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Pope mourns murder of three missionary sisters in Burundi
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Sister Olga Raschietti, 82, pictured in an updated photo, is one of three Xaverian Missionary Sisters of Mary who were murdered in two separate attacks at their residence in Burundi. The three nuns had been working in Burundi, helping the poor and the si ck, the past seven years, Vatican Radio reported.
Catholic News Service photo
Sister Olga Raschietti, 82, pictured in an updated photo, is one of three Xaverian Missionary Sisters of Mary who were murdered in two separate attacks at their residence in Burundi. The three nuns had been working in Burundi, helping the poor and the si ck, the past seven years, Vatican Radio reported.
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis mourned the deaths of three Xaverian Missionary Sisters of Mary, who were murdered in two separate attacks in their residence in Burundi.
Monday, September 8, 2014

Vatican says pope will visit Turkey in November
VATICAN CITY  -- The Vatican confirmed that Pope Francis is planning to visit Turkey "in the last days of November," but said the length of his trip and his agenda in the country have yet to be  determined.
Friday, September 12, 2014
Students, others lead efforts to persuade pope to visit Detroit in 2015
WASHINGTON  -- A grass-roots effort is under way to persuade Pope Francis to visit Detroit should he make a pastoral visit to the United States in 2015 as many hope.
Friday, September 12, 2014
Feast days of Sts. John Paul, John XXIII added to universal calendar
VATICAN CITY  -- In light of "countless requests from every part of the world," Pope Francis has approved putting Sts. John Paul and John XXIII on the church's universal calendar of feast days.
Friday, September 12, 2014
Rome's Non-Catholic Cemetery is also a resting place for the living
ROME  -- Just a few steps away from Rome's traffic jams, blaring sirens and sticky heat, the city's Non-Catholic Cemetery is a garden of breezes and greenery, of crickets, birdsong, roses and pomegranate trees.

Friday, September 12, 2014
Couples with kids, cohabitating are among those marrying at papal Mass
VATICAN CITY  -- Among the men and women Pope Francis was set to unite in marriage were Catholics who have been living together as well as couples who already have children.

Thursday, September 11, 2014
Pope to address European Parliament Nov. 25
VATICAN CITY  -- Pope Francis will address the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, Nov. 25.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Pope appoints two U.S. priests to help tackle sexual abuse of minors
VATICAN CITY  -- Pope Francis appointed two U.S. priests to top positions at the Vatican for dealing with the sexual abuse of minors.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Pope: Just as God freely offers salvation, don't give hoping to benefit
VATICAN CITY  -- Christians are called to help those who have nothing to give and love those who don't love back, Pope Francis said.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Pope: Just as God freely offers salvation, don't give hoping to benefit
VATICAN CITY  -- Christians are called to help those who have nothing to give and love those who don't love back, Pope Francis said.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Pope sends condolences to family of second journalist slain by ISIS
MIAMI  -- Pope Francis sent a letter of condolence to the family a Steven Sotloff, the second U.S. journalist slain this summer by ISIS, also known as Islamic State.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Cardinal Brady, retiring from Armagh, says Pope Francis 'inspires me'
DUBLIN — The 2013 conclave that elected Pope Francis was "the highlight of my life," said Cardinal Sean Brady, the day the pope accepted his resignation as archbishop of Armagh, Northern Ireland.
Monday, September 8, 2014
Pope cites 3 lessons from Mary: Be joyful, help others, never give up
VATICAN CITY — When a mother has a birthday, children send their greetings and love, so make sure to do the same thing on the feast of the Nativity of Mary, Pope Francis said.
Monday, September 8, 2014
Pope says war is senseless slaughter, can always be avoided
VATICAN CITY — War is just "senseless slaughter" and should never be seen as inevitable or a done deal, Pope Francis says.
Monday, September 8, 2014
Irish Vincentians return Jackie Kennedy's letters to family
DUBLIN — Letters between former U.S. first lady Jacqueline Kennedy and a Dublin-based priest have been returned to the Kennedy family.
Monday, September 8, 2014
Pope Francis is only leader respected enough to end today's wars, Peres says
VATICAN CITY — Former Israeli President Shimon Peres asked Pope Francis to head a parallel United Nations called the "United Religions" to counter religious extremism in the world today.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Church cracks down on Catholics ensnared in murderous code of revenge
VATICAN CITY — Hidden beneath Albania's long legacy of interreligious harmony and peace lie the turmoil and bloodshed of an ancient vigilante code that affects thousands of families, many of them Catholic.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Pope says Iraq's persecuted Christians are true, bold witnesses of Christ
VATICAN CITY — Iraqi Christians are true and courageous witnesses of Christ's message of hope, forgiveness and love, Pope Francis says.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
In their homes, hearts, Albania's faithful defied atheist regime
VATICAN CITY — Walking to a cemetery on All Saints' Day, watching television past 10 p.m., even slaughtering a kid goat on Easter were once so highly suspect in Albania, they would trigger neighborhood spies to tip off communist authorities.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Pope Francis' visit expected to give Albanians hope, healing
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis' choice of Albania as the destination of his first international trip in Europe reflects his trademark pastoral approach: Head to the peripheries, bring healing to the suffering.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Pope blesses international, interfaith soccer match for peace
VATICAN CITY — Taking up a suggestion from Pope Francis, Argentine Diego Maradona and other soccer stars past and present played an "Interreligious Match for Peace" and tolerance Sept. 1, drawing some 20,000 spectators to Rome's Olympic Stadium.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Wartime pontiff started tradition of papal peacemaking
VATICAN CITY — Among the various World War I-related anniversaries of this centennial year, the election of Pope Benedict XV, 100 years ago Sept. 3, is apt to be one of the less widely observed.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Pope to Gaza's Catholics: Be Christ's witness in midst of conflict
VATICAN CITY — The priest leading the Gaza Strip's only Catholic parish met with Pope Francis at the Vatican, thanking him for his support of those suffering in the war-torn territory.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Pope Francis to preside over joint wedding at Vatican
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will preside over his first wedding ceremony as pontiff during a nuptial Mass in St. Peter's Basilica Sept. 14.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Being envious, mean-spirited may be human, but it's not Christian, pope says
VATICAN CITY — Envy, jealousy and meanness are human instincts, but they are not Christian, since the division they cause among believers is the work of the devil, Pope Francis said.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Pope names Philadelphia auxiliary bishop to head Toledo Diocese
WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has named an auxiliary bishop of Philadelphia, Bishop Daniel Thomas, to head the Diocese of Toledo, Ohio.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Defrocked nuncio could stand trial in Dominican Republic
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican denies covering up for a former papal ambassador accused of sexually abusing boys, suggesting he might have to stand trial on the charges in the Dominican Republic.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Pope phones family of slain U.S. journalist

