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Vatican bank preparing for big changes in governance, structure
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Ernst von Freyberg, president of the Vatican bank, poses for a photo in his office at the Vatican June 10. Von Freyberg, a German industrialist, was appointed to head the beleaguered bank in 2013 after his predecessor, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, was ousted b y the bank's board for
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Ernst von Freyberg, president of the Vatican bank, poses for a photo in his office at the Vatican June 10. Von Freyberg, a German industrialist, was appointed to head the beleaguered bank in 2013 after his predecessor, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, was ousted b y the bank's board for "failure to carry out basic duties."
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican Bank is preparing for big changes in its governance and structure.
Tuesday, July 8, 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
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.
Pope, Anglican archbishop urge joint action to share God's love
VATICAN CITY — Although they have not yet reached full unity, Roman Catholics and Anglicans continue their dialogue, come together in prayer and work side by side, including on a new project to combat human trafficking around the world.
Focus on prayer, the poor, peace, pope says in visit to Sant'Egidio
ROME — In a historic square in the center of Rome, Pope Francis urged Catholics to gather strength in prayer and then set out for the margins of society, bringing the Gospel and material aid to the poor, the elderly, the young and the excluded.
Pope: It's 'intolerable' markets have the power to decide people's fate
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis says it is "increasingly intolerable" that the world's financial markets have the power to determine people's fate instead of being at the service of people's needs.
Pope: Corruption is easiest 'sin at fingertips' of anyone with power
VATICAN CITY — For everyone who has any kind of authority over others, the one sin "at your fingertips" is the sin of corruption, Pope Francis says.
Pope Francis says world economic system inevitably leads to war
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis says the world economic system inevitably promotes military conflict as way to enrich the most powerful nations.
Words can kill: Murder and insults are both rooted in hatred, says pope
VATICAN CITY — Overcoming conflict requires stopping insults, letting go of hatred and reaching out to enemies, Pope Francis said.
Pope to traffickers, arms manufacturers: God's judgment will come
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis denounced those responsible for human trafficking, slave labor and arms manufacturing, saying people producing weapons of war are "merchants of death."
Pope reconfirms clergy congregation members, appoints U.S.-born prelate
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has reconfirmed most members of the Congregation for Clergy and named three new members. The new members named June 9 were U.S.-born Archbishop Gintaras Grusas of Vilnius, Lithuania; Italian Cardinal Giuseppe Betori of Florence, Italy; and German Cardinal Rainer Woelki of Berlin.
Christianity is hands-on action, not school of thought, pope says
VATICAN CITY — Being a good Christian demands concrete action and deeds, Pope Francis said. And, he said, the "how-to" manual is found in the beatitudes and the Last Judgment, which spells out the consequences awaiting those who fail to help others in need.
In life and sports, aim to win, have fun, don't hog the ball, pope says
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis urged athletes to live life the same way they play sports: Don't hog the ball, don't fall back on defense, and make sure to keep it fun.
Pope tells presidents only God can bring peace to Holy Land
VATICAN CITY — Praying for peace in the Holy Land alongside leaders of long-antagonistic nations, Pope Francis called on God to act where human efforts had failed, to end what he described as violence inspired by the devil.
Monday, June 9, 2014
Pope internationalizes Vatican financial watchdog agency
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis named a slate of new members to the Vatican's financial watchdog agency, replacing an all-Italian panel with members from Italy, Switzerland, Singapore and the United States.
Different faiths, same witness: How Vatican explains prayers for peace
VATICAN CITY — Popes pray for peace; it is part of their ministry. And when war is raging or peace negotiations seem hopelessly bogged down, recent popes have invited leaders of other Christian traditions and other faiths to join them in prayer.
End 'contempt' for Gypsies, help them be good citizens, pope says
VATICAN CITY — Members of Gypsy communities around the world are among the poorest, most marginalized people in society, which makes them particularly vulnerable to discrimination, oppression and exploitation, Pope Francis said.
Pope: Half-hearted Catholics aren't really Catholics at all
