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Will Pope Francis change the date of Easter?

Jun 19, 2015 - 03:53 am .- Speaking to a global gathering of priests, Pope Francis signaled an openness to changing the date of Easter in the West so that all Christians around the world could celebrate the feast on the same day.

Saint Francis and his star role in the Pope's new encyclical

Jun 18, 2015 - 03:03 pm .- Pope Francis' new encyclical is filled with references to his namesake, whom the Pope says is a model of how an integral ecology goes beyond matters of science and leads humanity to find God in creation.

Vatican: Encyclical aims to promote common good, not take sides

Jun 18, 2015 - 03:01 pm .- The Vatican's presentation of Pope Francis' new encyclical said the intent behind the document goes beyond political debates, aiming for something more essential: the well-being of all creation.


The Pope's take on transgender issues? Accept the body God gave you

Jun 18, 2015 - 04:14 am .- Pope Francis' new encyclical on the environment calls for men and women to acknowledge their bodies as a “gift” from God which should not be manipulated.

Pope Francis blasts abortion, population control in new encyclical

Jun 18, 2015 - 04:05 am .- In his new encyclical on the environment, Pope Francis slams attacks against human life such as abortion, embryonic experimentation and population control – saying that respect for creation and human dignity go hand in hand.

Environment encyclical takes bold stance on controversial issues

Jun 18, 2015 - 04:00 am .- In his newly released encyclical on the environment, Pope Francis did not hesitate to wade into controversial topics, making statements on global warming, pollution, species extinction and global inequality’s impact on natural resources.

Don't blame God when someone dies – trust in the resurrection, Pope says

Jun 17, 2015 - 11:50 am .- Instead of blaming God when a parent loses a child – or vice versa – families should remember that because of Christ's resurrection death does not have the final say, Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis: Receive new encyclical with 'open heart'

Jun 17, 2015 - 10:18 am .- Speaking one day before its official release to the public, Pope Francis is asking for people to have an “open heart” when they read his latest encyclical dedicated to the environment.

Is climate change natural or man-induced? For Pope Francis, it’s both

Jun 15, 2015 - 01:05 am .- One of the most challenging scientific questions Pope Francis faces in his new encyclical on creation is that of climate change, which a source close to the document says the Pope addresses in a balanced perspective without taking sides.

Pope Francis to parents: Do you believe in the beauty of love?

Jun 14, 2015 - 02:31 pm .- In an address on Sunday, Pope Francis asked parents if they believed in the beauty of the love God gives to a man and a woman, and told them to make sure their children see this love in little signs of affection.

Caring for creation is a duty for all, Pope says ahead of encyclical launch

Jun 14, 2015 - 06:11 am .- Pope Francis said Sunday that his coming encyclical on the care of creation is not just for some, but is addressed to all, and serves as an invitation to pay more attention to environmental destruction and recovery.

Stewardship for God's creation: the Christian landscape behind Pope Francis' new encyclical

Jun 12, 2015 - 04:16 pm .- Pope Francis’ upcoming encyclical on ecology will draw from decades of Catholic social thought on God’s creation in light of new perspectives on environmental problems, a prominent magazine has said ahead of the encyclical’s release.

Pope confirms plans to visit Central African Republic, Uganda in November

Jun 12, 2015 - 11:44 am .- Pope Francis said today that he is planning to travel to Africa in November, specifically to the Central African Republic, Uganda, and possibly Kenya.  

Airport evangelization: Pope talks mercy, migrants, ministry in the air

Jun 12, 2015 - 10:39 am .- Pope Francis told a group of airport chaplains that their call is to be a sign of unity and mercy for the many different faces and cultures that come through airports, including undocumented migrants and asylum seekers.

Oscar-winning composer pens Mass for the Pope

Jun 12, 2015 - 02:08 am .- The musical settings of Ennio Morricone are more likely to be heard at a movie theater than a church, but on June 10, the award-winning movie composer debuted a new Mass dedicated to the Jesuit Order and named for one of their own - Pope Francis.

Days before encyclical's release, Pope condemns culture of waste

Jun 11, 2015 - 01:35 pm .- After revealing that the topic of consumerism will be a key theme in his upcoming encyclical, Pope Francis today delivered a speech condemning food waste and the indifference of states when confronted with the topic of hunger.

Here's what the US bishops expect from the Pope's new encyclical

Jun 10, 2015 - 04:18 pm .- With Pope Francis’ encyclical on ecology and the environment to be released next week, the U.S. bishops are reflecting on possible themes of the upcoming document.

When you care for a sick family member, you are a 'hidden hero,' Pope says

Jun 10, 2015 - 10:13 am .- During his weekly general audience, Pope Francis lauded families for the “hidden heroism” of caring for a sick loved one.

Days after Medjugorje comment, Pope downplays predictable visions

Jun 9, 2015 - 07:59 am .- Days after declaring that a decision on the Medjugorje Marian apparitions would be coming soon, Pope Francis cautioned against basing one’s faith on solely on predicted visions or anything other than Christ himself.

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