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Papal message for World Peace Day to focus on overcoming indifference
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Afghan children are seen in late May at a temporary shelter in an internally displaced persons camp on the outskirts of Balkh province, Afghanistan. To promote a reflection on the need for a
CNS photo/Sayed Mustafa, EPA
Afghan children are seen in late May at a temporary shelter in an internally displaced persons camp on the outskirts of Balkh province, Afghanistan. To promote a reflection on the need for a "conversion of mind and heart" open to the needs of others, Pope Francis has chosen "Overcome indifference and win peace" as the theme for the church's celebration of the World Day of Peace 2016.

VATICAN CITY — Selfishness and fear keep too many people ignorant of the suffering of others and prevent them from finding creative ways to express solidarity and to promote peace, said a statement from the Vatican's justice and peace office.


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Pope Francis to speak from lectern Lincoln used for Gettysburg Address

PHILADELPHIA — As lecterns go, it is strictly utilitarian, a simple walnut stand with none of the ornamentation commonly found in mid-19th-century furnishings.


Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Seeking God's will is hard
VATICAN CITY — Following Jesus and doing the right thing gives believers a sense of peace, but sometimes "it comes wrapped in the cross," Pope Francis told a group of teenagers and young adults.
Friday, August 7, 2015
Divorced and remarried are not excommunicated, pope says at audience

VATICAN CITY — Catholics who have divorced and are civilly remarried "are not, in fact, excommunicated — they are not excommunicated — and they absolutely must not be treated as if they were," Pope Francis said.


Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Pope to U.S.: Live your values
VATICAN CITY — The U.S. ambassador to the Holy See believes Pope Francis is not traveling to the United States in September to scold anyone, but to challenge the country's people to live up to their ideals.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
'Good Is Winning'

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A broad digital media project to coincide with Pope Francis' visit this fall to the United States aims to recruit and interact with young people, particularly those who do not think of themselves as religious.


Friday, July 24, 2015
Church is called to persevere in mission of welcoming all, pope says

ASUNCION, Paraguay — Christians cannot force anyone to believe, but at the same time, no one can force Christians to stop being welcoming, loving and living in solidarity with others, Pope Francis said.


Sunday, July 12, 2015
Pope honors St. John Paul's historic visit to Paraguay

ASUNCION, Paraguay — Arriving in Paraguay July 10, Pope Francis paid tribute to the historic visit to the country made in 1988 by St. John Paul II, a visit many people saw as contributing to the end of one of the world's longest military dictatorships.


Friday, July 10, 2015
At Bolivian prison, pope calls himself man 'saved from his many sins'

SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia — Pope Francis visited one of Latin America's most notorious prisons, calling himself "a man who was and is saved from his many sins."


Friday, July 10, 2015
Morales draws pope into Bolivian-Chilean coastline controversy

SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia — Pope Francis had barely touched Bolivian soil when President Evo Morales brought up the touchiest topic in the landlocked country's foreign policy: access to the sea.


Thursday, July 9, 2015
WATCH: In Bolivia, pope insists on church's role in public life

LA PAZ, Bolivia — Praising Bolivia's efforts to include all its citizens in the country's economic, political and social life, Pope Francis also defended the record and the right of the Catholic Church to be an active member of society and the right of the bishops to comment on public issues.


Thursday, July 9, 2015
Bolivian families, church workers hope pope's prison visit spurs change

SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia — Fernando Fernande brought toilet paper, soap and food to the Palmasola prison, where his son has been locked up for the past two years.


Thursday, July 9, 2015
Remember your roots

QUITO, Ecuador — Clergy and religious must remember that all they have is freely given by God and they must never forget where they came from, Pope Francis told sisters, priests, seminarians and bishops gathered July 8 at the El Quinche Marian shrine near here.


Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Papal visit to home spotlights plight of seniors in many countries

QUITO, Ecuador — Pope Francis' visit to a home for the destitute elderly in Quito was that of a pastor, but it was also a reminder of the lack of care and services for senior citizens in countries like this one, where the population is still mainly young.


Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Building unity in church
QUITO, Ecuador — Catholics will never be effective evangelizers if they are squabbling among themselves, and they cannot show the world how faith in Christ responds to the human yearning for freedom and peace if they are divided, Pope Francis said.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Families need prayers, mercy, courage, including from synod, pope says

GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador — Even if a pastoral proposal for helping a Catholic family with problems seems scandalous at first, it is possible God could use that proposal to bring healing and holiness, Pope Francis said.


Monday, July 6, 2015
Mass for archdiocese, visit to prison top pope's Philadelphia itinerary

PHILADELPHIA — The first stop for Pope Francis when he visits Philadelphia the morning of Sept. 26 will be the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul to celebrate a special Mass for the people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.


Monday, July 6, 2015
From Argentina, an exodus to see Pope Francis in Paraguay, Bolivia

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Residents of Villa 21-24, a slum on the south side of the Argentine capital, hold fond memories of Pope Francis.


Monday, July 6, 2015
WATCH: Return to South America
QUITO, Ecuador — Although still thousands of miles from his birthplace in Argentina, Pope Francis made a homecoming of sorts July 5 when he landed in Ecuador, greeted by cheering crowds and the sights and sounds of South America.
Sunday, July 5, 2015
Catholic economist: Pope has 'measured' critique of U.S. economy

VATICAN CITY — Harsh criticisms meted out by Pope Francis on free-market capitalism have sparked backlash from some fiscal conservatives and have led some people to call him "anti-capitalist" or even Marxist.


Thursday, July 2, 2015
Pope's visits to Cuba, U.S. to highlight families, charity, tolerance

VATICAN CITY — In word and deed, Pope Francis will take his vision of a Catholic's approach to family life, parish life, charity, economics, immigration and good governance to Cuba and the United States during a Sept. 19-27 visit.


Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Papal summer: Benedict heads for hilltop villa, Francis trims schedule

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis visited retired Pope Benedict XVI at his Vatican residence June 30 to wish him a happy summer.


Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Vatican signs agreement with Palestine, calls for two-state solution

VATICAN CITY — The Holy See and Palestine have signed a historic agreement that supports a two-state solution to the ongoing conflict in the Holy Land, based on the 1967 borders between Israel and Palestine.


Friday, June 26, 2015
Pope Francis contemplates Shroud of Turin, calls it 'icon of love'

VATICAN CITY — It took place in silence and lasted only a few minutes, but Pope Francis' time of prayer and contemplation before the Shroud of Turin was marked with gestures of reverence and tenderness.


Monday, June 22, 2015
All creation sings God's praise
VATICAN CITY— The earth, which was created to support life and give praise to God, is crying out with pain because human activity is destroying it, Pope Francis says in his long-awaited encyclical, "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home."
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Pope offers 'Stone Age' tips to youth for living the digital world well

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Whether you still stick to books or magazines or get everything online, Pope Francis said all media should encourage and edify -- not enslave.


Monday, June 8, 2015
Vatican ready to announce decision, guidelines on Medjugorje, pope says

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Pope Francis said the Vatican was ready to make an announcement concerning the alleged Marian apparitions in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina.


Saturday, June 6, 2015


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