VATICAN CITY — Those who insist others pray and believe exactly like they do, those who have alternatives to every church teaching and benefactors who use the church as a cover for business connections may call themselves Catholics, but they have one foot out the door, Pope Francis said.
All Christians need trust, hope, help to be more like Christ, pope says
VATICAN CITY — All Christians, not just those facing conflict and persecution, need to trust, hope and help each other be more like Christ, Pope Francis said.
Pope: Piety is embracing God, others with real love, not fake devotion
VATICAN CITY — Being pious is not squeezing one's eyes shut to the world and putting on a sweet little angel face, Pope Francis said.
Kidnapped Canadian sister, Italian priests released in Cameroon
VATICAN CITY — From Cameroon to northern Italy and from Montreal to the Vatican, statements expressing "great joy" accompanied the news that a Canadian sister of Notre-Dame and two Italian missionary priests were released unharmed almost two months after being kidnapped in northern Cameroon.
Use Gospel to get all sides working together in Zimbabwe, pope says
VATICAN CITY — Everyone in Zimbabwe — rich, poor, black, white — needs God's gift of conversion and healing, Pope Francis told the nation's bishops.
Pope, at rally in stadium, invites charismatics to Vatican in 2017
ROME — Meeting more than 50,000 Catholic charismatics in Rome's Olympic Stadium, Pope Francis admitted he was not always comfortable with the way they prayed, but he knelt onstage as they prayed for him and over him by singing and speaking in tongues.
Indian cardinal's death leaves College of Cardinals with 214 members
VATICAN CITY — An Indian cardinal who had been the editor of a Catholic weekly newspaper before coming to Rome to serve as head of the Vatican Congregation for Eastern Churches died in Rome at the age of 90.
Jesus in heaven still holds our hand, shows us the way, pope says
VATICAN CITY — Although Christ ascended into heaven, he remains present in a new form through the gifts and power of the Holy Spirit in order to accompany and guide people in their daily lives, Pope Francis said.
Pope blames 'culture of comfort' for intentionally childless marriages
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis blamed a "culture of well-being" and comfort for convincing married couples that a carefree life of world travel and summer homes was better than having children.
Closing Marian month, pope says Mary is always ready to help
VATICAN CITY — Standing before a replica of the grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes from France, Pope Francis told Vatican employees and other guests that Mary is a mother who never makes her children wait for a response to their prayers.
Celli: Church must embrace digital world to spread good news, Gospel
BROOKLYN, N.Y. — The Catholic Church must establish a presence in the digital world of communications or risk being at the margins of people's lives, said the president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.
Peace isn't mass-produced but handcrafted by ordinary people, pope says
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis called on the world's Christians to pray with him for peace in the Middle East, help convince governments to come to the aid of refugees and pray for Christian unity.
Pope decries 'globalization of indifference' to war, suffering in Syria
VATICAN CITY — A "globalization of indifference" has taken hold of too many of the world's people, numbing them to the horrifying reality faced by the people of Syria and other innocent victims of war and violence around the world, Pope Francis said.
Christian life may be joyful, but it's not always a party, pope says
VATICAN CITY — While Jesus promises great joy, being a Christian doesn't mean that life will become all sunshine and roses, Pope Francis said.
Vatican has named two bishops being investigated for abuse
VATICAN CITY  -- Pope Francis told reporters May 26 that "three bishops are under investigation" for misdeeds related to the sexual abuse of minors and that "one has already been condemned and his penalty is being studied."
Pope's Holy Land trip raises hopes, questions
VATICAN CITY  -- Given the Holy Land's long and complex history of military, religious and cultural conflict, the run-up to Pope Francis' May 24-26 pilgrimage was inevitably marked by fears it would be marred by controversy -- or worse.
Pope says his 'most authentic' gestures in Holy Land were spontaneous
ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM TEL AVIV  -- During an inflight news conference May 26 on his return to Rome from the Holy Land, Pope Francis answered several questions about his just-ended three-day visit, giving reporters insights into his thinking and glimpses behind the scenes of the high-profile events.
Pope reaches out to Muslims, Jews
JERUSALEM — Pope Francis spent the last morning of his three-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land meeting with Muslims and Jews and calling for closer relations among the three major monotheistic religions as the basis for peace in the region.
Fifty years later, pope and patriarch meet again in Jerusalem
JERUSALEM — Half a century after a historic encounter between their predecessors, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew met in the same place to seek inspiration for Christian unity at the site of Christ's death and resurrection.

