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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
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
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 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 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
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 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
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 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
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
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
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 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
Calling the war in Syria “inhumane,” Pope Francis called for an end to the fighting, immediate access to humanitarian aid for those in need and the evacuation of the injured and … more
Rome’s Colosseum, long a symbol of the persecution of early Christians, was bathed in red light late Feb. 24 as a reminder of and a prayer for the thousands of Christians being persecuted for … more
It’s time to break free from fear, fake online personas and looking at the world through a digital screen display, Pope Francis told young people. “Do not allow the spark of youth to … more
Pope Francis told pastors in the Diocese of Rome that Blessed Pope Paul VI would be canonized this year. The Pope’s announcement came at the end of a question-and-answer session with the … more
Lent is a time for Christians to get their hearts in sync with the heart of Jesus, Pope Francis said. "Let the Lord heal the wounds of sin and fulfill the prophecy made to our fathers: 'A new … more
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