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Never forget your first love, Pope encourages priests

Jun 6, 2014 - 05:22 am .- Pope Francis directed his daily homily today to his brother bishops and priests, telling them to always put love of God and their flock first, before pursuing a scholastic career.

Pope Francis: Jesus intercedes for us with his wounds

Jun 3, 2014 - 07:08 am .- In his daily homily Pope Francis reflected on how Jesus advocates for us in heaven, emphasizing that he does this by showing the Father his wounds, the price he paid for our sin.

Candlelight vigil in Vatican celebrates Mary's faith, witness

Jun 1, 2014 - 08:11 am .- Hundreds of clergy, religious, and laity processed through the Vatican gardens in a candlelight vigil on Saturday evening to mark the close of a month traditionally dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

Proposed Nicea ecumenical meeting 'nice' idea, Vatican spokesman says

May 31, 2014 - 01:34 am .- In response to media reports that Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew I will meet for an ecumenical gathering in Nicea in 2025, the Vatican said that such a meeting would be a positive encounter.

Christian joy is based in hope, Pope Francis reflects

May 30, 2014 - 06:53 am .- In his first daily homily since returning from the Holy Land Pope Francis centered on the theme of Christian joy, explaining that it comes not from our immediate circumstances, but what Jesus promised.

Holy Spirit is what keeps the Church going, Pope reflects

May 12, 2014 - 09:23 am .- In his daily homily Pope Francis recalled the conversion of the first pagans to Christianity, explaining that the Holy Spirit brings us beyond our natural limits, and we should not block him with our own plans.

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.

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