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On the 20th anniversary of ‘We Remember: Reflections on the Shoah’

March 16 marked the 20th anniversary of “We Remember: Reflections on the Shoah,” the Vatican document on anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, or Shoah. This commentary on the document … more

It takes more than one ‘Our Father’ to ask for God’s help, Pope says

Pope Francis gives the homily as he celebrates morning Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae at the Vatican March 15. In his homily, the Pope said it takes more than one “Hail … more

Pope asks that young people write meditations for Way of Cross

In light of this year’s Synod of Bishops on young people, Pope Francis has asked that the Way of the Cross meditations be written by a group of students. An Italian high school religion … more

The poor, needy are your treasure, Pope tells Sant’Egidio Community

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Community of Sant’Egidio’s founding, Pope Francis urged its members to continue to safeguard the poor, the elderly, the young and the … more

Wonder and wit: Five years of Pope Francis’ unique turns of phrase

A native-Spanish speaker who grew up with Italian-speaking relatives in Argentina, Pope Francis has a striking way with words. Bringing a background in literary themes and devices with him to … more

Retired Pope says criticism against Pope Francis is ‘foolish prejudice’

On the eve of the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ election, retired Pope Benedict XVI defended the continuity of the Church’s teaching under his successor and dismissed those who … more

No parking zone: Christians need to journey, take risks, Pope says

True Christians take risks to constantly seek out Christ, because they know that receiving God’s grace is just the beginning of a lifelong journey toward real joy, Pope Francis … more

Five years a Pope: Francis’ focus has been on outreach

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected Pope just a few days after telling the College of Cardinals that the Catholic Church faced a clear choice between being a Church that “goes … more

Confessors should seek to bring penitents closer to Jesus, Pope says

A good confessor is a good listener, Pope Francis said. By truly listening to the penitent during confession, “we listen to Jesus himself, poor and humble; by listening to the Holy … more

A small sampler of Pope Francis quotes

In his formal documents, many speeches and unscripted morning homilies the past five years, Pope Francis has given the Church plenty of “food for thought” on many issues of great … 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

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

Meeting nurses, pope pays tribute to one who saved his life

Pope Francis used a meeting with thousands of Italian nurses to pay tribute to a nurse he believes saved his life by arguing with his doctors that he needed more aggressive antibiotics to treat a … more

Pope adds feast of Mary, Mother of the Church to universal calendar

Pope Francis has decreed that Latin-rite Catholics around the world will mark the feast of “the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church” on the Monday after Pentecost each … more

Vatican official warns U.N. of hostility toward religion

As the world has grown increasingly interconnected, some nations have seen religious pluralism as a threat and reacted either by failing to protect religious minorities or by trying to … more

Salvation is gift of God, brings people into community, document says

Salvation in Christ is a gift of God that cannot be earned by human efforts alone, and it is not simply some kind of interior transformation, but touches the way Christians live in the world and … more

Pope visits group home for women prisoners with small children

Listening, playing and having an afternoon snack, Pope Francis spent time March 2 at a group home for women prisoners with small children. He also left as a gift for the kids large, hollow … more

World Meeting of Families’ congress to center on ‘Amoris Laetitia’

Some of the Church’s best-known prelates have been lined up to expound on Church teachings on the family for the ninth World Meeting of Families. On Feb. 28, organizers of the international … more

Palliative care is pro-life response to euthanasia, panelists say

Intentionally causing a patient’s death is different from accepting that a patient is dying, then providing emotional and spiritual support and pain relief, said a doctor who practices and … more

Pope to visit Switzerland in June, government official says

Pope Francis will visit Geneva in June, Swiss authorities confirmed. Andre Simonazzi, spokesman for the Swiss Federal Council, confirmed the visit Feb. 28 and said the Pope will be welcomed by … more
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