NEW YORK — Pope Francis phoned the bereaved family of James Foley, a U.S. journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Syria.

Pope's 2015 World Peace Day message will focus on human trafficking

VATICAN CITY — Human trafficking destroys the lives of millions of children, women and men each year, making it a real threat to peace, the Vatican said as it announced Pope Francis' 2015 World Peace Day message would focus on the phenomenon.

Former sex slave says she still feels impact of meeting with pope

SEOUL, South Korea — A day after Pope Francis left South Korea, a former sex slave who spent a few minutes with the pontiff said she still felt the impact of their meeting.

Pope asks prayers after great nephews, their mother die in car crash
Pope Francis asked people to join him in prayer Aug. 19 after he learned that two of his little great nephews and their mother had died in a car crash in Argentina and his nephew was in critical condition.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Pope talks airstrikes in Iraq, his health, possible U.S. visit

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM SEOUL, South Korea — Pope Francis said the use of force can be justified to stop "unjust aggressors" such as Islamic State militants in northeastern Iraq, but he declined to endorse U.S. military airstrikes against the militants and said such humanitarian interventions should not be decided on by any single country.

800,000 watch as pope moves 124 Korean martyrs closer to sainthood
SEOUL, South Korea — Pope Francis placed 124 Korean martyrs on the last step toward sainthood in a beatification Mass Aug. 16 that brought elation to the 800,000 people in attendance.
Pope meets and honors Korean laypeople, religious and disabled
KKOTTONGNAE, South Korea — Pope Francis visited a set of Korean Catholic institutions exemplifying some of his highest priorities for the church, including engagement of laypeople and dedication to the needy
Pope calls on Catholics to dialogue with China, other Asian societies
SEOUL, South Korea — Speaking at the execution site of anonymous Korean martyrs, Pope Francis told Catholic bishops and young laypeople from across Asia to evangelize their continent through dialogue and openness, even with others suspicious or intolerant of the church. But he also urged them to challenge aspects of their cultures incompatible with Christian values.
Pope tells Asians to witness to Christ in all aspects of life
SEOSAN, South Korea — Pope Francis told young Asian Catholic leaders to witness to Christ in everything they do.
Hundreds brave rain to try to get final glimpse of pope in South Korea
SEOUL, South Korea — Hundreds of Catholic faithful and non-Catholic admirers of Pope Francis braved the pouring rain to try to get a glimpse of him outside his final Mass before he left South Korea.
Charity, forgiveness keys to Korean reunification, says pope
SEOUL, South Korea — Pope Francis told Korean Catholics that the reunification of their divided peninsula as well as the harmony of South Korean society depend on the practice of Gospel virtues, especially charity and forgiveness.
Pope says forgiveness key to reconciling divided Korea
SEOUL, South Korea — Addressing young people from Korea and other Asian countries on their concerns about the future, Pope Francis said the best hope for reunification of the divided Korean peninsula lay in brotherly love and a spirit of forgiveness.
At stadium Mass, pope tells Koreans to resist materialism
SEOUL, South Korea — Celebrating Mass before some 50,000 people, Pope Francis prayed that Christian values overcome demoralization in economically successful societies.
Pope tells Korean bishops to keep evangelization as primary mission
SEOUL, South Korea — Pope Francis warned South Korea's Catholic bishops not to let their country's "prosperous, yet increasingly secularized and materialistic society" distract the church from its essential duty to evangelize.
In South Korea, pope calls for peace, democracy and social justice
SEOUL, South Korea — Starting his first visit to Asia, Pope Francis urged South Korean political and civic leaders to seek peace on their divided peninsula and strengthen their nation's commitment to democracy and social justice.
Pope mourns Italian journalist killed in Gaza Strip
ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT TO SEOUL, South Korea — Greeting reporters accompanying him to Korea Aug. 13, Pope Francis mourned an Italian video journalist killed earlier the same day in the Gaza Strip and urged journalists to serve as messengers of peace.
Pope to U.N.: Act to end the tragedy in Iraq
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis formally asked U.N. agencies and the entire international community "to take action to end the humanitarian tragedy now underway" in northeastern Iraq.
Pope's appeal for peace in Iraq: 'Stop these crimes'
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis condemned the actions of Islamic State militants in Iraq, saying that persecuting Christians and other minorities "seriously offends God and seriously offends humanity."
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Time to act: Church teaches duty to intervene to prevent genocide
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has echoed a century of papal pleas: "No more war!" But, referring to the outrageous violations of human rights taking place in northeastern Iraq, he also begged, "Stop these crimes!"
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Vatican calls on Muslim leaders to condemn Islamic State
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican called on Muslim leaders to condemn the "barbarity" and "unspeakable criminal acts" of Islamic State militants in Iraq, saying a failure to do so would jeopardize the future of interreligious dialogue.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Cardinal hopes pope's visit to Philippines gives push to peace process
ORLANDO, Fla. — A Philippine cardinal now serving on the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue says Pope Francis' visit to the island nation in January will be of interest to regional Muslims associated with an Islamic-affiliated separatist movement.
Monday, August 11, 2014
Vatican opens gardens of summer villa

