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Pope says parents must not exclude themselves from children's lives

VATICAN CITY — Parents must not exclude themselves from their children's lives and, despite what some "experts" may say, they must take an active role in their children's education, said Pope Francis during his general audience in St. Peter's Square May 20.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

'Be joyful shepherds'
VATICAN CITY — Bishops must have "ecclesial sensitivity," being bold in denouncing cultural trends that offend human dignity, but also trusting their lay faithful to fulfill their vocations in the world, Pope Francis said.
Monday, May 18, 2015
Coaching key for Catholic values
Coaches need to show integrity, fairness, patience, joy and kindness, especially toward those who are struggling, Pope Francis said. Resources and time must be invested in educating coaches and trainers so that they can be "authentic witnesses of life and lived faith."
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Pope Francis says 'Mind your manners'
Pope Francis urges families to focus on gratitude, and to remember to say 'thank you,' 'may I?' and 'forgive me.'
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Not enough to love Francis, must live his teachings, says archbishop

VATICAN CITY — Wake up and take action; Pope Francis makes this call in "The Joy of the Gospel," but it seems people "are still sleeping, caught up in a million secondary things," said Archbishop Victor Fernandez.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Pope signs decrees in causes for Blessed Serra, married couple, martyrs

VATICAN CITY — Although he already has said he will canonize Blessed Junipero Serra in Washington in September, Pope Francis formally approved a sentence by members of the Congregation for Saints' Causes recommending the move.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Pope Francis to meet Raul Castro ahead of Cuba visit

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis was scheduled to meet Cuban President Raul Castro at the Vatican May 10, less than five months ahead of the pontiff's visit to the island nation.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Vatican unveils logo, prayer, details of Holy Year of Mercy

VATICAN CITY — The Holy Year of Mercy will be an opportunity to encourage Christians to meet people's "real needs" with concrete assistance, to experience a "true pilgrimage" on foot, and to send "missionaries of mercy" throughout the world to forgive even the most serious of sins, said Archbishop Rino Fisichella.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Put your problems, concerns, loved ones in the Lord's hands, pope says

VATICAN CITY — Trials and tribulations are part of life for Christians, like anyone else, but believers draw strength and hope from entrusting themselves and their problems to the Lord, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Pope suggests 'Divine Comedy' as important reading for Year of Mercy

VATICAN CITY — Dante Alighieri's "Divine Comedy" is more than a literary masterpiece, it is an invitation "to rediscover the lost or obscured meaning of our human path and to hope to see again the glowing horizon on which the dignity of the human person shines in its fullness," Pope Francis said.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Issues of marriage, sexuality should not threaten ecumenism, says pope

VATICAN CITY — The dignity of human life, family, marriage and sexuality are "urgent" issues that "cannot be silenced or ignored for fear" of threatening ecumenical achievements, said Pope Francis during an audience with Archbishop Antje Jackelen of Uppsala, Sweden.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Aid must not 'hinder church's freedom,' pope tells Congolese bishops

VATICAN CITY — Financial aid given to dioceses in need must not limit the freedom of bishops or of the church, said Pope Francis in a message to the bishops of the Republic of Congo.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Pope begins parish visit at amusement park

ROME — Before celebrating Mass in a parish in Ostia, Rome's seaside community, Pope Francis stopped to see two Little Sisters of Jesus who live in a trailer at an amusement park, sharing their lives and faith with the carnival workers.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Pope names new commission to implement reform of Vatican media

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has set up a five-person committee — which includes Irish Msgr. Paul Tighe — to find ways to implement recommendations for streamlining and modernizing the Vatican's many communications structures.

Thursday, April 30, 2015
Divided Christians honor martyrs by fidelity, seeking unity, pope says

VATICAN CITY — Divided Christians honor the sacrifice of their martyrs when they try to live according to the Gospel and work together to share the Gospel, Pope Francis said.