Pope urges Palestinian refugees to look to future
BETHLEHEM, West Bank — Pope Francis told young Palestinian refugees to look to the future and to always work and strive for the things they wanted.
Families tell pope their concerns during lunch in Bethlehem
BETHLEHEM, West Bank — When Elias Abu Mohor entered the Casa Nova convent for lunch with Pope Francis, he was surprised to realize he would be sitting at the same table with the pontiff.
At River Jordan, pope meets suffering, speaks against arms trade
AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan's powerful and marginalized joined together at the banks of the River Jordan to welcome Pope Francis at the site believed to be where Jesus was baptized.

At Amman Mass, pope calls on Christians to promote peace
AMMAN, Jordan — Celebrating Mass on his first day in the Holy Land, Pope Francis said hope for peace in a region torn by sectarian conflicts comes from faith in God.
Pope calls for religious freedom in Middle East
AMMAN, Jordan — Pope Francis began his visit to the Holy Land with a call for religious freedom in the Middle East, including respect for the right to change one's religion.
Pope invites Israeli, Palestinian leaders to Rome to pray for peace
JERUSALEM — Pope Francis invited Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli President Shimon Peres to pray together at the Vatican for peace between their nations.
For Jerusalem commuters, the pope's visit has personal impact
JERUSALEM — Many Jews in Jerusalem said while Pope Francis' visit to their city was a positive thing, they wished their daily commute did not have to be disrupted so drastically.
Pope Francis thanks religious for their presence in Holy Land
JERUSALEM — Pope Francis dedicated his final hours in Jerusalem to time with local Catholics, reminding them that despite difficulties, God is always by their side.
Pope to meet with sex abuse victims, confirms investigation of Bertone
ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM TEL AVIV — Pope Francis will meet with a group of sex abuse victims for the first time in June, he told reporters May 26.
Bethlehem residents look forward to papal visit
BETHLEHEM, West Bank  -- A long line of cars trailed down the road next to the Church of the Nativity as Franciscan Father Ibrahim Faltas helped coordinate the placement of the electricity generator for the May 25 papal Mass.
Vatican abuse prosecutor: More must be done to punish negligent bishops
DUBLIN — The Vatican's chief prosecutor of sex abuse crimes said the church needs to do more to develop the process for punishing bishops who fail in their duty to protect children.
Vatican: More help needed for those bearing brunt of climate change
VATICAN CITY — World leaders and policy makers need to look beyond the scientific and economic consequences of climate change and direct their attention to the human beings who will be most affected by rising global temperatures, a Vatican official said.
Pope assigns new cardinals to congregations, councils
VATICAN CITY — Three months after he gave 19 new cardinals their red hats, Pope Francis gave new responsibilities to the 16 who are under the age of 80.
Vatican denies criminal investigation of former secretary of state
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican spokesman denied a German newspaper report that Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, retired Vatican secretary of state, was under criminal investigation for misappropriating funds from the so-called Vatican bank.

U.N. board urges Vatican to punish bishops who mishandle abuse claims
VATICAN CITY — The U.N. Committee Against Torture urged the Vatican to impose "meaningful sanctions" on any church authority who fails to follow church law in dealing with allegations of sexual abuse and asked that church officials worldwide be required to report abuse allegations to local police.

Destroying creation is destroying a gift of God, pope says at audience
VATICAN CITY — Polluting or destroying the environment is like telling God one does not like what he created and proclaimed to be good, Pope Francis said.
Head of congregation for religious says dialogue is always best
VATICAN CITY — Anytime there are misunderstandings, errors or problems concerning religious orders, dialogue is the best way to deal with the situation, said the head of the Vatican office that oversees the world's religious orders.