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy — The aisle is paved with stone from an ancient Roman road; the apse is made of carefully trimmed evergreen bushes; the columns are tall, thin cypress trees; and the nave is a lily pond, complete with gold fish.

Thursday, August 7, 2014
Pope asks for international action to help Iraq's persecuted Christians
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis asked Catholics around the world to pray for tens of thousands of Christians from villages in northeastern Iraq who were forced from their homes in the middle of the night by Islamic State militants.
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Family love gives security, ability to hope for better world, pope says
VATICAN CITY — A healthy society relies on citizens who learn love, responsibility, loyalty, acceptance of others and solidarity from their family relationships, Pope Francis says.
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Pope's Korea trip seen as chance for Catholics to renew their faith
NORTHVILLE, Mich. — When St. John Paul canonized 103 Korean martyrs in 1984 in Seoul, South Korea, Dr. Alexius Hong was there to attend the canonization Mass.
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Pope's finance chief talks Vatican reform
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis wants a "poor church for the poor," but that "doesn't necessarily mean a church with empty coffers," said Cardinal George Pell, "and it certainly doesn't mean a church that is sloppy or inefficient or open to being robbed."
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Filipino church leaders discuss pope's upcoming visit
ORLANDO, Fla. -- A cardinal from the Philippines visiting the U.S. thanked the Knights of Columbus for the organization's financial support following last year's devastating Typhoon Haiyan and noted the upcoming visit of Pope Francis next January.
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Pope offers prayers for victims of earthquake in China
As Chinese authorities raised the official death toll from an Aug. 3 earthquake in the southern Yunnan province, Pope Francis offered public prayers for the victims and their families.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Pope urges faithful to memorize the beatitudes, assess their care for the needy
VATICAN CITY — Christians should memorize not only the Ten Commandments but also the beatitudes, which Jesus taught as the path to true happiness, Pope Francis says.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Pope urges young people to use their freedom to share love, faith
VATICAN CITY — Meeting 50,000 altar servers, Pope Francis urged young Catholics to make careful use of their freedom, treasure their dignity as sons and daughters of God and make time to pray each day.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
To live in evangelical poverty, learn about finance, Vatican tells Religious
VATICAN CITY — Taking a vow of poverty does not and should not mean living in ignorance of the economic realities connected to community life and a mission of serving the world in the name of the church, Vatican officials wrote in a letter to members of Religious communities.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Americans in South Korea build Catholic faith
MANILA, Philippines — Maryknoll Sister Jean Maloney first arrived in South Korea to work as a nurse after the Korean War ended more than 50 years ago.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Pope lifts suspension of Father D'Escoto, former Sandinista official
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has lifted the suspension of Maryknoll Father Miguel D'Escoto Brockmann, who was ordered 29 years ago to stop exercising his priestly ministry because he refused to give up his political position in Nicaragua's Sandinista government.
Monday, August 4, 2014
Australia's Cardinal Clancy dies at age 90
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis offered his condolences to the people of the Archdiocese of Sydney after Australian Cardinal Edward Bede Clancy, the former archbishop, died Aug. 3 at the age of 90.
Monday, August 4, 2014
Compassion, sharing, Eucharist: Steps on the path to heaven, pope says
VATICAN CITY — Going forward for Communion at Mass, Catholics must do so with a desire to imitate Jesus' compassion for others and with a commitment to sharing what they have, Pope Francis said.
Monday, August 4, 2014
Sign of peace at Mass: Vatican says it stays, but urges education
VATICAN CITY — The sign of peace at Mass has not always led to serenity among liturgists or within the congregations gathered each Sunday in Catholic churches around the world.
Monday, August 4, 2014
On St. Ignatius feast, pope meets family of Jesuit kidnapped in Syria
ROME — Pope Francis, a Jesuit, celebrated the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola by meeting the family of a Jesuit kidnapped in Syria a year ago and joining them and priests at the Jesuit headquarters for lunch.
Friday, August 1, 2014
Shakespeare in Italy: It's more than park productions, expert says
ROME — Shakespeare in the Park is a natural summer activity in many cities, but when the park is in Rome, questions about the playwright's faith and philosophy seem particularly pertinent.
Friday, August 1, 2014
Vatican tells Paraguayan bishop to stop ordaining priests