Thursday, April 30, 2015
Being Christian is service, not 'makeup' for a pretty soul, pope says

VATICAN CITY — Being Christian is humbly serving others, not applying "makeup" to your soul to make it prettier, Pope Francis said.

Thursday, April 30, 2015
Poor, marginalized to get VIP seating at Vatican charity concert

VATICAN CITY — For an upcoming Vatican charity concert, Rome's immigrants, poor, elderly and marginalized will be getting front-row VIP treatment, while benefactors will be seated in the back.

Thursday, April 30, 2015
U.N. head looks to religions for 'moral leadership' on climate change

VATICAN CITY — Promoting sustainable development and mitigating climate change will take more than just global policies and agreements, it will also take a strong, unified stance from the world's religions, the secretary-general of the United Nations said at the Vatican.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Pope to visit Cuba first before heading to United States in September

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will visit Cuba in September before his trip to the United States.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Pope: Everyone loses when culture doesn't care about marriage, family

VATICAN CITY — God's plan for fruitful, everlasting unions between a man and woman has been lost in a world filled with skepticism, distrust and hostility, Pope Francis said.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Buddhists, Christians must join to fight modern slavery, cardinal says

VATICAN CITY — Buddhists and Christians must "cooperate together to end the social plague" of modern slavery, said Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Atrocities show need to strengthen dialogue with Muslims, Vatican says

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican said interreligious dialogue with the Muslim community must be strengthened given "the barbarism underway" by terrorists claiming to be Muslims.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Earth Day

VATICAN CITY — Marking the celebration of Earth Day, Pope Francis asked that everyone recognize the earth as God's gift to protect and cultivate, sharing the world's natural resources.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Pope receives fine-art Bible created to 'ignite spiritual imagination'

VATICAN CITY — Military tanks, oil derricks and cancer cells are among the contemporary depictions of the afflictions prefigured by the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in a fine-art edition of the Book of Revelation given to Pope Francis.

Monday, April 20, 2015
Rome rabbi credited with fostering Jewish-Catholic relations dies

VATICAN CITY — Rome's retired chief rabbi, who played a key role in fostering closer ties between Jews and Catholics, died April 19 at the age of 99.

Monday, April 20, 2015
Pope calls for Catholic-Jewish witness of faith, defense of believers

VATICAN CITY — European Christians and Jews must stand together in witnessing to faith in God and in defending one another from discrimination and persecution around the world, Pope Francis said.

Monday, April 20, 2015
Pope Francis warns against worldliness, pagan living

VATICAN CITY — To avoid living like pagans, Christians must guard against the temptation of "slipping toward worldliness and power" and of seeking Jesus only to fulfill their material interests, said Pope Francis.

Monday, April 20, 2015
Pope urges prayers, action on behalf of migrants, unemployed, poor

VATICAN CITY — The poor, migrants in search of a better life and the unemployed want what all human beings want: life, dignity and a chance to earn a decent living, Pope Francis said in several speeches urging compassion and assistance by both governments and individuals.

Monday, April 20, 2015
'Saint' Serra highlights Hispanic contribution to U.S., official says

VATICAN CITY — The canonization of Blessed Junipero Serra will give the United States its first Hispanic saint, which should help more Americans realize that the country was settled by both Hispanics and Anglos, said the secretary of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America.

Monday, April 20, 2015
Pope will meet youths, religious leaders in June visit to Sarajevo

VATICAN CITY — After a quick flight over Italy and the Adriatic Sea, Pope Francis will make an 11-hour visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina June 6, taking time to meet with the nation's leaders and bishops, and also spending time with young people.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Harmony, sharing, patience are signs of Spirit's presence, pope says

VATICAN CITY — The presence of the Holy Spirit makes Christian communities places of harmony and sharing where wealth is not accumulated, but put at the service of the needy, Pope Francis said.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Cardinal issues 'beatitudes' and priorities for novice directors