Pope says his Holy Land trip will be 'strictly religious'
VATICAN CITY — Asking prayers for his May 24-26 trip to the Holy Land, Pope Francis said his visit to Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories would be "strictly religious."
Jordanian prince wants pope to develop 'template of hope' during trip
AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan's Prince El Hassan bin Talal expressed the desire to see "a template of hope" developed during Pope Francis' May 24-26 visit to the Holy Land.

Cardinal hopes synod will find new ways to share teaching on family
WASHINGTON — Initial reviews of responses from around the world on questionnaires about church teaching on the family in advance of this fall's extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family show that the teaching is misunderstood, said a cardinal who will run one the synod's sessions.

Students' message to the pope: 'Please come to Philadelphia in 2015'
PHILADELPHIA — The message was a soft sell, but it couldn't be plainer: "Thanks for coming, Archbishop, now can you talk Pope Francis into coming too?"
Pope setting up board to hear appeals of clerical sex abuse offenders
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is establishing a commission under the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to examine the appeals of priests punished for sexual abuse of minors and other very serious crimes.
Vatican watchdog agency says increased reporting shows system works
VATICAN CITY — As the Vatican implements new controls on financial transactions, its watchdog agency has seen a steep rise in reports of suspicious transactions.
50 years later, nun sees results of pope-patriarch meeting
JERUSALEM — In 1964, when Sister Frieda Nasser was 16, she was among 12 girls chosen to greet Pope Paul VI as he entered Bethlehem, West Bank, on his two-day visit to the Holy Land.
Pope encourages Mexican bishops on problems of migration, drugs
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis underscored migration and the narcotics trade as among the gravest ills plaguing the Catholic Church in Mexico and called on the country's bishops to help their flocks through solidarity and prayer.
In dialogue, believers seek truth, challenge one another, Vatican says
VATICAN CITY — When Catholics engage in interreligious dialogue, their aim is not to convert their dialogue partners, but they should not exclude that possibility, say new Vatican guidelines on interreligious dialogue.
Pope says church tensions must be resolved with discussion, prayer
VATICAN CITY — In the church, as in any other situation, "problems cannot be resolved by pretending they don't exist," Pope Francis said.
Bishops ask pope to beatify Archbishop Romero in El Salvador
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — Pope Francis assured the bishops of El Salvador that the sainthood cause of slain Archbishop Oscar Romero was proceeding well, and the bishops asked him to come to El Salvador to preside personally over the archbishop's hoped-for beatification.
Opus Dei priest helped many see God calls all to holiness, says author
BOSTON — Father Joseph Muzquiz, an Opus Dei priest who is a candidate for sainthood, "helped countless people discover that we can encounter Jesus in the midst of our work and everyday lives," said the author of a book about the priest's life.
Archbishop says 2015 family meeting will be important to U.S., world
PHILADELPHIA  — Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia's visit to Philadelphia May 13-14 as part of the preparation for the September 2015 World Meeting of Families was in his view a success.
In Holy Land, Pope Francis will focus on unity, not ignore conflict
VATICAN CITY — On Pope Francis' first trip to the Holy Land, May 24-26, his agenda will focus on the search for Christian unity, particularly between the Catholic and Orthodox churches. But inevitably, in a region so rich in history and so fraught with conflict, he will address other urgent issues, including dialogue with Jews and Muslims, the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and the plight of the Middle East's shrinking Christian population.
Pope cuts meetings because of cold, need to rest before Holy Land trip
VATICAN CITY  — Because he has a bit of a cold and wants to rest up for his May 24-26 trip to the Holy Land, Pope Francis has postponed several scheduled appointments.
If you want peace, end arms trade and help immigrants, pope says
VATICAN CITY — If individuals and nations are serious about protecting human rights and promoting peace, they must do much more to  curb the global arms trade and assist immigrants, Pope Francis told seven new ambassadors to the Vatican.
Pope postpones visit to Rome shrine to prepare for Holy Land trip
VATICAN CITY — To lighten his schedule as he prepares for his May 24-26 visit to the Holy Land, Pope Francis has postponed a planned May 18 pastoral visit to a popular Rome shrine.
Vatican investigating Indian Jesuit's work, but has not silenced him
VATICAN CITY — A leading Indian Jesuit theologian specializing in mission, dialogue and inculturation, has been engaged in a dialogue with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, but has not been censured or silenced by the Vatican.
Vatican official voices opposition to automated weapons systems
VATICAN CITY — No matter how sophisticated and how many algorithms are programmed to help a drone or other machine make calculations before firing on a target, autonomous weapons systems could never comply with international human rights law, a Vatican official said.

