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Pope: When giving to the poor, look them in the eyes

Apr 9, 2016 - 05:44 am .- In Saturday's address for the monthly Jubilee of Mercy general audience, Pope Francis said almsgiving is not just about the money; it is about being attentive to the actual needs of the person asking for help

Cardinal Schönborn praises 'Amoris Laetitia' stance on gay marriage

Apr 8, 2016 - 02:02 pm .- Pope Francis' new document on love in the family is welcome particularly for its steadfast adherence to Church teaching on homosexual acts and relationships, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna said.

Bernie Sanders, 'a big fan' of Pope Francis, to attend Vatican conference

Apr 8, 2016 - 12:25 pm .- Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has announced that he will attend a Vatican conference on social justice and the economy just before the New York primary election on April 19.

Interpreting Amoris Laetitia 'through the lens of Catholic tradition'

Apr 8, 2016 - 11:00 am .- While some passages in Pope Francis’ new document may be unclear and open to multiple interpretations, the correct view is that which aligns with the tradition and teaching of the Church, said a synod consultor and leading expert on Catholic family studies.  

Pope Francis: Children are always gifts, even in tough circumstances

Apr 8, 2016 - 04:05 am .- Pope Francis’ latest writings on the family include a strong affirmation of the need to welcome children even in difficult circumstances.

No doctrine change from Pope Francis – but a call for better pastoral care

Apr 8, 2016 - 04:00 am .- Catholics who have divorced-and-remarried need the fullness of Church teaching. They also need a wise pastoral and community response to their difficulties that can help them grow in the Christian life, Pope Francis said on Friday in his new document on love in the family.  

Pope Francis: Martyrs are still the 'life blood of the Church'

Apr 7, 2016 - 01:37 pm .- Pope Francis on Thursday praised the consistency and courage of the modern day martyrs who continue to “carry the Church forward” even as they face death for their witness to the Risen Christ.  

The blessing of a lifetime: 5-year-old girl going blind meets Pope Francis

Apr 6, 2016 - 11:51 am .- When Lizzy Myers was diagnosed with a condition that could result in complete blindness, her parents, Steve and Christine, went to work on a “visual bucket list” for their daughter.

Mary's 'yes' to God changed history, Pope Francis says

Apr 4, 2016 - 01:31 pm .- Pope Francis marked the Feast of the Annunciation on Monday by reflecting on the power of Mary’s “yes” to God.

Francis announces special collection for victims of Ukraine conflict

Apr 3, 2016 - 05:20 am .- On Sunday Pope Francis announced that a special collection will be taken up in all Catholic churches in Europe April 24, the funds of which will go toward relief for all suffering due to ongoing violence in Ukraine.

Mercy is an open book – and it's our task to write it, Pope says

Apr 3, 2016 - 04:08 am .- On Divine Mercy Sunday Pope Francis said the “Gospel of Mercy” begun by Jesus and the apostles is still unfinished, and is an open book that each person is called to write through their words and actions.

You can’t receive mercy without sharing it, Pope says

Apr 2, 2016 - 12:36 pm .- Receiving God’s mercy ignites in us the drive to become “instruments of mercy,” especially to the weakest and the marginalized, Pope Francis said Saturday at a vigil for the feast of Divine Mercy.

Pope Francis' post-synod doc to be released April 8

Mar 31, 2016 - 04:44 am .- The Vatican announced Thursday that Pope Francis’ highly anticipated post-synodal apostolic exhortation on the gifts and challenges of family life will be published April 8.

'She's in heaven' – Pope Francis on Mother Angelica

Mar 30, 2016 - 06:00 am .- Pope Francis on Wednesday offered a special blessing for Mother Angelica following her death on Easter Sunday, expressing his confidence that she is already in heaven.

Pope condemns 'cowardly' attack on Pakistani Christians

Mar 28, 2016 - 04:48 am .- Pope Francis on Monday mourned the loss of life in Pakistan, where more than 70 people – mostly women and children -- were killed Sunday after a suicide attack on Christians who were celebrating Easter at a public park.

Pope prays for victims of terror strike at Iraq football stadium

Mar 27, 2016 - 06:24 am .- Pope Francis has sent a his condolences following the suicide attack against a football stadium in Iskanderiyah, Iraq which killed more than 30 people last week, many of them young boys.

Pope: Easter message brings hope to victims of terrorism, persecution

Mar 27, 2016 - 05:35 am .- In his Urbi et Orbi message for Easter, Pope Francis encouraged victims of terrorism and Christian persecution to find hope in the Lord’s resurrection.

Let yourselves be moved by hope, Pope says at Easter Vigil

Mar 26, 2016 - 03:38 pm .- During the Easter Vigil, Pope Francis told attendees not to be overcome by sadness in the face of life’s difficulties, but to be open to hope, which is not the absence of problems, but is a gift from God when we allow him to enter our lives.

Pope's Way of the Cross remembers migrants, persecuted Christians

Mar 25, 2016 - 05:54 pm .- Following the yearly Good Friday tradition set by his predecessors, Pope Francis presided over the Stations of the Cross at Rome's Colosseum, where such issues as migration and the persecution of Christians were remembered.

An emotional Mass for migrants with Pope Francis

Mar 24, 2016 - 11:50 am .- During a Mass in Rome on Holy Thursday Pope Francis washed the feet of migrants and refugees, many of whom were moved to tears by the gesture.

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