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Pope offers prayer, support for a Haiti devastated by hurricane Matthew

Oct 7, 2016 - 06:39 am .- After Hurricane Matthew killed more than 300 people and left thousands more homeless, Pope Francis has written a telegram assuring his prayer and spiritual closeness to all those affected by the disaster.

Is this bishop right about the rosary conquering Boko Haram?

Oct 6, 2016 - 03:04 am .- Amid the apparent decline of the radical Islamist group Boko Haram, a Nigerian bishop who had a vision of Christ has repeated his belief that praying the rosary will bring victory over the group.

The Church must be close to Caucasus nations, Pope Francis says

Oct 5, 2016 - 06:05 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis gave a recap of his recent trip to Georgia and Azerbaijan, noting how this year both nations will celebrate the 25th anniversary of their independence from the Soviet regime.

Pope Francis makes surprise visit to Amatrice to pray for earthquake victims

Oct 4, 2016 - 03:03 am .- On Tuesday Pope Francis made an unannounced private visit to the small Italian city of Amatrice to offer support  areas devastated by a massive earthquake in August, where he offered a message of comfort and hope.

Syrian children to unite in prayer for an end to violence

Sep 26, 2016 - 04:17 pm .- Christian and Muslim children of Aleppo, Syria will gather together in prayer on October 6 to plead for an end to the violence and devastation in their city and country.

Pope Francis makes surprise stop at Vatican unveiling of Our Lady of Aparecida

Sep 3, 2016 - 07:33 am .- Ahead of his meeting with volunteers Saturday, Pope Francis decided to pop in for the inauguration of a new statue of Our Lady of Aparecida in the Vatican Gardens.

Pope tosses audience speech, prays rosary for victims of Italy quake

Aug 24, 2016 - 03:04 am .- Instead of giving the usual catechesis during his Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis decided to postpone the speech, leading pilgrims in praying the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary for the victims of an earthquake that rocked central Italy earlier that morning.

Pope prays for victims of 'bloody' attack at a wedding in Turkey

Aug 21, 2016 - 05:16 am .- After an explosion in southern Turkey lit up a wedding ceremony, killing 50 people and wounding nearly 100 more, Pope Francis offered his prayers for the victims, and asked for peace to be given to all.

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 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.  

On Aug. 2, you can get this St. Francis-themed indulgence

Aug 2, 2016 - 01:48 pm .- Today's feast of Our Lady of the Angels of Porziuncola and its associated indulgence is a way to focus on the importance of Mary and the Franciscan tradition in the Church, a friar explained.

From Philadelphia, prayers for a better country as DNC meets

Jul 26, 2016 - 10:01 am .- As Democratic Party leaders met to choose a presidential nominee and party platform, Philadelphia’s Catholic basilica hosted an interreligious prayer service for the United States.

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.

Knights of Columbus launch novena for peace in response to US shootings

Jul 9, 2016 - 02:18 pm .- In the wake of violence across the nation this week, the Knights of Columbus have issued a campaign encouraging people to join them in praying for peace. 

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.

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