God makes no one struggle with life's challenges alone, pope says
VATICAN CITY — God is always by our side, never giving us more than we can handle, Pope Francis said.
Be meek, open to joy, newness offered by the Holy Spirit, pope says
VATICAN CITY — Christians who are too serious and gloomy have the Holy Spirit missing from their lives, Pope Francis urges.
Cardinal Marco Ce, retired patriarch of Venice, dies at 88
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis praised the generosity and tireless dedication of the retired patriarch of Venice, Cardinal Marco Ce, who died at age 88 May 12 in a hospital in Venice. He had been recovering from a fractured femur after a fall a month earlier.
Pope says schools must show connection of truth, goodness, beauty
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis told about 300,000 Italian students that he loved school as a boy, as a teacher and as a bishop because it was a place where he met different people and where he was challenged to try to understand reality.
Pope to beatify Pope Paul VI at end of synod on the family
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will beatify Pope Paul VI Oct. 19 during the closing Mass of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family.
Allow Holy Spirit to lead, pope says, even when Spirit is unpredictable
VATICAN CITY — Christians must recognize that they do not lead or guide the church, but that the Holy Spirit does and the Holy Spirit can be unpredictable, Pope Francis said.
Priesthood is not a business, monarchy, orphanage, pope tells students
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis told seminarians not to become "orphan priests," who are motherless without Mary; "businessman priests," who are after money; or "prince priests," who are aloof from the people.
Pope asks business leaders to hope, pray and create jobs
VATICAN CITY  -- Christian business leaders have felt the weight of the global economic crisis just like most workers have, but they must hold on to hope, increase their prayers and ask God's grace so their decisions may benefit as many people as possible, Pope Francis said.
Pope says schools must show connection of truth, goodness, beauty
VATICAN CITY  -- Pope Francis told about 300,000 Italian students that he loved school as a boy, as a teacher and as a bishop because it was a place where he met different people and where he was challenged to try to understand reality.

LCWR leaders, U.S. archbishop respond to Vatican official's remarks
WASHINGTON -- The recent rebuke of the officers of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious by the head of the Vatican's doctrinal office should be viewed as one part of his entire remarks and one aspect of the group's visits and ongoing dialogue with Vatican officials, according to a statement by LCWR officers.
Jesus makes the church holy, transforms sinners into saints, pope says
VATICAN CITY  -- While it is true that the church is made up of sinners, it is also true that Christ has made the church holy and he can make sinners holy, too, Pope Francis said.
Bring Gospel to all, beginning with those who struggle most, pope says
VATICAN CITY  -- Bringing the Gospel to people of different cultures and viewpoints requires discernment, but most of all it requires evangelizers who have encountered Christ and want to share his love with all, Pope Francis said.
Pope tells U.N. respect for life, solidarity essential for development
VATICAN CITY — Meeting top officials of the United Nations, Pope Francis called for a "worldwide ethical mobilization" that would push technical programs for justice, peace and development further by promoting respect for human life, "fraternity and solidarity."
High-tech world is plagued by ethical, economic misery, says cardinal
VATICAN CITY  -- The future of humanity depends on economic policies that protect the environment, support human dignity and promote  justice, said several participants at a Vatican symposium.
Hope and hard work: U.S. priest trusts Christian unity is possible
VATICAN CITY  -- The issues dividing Christian communities have changed over the past 50 years, but a Philadelphia archdiocesan priest working in ecumenical dialogue at the Vatican is confident that Christian unity is possible.

