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Pope Francis presides over Pentecost Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on May 28, 2023.

On Pentecost, Pope Francis says Holy Spirit can bring harmony to ‘a polarized Church’

May 28, 2023

By Courtney Mares

“Let us put the Holy Spirit back at the center of the Church; otherwise, our hearts will not be consumed... Read more

Filipino children pray during a March of Saints.

Philippine Catholic Church inks documents with nationalist Church for reconciliation, common baptism

Aug 5, 2021

By Jose Torres, Jr.

The Church leaders vowed that through “spiritual ecumenism,” they would encourage joint activities in prayer services, such as the celebration... Read more

Pope Francis offers Mass on the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul on June 29, 2019.

Pope Francis on feast of Saints Peter and Paul: 'Only prayer unlocks chains'

Jun 29, 2020

By Courtney Mares

On the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul on Monday, Pope Francis urged Christians to pray for one another and... Read more

Pope Francis gives his Angelus address Jan. 1, 2020.

Pope Francis apologizes for losing patience with woman who grabbed him

Jan 1, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis apologized Wednesday for losing his patience with a woman who grabbed his arm in St. Peter’s Square on... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God Jan. 1, 2020.

Pope Francis: Honor the dignity of women for a better world in 2020

Jan 1, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis began the new year with a call for the dignity of women to be honored -- not exploited... Read more

Pope Francis greets Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Dec. 21, 2018.

Benedict XVI: The Church’s unity is stronger than internal conflicts

Jun 28, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has said that the unity of the Church has always prevailed over internal struggles and affirmed... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square June 19, 2019.

Pope Francis: The Holy Spirit unites the Church, despite sin and scandal

Jun 19, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Wednesday that the Holy Spirit unites and grows the Church despite human limitations, sins and scandal.  Read more

The statue of St. Peter inside the Vatican's St. Peter's Square, Jan. 19, 2015.

SSPX clarifies: Canonical recognition not its primary concern

Jun 29, 2016

After indications of progress toward reconciliation earlier this year, the head of the Society of St. Pius X stated Wednesday... Read more

Pope Francis speaks with Ignatius Aphrem II, Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch, at the Vatican, June 19, 2015.

In Middle East martyrdoms, Pope Francis sees seeds of Christian unity

Jun 20, 2015

Meeting with Syriac Orthodox leaders on Friday, Pope Francis decried the continuing martyrdom of Middle East Christians, and gave special... Read more

Pope Francis greets bishops and clergy in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on Oct. 1 2014.

Church unity is found in Christ, Eucharist, Pope Francis tells bishops

Mar 6, 2015

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis on Wednesday reminded bishops to turn their sights to the Eucharist – rather than themselves – as the... Read more

Bl. John Paul II and Bl. John XXIII, who will be canonized April 27.

Christian unity: a goal common to John XXIII, John Paul II

Apr 11, 2014

Both John XXIII and John Paul II, who will be canonized April 27, acted for Church unity and dedicated much... Read more