VATICAN CITY — A new set of "beatitudes" and priorities for novice directors recognizes the personal, professional and spiritual challenges involved in formation and seeks to offer encouragement in a general climate of decreased vocations to religious life.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
WATCH: War of the sexes: Gender theory is the problem, not solution, pope says

VATICAN CITY — Eradicating male and female identities does nothing to solve the problem of unfair or disrespectful treatment based on people's gender, Pope Francis said.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
St. John Paul's trip planner, former head of Vatican Radio dies at 93

VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Roberto Tucci, best known for having managed the travel logistics of the former globe-trotting pope, St. John Paul II, died April 14 in Rome at the age of 93.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Christians in Yemen keep low profile but continue to pray, bishop says

VATICAN CITY — The few Christians remaining in war-torn Yemen gather for liturgies and prayer meetings in the basement of a villa in the city of Sanaa where they remain "invisible" in order to stay safe, Bishop Paul Hinder told Vatican Radio April 13.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Pope, cardinal advisers discuss bishops' accountability in abuse cases

VATICAN CITY — The question of accountability for bishops and religious superiors who fail to follow through on protecting minors from abuse was "put on the table" during the latest meeting between Pope Francis and his international Council of Cardinals, said the Vatican spokesman.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
WATCH: Cardinal says education is key to Iraqi refugees' recovery

VATICAN CITY — Educating children is the best way to help displaced Iraqi Christians recover from the traumatic experience of being chased from their homes by Islamic State militants, said Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster, England, after an April 11-12 visit to Irbil.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Vocations are calls to embark on exodus to Promised Land, pope says

VATICAN CITY — Following a vocation to the priesthood or religious life is to live an experience of "exodus" -- to joyfully leave behind all that enslaves and journey to a Promised Land of love, service and mission, Pope Francis said.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Pope says children are never a mistake, calls adults to responsibility

VATICAN CITY — Children are never a "mistake" and no sacrifice is too great for an adult to make so that children can feel their worth, Pope Francis said.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Montreal's Cardinal Turcotte, cleric with common touch, dies at age 78

MONTREAL — Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte, cardinal of the people, died April 8 in Montreal's Marie-Clarac Hospital.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Share Easter joy, defend persecuted Christians, pope says

VATICAN CITY — Christians live the joy of the Resurrection when they share a smile with someone, weep with those who mourn and defend the rights of those persecuted for their faith, Pope Francis said.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Pope Francis encourages peace negotiations in Colombia, cardinal says

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis called on the people of Colombia to work toward peace, and maintain hope that negotiations will succeed, according to the Vatican secretary of state.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Humility is key to understanding Easter, sharing its joy, pope says

VATICAN CITY — To enter Christ's empty tomb like the disciples and see that he has risen, Christians today also must "bend down," Pope Francis said in his Easter message.

Sunday, April 5, 2015
WATCH: Papal preacher: Passion continues today as world ignores persecution

VATICAN CITY — Widespread indifference to the violent persecution of Christians and other communities suggests the world is full of Pontius Pilates who eagerly wash their hands of all responsibility, the papal preacher said.

Friday, April 3, 2015
Pope asks prisoners to pray that Christ make him a better servant

VATICAN CITY — In a moving ceremony that recalled how Jesus loved the world so deeply that he lowered himself to serve and died for everyone's sins, Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 prison inmates, plus a small toddler who lives with his incarcerated mother.

Thursday, April 2, 2015
With Armenian Catholics, pope will declare new 'doctor of church'

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis formally will proclaim a 10th-century Armenian monk as a doctor of the church when he celebrates a liturgy April 12 with leaders and faithful of the Armenian Catholic Church.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Make Jesus' passion your own

VATICAN CITY — For a "good Easter," Christians must do more than simply recall the passion of Jesus during Holy Week; they must "enter into the mystery" of the Easter Triduum and make Jesus' feelings and attitudes their own, Pope Francis said.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Ten years after his death, St. John Paul's example lives on, pope says

