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Pope Francis pays for 120 of Rome's poor to visit Shroud of Turin

Jun 4, 2015 - 11:34 am .- In his latest act of papal charity, Pope Francis has donated funds for two busloads of homeless and sick pilgrims to visit the Shroud of Turin. They will stay in two charitable centers that offer shelter to the homeless during the winter.

War is the mother of poverty, Pope Francis says

Jun 3, 2015 - 03:30 pm .- In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis lamented the suffering inflicted on families already struggling from poverty in countries torn by the “great predator” of war.

Pope offers prayers for victims of China's ferry disaster

Jun 3, 2015 - 10:32 am .- Pope Francis on Wednesday expressed his condolences to the people of China following a ferry capsizing earlier this week which claimed the lives of hundreds of people.

A history of little miracles – behind Pope Francis' devotion to St. Therese

Jun 2, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Pope Francis on several occasions has spoken of his strong devotion to the Little Flower saint as well as his habit of asking her for favors: favors, his former press secretary says, which have often come in the form little miracles.

On feast of the Holy Trinity, Church celebrates 'love of the living God'

May 31, 2015 - 12:52 pm .- In the revelation of the Holy Trinity, God shows the Church his selfless love and unity that we are called to foster in our own communities, Pope Francis said in his Sunday Angelus address.

Pope's environmental encyclical to be titled 'Laudato Sii' (Praised Be You)

May 31, 2015 - 07:11 am .- Taken from St. Francis of Assisi’s “Canticle of the Sun” prayer praising God for creation, the likely name of the Pope’s upcoming encyclical was informally announced just weeks before its anticipated publication.

The Vatican's arduous task of communicating in the modern age

May 30, 2015 - 04:02 pm .- What needs to change in the Vatican's communications department to make it worthy of Pope Francis? How are the problems of understaffed and overwhelmed office going to be fixed? What does excellence in communicating look like in 2015 for an institution that's 2,000 year-old?

Pope to sick children: Don’t be afraid to ask God 'Why?'

May 30, 2015 - 12:16 pm .- “Why do children suffer?” Pope Francis asked this of a group of children with serious illnesses or disabilities and their parents, some of whom had been told to abort their babies because of their condition.

What does the world need? Mercy and love, Pope tells Christians

May 29, 2015 - 12:22 pm .- The Catholic Church shouldn’t be afraid of the great changes of the modern world, Pope Francis has said. Rather, the Church should embrace this “happy challenge” with a renewed language of love and mercy.

'Mother of Mercy' beatification in Kenya draws tens of thousands

May 27, 2015 - 04:02 pm .- Massive crowds attended Saturday's beatification of early twentieth-century Italian missionary, Sister Irene Stefani, who was known as “mother of mercy” to the Kenyan people she cared for.

Love requires work – not just attraction or feelings, Pope tells couples

May 27, 2015 - 12:04 pm .- In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis said the process of engagement is essential for any couple on their way to marriage since it not only allows love to mature, but helps future spouses deepen in knowledge of one another.

'Little' friars credit vocation boom to Pope's name

May 26, 2015 - 03:33 pm .- Gathered in Rome for their general chapter meeting, members of the Order of Friars Minor – better known as Franciscans – said that while vocations in general have been down in recent years, numbers have begun to rise again after Pope Francis’ election.

Think you're important because you have money? Think again, Pope says

May 26, 2015 - 08:21 am .- In his homily Tuesday Pope Francis cautioned against the “counter-witness” of those who seek to follow both Jesus and worldly temptations, saying that to follow Christ means denying oneself and serving others.

What does Pope Francis miss most? Walking in the streets, eating pizza at restaurants

May 25, 2015 - 02:02 pm .- In a recent interview with an Argentine newspaper, Pope Francis said he misses the “tranquillity of walking in the streets” and that he's always been “callejero” – a man of the city.

Thousands of people are trapped in the ocean right now – here is Pope Francis' response

May 25, 2015 - 04:03 am .- Pope Francis has strongly called on the international community to help the scores of migrants who are currently trapped after attempting to cross the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea.

Respect creation – this is a must for every single Christian, Pope Francis says

May 24, 2015 - 10:14 am .- Pope Francis used Sunday's feast of Pentecost – the descent of the Holy Spirit – as an occasion to remind Christians of their duty to care for and respect the earth.

Pope: Oscar Romero was a martyr who fought violence with love

May 23, 2015 - 07:48 am .- On the day of Oscar Romero’s beatification in San Salvador, Pope Francis sent a letter to the current archbishop, praising the martyr for his courageous service to the poor amid widespread national violence.

Pope's visit to Vatican departments a 'beautiful experience,' official says

May 22, 2015 - 07:14 am .- On Friday Pope Francis began making stops at different departments of the Roman Curia – the first in series of visits. Today’s rounds included four different offices.

Pope Francis to parents: Come out of 'exile' and educate your children

May 20, 2015 - 10:41 am .- In his general audience Pope Francis spoke of the essential role parents play in educating their children – a role he said has been usurped by so-called experts who have taken the place of parents and rendered them fearful of making any correction.

Pope Francis: Are you ready for your final goodbye?

May 19, 2015 - 02:27 pm .- In his homily Tuesday Pope Francis focused on many different “goodbyes” that happen during life, and asked whether attendees were ready for the final, most important farewell before going to the Father.

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