Don't let bureaucracy block evangelization, pope says
VATICAN CITY  -- Too often Catholics turn the church into "a company that manufactures impediments" to faith, rather than a community that patiently helps people come to believe in Jesus, Pope Francis said.
Christian unity is way to honor common witness of martyrdom, pope says
VATICAN CITY  -- To honor the sacrifice of those killed for their faith in the 20th century, Christians today must renew their commitment to reconciliation and full Christian unity, Pope Francis said.
Pope: Never forget to pray! Speak from the heart, ask God for help
VATICAN CITY — Never forget to pray, even while commuting, taking a walk or when waiting in line, Pope Francis said.
Priest expects pope's meeting at Jordan River to be 'impressive'
BETHANY BEYOND THE JORDAN, Jordan — When Pope Francis visits the site on the Jordan River where St. John the Baptist baptized Jesus, he will meet with people suffering, spiritually as well as physically.
Francis effect? Observers see shift in stance of Mexico's bishops
MEXICO CITY — Mexican prelates normally prize cordial and close relations with politicians and refrain from criticizing public policy.
Cardinal Kasper calls mercy without justice 'cheap grace'
NEW YORK — Mercy, the "most central attribute of God," has been criminally neglected as a topic in the church. And mercy without justice is "cheap grace," according to German Cardinal Walter Kasper, a theologian and retired president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.
Vatican official rebukes U.S. nuns' group for 'fundamental errors'
VATICAN CITY — Using what he acknowledged was unusually "blunt" language, the head of the Vatican's doctrinal office rebuked officers of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious for honoring a Catholic theologian whose work was judged "seriously inadequate" and for promoting futuristic ideas he described as "opposed to Christian revelation."
Pope: Christianity means giving witness to Christ every day
VATICAN CITY — Christianity is not a school of ideas or a collection of beautiful temples and lovely art; it is a living people who follow Jesus and give witness to him every day, Pope Francis said.
Hopes rise that pope, patriarch meeting renews Christian unity effort
ROME — The Orthodox bishop who is coordinating the upcoming pilgrimage to Jerusalem by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople said he hopes the patriarch's May 25 meeting with Pope Francis will give new impetus to efforts for Christian unity.
Vatican statistics report church growth remains steady worldwide
VATICAN CITY — The number of Catholics in the world and the number of priests, permanent deacons and Religious men all increased in 2012, while the number of women in religious orders continued to decline, according to Vatican statistics.
Cardinal: Officials who support abortion should not receive Communion
ROME — Catholic politicians and judges who support laws in conflict with church teaching on abortion, euthanasia, marriage and related issues commit "sacrilege" and cause "grave scandal" if they receive Communion, said the U.S. cardinal who heads the Vatican's highest court.
Pope to social climbers: Head for hills, not the church, for ambitions
VATICAN CITY — The Catholic Church is no place for "climbers," who want to reach the heights of prestige, power and profit, Pope Francis said. Instead of putting their sights on the church, such people should set off for the Alps for a healthier way to get to the top, the pope said May 5 during his homily at Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives.
Fight the blues with the Eucharist and Gospel, Pope Francis says
VATICAN CITY — Receive Communion every Sunday and read the Gospel every day to keep discouragement and the blues away, Pope Francis said.
Pope to Swiss Guard: Impress visitors with kindness, not flashy uniform
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis told members of the Swiss Guard to impress Vatican visitors with their courtesy, kindness and generosity, not just with their flashy, colorful uniform.
Cardinal O'Malley: Sex abuse panel to stress accountability, education
VATICAN CITY — The new papal commission for protecting minors from clerical sex abuse will recommend stricter standards for accountability of abusers and those who fail to protect children, and will fight widespread denial of the problem within the church, said Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston.
U.N. Committee Against Torture asks Vatican about sex abuse scandal
VATICAN CITY — Appearing before a U.N. committee monitoring adherence to an international treaty designed to fight torture, Vatican officials repeatedly were asked about efforts to investigate allegations of clerical sexual abuse, punish offenders and cooperate with civil authorities in prosecuting the perpetrators.
Pope: New attitude of 'evangelical service' must take hold at Vatican
Pope Francis told his new economic oversight council that it must be "courageous and determined" in its critical role of helping the church not waver from its real mission of bringing the Gospel to the world and helping those most in need.
Friday, May 2, 2014
Pope: Fun, not money should rule sports; athletes must be good models
VATICAN CITY — Soccer-fan Pope Francis urged professional athletes to always be sportsmanlike on and off the field because so many people, especially kids, look up to them.
Pope says he cried over images of Christians allegedly crucified
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis said he cried when he recently saw images of Christians allegedly killed by crucifixion.
Pope: New attitude of 'evangelical service' must take hold at Vatican
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis told his new economic oversight council that it must be "courageous and determined" in its critical role of helping the church not waver from its real mission of bringing the Gospel to the world and helping those most in need.
Pope to greet new commission on abuse prevention as it meets first time
VATICAN CITY — A new papal commission for protecting minors from sexual abuse was meeting for the first time to discuss its mandate and expand input from more countries.