VATICAN CITY — The example St. John Paul II gave the world is still alive and many people continue to be inspired by his faith, passion and joy, Pope Francis said.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Pope to formally proclaim holy year in front of basilica's Holy Door

VATICAN CITY — Celebrating the first vespers for Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Francis formally will deliver the "bull of indiction" or proclamation of the extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Vatican, Italy sign tax treaty, promise to share information

VATICAN CITY — In a key move toward greater financial transparency, the Holy See signed an agreement with Italy that includes the full exchange of financial information about Vatican employees, pensioners, foundations and religious institutes that are subject to Italian taxes.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Orthodox patriarch says reconciliation urgent, common action possible

VATICAN CITY — Reconciliation between the Catholic and Orthodox churches is urgently needed, said Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople in an extensive interview with a prominent Jesuit journal.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Way of Cross takes Jesus' point of view to help others carry crosses

VATICAN CITY — People following the Stations of the Cross at Rome's Colosseum this year will be guided in an exercise of imagining what Jesus was thinking and feeling along the Via Dolorosa.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Vatican says no reason found to 'preclude' Chilean bishop's nomination

VATICAN CITY — The appointment of a controversial bishop in Chile was made after a careful review found no "objective reasons" to prevent Bishop Juan Barros from taking over the Diocese of Osorno, the Vatican press office said.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
U.S. priest named bishop of southern Italian eparchy

VATICAN CITY — A Melkite Catholic priest from the U.S. Eparchy of Newton, Mass., has been named to head a diocese in the southern Italian region of Sicily.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Pope names Cardinal Versaldi new prefect of education congregation

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis named 71-year-old Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi, president of the Prefecture of the Economic Affairs of the Holy See since 2011, to be the new prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Church directives seek to keep mafia out of Easter processions

VATICAN CITY — The bishop of a southern Italian diocese has issued new directives aimed at keeping the mafia out of this year's Easter processions.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Imitate Jesus' humility and service, pope says at Palm Sunday Mass
VATICAN CITY — From modern-day martyrs to those who quietly care for the sick or elderly, Pope Francis remembered all those who "sacrifice themselves daily," following Jesus in serving others and giving witness to the Gospel.
Monday, March 30, 2015
Papal aide organizes special Sistine Chapel tour for homeless people

VATICAN CITY — The papal almoner, an archbishop who distributes charitable aid from Pope Francis, planned a special afternoon for about 150 homeless people: a walk through the Vatican Gardens, a visit to the Vatican Museums, private time in the Sistine Chapel and dinner in the museums' cafeteria.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Vatican statistics show modest, steady church growth worldwide

VATICAN CITY — The number of Catholics in the world and the number of priests and permanent deacons rose slightly in 2013, while the number of men and women in religious orders declined, according to Vatican statistics.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
No ifs, ands or buts: Christians must live Christ's way, pope says

VATICAN CITY — Don't be "halfway Christians," who accept Christ, but then start looking for excuses and stammering, "yes, but ..." when it is time to follow his way, Pope Francis said at a morning Mass.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Future of humanity depends on protecting, sharing water, pope says

VATICAN CITY — The future of humanity depends on safeguarding and sharing potable water around the world, Pope Francis said.

Monday, March 23, 2015
Blood of Naples' patron liquefies during pope's visit to cathedral

VATICAN CITY — At the end of Pope Francis' spontaneity-filled meeting with priests, seminarians and religious in the cathedral of Naples, the vial of dried blood of the city's patron saint appeared to miraculously liquefy.

Monday, March 23, 2015
Pope Francis erects Diocese of Nogales, Mexico, just south of U.S.

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has erected a diocese in northern Mexico, located along the border of Arizona. The Diocese of Nogales is in the northern part of Sonora state and includes territory from the Archdiocese of Hermosillo, Mexico, the Vatican announced March 19.

Monday, March 23, 2015
Pope preaches hope to Naples' unemployed, immigrants, prisoners

VATICAN CITY — Hope is the first act of resistance to evil, Pope Francis told the people of Naples as he pleaded for respect for the dignity of immigrants, jobs for the unemployed and the conversion of the city's notorious mafia families.

