intercession of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, a Carmelite nun of the 20th century, paving the way for her canonization likely later this year.

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