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Vatican: Pope's 'Mexicanization' comment not intended to offend

Feb 25, 2015 - 11:02 am .- The Vatican on Wednesday issued a statement clarifying a private comment made by Pope Francis to a friend warning that his native Argentina was in danger of a “Mexicanization” by drug traffickers.

Swiss Guard: We are ready to defend Pope from ISIS

Feb 24, 2015 - 02:17 am .- The commander of the Pontifical Swiss Guard says the group of soldiers charged with protecting the Pope is on high alert and ready to act if any threat from ISIS materializes.

Pope and Curia begin annual Lenten retreat

Feb 22, 2015 - 01:49 pm .- Pope Francis and members of the Curia set out from Rome on Sunday afternoon to begin their annual Lenten retreat.

To follow Christ, we must confront life's deserts, Pope says

Feb 22, 2015 - 10:22 am .- The 40 days of Lent are a reminder that we face spiritual deserts, and we must confront them with courage and the aid of Scripture, Pope Francis said during his weekly Angelus address.

If you are in organized crime, you are not a Christian, Pope says

Feb 21, 2015 - 02:46 pm .- You cannot call yourself a true believer if you participate in organized crime, Pope Francis told members of the Cassano all’Jonio diocese in Italy on Saturday.

Ukraine, poverty, G7 discussed by Pope, German chancellor

Feb 21, 2015 - 11:56 am .- The ongoing crisis in Ukraine was among the topics covered by Pope Francis and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in their Feb. 21 meeting at the Vatican.  

Ukranian bishop meets with Pope Francis as country's crisis rages on

Feb 20, 2015 - 03:32 pm .- After meeting with Pope Francis during their ad limina visit to Rome, one of Ukraine's bishops said the country faces a humanitarian crisis in conflict areas and called for dialogue and prayers for peace.

Using God as a cover for injustice is no trifling matter, Pope says

Feb 20, 2015 - 08:32 am .- In his homily Friday, Pope Francis said that love of God and of neighbor are inseparable, and castigated the actions of those who give to the Church, but at the same time exploit and mistreat others.

Pope Francis' daily challenge: Who will you follow – God or the world?

Feb 19, 2015 - 05:35 am .- In his homily Thursday Pope Francis said that every day we are faced with choices between good and evil, and stressed that God is always there to help us when the right decision is hard to make.

This Lent, ask God for the 'gift of tears,' Pope says

Feb 18, 2015 - 12:37 pm .- In his Ash Wednesday homily, Pope Francis said the time of Lent is a call to leave hypocrisy behind and reconcile with God through fasting, charity and prayerful tears before our merciful Father.

Siblings help you keep your eyes off yourself, Pope says

Feb 18, 2015 - 12:57 am .- In this week’s general audience Pope Francis spoke on the role of siblings in family life, saying the fraternity we learn from them teaches us how to overcome barriers and leads to greater freedom.

New cardinals speak out on perils, potential of a globalized society

Feb 18, 2015 - 12:02 am .- Pope Francis' newly elevated cardinals reflected on their roles as shepherds within a vast, multicultural Church – and the many challenges and opportunities of service the modern world poses to their peripheral dioceses.

Pope offers Mass for murdered Coptic Christians, hails them as 'martyrs'

Feb 17, 2015 - 07:37 am .- Pope Francis offered his Tuesday morning Mass for the repose of the souls of the 21 Egyptian Christians killed by ISIS militants, praying that man learn to reject his evil temptations, and choose what is good.

Jesus has no 'proxy'– he touches our wounds with his hands, Pope says

Feb 15, 2015 - 09:14 am .- In his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis focused on mercy, noting how Jesus heals not by giving lectures, but by going close to those who suffer and curing the “leprosy” of our sin.

Take the red hat, but leave your 'spiritual box' behind, Pope tells cardinals

Feb 15, 2015 - 04:27 am .- After elevating 20 new cardinals, Pope Francis reminded them that true honor is found in service, and urged them to follow Jesus in breaking rigid ways of thinking and touching society’s marginalized.

Pope Francis' call to new cardinals: be captivated by truth

Feb 14, 2015 - 09:20 am .- Pope Francis welcomed the Catholic Church’s newest cardinals on Saturday, encouraging them to center themselves in Jesus Christ as they lead the faithful in patience, justice, and docility to the Holy Spirit.

Pope prays for migrants killed in Mediterranean boat tragedy

Feb 12, 2015 - 12:24 am .- During his weekly general audience, Pope Francis said he was following “with concern” the news of hundreds of immigrants who perished in the Mediterranean Sea this week.

'Surrounded by children' – Pope Francis’ take on a thriving society

Feb 11, 2015 - 08:04 am .- In his general audience address Pope Francis said that children are gift to parents and society, and that there is no future for a civilization which views them as merely an inconvenience.

Vatican: rumor of assassination attempt on Pope Francis 'unreliable'

Feb 11, 2015 - 06:11 am .- Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi told journalists Tuesday that rumors circulating about a possible assassination attempt on Pope Francis during his visit to the Philippines are unfounded.

The story behind Pope Francis' surprise visit to a Rome shantytown

Feb 10, 2015 - 05:47 pm .- Pope Francis made a surprise stop at a shantytown on his way to celebrate Mass at a Roman parish Feb. 8 – a “secret” plan that only the pontiff knew about and which prompted tears of joy from residents

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