Monday, March 23, 2015
Pope criticizes rigid judges, says mercy needed for justice

VATICAN CITY — Those who are corrupt, hypocritical and rigidly follow the letter of the law do not know what mercy is, and there can be no justice without mercy, Pope Francis said at a morning Mass.

Monday, March 23, 2015
Latin American bishops testify in D.C. against extractive industries

WASHINGTON — U.S. and Canadian bishops joined their Latin American counterparts who came to Washington to testify over the environmental and social ills wrought by extractive industries such as mining and logging.

Friday, March 20, 2015
Pope asks people walk Way of Cross to find Christ's light, Jesuit says

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis shows people that only by walking the Way of the Cross can they discover the "Way of the Light" -- the glory of God resurrected and the salvation of mankind, said the Jesuit editor of a new book.

Friday, March 20, 2015
Cardinal Kasper urges prayers for upcoming synod on family

ROME — Catholics should let their bishops know their hopes and concerns for the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the family, but even more importantly, they should pray that the Holy Spirit guide the bishops' deliberations, said German Cardinal Walter Kasper.

Friday, March 20, 2015
Encourage, support lay Catholics, pope tells bishops of Japan

VATICAN CITY — To be alive, truly catholic and missionary, Catholic communities need the active participation and witness of laypeople, Pope Francis told the bishops of Japan.

Friday, March 20, 2015
Ivory Coast bishops say Marian text messages not approved by church

VATICAN CITY — The Catholic bishops of Ivory Coast have denounced the increasingly recurrent circulation in their country of emails and text messages claiming to include messages from Mary.

Friday, March 20, 2015
Pope Francis calls death penalty 'unacceptable,' urges abolition

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis came out squarely against the death penalty once again, calling it "unacceptable" regardless of the seriousness of the crime of the condemned.

Friday, March 20, 2015
Pope accepts cardinal's decision to renounce duties, rights of office

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis accepted Scotland Cardinal Keith O'Brien's decision to renounce all "duties and privileges" associated with being a cardinal.

Friday, March 20, 2015
In Holy Year, pope wants to share experience of mercy he had as teen

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis' decision to convoke a special Holy Year of Mercy has its roots in the event that led a teen-age Jorge Mario Bergoglio to the priesthood.

Friday, March 20, 2015
Pope raises profile of Hungarian Byzantine Church

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has reorganized the Hungarian Byzantine Church, raising the status of its existing diocese and creating two others.

Friday, March 20, 2015
British traditionalist bishop is excommunicated for illicit ordination

ROME — A traditionalist bishop who has denied the Holocaust has been automatically excommunicated along with the priest he illicitly ordained a bishop.

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Welcome children, learn from them, pope says at audience

VATICAN CITY — Children are a blessing for humanity and for the church, bringing new life and energy to families and society, Pope Francis said.

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Not just pretty pictures: Church art is catechetical storybook of faith

VATICAN CITY — Having so much world-famous art housed in Rome's churches and chapels has risked turning the city's sacred spaces into sightseer circuses.

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Patriarch rejects calls for outside military intervention in Syria

VATICAN CITY — The head of the Melkite Catholic Church rejected outright all calls for an international military intervention in Syria and urged Pope Francis and all Christian churches to "promote a concrete and realistic road map" to peace in the beleaguered nation.

Thursday, March 19, 2015
The church 'is the house of Jesus' and must always be open, says pope

VATICAN CITY — The church "is the house of Jesus," and Christians must welcome everyone, even bringing those who are unable to make their way on their own, said Pope Francis at morning Mass March 17.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
At Lenten penance service, pope announces Holy Year of Mercy

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis announced an extraordinary jubilee, a Holy Year of Mercy, to highlight the Catholic Church's "mission to be a witness of mercy."

