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Young priest whom Pope encouraged in battle against cancer dies

Aug 17, 2016 - 12:36 am .- A man of God. Someone who endured illness with faith and fortitude until the end. This is how those who knew Father Francisco Rencoret remembered him.

Pope Francis voices solidarity, closeness to victims of Portugal fires

Aug 16, 2016 - 10:42 am .- On Tuesday, Pope Francis voiced his sorrow for the damage done by wildfires raging on the Portuguese island of Madeira, entrusting the victims to the intercession of Our Lady and offering his closeness to their families.

Pope prays for massacre victims in DRC

Aug 15, 2016 - 03:59 am .- Pope Francis marked the feast of the Assumption of Mary by praying for the dozens of people massacred over the weekend in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and decrying the “shameful silence” which surround these attacks.

Don't be held back: Pope calls Christians to be set ablaze by the Holy Spirit

Aug 14, 2016 - 03:37 am .- The Church does not need “cold or lukewarm Christians” who are held back by fear, Pope Francis said Sunday; it needs Christians who are on fire with the Holy Spirit and committed to proclaiming the Gospel, even if it costs them their lives.

Former prostitutes get special visit from Pope Francis

Aug 12, 2016 - 11:15 am .- Pope Francis has visited a special community for women freed from prostitution and violent abuse as his latest ‘Mercy Friday’ initiative during the Jubilee.

Will Pope Francis visit Assisi again this year? This imam says yes.

Aug 11, 2016 - 05:24 pm .- If a prominent imam is right, Pope Francis will visit Assisi Sept. 19 for a major international interreligious meeting.

Pope Francis invites 21 Syrian refugees to lunch

Aug 11, 2016 - 09:58 am .- On Thursday Pope Francis invited 21 Syrian refugees to join him for lunch at his residence in the Vatican’s Casa Santa Marta, exchanging gifts, toys and drawings with the children.

For Pope Francis, when we receive Christ's mercy we must share it

Aug 10, 2016 - 12:11 pm .- Each of us must respond to the gift of mercy in our hearts by getting up and putting mercy into action, Pope Francis said Wednesday during his General Audience address.

Surprise! Pope Francis visits convents on his day off

Aug 9, 2016 - 05:06 pm .- In keeping with his spontaneous personality, Pope Francis made a surprise visit Tuesday to two convents north of Rome.

Pope offers message of prayer amid violent storms in Mexico

Aug 9, 2016 - 01:03 pm .- After Tropical Storm Javier and Hurricane Earl ravaged parts of Mexico over the weekend, Pope Francis offered his prayers and closeness to all those affected by the storms.  

Pope sends condolences to victims of Pakistan hospital attack

Aug 9, 2016 - 04:43 am .- Pope Francis offered his condolences to those affected by the “senseless and brutal” attack against a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, which left dozens dead and over a hundred injured.

Pope: It's 'unacceptable' that civilians must pay the price of Syrian conflict

Aug 7, 2016 - 03:34 am .- On Sunday, Pope Francis lamented at how many defenseless civilians are forced to “pay the price” of the ongoing Syrian crisis, and he expressed his solidarity for those affected.

At unplanned meeting, imam thanks Francis for his comments on Islam

Aug 5, 2016 - 05:09 pm .- During his visit to Assisi Thursday, Pope Francis had a brief, unscheduled meeting with the imam of Perugia, Abdel Qader Mohammed, who thanked the Roman Pontiff for his recent statement that true Islam is not a religion of violence, but of peace.

Practicing forgiveness is our 'direct route' to heaven, Pope says

Aug 4, 2016 - 11:22 am .- The path to heaven is through forgiveness and pardon of those who have offended us, just as we have received salvation through the love and forgiveness of the Father, Pope Francis said today in Assisi.

Vatican cardinal calls Amoris Laetitia a controversial document

Aug 3, 2016 - 12:04 pm .- Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation of Bishops, said in Toronto that Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the family, Amoris Laetitia, is a controversial document, but that it has not introduced any change to existing Catholic doctrine.

What Pope Francis has to say to this year's Olympic athletes

Aug 3, 2016 - 09:30 am .- Just two days before the Opening Ceremonies for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Pope Francis offered a message to those who will be competing in the international games.

Pope Francis wrote a letter to this young mother in prison

Aug 2, 2016 - 04:03 pm .- A prison inmate in Chile was surprised when she received a letter last week from Pope Francis, whom she had written a year ago asking for prayers.

Pope creates commission to study women deacons

Aug 2, 2016 - 05:21 am .- Pope Francis has instituted a new commission for the study of women deacons, the Vatican announced Tuesday.

Full text of Pope Francis' in-flight presser from Poland

Jul 31, 2016 - 05:06 pm .- During his flight from Krakow to Rome on Sunday, Pope Francis gave a press conference to the journalists assembled aboard the papal plane. He reflected on the World Youth Day gathering in the Polish city, and the recent attempted coup in Turkey.

Pope Francis disagrees with identifying Islam as violent

Jul 31, 2016 - 03:37 pm .- Pope Francis has questioned the claim that Islam should be identified with violence, in contrast to the Islamic State militant group, which he says is a fundamentalist sect of the religion.

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