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Pope Francis: gift of counsel illuminates the will of God

May 7, 2014 - 06:53 am .- During his General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis reflected on the Holy Spirit’s gift of counsel, explaining that through it we learn to be docile to the Lord rather than attached to our own ideas.

Pope responds to Venezuelan peace talks invitation

Apr 11, 2014 - 03:31 am .- Responding to an invitation from Venezuela's foreign affairs minister to participate in the country’s peace talks, Pope Francis sent a letter to all parties involved, encouraging them to foster open dialogue.

Vatican, civil authorities join forces against human trafficking

Apr 10, 2014 - 10:02 am .- Gathered in Rome to discuss methods for the eradication of human slavery, both law enforcement and Vatican officials exchanged ideas on how to collaborate in combating the issue and caring for victims.

Pope, Queen enjoy casual tea during first meeting

Apr 3, 2014 - 09:36 am .- Although short, the April 3 encounter between Pope Francis and Queen Elizabeth in the Vatican has been described as cordial and informal, during which the two exchanged gifts and casual conversation.

New Bible exhibit evangelizes through history of scripture

Apr 3, 2014 - 05:49 am .- Featuring ancient biblical artifacts from all over the world, the Verbum Domini II exhibition has officially opened at the Vatican, and is something organizers hope will inspire faith in those who come.

Protection of minors a priority for Pope, commission member says

Mar 31, 2014 - 06:28 am .- A German priest and psychologist recently appointed to the new Vatican commission for the protection of minors has stated that the initiative demonstrates Pope Francis’ concern regarding the immediacy of the issue.

Pope, Obama discuss relations between Church and State

Mar 27, 2014 - 08:04 am .- During the March 27 meeting between Pope Francis and President Barack Obama, the two exchanged cordial discussion regarding the state of the Church in the U.S., as well as topics of shared interest.

German bishop accused of luxurious lifestyle resigns (Updated)

Mar 26, 2014 - 08:56 am .- In a March 26 statement the Holy See announced its acceptance of the resignation of Bishop Franz-Peter Tebarts-van Elst, noting that the situation in his diocese does not allow the full exercise of his ministry.

Vatican launches astronomy class for parish educators

Mar 24, 2014 - 08:00 am .- The Vatican’s Observatory has announced that for the first time it will be hosting a workshop analyzing the relationship of faith and astronomy for parish educators, which is slated to take place next spring.

John XXIII a representation of goodness, cardinal recounts

Mar 18, 2014 - 07:18 am .- During an interview Cardinal Angelo Comastri reflected on scenes from the life of Pope John XXIII, revealing the pontiff’s deep spiritual nature, as well as his great kindness towards others.

'I need the people of God to sustain me,' Pope says in interview

Mar 15, 2014 - 04:50 am .- During a recent radio interview given to a station in a slum of Argentina, Pope Francis explained his frequent request for prayers, and praised the work of the many priests who minister among the poor.

Vatican confirms papal visit to South Korea

Mar 10, 2014 - 08:32 am .- In a statement released earlier this morning, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi confirmed Pope Francis’ apostolic trip to the Republic of Korea, which is slated to occur in August of this year.

Frontline episode on Church scandals one-sided, critic says

Mar 6, 2014 - 01:19 pm .- The PBS Frontline documentary series’ recent episode “Secrets of the Vatican” largely covered old scandals in a one-sided way, said Scot Landry, executive director of Catholic Voices USA.

Cardinal Pell to head new Vatican office for economic oversight

Feb 24, 2014 - 08:41 am .- Today Pope Francis announced the establishment of a new entity for oversight of Vatican economic and administrative affairs, headed by Cardinal George Pell of Sydney, Australia.

UN anti-Vatican report 'payback' for pro-life work, critic says

Feb 13, 2014 - 12:43 pm .- A recent United Nations report criticizing the Catholic Church on sex abuse and its moral teachings should be understood in the context of efforts to diminish the Vatican’s pro-life influence at the U.N., a scholar has said.

New York welcomes new bishops for Albany, Rockville dioceses

Feb 11, 2014 - 07:57 am .- The Vatican announced earlier this morning that Msgr. Edward B. Scharfenberger will take the helm as the new Bishop of Albany, NY, with Msgr. Andrzej Jerzy Zglejszewski stepping up as auxiliary of Rockville Centre.

Cardinal O'Malley: UN report showed ideological influence

Feb 11, 2014 - 02:06 am .- A United Nations commission report on the Vatican’s response to abuse of children was not “fair or particularly helpful,” but took an “ideological” approach, Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston has said.

Cardinal recalls shock of Benedict XVI's resignation

Feb 10, 2014 - 05:06 am .- One year later, Cardinal James Stafford reflects on the meeting where Benedict XVI announced that he was stepping down as Bishop of Rome, noting that it was an “unexpected” moment of “shock” for all.

Vatican: UN oversteps its boundaries in report conclusions

Feb 7, 2014 - 08:42 am .- In a statement released by the Vatican, Fr. Federico Lombardi criticized the UN Child Protection Committee for their tone and “lack of desire” to recognize the Holy See’s efforts in protecting children.

Vatican official slams 'negative approach' of UN report

Feb 5, 2014 - 11:14 am .- In wake of the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child criticizing Vatican policies and calling for the Church to change its doctrine, a leading archbishop countered that the committee's analysis fails to be objective.

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