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — The Vatican has told the bishop in the Diocese of Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, to stop ordaining priests amid ongoing allegations of sexual abuse committed by a high-ranking diocesan official.
Friday, August 1, 2014
Pope, visiting Albania Sept. 21, will meet officials, children
VATICAN CITY — After a quick flight over Italy and the Adriatic Sea, Pope Francis will make an 11-hour visit to Albania Sept. 21, making time to meet with the nation's leaders and bishops, but also spending time with disadvantaged children and other people assisted by Catholic charitable organizations.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Changing needs, changing focus: Councils advise, encourage church
VATICAN CITY — The Roman Curia did not have any "pontifical councils" until 1967, but since then they have become a popular structure for focusing attention on practical areas of life in the church and the world.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Pope Francis thanks Irish teenager for supporting mother
Not many Irish teenagers can claim to have received a personal letter from Pope Francis. But Co Carlow’s Nicole Kane, 14, can. The letter is short and to the point. Dated July 15th, with the papal coat of arms at the top and the “Vatican” as address, it begins : “Dear Nicole . . .”
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Pope to visit Philippines in January
MANILA, Philippines — Pope Francis will visit the Philippines Jan. 15-19, after spending several days in Sri Lanka.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Pope Francis tells his top 10 guides to happiness
VATICAN CITY — Slowing down, being generous and fighting for peace are part of Pope Francis' guide for happiness.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Let me call you 'brother': Pope takes ecumenism one step at a time
VATICAN CITY — The only name Pope Francis wants divided Christians to call each other is "brother" or "sister."
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
New Jesuit Refugee Service director selected
ROME — Father Adolfo Nicolas, superior of the Jesuits, has named Thomas Smolich, outgoing president of the U.S. Jesuit Conference, to be the next director of Jesuit Refugee Service.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Like good shepherd, church must seek out, help abused, says abuse survivor
VATICAN CITY — Just as Jesus commanded pastors to leave their flock to find the lost sheep, the church must set out in search of all those who have been abused by clergy and offer them help, says one abuse survivor.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Former 'guardian' of Vatican artistic patrimony dies at 85
VATICAN CITY — Once the "guardian" of the early Christian catacombs of Rome and the Vatican's priceless artworks by Michelangelo, Raphael and other masters, Italian Cardinal Francesco Marchisano died July 27 at the age of 85.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Resist mafia's evil, protect environment, pope says in Caserta
VATICAN CITY — Being Christian is putting God first in one's life, which means having "the courage to say no to evil, violence and exploitation," Pope Francis said, visiting another southern Italian town scarred by mafia crime.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Gossip, anger, bitterness come when celibacy is sterility, pope says
VATICAN CITY — One of the dangers of a "sterile" form of celibacy is bitterness and gossip, Pope Francis told a group of priests and bishops in Caserta.
Monday, July 28, 2014
All is lost with war, especially children's lives, future, pope says
VATICAN CITY — It's time to stop war, fighting and conflicts, which do nothing but kill and maim, leaving children unexploded ordnance for toys and lives without happiness, Pope Francis said.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Changes in synod process designed to increase discussion, cardinal says
VATICAN CITY — The extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family will be shorter than a usual synod and will include new rules aimed at helping the bishops really grapple with the issues together, said the general secretary of the synod.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Hold the sauce: Pope heads to Vatican cafeteria for Friday fish menu
VATICAN CITY — Taking the chef completely by surprise, Pope Francis unexpectedly showed up to eat with the Vatican's blue collar workers at their cafeteria in the tiny city-state's "industrial park."
Pope to visit Philadelphia
FARGO, N.D. — Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput said Pope Francis has accepted his invitation to attend the World Meeting of Families in the U.S. next year.
Friday, July 25, 2014
New York mayor says it would be 'extraordinary moment' if pope visited
NEW YORK — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said it would be an "extraordinary moment for our city and an extraordinary honor" if Pope Francis visited the Big Apple in September 2015, when the World Meeting of Families takes place in Philadelphia.
Friday, July 25, 2014
Vatican revising canon law on abuse penalties
VATICAN CITY  -- Church law has procedures and penalties for effectively dealing with allegations of clerical sexual abuse, but the Vatican is working to revise a section of the Code of Canon Law to make those norms and procedures clearer and, therefore, more effective, said the president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts.

