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Pope Francis: The truth can’t be forced on people

Pope Francis: The truth can’t be forced on people

VATICAN, Sept. 25, 2016– God is shared with the world through love and authentic relationships, not by forcing the truth on people, Pope Francis said Sunday. “God is proclaimed through the encounter between persons, with care for their history and their journey. Because the Lord is not an idea, but a living person,” the Pope [...]

Love can be only response to evil, Pope tells attack survivors

VATICAN, Sept. 24, 2016– In the face of the devil’s assaults, we must respond as God would, promoting respect for others and extending love and forgiveness to those who have harmed us, Pope Francis said in a Saturday audience with survivors of the terror attack in Nice, France in July. “When the temptation to turn [...]

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Vatican revises norms for examining alleged miracles

VATICAN, Sept. 23, 2016– In an effort to ensure transparency as well as historical and scientific accuracy, Pope Francis has approved revised norms for the Congregation for Saints’ Causes regarding medical consultations on healings alleged to be miracles. Among the regulations published by the Vatican Sept. 23 was the requirement that the medical panel have [...]

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Journalism can’t be a ‘weapon of destruction’, Pope Francis says

VATICAN, Sept. 22, 2016– Emphasizing the importance of respect for human dignity, Pope Francis told journalists Thursday that their profession can never be used as a destructive weapon, nor should it be used to nourish fear. “Certainly criticism is legitimate, and, I would add, necessary, just as is the denunciation of evil, but this must [...]

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Journalism can’t be a ‘weapon of destruction’, Pope Francis says

VATICAN, Sept. 22, 2016– Emphasizing the importance of respect for human dignity, Pope Francis told journalists Thursday that their profession can never be used as a destructive weapon, nor should it be used to nourish fear. “Certainly criticism is legitimate, and, I would add, necessary, just as is the denunciation of evil, but this must [...]

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Pope Francis condemns ‘inexcusable violence’ in murder of Mexican priests

VATICAN, Sept. 21, 2016– After hearing of the murder of two priests in Mexico, Pope Francis sent a telegram to the country’s bishops condemning the violent act, offering his prayers as a sign of closeness to the community and families affected. “Deeply distressed upon receiving the sad news of the assassination of Reverends Alejo Nabor [...]

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No war is holy, pope says at interreligious peace gathering

ASSISI, Italy, Sept. 20, 2016– Violence in the name of God does not represent the true nature of religion and must be condemned by all faiths, Pope Francis said. “We never tire of repeating that the name of God cannot be used to justify violence. Peace alone, and not war, is holy!” the pope said [...]

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Listen to war victims’ cries, feel shame, pray for peace, pope says

VATICAN, Sept. 20, 2016– Humanity should feel ashamed it can wage war, kill the innocent, bomb cities and prevent food and medicine from reaching survivors, Pope Francis said. “There is no god of war,” he said. Violence and division are the work of the devil who “wants to kill everyone,” and that is why people [...]

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Church unity with a global focus: lessons from ‘bishop school’

VATICAN, Sept. 20, 2016– The Vatican holds a special seminar series each year for new bishops to help them learn their new role. Among these new bishops was Bishop Ruben Tierrablanca Gonzalez, the vicar apostolic of Istanbul. For him, the seminar had a singular focus. It “teaches all of us bishops to look at the [...]

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VATICAN, Sept. 19, 2016– Offering migrants and refugees truly helpful and loving hospitality is the greatest guarantee against terrorism, Pope Francis said. The current refugee and migration crisis, with more than 65 million people forcibly displaced from their homes, has become “the greatest humanitarian crisis after the Second World War,” he said. “At this place [...]

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Corruption is worst form of criminality, Pope tells Vatican police

VATICAN, Sept. 18, 2016– On Sunday Pope Francis celebrated the 200th anniversary of the Vatican Gendarme by thanking the security force for their tireless service, and warned against modern crimes linked to exploitation and corruption. “Crooks love the scam and hate honesty. Crooks love bribes, agreements done in the dark. This is worse than anything, [...]

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Pope tells ambassadors to serve in humility, not get lost in politics

VATICAN, Sept. 17, 2016– In a special Jubilee audience with nearly all of his 108 ambassadors around the world, Pope Francis thanked them for their dedication, and encouraged them to continue their work in humble service, without getting caught up in useless politics. “(You are) the link between the Successor of Peter and the different [...]

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Bring people Christ’s mercy, Pope Francis tells new bishops

VATICAN, Sept. 16, 2016– Like the Good Samaritan in the parable, you have been called to show the mercy of God to the men and women God has placed in your path, Pope Francis said to a group of new bishops on Friday. “Be bishops with a heart wounded by such a mercy and so [...]

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Cooperating in abortion is always an impediment to ordination, Pope affirms

VATICAN, Sept. 16, 2016– Pope Francis has confirmed that the impediments preventing one from being ordained – such as homicide, abortion, or attempted suicide – apply whether or not the man was Catholic at the time the act occurred. As the law is written, a doubt existed that the “irregularities,” as they are called, applied [...]

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Pope highlights sanctity of life in Year of Mercy visits

VATICAN, Sept. 16, 2016– Pope Francis donned a green hospital gown over his white cassock and entered the neonatal unit of a Rome hospital, peering in the incubators, making the sign of the cross and encouraging worried parents. The trip to the babies’ ward of Rome’s San Giovanni Hospital and then to a hospice Sept. [...]

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Changing canon law, pope brings Latin and Eastern practices closer

VATICAN, Sept. 15, 2016– In a change to church law, Latin-rite Catholic deacons may not preside at a wedding when one or both of the new spouses are members of an Eastern Catholic church. The new rule is one of the changes to 11 canons in the Latin-rite Code of Canon law that Pope Francis [...]

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