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Pope praises deceased Assyrian patriarch as wise pastor, ecumenical leader

Mar 28, 2015 - 11:17 am .- Pope Francis has sent a telegram of condolences following the death of Catholicos Dinkha IV, patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, describing him as an “important spiritual leader, a courageous and wise pastor.”

'This is your house' – Pope Francis meets homeless in Sistine Chapel

Mar 27, 2015 - 11:24 am .- Pope Francis stopped by to visit with 150 of Rome’s homeless in the Sistine Chapel after they were invited for dinner and a private tour by the Vatican.

Pope Francis to meet, celebrate Mass with relatives during Turin visit

Mar 26, 2015 - 08:48 am .- A son of Italian immigrants, Argentinian native Pope Francis will have the opportunity to meet with distant relatives during his visit to Turin for the first time since coming to Italy after his election.

A look at Pope Francis' summer trip to the Shroud of Turin

Mar 26, 2015 - 12:09 am .- The Vatican has released the schedule for Pope Francis' upcoming pilgrimage to Turin – home to what is believed to be the burial shroud of Jesus – with a program that largely centers on young people.

Pope Francis on the family synod: 'We need prayers, not gossip'

Mar 25, 2015 - 06:10 am .- During his weekly general audience Pope Francis spoke about the gift and call of the Christian family, and urged attendees to pray for the intentions of the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the family.

Vatican invites 150 homeless for dinner, private tour of Sistine Chapel

Mar 24, 2015 - 01:48 pm .- In addition to food, umbrellas, sleeping bags, showers and haircuts, the Vatican is now offering Rome’s homeless the gift of beauty.

Japan's history of 'hidden' Christians and what the Pope said about it

Mar 23, 2015 - 03:22 pm .- In a recent meeting with Japan's bishops, Pope Francis discussed how the country's brutal history of Christian persecution has given way to the survival of a small but fervent Catholic community today.

Rome's poor receive 1,000 pounds of food from Pope Francis

Mar 23, 2015 - 12:17 pm .- Pope Francis is sending half a ton of food to families suffering hardships in Rome’s Tor Bella Monaca neighborhood.

Got plans for Holy Week? Pope Francis does

Mar 22, 2015 - 04:48 pm .- Pope Francis' full slate of events for Holy Week includes plans for a traditional Stations of the Cross, Easter Masses and a universal blessing given on Easter Day.

Saint's relic with miraculous tendencies does it again for Pope Francis

Mar 21, 2015 - 01:24 pm .- While Pope Francis was giving some advice to the religious, priests and seminarians of Naples on Saturday, a miracle occurred: a vial of dried blood from a fourth century saint liquefied.

Nuns watching soap operas and the 'terrorism' of gossip: Pope Francis and Naples' religious

Mar 21, 2015 - 12:30 pm .- In a wide-ranging, off-the-cuff speech to priests and religious in Naples, Pope Francis addressed various challenges of consecrated life, emphasizing above all the importance of poverty and resisting gossip.

Prison bars aren't stronger than God's love, Pope says to inmates

Mar 21, 2015 - 08:00 am .- During his one-day trip to Naples, Pope Francis made a stop at the local prison where he reminded inmates that God is rich in mercy and that nothing – even incarceration – can keep them from his love.

A feisty Pope Francis slams corruption, unemployment in Naples

Mar 21, 2015 - 05:39 am .- Addressing the crowds in Naples' notorious outskirts of Scampia, Pope Francis gave a verbal slap to corrupt leaders who exploit local laborers, charging that they “cannot claim to be Christian.”

'It's time to surrender,' Pope tells crime-ridden Naples

Mar 21, 2015 - 05:10 am .- Pope Francis told the people of Naples – a city ravaged by crime and mafia violence – that change is possible, and encouraged those involved in organized crime to convert and work toward a better future.

Pope Francis: No matter what the crime, 'the death penalty is inadmissible'

Mar 20, 2015 - 03:10 pm .- Regardless of the crime that has been committed, capital punishment is unacceptable in the modern world, Pope Francis stressed in a recent letter.

Pope accepts disgraced Scottish prelate's resignation from cardinal status

Mar 20, 2015 - 05:54 am .- In a rare move, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of disgraced Scottish Cardinal Keith Patrick O'Brien from the rights and duties of a cardinal, the Vatican announced on Friday.

An 11,000-mile pilgrimage to see Pope Francis in Philadelphia

Mar 20, 2015 - 04:11 am .- How far would you travel to see the Pope? For one family in Argentina, seven months and 11,000 miles is a small price to pay for the chance to celebrate the World Meeting of Families with Pope Francis in September.

Pope condemns Tunisia attack as act against 'the sacredness of life'

Mar 19, 2015 - 11:44 am .- On behalf of Pope Francis, the Vatican’s Secretariat of State has sent a letter to the archbishop of Tunisia, assuring them of the Pope’s prayers after yesterday’s deadly terrorist attack killed at least 23 people.

Pope Francis has called for a Holy Year of Mercy – so what does that mean?

Mar 18, 2015 - 05:02 pm .- The Pope's surprise announcement of a holy year for mercy has Catholics weighing in on the significance of the move, which some say can be boiled down to this: Francis wants us to know how much God loves us.

A society that doesn't want children is 'sad and gray,' Pope says

Mar 18, 2015 - 05:36 am .- Pope Francis said Wednesday that children are a joy-filled gift for the Church and the world, and cautioned against an overcast society that lacks life because it has rejected and run out of children.

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