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Doctrinal chief says bishops must be accountable in abuse prevention

VATICAN CITY — Bishops of dioceses around the world have an obligation to work to prevent clerical sexual abuse and to ensure that priests in their dioceses do not commit acts of abuse, said Cardinal Gerhard Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Pope recognizes miracle needed to declare French couple saints

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has approved a miracle so that, for the first time, a married couple can be canonized together.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
U.N. says Pope Francis will visit morning of Sept. 25

UNITED NATIONS — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the announcement that Pope Francis would visit the United Nations the morning of Sept. 25 to address the U.N. General Assembly.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Learn from faithful's daily experience, pope tells Bosnian bishops

VATICAN CITY — In relations with Muslims and with other Christian communities, the bishops of Bosnia-Herzegovina should seek the advice of their Catholic faithful, who work and live every day in a multicultural and multireligious community, Pope Francis said.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Create united front against violence, pope tells Nigeria's bishops

VATICAN CITY — As the people of Nigeria prepared for general elections, Pope Francis wrote to the nations' bishops urging efforts to build up a "culture of encounter" that would create a united front against Boko Haram terrorists and ethnic tensions.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Pope names new nuncio to Cuba

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has tapped his representative in Iraq and Jordan to be the new nuncio to Cuba.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Listen to young people, take seriously their radar for fakes, pope says

VATICAN CITY — Young people are honest and bold in identifying fakes, which is something church leaders should not be afraid of, Pope Francis told the bishops of South Korea and Mongolia.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Christians either follow God or they're corrupt hypocrites, pope says

VATICAN CITY — Christians either love God and their neighbor or they are hypocrites; there is no middle ground, Pope Francis said.

Monday, March 16, 2015
Pope: Kids need values, hope from teachers; teachers need better pay

VATICAN CITY — Teaching is about giving young people, especially troublemakers, values and hope, and it is "an injustice" that today's educators are paid so poorly, Pope Francis said.

Monday, March 16, 2015
Hearing confession is source of grace, conversion for priest, pope says

VATICAN CITY — Hearing a Catholic's confession should be awe-inspiring for a priest, an experience that makes him look at his own life and willingness to convert, Pope Francis told a group of seminarians, new priests and priests who hear confessions in the major basilicas of Rome.

Monday, March 16, 2015
Preaching to the pope: Capuchin says it's an exercise in humility

VATICAN CITY — The first time Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa climbed the steps up to the papal altar in St. Peter's Basilica, he said, "it felt like I was climbing Mount Everest."

Monday, March 16, 2015
After his two years as pope, 'Francis effect' has taken hold

WASHINGTON — Within two years of becoming pope, Pope Francis now has an effect named after him. This "Francis effect" provides both comfort and challenges to Catholics, according to a panel of U.S. Catholic leaders speaking during a March 10 teleconference organized by Faith in Public Life.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
May 23 outdoor Mass set for beatification of Archbishop Romero

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero will be beatified in San Salvador May 23, said Italian Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the postulator or chief promoter of the archbishop's sainthood cause.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Don't be bitter or give up; offer world your wisdom, pope tells seniors

VATICAN CITY — Don't pack it in or shift into cruise control, Pope Francis told his fellow seniors. Today's frenetic world, especially young people and families, needs the older generation's prayers, wisdom and gifts to give them the encouragement, hope and faith they often lack, he said at his weekly general audience March 11.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Italian bishops' newspaper: Archbishop Romero to be beatified May 23

VATICAN CITY — Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero will be beatified in San Salvador May 23, according to the newspaper of the Italian bishops' conference.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Historic cemetery inside Vatican walls is 'little piece of paradise'

VATICAN CITY — A small, inconspicuous cemetery inside the Vatican walls made headlines recently with the burial of a Belgian homeless man, Willy Herteleer.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Pope grants interview about his safety, politics, virtual relationships

VATICAN CITY — A religious procession, a brainstorm session and a few glasses of wine led a group of residents gathered in a shantytown on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina, to come up with a plan to interview Pope Francis.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Catholics urged to support Middle East Christians on Good Friday

VATICAN CITY — Iraqi and Syrian refugees who have fled persecution in their homelands and the Palestinian Christians struggling to survive in the land of Jesus deserve the prayers and material support of Catholics around the globe, a Vatican official said.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Pope: Mass in vernacular helps people understand God, live the faith

ROME — Allowing priests to celebrate Mass in the language of the local congregation rather than in Latin allowed the faithful to understand and be encouraged by the word of God, Pope Francis said.

