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Pope greets graduates of Rome course on protecting minors from abuse

Jun 14, 2016 - 11:38 am .- The first graduates of an international diploma course on safeguarding minors received a special greeting from Pope Francis, who encouraged the students and faculty to be courageous in their work against sexual abuse.

Don't become immune to poverty, Pope tells UN's food agency

Jun 13, 2016 - 05:50 am .- In a world where information is brought instantly to our fingertips, society is becoming increasingly anesthetized to the suffering brought about by poverty, Pope Francis told the United Nations' World Food Programme.

Pope horrified by deadly attack in Orlando

Jun 12, 2016 - 12:37 pm .- Pope Francis has offered his prayers and compassion for those affected by Saturday night's shooting at a nightclub in Orlando.

Pope: Disabled persons should be loved, not hidden from society

Jun 12, 2016 - 06:59 am .- On Sunday, Pope Francis denounced the increasingly prevalent mentality which claims that sick and disabled persons cannot be happy, and should be kept out of sight of society. In reality, he said, true happiness is achieved by our capacity to love.

Behind Pope Francis' diplomacy is a small school with a big impact

Jun 11, 2016 - 04:02 pm .- The pontificate of Pope Francis has a diplomatic style of its own, and many of his diplomats share a common source: a college and a home for disadvantaged but talented young people on scholarship called the Istitutio Villa Nazareth.

Pope Francis calls it – discrimination against the disabled is 'ugly'

Jun 11, 2016 - 11:56 am .- No single person is more valuable than another, especially when it comes to those with disabilities, Pope Francis said on Saturday,, insisting that these people have a unique richness, and that discriminating against them is “one of the ugliest things” we can do.

Pope Francis: Let’s be clear – assisted suicide is 'false compassion'

Jun 10, 2016 - 02:13 pm .- Physician-assisted suicide is part of a “throwaway culture” that offers a “false compassion” and treats a human person as a problem, Pope Francis told medical leaders on Thursday.  

Pope Francis calls young priest with cancer in Chile

Jun 10, 2016 - 06:12 am .- On Saturday, June 4, right around lunch time, Chilean priest Father Francisco Rencoret Mujica received an unexpected call.

Pope sets up group to allocate crisis funds in Ukraine

Jun 10, 2016 - 12:37 am .- After raising funds for humanitarian relief in Ukraine through a special collection in Europe, Pope Francis has established a committee to decipher the most urgent needs and get help to where it's most needed.

Sick, disabled to take on main roles in jubilee Mass at Vatican

Jun 9, 2016 - 03:02 pm .- The sick and disabled have always held a special place in Pope Francis’ heart, and have been the recipients of some of his most tender acts as Bishop of Rome. Now they will take on the prominent roles at a Mass for the Year of Mercy at the Vatican.

Pope Francis: Want to celebrate well? Drink wine.

Jun 8, 2016 - 05:09 am .- In an in-depth look at Jesus’ first miracle of turning water into wine at the wedding feast in Cana, Pope Francis pointed to several key moments in the scene that illuminate our understanding of Christ.

How Pope Francis inspired a Thailand parish to plant 800 trees

Jun 8, 2016 - 12:36 am .- Inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical on caring for creation, and concerned by environmental threats around them, Catholic parishioners in Thailand are planting hundreds of new trees.

A scooter from Pope Francis – elderly couple receives gift of mobility

Jun 6, 2016 - 12:40 pm .- An elderly couple with disabilities on the outskirts of Rome now has an electric scooter, thanks to a gift from Pope Francis.

Want to get close to Jesus? Be meek, Pope Francis says

Jun 6, 2016 - 11:31 am .- Meekness of heart is not foolishness, Pope Francis said Monday, but rather “the capacity to be deep and to understand the greatness of God, and worship Him.”

Francis pleas for solidarity with elderly, marginalized in latest prayer video

Jun 5, 2016 - 11:15 am .- For Pope Francis, June is a month dedicated to praying for a demographic he frequently brings up in his speeches and homilies: the elderly, sick and marginalized, particularly for solidarity for those in big cities.

New saints show the power of Jesus' resurrection, Pope Francis says

Jun 5, 2016 - 04:30 am .- St. Stanislaus of Jesus and Mary and St. Maria Elizabeth Hesselblad are key examples of how to unite oneself to Jesus’ Passion and death, as well as the power of his resurrection, Pope Francis said Sunday, after canonizing the two.

Victims always come first, Pope tells trafficking summit

Jun 5, 2016 - 12:03 am .- Pope Francis asked judges, prosecutors and magistrates gathered at the Vatican for a summit on human trafficking this week to remember that the victims always come first.

Pope approves new Vatican department for the Laity, Family, and Life

Jun 4, 2016 - 11:43 am .- Pope Francis has approved the institution of a new Vatican department dedicated to the family, the laity, and life.

Negligence in abuse cases enough to oust a bishop, Pope says

Jun 4, 2016 - 06:50 am .- On Saturday, Pope Francis issued an edict on the protection of minors and vulnerable adults, in which he said that negligence on the part of a bishop can constitute removal from office.

How to be a good shepherd – Pope Francis' guide for priests

Jun 3, 2016 - 03:02 pm .- Pope Francis emphasized that priests must be joyful, stubborn shepherds who take risks and seek out even those who are most distant from God, in imitation of the Good Shepherd Jesus Christ.

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