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Pope shakes up cloisters with new norms focused on prayer, centralization

Jul 22, 2016 - 06:53 am .- Amid modern challenges emerging from a culture which provides increasingly easier access to outside distractions, Pope Francis has issued new norms for women’s cloistered communities, which place a special emphasis on prayer and the centralization of communities.

Why pray after tragedy? This Sandy Hook mother has an answer

Jul 21, 2016 - 03:02 am .- Some people have difficulty seeing the point of prayer in times of trouble. But for Magnificat magazine columnist Jennifer Hubbard, prayer got her through one of the worst times of her life.

Doubts arise after alleged photo of Fr. Tom surfaces

Jul 20, 2016 - 06:49 am .- After a photo supposedly showing Fr Tom Uzhunnalil, who was kidnapped in Yemen in March, emerged on social media, sources close to the priest say there are strong reasons to doubt the image's authenticity.

Vatican condemns Nice attack as 'homicidal madness'

Jul 15, 2016 - 02:52 am .- After a truck plowed through crowds celebrating Bastille Day in the French city of Nice, killing 84, the Vatican has expressed solidarity with the victims, firmly condemning all acts of terrorism and hate.

Respect indigenous cultures, traditions, Pope asks in new prayer video

Jul 7, 2016 - 12:08 am .- Pope Francis has dedicated the month of July to praying for the world’s indigenous peoples, asking specifically in his new prayer video that their identity and cultural traditions be respected.  

Pope Francis tells poor they are 'the treasures of the Church'

Jul 6, 2016 - 07:27 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis met with a group of poor and disabled pilgrims, calling them the “treasures of the Church,” and entrusting them with the special task of praying for the proud, greedy, vain and hypocrites.

Pope Francis meets with parents of American student killed in Rome

Jul 6, 2016 - 03:50 am .- After the tragic death of Beau Solomon in Rome late last week, Pope Francis met with the young student’s parents, who traveled to the city once they heard that their son was missing.

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.

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