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Pope offers Mass for murdered Coptic Christians, hails them as 'martyrs'

Feb 17, 2015

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis offered his Tuesday morning Mass for the repose of the souls of the 21 Egyptian Christians killed by... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday General Audience, May 21, 2014.

Jesus has no 'proxy'– he touches our wounds with his hands, Pope says

Feb 15, 2015

By Elise Harris

In his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis focused on mercy, noting how Jesus heals not by giving lectures, but by... Read more

Eucharistic Adoration.

Pray – don't speculate – about the Vatican family synod, say novena organizers

Feb 6, 2015

By Ann Schneible

Amid concern over whether or not October's Synod on the Family will protect the Church's teaching on marriage, one lay... Read more

Pope Francis prays with journalists on the papal flight en route to South Korea on Aug. 14, 2014.

Pope Francis urges end to scandal of 'fratricidal' violence in Ukraine

Feb 4, 2015

By Elise Harris

As the number of deaths in Ukraine continue to rise amid escalating violence, Pope Francis has called the war “a... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates New Years Day Mass for the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God on Jan. 1, 2015.

The Gospel is more important than soap operas or gossip, Pope says

Feb 3, 2015

By Elise Harris

In his homily Tuesday Pope Francis noted the importance of contemplating scripture, and urged faithful to read the Gospel for... Read more

Fr. Federico Lombardi speaks at a press conference Feb. 11, 2013.

Prayers asked for woman killed in freak accident at papal Mass

Jan 17, 2015

A local woman was killed at an airport near Tacloban, Philippines where Pope Francis had just celebrated Mass for thousands... Read more

Pray – with your iPhone? How one mobile app unites users in prayer

Nov 6, 2014

A social network focused on connecting the world in prayer has launched a mobile application enabling people from across the... Read more

Pope Francis prays before a statue of Mary in St. Peter's Basilica on Nov. 30, 2013.

Mary the center of heavenly host, Pope says on All Saints Day

Nov 1, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his Angelus address for the solemnity of All Saints, Pope Francis said that it is a joy to have... Read more

Nina Pham after her release from care. Screenshot.

Ebola survivor Nina Pham: I believe in the power of prayer

Oct 24, 2014

Nina Pham, a Dallas nurse who has been battling Ebola after treating a patient in Texas, has now been declared... Read more

Pope Francis meets with students in Paul VI audience hall on May 31, 2014.

Pope Francis: Our names are in the heart of God

Oct 16, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his mass on Thursday Pope Francis encouraged attendees to pray to God by praising him, saying that remembering the... Read more

A burned mattress upon which an Ebola patient had laid during his illness in a West African village during the 2014 Ebola outbreak.

For Liberia's faithful, only Christ offers hope amid Ebola panic

Oct 9, 2014

With hundreds dead from the devastating Ebola virus and no signs of relief on the horizon, one archbishop in Liberia... Read more

NYC, DC prayer breakfasts geared at New Evangelization

Oct 3, 2014

Upcoming prayer breakfasts in New York City and Washington, D.C., seek to inform and equip attendees to be active participants... Read more

US bishops invite faithful to pray for family synod

Sep 24, 2014

The U.S. bishops have asked Catholics to take part in a worldwide day of prayer on Sept. 28 for the... Read more

Pope Francis meets with students in Paul VI audience hall on May 31, 2014.

Pope Francis: Love doesn't care if you're ugly or beautiful

Sep 9, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his homily at Mass on Tuesday, Pope Francis spoke about the love of Christ for his Church, noting how... Read more

Auxiliary Bishop Saad Syroub Hanna of Baghdad.

Baghdad bishop: Take a 'real' challenge by praying

Aug 25, 2014

A bishop in Baghdad is challenging the faithful across the world to join in 30 minutes of prayer before the... Read more

Pope Francis gives the Wednesday general audience in St. Peters Square Oct. 2, 2013.

Pope sends letter of condolence to family of James Foley

Aug 25, 2014

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis sent a letter to the family of a U.S. journalist killed by ISIS last week, assuring them of... Read more

Protestors held candles as they shouted hands up during a protest in Ferguson.

St. Louis archbishop urges prayer in face of Ferguson violence

Aug 19, 2014

Following more than a week of protests after the death of an African-American teen, the Archdiocese of St. Louis is... Read more

Pope Francis prays with journalists on the papal flight en route to South Korea, August 14, 2014.

Pope Francis: 'There is only one Korea'

Aug 15, 2014

Addressing the division between North and South Korea, Pope Francis emphasized that the two are “one family,” calling for prayers... Read more

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Pope Francis takes to Twitter in appeal for Iraqi citizens

Aug 11, 2014

By Elise Harris

Since Friday Pope Francis has been tweeting three times a day asking faithful and parishes to both pray for those... Read more

A woman recieves the Eucharist .

Prayers urged as black mass organizer claims consecrated Host

Aug 8, 2014

The purported use of a consecrated Host at a planned satanic black mass at an Oklahoma City civic center would... Read more