Cardinal shares media tips he learned at 'school of hard knocks'
ROME  — Thanking communications professionals who work for the Catholic Church, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York also shared with them tips he said he learned at the "school of hard knocks."
Pope asks cardinals to try to resolve conflict with Peruvian university
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis has appointed three cardinals, including Cardinal Gerald Lacroix of Quebec, to try to resolve a long-standing dispute with a Peruvian university and see if it would be possible to restore the university's designation as "pontifical" and "Catholic."
Pope: Holy Spirit, not human smarts, helps people see God's loving plan
VATICAN CITY  -- Human smarts aren't enough to truly understand God's word and how he is working in people's lives, Pope Francis said.
Vatican lifts sanctions on Irish moral theologian
DUBLIN  -- An Irish priest who was forbidden to write by the Vatican because of his views on human sexuality has had the sanction lifted.
Canonizing two popes
VATICAN CITY — Canonizing two recent popes in the presence of his immediate predecessor, Pope Francis praised the new Sts. John XXIII and John Paul II as men of courage and mercy, who responded to challenges of their time by modernizing the Catholic Church in fidelity to its ancient traditions.
Teaching morality contributes to better family, civic life, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- Declining birth rates, abortion, leaving the Catholic Church for "other groups who seem to promise something better," divorce and "violence against women and children" all "threaten the sanctity of marriage, the stability of life in the home and consequently the life of society as a whole," the pope said in a message to bishops.
Pope: Church, evangelizing are impossible without joy of knowing Christ
ROME -- The Catholic Church cannot be built and the Christian faith cannot be spread without the contagious joy of knowing Christ, Pope Francis said.
Spokesman, biographer talk about how John Paul handled abuse crisis
VATICAN CITY — The man who served as Blessed John Paul's spokesman and media adviser told reporters that the late pope did not initially understand the gravity of the clerical sexual abuse crisis, but once he did he immediately took strong steps to deal with it.
Pope says he hopes new saints will inspire church to fulfill mission
VATICAN CITY  -- Just days before Pope Francis was set to canonize two of his predecessors, he expressed his hopes the two soon-to-be saints would continue to inspire the whole church in its mission.
Women recount the stories of healing through intercession of popes
VATICAN CITY — People said Floribeth Mora Diaz was crazy to think Blessed John Paul II interceded with God to heal her brain aneurysm, but if so, "then it is a blessed craziness, because I'm healthy," she told reporters at the Vatican.
Benedict says predecessor's faith, courage were signs of holiness
VATICAN CITY — Blessed John Paul's deep spirituality and his courage to uphold the truth were clear signs of his sainthood, said his successor, retired Pope Benedict.
Pope: Don't dwell like bats in darkness; live gladly in Christ's light
VATICAN CITY — Don't live the faith as if it were a "nonstop funeral," Pope Francis said.
California birth considered as miracle for Pope Paul VI
VATICAN CITY — Pope Paul VI, who led the church between the pontificates of Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul may be beatified in October, an Italian Catholic magazine reports.
Vatican: Pope didn't change church teaching in call to Argentine woman
VATICAN CITY — Reports that Pope Francis told an Argentine woman civilly married to a divorced man that she can receive Communion "cannot be confirmed as reliable," said Jesuit Father Federico, the Vatican spokesman.
Retired pope may attend canonizations
VATICAN CITY — Retired Pope Benedict is expected to attend the canonization of Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul April 27.
Truly 'top chef': Gospel shows Jesus knew how to cook, theologian says
VATICAN CITY — When Christians pray, "Give us this day our daily bread," it is a genuine plea reflecting their needs — needs that Jesus took seriously, even to the point of cooking for his disciples, says Father Giovanni Cesare Pagazzi, an Italian theologian.
Letters left at John Paul's tomb show pilgrims see him as friend
VATICAN CITY  — Every day, countless visitors to the tomb of Blessed John Paul II in St. Peter's Basilica leave letters and notes addressed to him.
Vatican doesn't fear political use of Holy Land trip
VATICAN CITY — Despite the risk that Pope Francis' upcoming trip to the Holy Land may be politicized, people shouldn't fear any distorted readings or manipulation of the journey, which is a gesture of peace, said the Vatican secretary of state.
The risen Jesus, not money or power, is the source of life, pope says
VATICAN CITY — Too often people are fixated on material things, money, power or status — none of which can give life and joy, Pope Francis said.
Pope's homilies help Catholics fight the good fight, Jesuit says
VATICAN CITY —  Pope Francis' morning homilies represent a rallying cry and "road map" for today's Christians in their daily journey to grow closer to God, said the Jesuit editor of a new collection of the homilies from the pope's early morning Masses.
Is being pope a shortcut to sainthood?
VATICAN CITY — "They call me Holy Father and that is what I must be," the future St. John XXIII wrote in his diary.
Pope sends Easter eggs to hospitalized children, gift to the homeless
VATICAN CITY — Ensuring small patients at a Vatican-owned hospital could keep an Italian Easter tradition, Pope Francis donated 150 brightly wrapped chocolate Easter eggs to children, including those undergoing cancer treatment, at the Bambino Gesu pediatric hospital near the Vatican.
Easter should last all week, including in your Bible reading, pope says
VATICAN CITY — Trusting that people took his Lenten advice and either downloaded a Bible app or bought a pocket-sized edition of the Gospels, Pope Francis encouraged Christians to re-read the accounts of the Resurrection during Easter week.
Easter proclaims that love gives life, pope says; share it with others

