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Pope to world leaders: if you want to help Syrians, stop funding the war

Jul 5, 2016 - 04:34 am .- In his message for a new campaign promoting peace in Syria, Pope Francis called out world leaders who speak of ending the conflict, but at the same time fund the war through the sale of arms.

Bangladesh attack an offense against God, humanity, Pope Francis says

Jul 2, 2016 - 08:50 am .- Pope Francis has again voiced his sorrow for another “barbarous” terrorist attack, offering his prayers for the families and victims of a July 1 a siege on a restaurant in Bangladesh left 20 people dead.

Pope Francis mourns victims of 'heinous' attack on Istanbul airport

Jun 29, 2016 - 04:30 am .- During his Wednesday Angelus address Pope Francis offered prayers for the victims of Tuesday’s deadly attack on an Istanbul airport, asking that God would convert the hearts of those who choose violence.

With 7 dead after teachers' union clash, Mexican bishop calls for prayer

Jun 23, 2016 - 12:28 am .- Archbishop José Luis Chavez Botello of Antequera-Oaxaca, México, called for intensifying prayer for peace after clashes between authorities and a teachers' union left at least seven dead and more than 50 injured.  

Prayer vigil after Orlando shooting offers unity, hope to mourners

Jun 15, 2016 - 04:14 pm .- Members of various religious communities came together Monday evening at a vigil to pray for the victims of the Orlando nightclub mass shooting and to comfort those who mourn.  

LA archdiocese prays novena as assisted suicide law looms

Jun 7, 2016 - 06:18 am .- California’s assisted suicide bill will go into effect on June 9, and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is fighting back — with prayer.

Francis pleas for solidarity with elderly, marginalized in latest prayer video

Jun 5, 2016 - 11:15 am .- For Pope Francis, June is a month dedicated to praying for a demographic he frequently brings up in his speeches and homilies: the elderly, sick and marginalized, particularly for solidarity for those in big cities.

Pray without ceasing – not just when you want to, Pope says

May 25, 2016 - 06:56 am .- For Pope Francis, prayer is neither a “magic wand” used to get what we want nor something casual we do only when we feel like it, but is rather the strength that sustains our faith in difficult moments.

Pope Francis offers prayers following EgyptAir plane crash

May 20, 2016 - 09:58 am .- Pope Francis has voiced his prayers and condolences to all those affected by the apparent crash of an EgyptAir plane in the Mediterranean Sea Thursday morning.

A bizarre ruling in Colombia bans civic prayer...and hugs

May 20, 2016 - 03:02 am .- In what's been labeled an “absurd” move, a judge in Colombia has banned prayer and “fraternal hugs” at the start of Cartagena city council sessions as well as local educational institutions.

Pope Francis observes moment of silence for Belgium attack victims

Mar 23, 2016 - 07:08 am .- In his general audience the day after terrorist attacks in Belgium claimed the lives of at least 30 people and injured 230 more, Pope Francis led pilgrims in a moment of silent prayer for the victims and their families.

Pope Francis to world leaders: Open your doors to migrants

Mar 16, 2016 - 06:19 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis renewed his appeal on behalf of the tens of thousands struggling to enter other countries as they flee war and violence, asking global leaders to “open their hearts” and doors to migrants and refugees.

Pope Francis returns to Rome after a week of spiritual exercises

Mar 11, 2016 - 03:44 am .- After spending a week outside Rome reflecting on key questions in the Gospel during their annual Lenten retreat, Pope Francis and members of the Roman Curia returned to the Vatican Friday.

Pope: murdered Missionaries of Charity are martyrs of indifference

Mar 6, 2016 - 05:36 am .- On Sunday Pope Francis lamented the world’s indifference to the recent killing of four Missionaries of Charity, calling them the ‘martyrs of today’ and asking that Bl. Mother Teresa intercede in bringing peace.

Satanist ploy fails in Phoenix as city council reinstates prayer

Mar 3, 2016 - 03:35 pm .- After a heated debate last month, the decision to replace public prayer with a moment of silence at Phoenix City Council meetings has been reversed.

Pope Francis cancels appointments due to a slight fever

Feb 25, 2016 - 07:32 am .- On Thursday Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi SJ announced that after Pope Francis celebrated his usual morning Mass, he canceled the rest of his appointments due to a small fever.

Pope Francis: It's not us, but God who takes the first step

Jan 31, 2016 - 05:50 am .- On Sunday Pope Francis said that it’s the weak and vulnerable who are most valuable in God’s eyes, and stressed that it’s always him who takes the initiative in meeting us where we are.

In first prayer video, Pope stresses interfaith unity: 'We are all children of God'

Jan 7, 2016 - 04:40 am .- The Pope’s first-ever video message on his monthly prayer intentions was released Tuesday, highlighting the importance of interreligious dialogue and the beliefs different faith traditions hold in common, such as the figure of God and love.

Prayer ad before Star Wars movie gets nixed in the UK

Dec 4, 2015 - 03:02 am .- An Anglican effort to show an ad of the Lord's Prayer in movie theaters before the upcoming Star Wars movie was rejected by leading U.K. theaters, drawing criticism from many sectors.

Using God’s name to justify violence is 'blasphemy,' Pope Francis says

Nov 15, 2015 - 05:55 am .- On Sunday Pope Francis again expressed shock and sorrow for Friday’s terror attacks in Paris, condemning the acts as an “affront to human dignity,” and encouraging attendees to find hope in Jesus.

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