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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

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

Repentant sinners need merciful confessors, not inquisitors, Pope says

Priests must give hope to men and women seeking forgiveness, encouraging them in their struggle away from the slippery slope of sin, Pope Francis said. Being merciful in the confessional helps … more

As young people speak to Church, they must listen to Jesus, Pope says

The Catholic Church wants to listen to young people and know where they are coming from, but young Catholics must be ready to listen to Jesus and discover where He wants to lead them, Pope … more

USCCB president praises Pope for ‘powerful words’ calling all to holiness

      This image contains a quote from Pope Francis’ exhortation, “Gaudete et Exsultate” (“Rejoice and Be Glad”), on the “call to … more

Holiness means being loving, not boring, Pope says

This image contains a quote from Pope Francis’ exhortation, “Gaudete et Exsultate” (“Rejoice and Be Glad”), on the “call to holiness in today’s … more

Pope’s exhortation on holiness to be released April 9

"Rejoice and Be Glad,” Pope Francis’ new apostolic exhortation on “the call to holiness in the modern world,” will be released April 9, the Vatican announced. The … more

Leave Mass praising God, not gossiping about others, Pope says

The final words at Mass — “Go in peace” — are an invitation to Christians to proclaim God’s blessings through their lives, not an opportunity to go outside and speak … more

Easter hope breaks routine, unleashes creativity, Pope says

Truly celebrating Easter means allowing Jesus to triumph over personal fears and give life to hope, creativity and care for others, Pope Francis said. Easter is “an invitation to break … more

Jesus does not give up on anyone, Pope tells prisoners

Before washing the feet of 12 prisoners, Pope Francis told them and hundreds of inmates to remember that Jesus constantly stands before them with love, ready to cleanse their sins and forgive … more

Pope to priests: Show Jesus’ truth by being close to the people

If Jesus and His truth are to become truly present in today’s world, priests must do what Jesus did and be “street preachers,” going out to encounter and accompany sinners with … more

Way of Cross: Young people pray for courage to bear cross, help others

During this year dedicated to the younger generations, Pope Francis asked that the meditations for his Good Friday service be written by young people. Twelve young women and three young men … more

Young adults ask Church to welcome, listen, involve them

Young people want to know they are valued members of the Catholic Church and that their questions and struggles are taken seriously enough that someone will spend time with them discussing issues … more

‘Cry out,’ Pope tells young people at Palm Sunday Mass

Celebrating Palm Sunday Mass with thousands of young people, Pope Francis urged them to continue singing and shouting “hosanna” in the world, proclaiming the lordship of Jesus and … more

Young and old: Two thrown-away generations can save the world, Pope says

A new book-length interview with Pope Francis, titled God is Young, represents a kind of “how-to” guide for creating a “revolution of tenderness” in which young people and … more

Pope confirms plans to attend World Meeting of Families in Dublin

Receiving a delegation from Ireland and blessing an icon of the Holy Family, Pope Francis confirmed his intention to visit Dublin for the final days of the World Meeting of Families. “On … more

Pope: Present in the Eucharist, Jesus transforms those who receive him

Despite the chill and gusts of wind in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis welcomed the beginning of spring with an impromptu lesson about gardening and how to grow into being better … more

Pope to celebrate Holy Thursday Mass in Rome prison

    Breakout box: The prison is just over a mile from St. Peter’s Square.         Pope Francis once again will celebrate the Holy … more

Imitate St. Pio’s life, don’t forget poor, marginalized, Pope says

Many people admire St. Padre Pio, but too few imitate him, especially in his care for the weak, the sick and those who modern culture treats as disposable, Pope Francis said during Mass at Padre … more

Belgian priest: Vatican-China deal on bishops might really happen

As rumors fly of an imminent Vatican-China deal on the appointment of bishops, a Belgian priest known as an expert on China said he thinks an agreement might really happen. “I’ve … more
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