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Archbishop: World Meeting of Families is part of wider church renewal

Archbishop: World Meeting of Families is part of wider church renewal

VATICAN, May 24, 2016— The 2018 World Meeting of Families in Ireland is part of a broad program of renewal of the church’s pastoral care for all families, said Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin. “In Pope Francis’ mind, the IX World Meeting of Families in Dublin is not an isolated event. It belongs within a [...]

Sainthood sometimes includes biting your tongue, pope says

VATICAN, May 24, 2016– Holiness doesn’t depend on superhuman powers, but rather demands a heart filled with courage, hope and grace that strives for conversion each and every day, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass. In fact, holiness is reached by taking tiny steps, like biting your tongue every time there is the urge [...]

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‘The meeting is the message,’ pope tells head of al-Azhar

VATICAN, May 24, 2016– After five years of tension and top-level silence, Pope Francis and the grand imam of one of the most important Sunni Muslim universities in the world embraced at the Vatican May 23. “The meeting is the message,” the pope told Ahmad el-Tayeb, the grand imam of al-Azhar University, as the religious [...]

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From the Vatican, top Sunni imam calls for end to terrorism

VATICAN CITY, May 24, 2016–After his historic meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican Monday, Egypt’s Grand Imam of al Azhar issued a global appeal to counter terrorism, which he said is “deviant” of true Islam and threatens the both east and west alike. “I come from the Middle East where I live and I [...]

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In seismic meeting, Pope Francis embraces top Sunni imam

VATICAN CITY, May 23, 2016–Pope Francis on Monday embraced the grand imam Sheik Ahmed Muhammad Al-Tayyib during a meeting at the Vatican, a move which is being seen as a step toward reopening dialogue between Christians and Sunni Muslims. “Our meeting is the message,” the Pope was heard to have said to the imam during [...]

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Holy Trinity calls us to solidarity with others, Pope says

VATICAN CITY, May 22, 2016–The feast of the Holy Trinity is an invitation for us to commit to enriching our everyday relationships by promoting communion, consolation, and mercy, Pope Francis said during his weekly Sunday Angelus address. “Our being created in the image and likeness of God-communion calls us to understand ourselves as beings-in-relation, and [...]

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Vatican: recent stories about Benedict XVI and Fatima secrets are ‘absolutely untrue’

VATICAN CITY, May 21, 2016–The Vatican announced today that recent articles claiming that Pope emeritus Benedict XVI said that the Third Secret of Fatima was not released in its entirety back in 2000 are “pure inventions” and “absolutely untrue.” The Holy See Press Office released a statement May 21 responding to recent blog posts that, [...]

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Pope Francis clarifies question on diocesan religious institutes

VATICAN CITY, May 20, 2016–Pope Francis issued a binding clarification of a question regarding Canon Law and the establishment of new diocesan Institutes of Consecrated Life on Friday. Specifically, the Holy Father confirmed that a local Ordinary (diocesan bishop) who wishes to establish a new Institute of Consecrated Life within his own diocese under his [...]

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Exploiting workers is a form of trafficking, Pope Francis says

VATICAN CITY, May 19, 2016–During his Mass on Thursday, Pope Francis preached a warning to the rich who oppress the poor, focusing on employers who accumulate wealth by misusing those who work for them. “We consider this drama of today: the exploitation of the people, the blood of these people who become slaves, the traffickers [...]

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Top Italian cardinal throws punch at new civil unions law

VATICAN, May 18, 2016– In a powerful speech Tuesday at the opening of the Italian bishops’ general assembly, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa decried the civil unions bill passed in the nation’s parliament last week, emphasizing that Pope Francis himself always advocates for the natural family. The president of the Italian bishops’ conference peppered his [...]

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In French interview, pope talks about religious freedom, abuse crisis

VATICAN, May 17, 2016– Governments work best when they are secular, not confessional, but they must give ample space for people to express their religious beliefs, including by respecting the right of conscientious objection, Pope Francis told the French Catholic newspaper La Croix. While legislatures must “discuss, argue, explain (and) reason” about legal solutions to [...]

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Piety and pity are active expressions of mercy, pope says

VATICAN, May 16, 2016– True piety and evangelical pity are found together in those who are moved by the pain of others, take action to help them and, therefore, share God’s mercy, Pope Francis said. “We are called to cultivate attitudes of pity in the face of many situations in life, shaking off the indifference [...]

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We were made to be God’s children, Pope says on Pentecost

VATICAN, May 15, 2016– Although sin separates us from God, Pope Francis stressed on the feast of Pentecost that we haven’t been left as orphans, but that thanks to Jesus Christ and the gift of the Holy Spirit, we can reconcile with the Lord and continue to live as his children. “The central purpose of [...]

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Pope Francis: You can’t love your pet more than your neighbor

VATICAN, May 14, 2016– People in need deserve more love from us than the animals do, Pope Francis has said. In off-the-cuff remarks Saturday, he said: “How often do we see people greatly attached to cats, to dogs,” but fail to “help their neighbor, their neighbor who is in need… This will not do.” The [...]

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Pope did not say he’d ordain women deacons, spokesman says

VATICAN, May 13, 2016– Pope Francis “did not say he intends to introduce a diaconal ordination for women,” and he certainly did not speak about the ordination of women priests, the Vatican spokesman said. Pope Francis met members of the International Union of Superiors General, the leadership group for superiors of women’s orders, May 12 [...]

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Economy of exclusion, inequality caused growth of poverty, pope says

VATICAN, May 13, 2016– An economic vision geared solely toward profit and material well-being has led to an economy of exclusion and inequality that has increased poverty and the number of people discarded “as unproductive and useless,” Pope Francis said. The impact is clear even in the most developed countries where poverty and social decay [...]

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