Friday, July 25, 2014
Italian bishops try to reveal truth behind mafia's faith
VATICAN CITY — The godfather who stands up for a child's baptism one day and spends the rest of the week running a brutal crime ring is not the stuff of movies.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Free from ordeal in Sudan, woman condemned for apostasy meets pope
VATICAN CITY — Meeting the Sudanese woman who risked execution for not renouncing her Catholic faith, Pope Francis thanked Meriam Ibrahim for her steadfast witness to Christ.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Cathedral rector named auxiliary bishop of U.S. Syro-Malabar diocese
WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has appointed the rector of the Syro-Malabar cathedral in Bellwood, Illinois, to be an auxiliary bishop for the Chicago-based Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of St. Thomas.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Korean priest says homeland needs to hear pope's message of simplicity
HONOLULU — Father Jong Ki Kim is excited that Pope Francis's first major trip to Asia will be to his home diocese, Daejeon, South Korea, and that he and 23 others from Hawaii's Korean Catholic Community will be there.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Expulsion of Christians a 'crime against humanity,' Mosul bishop says
VATICAN CITY — Backed up by death threats and property seizures, the expulsion of the entire Christian community from Mosul is "a crime against humanity," said an archbishop from Mosul.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Leo XIII anonymously published riddles in Latin
VATICAN CITY — Going by the pseudonym "X," Pope Leo XIII anonymously crafted poetic puzzles in Latin for a Roman periodical at  the turn of the 19th century.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
U.S. bishops' top ecumenical officer to advise Vatican
VATICAN CITY — Among the new members and consultants Pope Francis named to the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity is Father John Crossin, the executive director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Pope calls for prayers as militants chase all Christians out of Mosul
VATICAN CITY — As the last Iraqi Christians in Mosul flee the city, Pope Francis urgently called for prayers, dialogue and peace.
Monday, July 21, 2014
Pope's Pentecostal bishop-friend dies in motorcycle accident
VATICAN CITY — The Pentecostal bishop who used his iPhone to film a video of Pope Francis addressing other Pentecostals died July 20 after a motorcycle accident.
Monday, July 21, 2014
Papal visit to South Korea: Legacy of martyrs, lay leadership lives on
VATICAN CITY — When Pope Francis visits South Korea Aug. 14-18,  he will find a Catholic Church that exemplifies much of what he hopes for the church around the world, including a highly active laity, extensive efforts to help the needy and strong relations with  non-Christian communities. So says a retired American missionary who spent nearly half a century building up Catholicism in the country.

Monday, July 21, 2014
Pope prays for victims of downed plane, urges peace in Ukraine
VATICAN CITY — Though exactly what happened to Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 remains unclear, Pope Francis offered prayers for the 298 passengers and crew members who died when it came down in eastern Ukraine.
Friday, July 18, 2014
Religious processions have no room for mafiosi, Calabrian bishops say
VATICAN CITY — Catholics in mafia areas of southern Italy have to stop simply talking about Christ and become "credible witnesses" by purifying popular local celebrations of anything that hints of a mix of Christianity and tolerance for organized crime, the bishops of Calabria say.
Friday, July 18, 2014
Muslims, Christians work for peace, especially in war zones, Tauran says
VATICAN CITY — Christians and Muslims should work together to bring peace and reconciliation, especially where the two communities face "the horror of war," said Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran.
Friday, July 18, 2014
Pope urges Israeli, Palestinian leaders to end Holy Land hostilities
VATICAN CITY — Expressing his serious concerns over the escalating violence in the Holy Land, Pope Francis telephoned Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, urging all sides to end hostilities and build peace.
Friday, July 18, 2014
Pope going to Caserta for Mass, then to meet Pentecostals
VATICAN CITY — Although Pope Francis planned to make a short, private visit to Caserta in southern Italy specifically to visit a Pentecostal pastor he knows from Argentina, the 130-mile trip has taken a new form — two forms, to be exact.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Cease-fire gives Gaza civilians chance to assess damage, seek aid
VATICAN CITY — Civilians in Gaza used a brief cease-fire to spill onto the streets and replenish scarce supplies, some church representatives said.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Jesus would have been a great TV evangelist, papal preacher says
VATICAN CITY — The Gospel is made for television and Jesus Christ  would have been a perfect on-air evangelist, said the papal preacher.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Vatican official praises Camillians' service, meets Irish Religious
KILLUCAN, Ireland — The head of the Vatican's congregation that  deals with the world's Religious paid tribute to the Camillian Fathers' commitment to caring for the sick and the elderly over the past 400 years.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Papal astronomer wins recognition for excellence in communication
VATICAN CITY — A papal astronomer won recognition for his ability to communicate accurately and clearly the discoveries of planetary science to the general public.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Vatican bank opens up about its operations
