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Here's why Pope Francis goes off script

Jan 17, 2015 - 07:15 am .- In a press briefing with journalists in the Philippines, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi ventured to explain the reason why Pope Francis so frequently deviates from his prepared speeches.

Pope Francis to Philippines cardinal: 'this visit is really for me'

Jan 17, 2015 - 06:10 am .- On his return flight from the Philippine city of Tacloban to Manila, where he met with and shared in the suffering of typhoon survivors, Pope Francis was moved, and said the trip was really intended for him.

Prayers asked for woman killed in freak accident at papal Mass

Jan 17, 2015 - 04:55 am .- A local woman was killed at an airport near Tacloban, Philippines where Pope Francis had just celebrated Mass for thousands of people amid strong winds and rain brought on by Tropical Storm Amang.

A simple, intense encounter: Pope Francis and Manila's street kids

Jan 17, 2015 - 03:04 am .- Deviating from his schedule of events in the Philippines, Pope Francis had a brief but emotionally intense encounter with former street kids in Manila yesterday.

What the Pope wasn't able to say in the Philippines

Jan 17, 2015 - 12:00 am .- On Jan. 17, Pope Francis visited the Philippine city of Tacloban, which is still recovering from the devastating effects of 2013’s Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Yolanda. More than 7,000 people died in that storm, and an estimated 1 million people remain homeless.

Pope Francis' heartfelt words for typhoon survivors: Jesus is there for you!

Jan 16, 2015 - 07:44 pm .- Pope Francis on Saturday spoke to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in an impromptu homily, voicing compassion for their plight and encouraging them to look to the love of Jesus Christ on the Cross.

California bishops to Pope: Thanks for the new saint!

Jan 16, 2015 - 05:12 am .- Two California bishops have voiced elation and gratitude at Pope Francis’ announcement that he will canonize Blessed Junípero Serra, OFM, when he comes to the United States next September.

Paul VI was right to warn against contraception, Pope Francis says

Jan 16, 2015 - 04:07 am .- Pope Francis took the opportunity during an address to families in the Philippines to praise Blessed Pope Paul VI’s encyclical opposing contraception and affirming Church teaching on sexuality and human life.

What threatens families? Redefining marriage, Pope says

Jan 16, 2015 - 03:47 am .- Warning that “every threat to the family is a threat to society itself,” Pope Francis called on the people of the Philippines to be a prophetic witness in a world facing attacks on marriage and life.

Here's what Pope Francis gave the president of the Philippines

Jan 16, 2015 - 01:56 am .- During his first full day in the Philippines, Pope Francis met with President Benigno Aquino and other officials at the presidential palace, encouraging them to use the country’s strong religious heritage as a force for good.

Twelve hours on a boat to tell Pope Francis 'I love you'

Jan 16, 2015 - 12:45 am .- Dolorosa and Joay traveled on a 12-hour boat trip from their home province in the Philippines to Manila, where they hope to see “the image of Jesus” – Pope Francis – and tell him that they love him.

Pope Francis sees 'powerful missionary potential' in Philippines

Jan 15, 2015 - 09:10 pm .- Pope Francis on Friday repeated his praise for the Philippines’ Christians as he encouraged bishops, clergy, vowed religious and seminarians to proclaim the Gospel, identify with the poor and help the “broken in spirit.”

Gift from heaven? Pope receives unexpected visit from St. Therese of Lisieux

Jan 15, 2015 - 12:05 pm .- During his flight to the Philippines, Pope Francis thanked a French journalist who gave him an image of St. Therese, saying that instead of giving the usual rose when he asked for help, St. Therese came to him herself.

Pope on Charlie Hebdo: Don't kill in God's name but don't insult faith

Jan 15, 2015 - 05:37 am .- During an in-flight press conference Pope Francis spoke on the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack, saying that freedom of expression has limits but no one has the right to kill in the name of God.

Pope Francis to canonize evangelizer of the Wild West

Jan 15, 2015 - 05:24 am .- In a surprise addition to his fall 2015 trip to the U.S., Pope Francis is planning to canonize the founder of California's first missions, Bl. Junipero Serra.

An environment encyclical in March? Pope Francis hopes so

Jan 15, 2015 - 05:06 am .- During an in-flight press conference on his way to the Philippines, Pope Francis said he plans to have his much-anticipated encyclical on man's relationship with creation finished in March.

Overwhelming welcome for Pope Francis foreseen in Philippines

Jan 14, 2015 - 10:29 pm .- Pope Francis can expect a warm and enthusiastic welcome in the Philippines, say two natives of the country who work in media.

'Mary forgave her son's killers': The Pope on healing in Sri Lanka

Jan 14, 2015 - 03:33 am .- At a Marian shine during his three-day trip to Sri Lanka, Pope Francis touched on the country's brutal decades-long civil war and pointed to the Mother of God as the ultimate witness of forgiveness.

Don't use religion as a weapon of war, Pope Francis insists

Jan 13, 2015 - 06:38 am .- In an oft-repeated message to interreligious groups, Pope Francis stressed again that believers must unite in condemning violence and insist that religion never be used to justify warfare.

A warm Sri Lanka welcome – Pope greeted by 40 elephants

Jan 13, 2015 - 02:49 am .- In all, there were 40 elephants that the Sri Lankan authorities decided to include in Pope Francis’ welcome ceremony upon his first visit to the Asian nation.  

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