Monday, March 9, 2015
Pope thanks women as dozens gather in Vatican to share faith stories

VATICAN CITY — On International Women's Day, Pope Francis thanked women, "who in thousands of ways, witness to the Gospel and work in the church."

Monday, March 9, 2015
Let Jesus cleanse you of your sins, pope urges

VATICAN CITY — Christian faith and a moral life are responses to God's mercy and not the result of "titanic" human effort, Pope Francis said.

Monday, March 9, 2015
Pope asks theologians, canon lawyers to focus on mercy

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis asked academics in every discipline of theology -- including moral theology, spirituality and canon law -- to focus on how their area of study "can reflect the centrality of mercy" in the Gospel.

Monday, March 9, 2015
Euthanasia threatens improvements in end-of-life care, experts say

VATICAN CITY — Legalizing euthanasia risks undermining people's access to loving, holistic care as they face the natural end of their life, many experts at a Vatican conference said.

Monday, March 9, 2015
Cardinal: New evangelization fails unless teachings on marriage upheld

CHESTER, England — The new evangelization of Western societies will fail unless the church succeeds in transmitting its teachings on marriage and the family to Catholics, said a U.S. cardinal.

Monday, March 9, 2015
After two years in office, Pope Francis has 90 percent favorable rating

WASHINGTON — Two years after he was elected pope, Pope Francis' popularity rating among U.S. Catholics is at 90 percent, surpassing Pope Benedict XVI's best-ever popularity, and rivaling that of St. John Paul II.

Friday, March 6, 2015
Female staff increases at Vatican, but women are still minority

VATICAN CITY — The number of women working for Vatican City State has nearly doubled in the past 10 years, while the number of women in leadership positions in the Roman Curia remains low, with only two women serving as undersecretaries.

Friday, March 6, 2015
Vatican official: Inequality, destruction of environment chief threats

MAYNOOTH, Ireland — The greatest threats facing humanity are those "that arise from global inequality and the destruction of the environment," said a top Vatican official.

Friday, March 6, 2015
Encouraging someone to go to confession is act of mercy, official says

VATICAN CITY — After going to confession, Catholics should perform a "corporal work of mercy" by inviting someone else to receive the sacrament, said a top Vatican official who deals with matters relating to conscience.

Friday, March 6, 2015
Help 'baptized non-Christians' return to life of faith, pope says

VATICAN CITY — Catholics need to reach out to "baptized non-Christians," those who have forgotten or walked away from their faith, Pope Francis said.

Friday, March 6, 2015
Pope Francis is helping church reach world's 'seekers,' speakers say

ROME — As the second anniversary of Pope Francis' election approached, an international group of philosophers, sociologists and theologians gathered to discuss how to renew the church in a secular age; many said that is exactly what Pope Francis is doing.

Friday, March 6, 2015
Holy See representative urges all states to abolish death penalty

VATICAN CITY — The Catholic Church firmly opposes the death penalty and urges all states to move toward its abolition, said the Vatican's permanent observer to United Nations agencies in Geneva.

Friday, March 6, 2015
Lent is time of 'joy' for Eastern Catholics

VATICAN CITY — "Joy" is not a word people usually associate with strict fasting and penance -- unless they are Eastern-rite Catholics.

Friday, March 6, 2015
Pope: Putting trust in world, not God, blinds people to needs of others

VATICAN CITY — When people trust in the world more than in God, their heart becomes numb and their eyes blind to those in need, Pope Francis said.