VATICAN CITY — One week after publishing highlights of its 2013 financial statement, the Institute for the Works of Religion — commonly called the Vatican bank — released a 107-page, detailed financial report for the year.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Vatican to support help for 'humanitarian emergency' of child migrants
MEXICO CITY — The Vatican's secretary of state pledged full support for addressing the issue of child migrants streaming out Central America in search of safety and family reunification in the United States.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Vatican questions accuracy of latest papal interview
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican says the latest published interview with Pope Francis, in which he says fighting sex abuse and the mafia will be priorities of his pontificate, should not be considered a record of his exact words.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Stop throwaway culture now before another generation is lost, pope urges
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis urged a group of economists and financiers to help reverse the current "throwaway" culture and put people at the center -- not the fringes -- of monetary strategies and policies.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Pope says headache, nausea forced him to cancel hospital visit
VATICAN CITY — Apologizing for missing his late June visit to the patients and staff at Rome's Gemelli Hospital, Pope Francis explained that a headache he'd had since morning suddenly worsened and he became nauseated, forcing him to cancel the visit at the last minute.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Pope says prayer is never in vain
VATICAN CITY — Praying for peace is never a useless exercise — it keeps evil at bay and helps people not give in to violence, Pope Francis says.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Pope names three auxiliary bishops for Hong Kong
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has named three auxiliary bishops for the Diocese of Hong Kong. They are the diocesan vicar general, the head of Opus Dei for East Asia and the former regional superior of the Franciscan friars.
Friday, July 11, 2014
Lead by example: Pope offers abuse victims open ear, open heart
VATICAN CITY — More than a meeting and homily, Pope Francis laid out a clear road map for the church when he celebrated Mass and welcomed abuse survivors to the Vatican.
Friday, July 11, 2014
After pope's condemnation of mafia, bishop bans processions
VATICAN CITY — A bishop in Calabria, Italy, has ordered an end to all religious processions in his diocese after 30 men carrying a large statue of Mary and hundreds of people accompanying the statue paused and bowed in front of the house of a mafia boss.
Friday, July 11, 2014
Pope planning visit to Pentecostal church in Italy
VATICAN CITY — In late July, Pope Francis will pay a brief, "private visit" to the Italian church of a Pentecostal pastor he knows from Argentina.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Seafarers remembered in prayers
VATICAN CITY — Catholics around the world are asked to remember in their prayers the 1.2 million seafarers around the world working in risky conditions far from their families to bring them goods they consume each day.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Vatican names committee to help revamp communications, media outreach
VATICAN CITY — Seven months after hiring a consulting firm to study the Vatican's communications structures, the Vatican has set up an 11-member committee -- which includes Our Sunday Visitor's Greg Erlandson -- to suggest ways to increase collaboration and cut costs.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Vatican budgets for 2013 show surplus of 8.5 million euros
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican's final budget figures for 2013 shows a deficit on the part of the Roman Curia, but a strong performance by entities falling under the separate Vatican City State budget covered the deficit and helped the Vatican end the year 8.5 million euros ($11.6 million) in the black.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
The mafia and religion make headlines after pope's condemnation
VATICAN CITY — When the 30 men carrying a large statue of Mary and the hundreds of people accompanying the statue in southern Italy paused and bowed in front of the house of a presumed mafia boss, the local bishop denounced them as blasphemous.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Vatican bank preparing for big changes in governance, structure
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican Bank is preparing for big changes in its governance and structure.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Abuse crisis is not closed while people still suffer, Martin says
ROME — The crisis of child abuse by clergy is not a thing of the past — it will linger until the church humbly and courageously reaches out to all people still suffering in silence, says Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Irish abuse victim who met with pope calls it 'huge vindication'
DUBLIN — One of the Irish survivors of clerical sexual abuse who met Pope Francis July 7 described the encounter as a "huge vindication" for her.
Monday, July 7, 2014
Philippine bishops reiterate call to be more like Pope Francis
MANILA, Philippines  — The head of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines reiterated a call to be more like Pope Francis as the Asian country prepares for the pontiff's upcoming visit.
Monday, July 7, 2014
Vatican reform in discussion phase, bank in transition, spokesman says
VATICAN CITY -- Consultations and assessments concerning the overhaul of the Vatican bureaucracy and its finances continued as Pope Francis met for a fifth series of meetings with his international Council of Cardinals.
Monday, July 7, 2014
High youth unemployment rates are 'defeat' for society, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- Job creation, respect for the environment and the second chances God grants to every sinner were recurring themes as Pope Francis visited the southern Italian region of Molise July 5.

