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With new document, Pope shows holiness is for everyone, speakers say

Pope Francis’ new document, “Gaudete et Exsultate,” shows that holiness is not an impossible task nor is it something to be pursued far removed from today’s world, said … more

St. Grandma? Pope cites the famous and the ‘saint next door’

Naturally in a document on the Christian call to holiness, Pope Francis cited a heavenly host of saints — including some whose sainthood causes are ongoing and some who probably will never … more

The devil is a real threat to Christian life, not a myth, Pope says

The path to holiness does not involve wrestling with some abstract boogeyman, but involves a “constant struggle against the devil, the prince of evil,” Pope Francis said. In his … more

Help those in need, never waste food, Pope says

Pope Francis asked people to generously serve those most in need and to never waste food. “Never throw away leftovers,” he said July 29 before reciting the Angelus prayer with … more

Miracles attributed to Pope Paul VI, Romero clear way for sainthood

Pope Francis has cleared the way for the canonizations of Blessed Pope Paul VI and Blessed Oscar Romero. At a meeting March 6 with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for … more

Selection of quotes from Pope’s exhortation on holiness

Here is a selection of quotations from “Gaudete et Exsultate” (“Rejoice and Be Glad”), Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on holiness: •“I like to … more

Don’t be afraid of shame, open hearts to God’s mercy, Pope says

  Feeling ashamed of one’s sins does not mean wallowing in guilt, rather it is the gateway all men and women can use to experience firsthand God’s tender mercy and forgiveness, … more

Pope revises Catechism to say death penalty is ‘inadmissible’

Building on the development of Catholic Church teaching against capital punishment, Pope Francis has ordered a revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to assert “the death penalty … more

Blessed Romero’s canonization probably in Rome in October

During an April 11 homily in Washington, Salvadoran Archbishop Jose Luis Escobar Alas said the canonization of Blessed Oscar Romero will “probably” be in Rome and “probably” … more

Killer robots will make war even more inhumane, Vatican official says

Allowing for the development and use of fully automated lethal weapons systems would make warfare even more inhumane and undermine efforts to achieve peace through dialogue, not an arms race, a … more

Mary, Mother of the Church should be celebrated this year, cardinal says

Reminding bishops, pastors and Catholics around the world that all Latin-rite Catholics should celebrate the feast of Mary, Mother of the Church on the Monday after Pentecost this year, Cardinal … more

Pontifical Commission for Latin America proposes synod on women

The Catholic Church in Latin America must recognize and appreciate the role of women and end the practice of using them solely as submissive laborers in the parish, said members of a pontifical … more

Pope apologizes for ‘serious mistakes’ in judging Chilean abuse cases

In a letter to the bishops of Chile, Pope Francis apologized for underestimating the seriousness of the sexual abuse crisis in the country following a recent investigation into allegations concerning … more

Blessed Pope Paul VI to be canonized at close of synod, cardinal says

Blessed Paul VI will be declared a saint in late October at the end of the Synod of Bishops on youth and discernment, said Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state.   After … more

Pope prays Blessed Paul VI will intercede for ‘Church he loved so much’

On the 40th anniversary of the death of Blessed Paul VI, Pope Francis went into the grotto under St. Peter’s Basilica to pray at his predecessor’s simple tomb. The Pope who oversaw … more

‘Is my dad in heaven?’ little boy asks Pope

After circling a massive, crumbling public housing complex on the outskirts of Rome, Pope Francis had an emotional encounter with the neighborhood’s children. Question-and-answer … more

The path to holiness isn’t for the lazy, Pope tells altar servers

Christ’s commandment to love God and neighbor is a path trodden by those who have the desire to become saints, Pope Francis told thousands of altar servers from around the … more

Sports on Sundays OK, except when used to skip Mass, says Vatican

A new Vatican document cautions against the dangers of highly competitive children’s sports, political and economic pressures on athletes to win “at all costs” and the … more

Pope: Seek Christ in ‘abandoned tabernacles’ of the poor, the lonely

As He did with His disciples at Passover, Jesus asks all Christians to prepare a place for Him, not in “exclusive, selective places” but rather in uncomfortable places that are … more

Vatican asks German bishops to set aside plans for sharing of the Eucharist

Pope Francis has asked the Catholic bishops’ conference of Germany not to publish nationwide guidelines for allowing Protestants married to Catholics to receive Communion at Mass, but to … more
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