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis urged Christians to remember how they first encountered Christ and to share his love and mercy with others, especially through acts of caring and sharing.

Sunday, April 20, 2014
'The Lord is waiting'

VATICAN CITY –  Pope Francis baptized 10 people at the Easter Vigil at St. Peter Basilica here, asking them to bring their faith "to the ends of the Earth."

Rome prepares for influx ahead of canonizations

VATICAN CITY — Just over a week before Pope Francis canonizes two of his predecessors in a ceremony in St. Peter's Square, Romans are bracing for the arrival of as many as 3 million outsiders.

Papal preacher: Betraying Jesus is bad, doubting his mercy is worse

VATICAN CITY — Everyone is capable of betraying Jesus as Judas did, but no one should make the mistake of doubting God's mercy and willingness to forgive, the papal preacher said.

'Evil will not have the last word,' pope says during Way of Cross

ROME —Standing in the midst of a giant cross outlined with small torches, Pope Francis said the cross is a reminder of how much evil people are capable of and how much love Jesus had for a sinful humanity.

Jesus wants everyone to serve others with love, pope says

VATICAN CITY — In the humble act of washing his disciples' feet, Jesus is showing all Christians how he wants them to serve others with love, Pope Francis said.

'Go out into world, serve with love'

VATICAN CITY — A priest is called to be in the midst of his flock, protecting his people, searching for those who are lost and always serving those in need, Pope Francis told the world's priests.

Vatican rehabilitates writings of controversial Italian priest

VATICAN CITY — After nearly half a century, the Vatican has dropped its veto on the writings of a popular Italian priest, and his role in the church is being re-evaluated, said the archbishop of Florence.

Pope offers support as Catholic agencies assist Chilean fire victims

SAO PAULO — With fire still raging in parts of the historic city of Valparaiso, Chile, Caritas Chile and the Diocese of Valparaiso opened a bank account to help more than 10,000 people forced from their homes.

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