Monday, July 7, 2014
Vatican names Jesuit canon lawyer adviser to Legionaries of Christ
VATICAN CITY  -- Although the Legionaries of Christ have returned to a normal form of self-governance, the Vatican named a top canon lawyer as a special adviser to the Religious community.
Monday, July 7, 2014
Text of pope's homily during Mass with survivors of clerical sex abuse
VATICAN CITY  -- Here is the Vatican's English translation of the homily Pope Francis gave in Spanish during the Mass with victims of clerical sexual abuse:

Monday, July 7, 2014
Pope: Migrants' deaths should provoke sadness, action, not indifference
VATICAN CITY — The tragic deaths of thousands of men, women and children who die while searching for a better future should trigger compassion and action, not indifference, Pope Francis said.
Monday, July 7, 2014
Pope meets sex abuse victims, says clergy actions cloaked in complicity
VATICAN CITY — Asking for forgiveness, Pope Francis told abuse survivors that "despicable actions" caused by clergy have been hidden for too long and had been "camouflaged with a complicity that cannot be explained."
Monday, July 7, 2014
Vatican formally recognizes international association of exorcists
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican formally recognized an international association of exorcists founded by Pauline Father Gabriele Amorth, an Italian priest renowned for his work in dispelling demons.
Monday, July 7, 2014
Pope speaks openly of ways his pontificate may end
VATICAN CITY — Sympathizing with all the unknowns facing young people today, Pope Francis — half joking — said it is easier for a pope because he knows where his earthly life will end.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Divine Mercy is focus of official logo, prayer of World Youth Day 2016
VATICAN CITY — The official logo and prayer for World Youth Day 2016 were unveiled in the event's host city — Krakow, Poland — by the city's archbishop, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Pope urges complete ban on producing, using landmines
VATICAN CITY — Landmines wound innocent civilians, "prolong war and nurture fear" long after conflicts have ended, Pope Francis told delegates working on the full implementation of an international treaty banning the production and use of anti-personnel mines.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
New Jersey auxiliary bishop to head Fall River, Massachusetts, Diocese
WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop George W. Coleman of Fall River, Massachusetts, and appointed Auxiliary Bishop Edgar da Cunha of Newark, New Jersey, as his successor.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Vatican reform in discussion phase, bank in transition, spokesman says
VATICAN CITY — Consultations and assessments concerning the overhaul of the Vatican bureaucracy and its finances continued as Pope Francis met for a fifth series of meetings with his international Council of Cardinals.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Pope phones Rome rabbi, offers condolences over murder Israeli teens' murder
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis telephoned Rome's chief rabbi to personally express his sadness over the murder of three kidnapped Israeli teens whose bodies were found June 30 in Hebron, West Bank.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
New nuncio to U.N. is Filipino prelate who helped quake-struck Haiti
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis named a Filipino archbishop, who helped lead and rebuild the church in Haiti after its devastating earthquake, as the Vatican representative at the United Nations in New York.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Social ills are result of political, not just moral failures, pope says
VATICAN CITY — Many of today's social ills are driven by a lack of adequate social policies and government support, not just selfishness and moral degradation, Pope Francis said.
Monday, June 30, 2014
Pope tells new archbishops to stay focused on following Jesus
VATICAN CITY — After placing woolen bands, called palliums, over the shoulders of 24 archbishops from around the world, Pope Francis urged them to trust in God and not seek refuge in power or prestige.
Monday, June 30, 2014
Christians without Mary in their life are orphans, pope says
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis told a group of young people discerning a religious vocation to never go it alone, but always stay by their mother, Mary.
Monday, June 30, 2014
Vatican laicizes former nuncio in connection to abuse allegations
VATICAN CITY — A Vatican investigation has led to the expulsion of a former Vatican ambassador from the priesthood in response to allegations of sexually abusing minors.
Pope: Love's giving, not receiving; it's best through action, not words
VATICAN CITY — Love is more about giving than receiving and is best expressed through action, not words, Pope Francis said.
Chancellor of Lansing Diocese to be bishop of Gaylord, Michigan
WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has named Msgr. Steven Raica, 61, chancellor of the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan, to be the bishop of Gaylord, Michigan.
Pope: Everyone must have more access to scientific knowledge, training
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis reaffirmed the church's commitment to dialogue with the world of science and asked that all men and women have greater access to scientific research and training.
Founders of Korean church among martyrs Pope Francis will beatify
MANILA, Philippines — When Pope Francis goes to South Korea in August, he will put 124 martyrs on the path to sainthood. Many in this group established the Catholic Church in that East Asian country.
Fall synod to review state of family
VATICAN CITY — Representatives of the world's Catholic bishops, meeting together in a synod, are not expected to make any formal proposals about the church's pastoral care of families until after a second, larger gathering in 2015.
Friday, June 27, 2014
Peace can always prevail despite 'grievous attacks,' pope says
VATICAN CITY  -- Despite "grievous attacks" around the world, peace can always flourish through God's grace and people's loving generosity, Pope Francis said.
Pope: People drawn to caring shepherd, not moralists, the power-hungry
VATICAN CITY — People were drawn to Jesus because he was a good shepherd — not a moralist, not power-hungry, not a revolutionary and not a hermit, Pope Francis said.
Synod document cites cultural and economic threats to family
VATICAN CITY — The working document for the October 2014 extraordinary Synod of Bishops offers a picture of the Catholic Church today struggling to preach the Gospel and transmit moral teachings amid a "widespread cultural, social and spiritual crisis" of the family.
Pope met Franciscan seminarians after order's seminary closed
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis met privately in early June with seminarians belonging to the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate Conception, a religious order placed under the direction of an apostolic commissioner a year earlier.
Church is essential for faith, pope says
VATICAN CITY — Christians are not made in a laboratory, but in a community called the church, Pope Francis says.
Vatican denies Boston parishioners' final appeal to keep churches open
WASHINGTON — Parishioners who have occupied a closed Massachusetts Catholic church for nearly a decade said they plan one final petition to Pope Francis to prevent the building from being sold by the Boston Archdiocese.
Pope points to St. John the Baptist as model for evangelizing
VATICAN CITY — In sharing the Gospel with others, Christians must be like St. John the Baptist, preparing the way for the Lord, pointing him out to others, then stepping aside, Pope Francis said.
Pope calls torture a 'very grave sin'
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis called for the abolition of torture, which he condemned as a "very grave sin."
The pope stopped outside their house
VATICAN CITY — Pamela Mauro thought it was unlikely Pope Francis would stop at her house, “but seeing how he is, I decided to try anyway.”

