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Pope Francis to star athletes: Don't forget to go to Mass

May 7, 2015 - 03:19 pm .- On Thursday Pope Francis demonstrated his keen interest in uniting sports with faith, telling members of Italy's Lazio club not to let training or competitions trump the spiritual essentials.

New Swiss Guards swear oath to defend, protect Pope Francis

May 6, 2015 - 04:06 pm .- On Wednesday 32 new Swiss Guards swore an oath of allegiance to Pope Francis, who told them their role is one of courageously imitating Christ which ought to be rooted in prayer.

Pope Francis to meet with Raul Castro May 10

May 6, 2015 - 12:42 pm .- Pope Francis will receive Cuban president Raul Castro Sunday morning May 10, in a “strictly private” audience, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi announced.

Pope Francis on marriage: It's not about the dress or photos. It's about the mission.

May 6, 2015 - 10:10 am .- Marriage is more than the wedding ceremony, the flowers, the dress, the photos, Pope Francis said in his weekly general audience: it is a participation in the Church's mission.

Pope Francis blesses image of children killed in Maryland fire

May 6, 2015 - 12:03 am .- After reading a letter while visiting Rome’s North American Seminary detailing the death of two young girls in a house fire, Pope Francis blessed their picture and a small statue to be given to their parents.

Pope to Lutherans: In Christian unity, don't be afraid of the tough issues

May 5, 2015 - 02:02 am .- Christians in pursuit of unity should not be afraid to broach potential areas of disagreement such as marriage, family, and sexuality, Pope Francis said in a meeting with the head of Sweden's Lutheran church.

Want to help families? Evangelize them, Pope says

May 4, 2015 - 04:07 pm .- Speaking to the bishops from the Republic of the Congo on Monday, Pope Francis encouraged them in their ministry to families, urging the need for evangelization of peoples and cultures alongside inculturation.

How do you remain in Jesus? Do what he did, Pope says

May 3, 2015 - 11:45 am .- On Sunday Pope Francis paid a visit to a parish on the southern outskirts of Rome, where he told parishioners that in order to be a good Christian they must always be attached to Jesus, who gives life.

Unity with Christ will transform your life, Pope says

May 3, 2015 - 06:07 am .- In his Sunday Regina Coeli address Pope Francis focused on the parable of the vine and the branches, saying that it reveals the importance of uniting oneself to Jesus, who changes how we live.

Pope Francis celebrates Junipero Serra – a 'founding father' of the US

May 2, 2015 - 09:41 am .- Pope Francis marked a “day of reflection” for the soon-to-be canonized Junípero Serra by celebrating Mass at the Pontifical North American College, lauding the 18th century missionary who worked to defend the native people against the abuses of colonialism.

Who's on the guest list for a Vatican concert? Rome's homeless community

Apr 30, 2015 - 05:45 pm .- Next month the Vatican will invite Rome's poor and homeless to a concert intended to raise money for Pope Francis’ charities, which last year boasted over one and a half million in charitable giving.

Pope Francis planning to visit Fatima in 2017, local bishop announces

Apr 30, 2015 - 11:48 am .- In 2017, Pope Francis plans to travel to Fatima, said Bishop António Augusto dos Santos Marto of Leiria-Fátima in a statement after meeting with the Holy Father.

Pope: Is the fear of failure causing young people to avoid marriage?

Apr 29, 2015 - 02:02 pm .- With the number of children raised in brokenness on the rise, young people view marriage as a path to failure – so Pope Francis says it’s time for Christians to restore faith in the family.

Pope's encyclical could have huge weigh-in on climate change talks

Apr 29, 2015 - 12:02 pm .- With experts and global leaders looking to Pope Francis as a moral compass, his upcoming encyclical on the environment could set a key ethical framework for discussion and policies surrounding the topic.

Cuban bishop says news of papal visit brings 'hope to our hearts'

Apr 29, 2015 - 09:31 am .- The announcement of Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Cuba has brought tremendous joy and hope to the people of the island nation, said a local bishop.

Pope Francis donates $100,000 to Nepal relief efforts

Apr 29, 2015 - 07:43 am .- After Saturday’s massive earthquake devastated the Southeast Asian country of Nepal, the Pontifical Council Cor Unum has offered financial assistance to the local community as a sign of solidarity.

Pope to new priests: Don’t be a peacock

Apr 26, 2015 - 12:04 pm .- Pope Francis presided over the ordination of nearly twenty men to the priesthood on Sunday, where he warned them against being vain priests who live first for their own pleasure rather than for God’s.

Pope Francis assures Nepal earthquake survivors of his closeness and prayers

Apr 26, 2015 - 10:06 am .- Pope Francis led the crowds gathered in Saint Peter’s Square for the weekly Regina Caeli address in praying for the victims of Saturday’s earthquake in Nepal which has claimed thousands of lives.

Pope Francis talks about his soccer ‘skills’

Apr 26, 2015 - 06:25 am .- Pope Francis is a well-known soccer fan. But what was unknown until now is that when he was a young boy the future Pope was a “patadura”--someone who is not very good at kicking the ball. He himself admitted this in a brief interview with the online sports news site TyC Sports of Argentina.

Men and women complete each other – there's no other option, Pope says

Apr 22, 2015 - 11:39 am .- Pope Francis said Wednesday that marriage is a vocation all believers are called to defend, specifically in terms of the complementarity of the union between a man and a woman.

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