Friday, March 6, 2015
Show value of life by affectionately caring for elderly, pope says

VATICAN CITY — The most serious ailment the aged face and the greatest injustice they suffer is abandonment, Pope Francis said.

Friday, March 6, 2015
Feed my sheep: Why shepherding is ideal internship for church leaders

VATICAN CITY — More than just a good metaphor, the "good shepherd" is a concrete role model for Christian leadership.

Friday, March 6, 2015
Pope plans to canonize St. Therese's parents during family synod

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is expected to canonize Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, during the world Synod of Bishops on the family in October.

Friday, March 6, 2015
Ignoring, abandoning the elderly is a sin, pope says

VATICAN CITY — Seeing the elderly only as a burden "is ugly. It's a sin," Pope Francis said at his weekly general audience.

Friday, March 6, 2015
Rules for Vatican finance offices include protection for whistleblowers

VATICAN CITY — New rules governing the guidance, oversight and control of Vatican financial and administrative activities include the power to levy sanctions and take "civil or criminal action" in cases of "damage to assets," as well as providing protection for whistleblowers raising red flags about "anomalous activity."

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Good works are proper response to God's 'exaggerated' pardon, pope says

VATICAN CITY — When the Bible says, "though your sins be like scarlet" God will make them "white as snow," it exaggerates, just like God exaggerates in his willingness to forgive people, Pope Francis said.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Vatican security always on high alert, chief says after IS threats

VATICAN CITY — The head of Vatican security said Islamic State militants have threatened the Vatican, but there are no indications of any planned attack.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
'Who, me? Yes, you.' Fess up to sins, stop judging others, pope says

VATICAN CITY — Drop the innocent look and the habit of judging others, Pope Francis said; recognizing one's own faults and failings is the first requirement of being a good Christian.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Vatican condemns leak of documents on differences over economic reform

VATICAN CITY — As Pope Francis and Vatican officials try to completely revamp the Vatican's economic policies and the procedures at what is commonly called the Vatican bank, differences of opinion are normal, but leaking documents about those discussions is illegal, said the Vatican spokesman.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Profit is tool for measuring success, but people come first, pope says

VATICAN CITY — Profit must never be a Christian's god, although it is one of the tools for measuring the effectiveness of business choices and the ability of a company to help workers feed their families, Pope Francis said.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Longtime worker for migrants says challenges more urgent than ever

VATICAN CITY — Thirty-five years ago, when John Klink was working for Catholic Relief Services in Yemen, Blessed Teresa of Kolkata came to visit her Missionaries of Charities there.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Homeless man of deep faith given funeral, burial in Vatican City

VATICAN CITY — A homeless man who faithfully attended Mass at a church inside Vatican City for decades was buried in a Vatican cemetery after it was discovered he had died and was left unidentified in a hospital morgue.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Pope's 'Mexicanization' comments not meant to offend, Vatican says

SALTILLO, Mexico — A private email from Pope Francis to a personal friend was never meant to offend Mexican sensibilities, the Vatican said in a statement after the message -- which suggested Mexico was synonymous with drugs and violence -- was made public.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Pope names St. Gregory of Narek a doctor of the church

VATICAN CITY — A 10th-century Armenian monk has been named among the doctors of the church.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Grandson's needs prompt Flynn's advocacy for adult stem-cell research

WASHINGTON — A former Boston mayor and U.S. ambassador to the Vatican said his life's work now is being an advocate for the use of adult stem cells in research and treatment of diseases.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Papal palates: Swiss Guard cookbook to hit shelves by summer

VATICAN CITY — A cookbook featuring favorite dishes of the three most-recent popes and their elite military corps will be available this summer in English.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Ukrainian Catholic leader invites pope, says visit could bring peace

VATICAN CITY — The head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church invited Pope Francis to visit the war-torn nation, saying it would help bring peace.

Monday, February 23, 2015

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