Pope condemns mafia, says members are excommunicated
VATICAN CITY — In the stronghold of an Italian crime syndicate believed to be richer and more powerful than the Sicilian Mafia, Pope Francis said, "Those who follow the path of evil, like the mafiosi do, are not in communion with God; they are excommunicated!"
Pope condemns mafia, says members are excommunicated
VATICAN CITY  -- In the stronghold of an Italian crime syndicate believed to be richer and more powerful than the Sicilian Mafia, Pope Francis said, "Those who follow the path of evil, like the mafiosi do,  are not in communion with God; they are excommunicated!"
Vatican declares Chilean bishop innocent of sexual abuse charges
SANTIAGO, Chile — After almost a year of investigation, the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith concluded that Bishop Cristian Contreras Molina of San Felipe was innocent of the child abuse accusations made against him.
Vatican publishes reflection on discerning essentials of faith
VATICAN CITY — When a significant portion of the Catholic faithful ignore or reject a church teaching, it is often — but not always — a sign that social and cultural pressures are weakening their faith or that church leaders simply have not found a way to explain the teaching, said members of the International Theological Commission.
Catholic media urged to bring fresh energy, compassion to their work
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Pope Francis' dream for the Catholic Church is to not only be a teacher but also a mother "caressing her children with compassion," the president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications told members of the Catholic media.
Religious liberty includes being able to live faith's values, pope says
VATICAN CITY  -- Real religious liberty includes the freedom to live according to the values taught by one's faith, Pope Francis says.
Store up the lasting treasures of loving God, others, pope says
VATICAN CITY — Attachments to money, beauty and power are forms of slavery that make one's heart old and cold, cutting the person off from God and from others, Pope Francis says.
Say 'no' to drugs, but 'yes' to life, love, job creation, pope says
VATICAN CITY  -- Pope Francis says legalizing marijuana and other so-called "recreational drugs" has never curbed drug addiction rates and has little impact on the criminal organizations trafficking drugs around the world.
Pope on Corpus Christi: Jesus in the Eucharist gives life, love
ROME — Jesus is the living bread that can satisfy a person's deepest yearnings, Pope Francis said on the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ.
Camillians elect new superior to lead after arrest of previous head
ROME — Saying they wanted to "look forward with renewed commitment," the Camillian Fathers and Brothers elected a 59-year-old Brazilian as superior general seven months after the previous superior was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping.
Because of distance, pope passes on walk in Corpus Christi procession
VATICAN CITY — Because he is experiencing some trouble walking long distances, Pope Francis decided not to join the Corpus Christi procession after the Mass he celebrate the evening of June 19, the Vatican spokesman said.
Baltimore auxiliary bishop to head Massachusetts diocese
WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has appointed Auxiliary Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski of Baltimore as bishop of the Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts.
Pope lightens his summer schedule, as he did in 2013
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis' schedule for summer 2014 is almost an exact duplicate of the schedule he kept in 2013, except he will be making an August trip to South Korea for Asian Youth Day. Last year, he traveled to Brazil in July for World Youth Day.
During South Korea trip, pope will beatify martyrs, meet Asian youths
VATICAN CITY — The Korean martyrs who gave their lives for the faith, the young people who will be the leaders of the church across Asia and people with disabilities are the key features of the schedule prepared for Pope Francis when he visits South Korea in mid-August.
Pope asks prayers, dignified welcome for refugees
VATICAN CITY — Addressing Mary as "mother of refugees," Pope Francis offered prayers for the millions of people in the world forced to flee their homelands, and he asked Catholics to reach out to them with assistance and a real welcome.
None of your business? How church and finance may profit together
VATICAN CITY — When Pope Francis condemns a "cult of money" and the "dictatorship" of a faceless economy, he isn't trying to damper entrepreneurial spirit or shutter business.
God's endless love, mercy help church be blessing for world, pope says
VATICAN CITY — Beginning a series of audience talks about the church, its identity and mission, Pope Francis said it would be "a bit like a son talking about his mother, his own family," because the church is the mother of Christ's disciples and is called to be united as a family.
Pope's words give inmates hope, say advocates for fair sentencing
WASHINGTON — More than 2,000 people across the United States are currently serving life sentences without parole for crimes they committed as children.
Theologians at Vatican move Archbishop Sheen's cause closer to beatification
PEORIA, Ill.  -- The possible miracle needed for the beatification of Archbishop Fulton Sheen took another step toward papal recognition when a panel of theologians met at the Vatican.
Pope announces canonizations, advances sainthood causes
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis formally announced six men and women would be made saints Nov. 23, the feast of Christ the King. He made the announcement during a morning "ordinary public consistory," a meeting of cardinals and promoters of the sainthood causes that formally ends the sainthood process.
Support missions, enter 'flood of joy' of sharing God's love, pope says
VATICAN CITY  -- Engaging in or supporting missionary activity allows Christians to enter the "flood of joy" that comes from experiencing God's love and sharing it with others, Pope Francis said.
World must help unaccompanied minors fleeing violence, official says
VATICAN CITY  -- On rickety boats crossing the Mediterranean Sea or on trains through Mexico or desert paths crossing the U.S.-Mexican border, a huge increase in the number of children traveling alone to flee war or violence calls for urgent action by the international community, a Vatican official says.
Church rediscovers its role as mother by welcoming, loving, pope says
VATICAN CITY — "I like to dream of a church that lives the compassion of Jesus," Pope Francis told more than 7,000 priests, religious, catechists and parish council members from the Diocese of Rome.
Three new auxiliary bishops named for New York Archdiocese
WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has appointed three priests of the Archdiocese of New York to be auxiliary bishops of the archdiocese.
Pope appeals for peace in Iraq, plans to visit Albania
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis expressed his fears over increasing violence in Iraq and prayed for peace, security and reconciliation in the country.

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