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December 10, 2014

VIENNA -- While Vatican officials are busy working with other religious groups in formulating a collective message on nuclear disarmament, no-nukes activists are looking for ways to influence the actions of their faith leaders.

Vatican officials traveled to Vienna...

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople kissed Pope Francis as they embraced at an ecumenical prayer service in the patriarchal Church of St. George in Istanbul Nov. 29.
December 03, 2014

VATICAN CITY -- It is the complete disregard for God, not His glorification, that leads to violence in this world, Pope Francis said.

That is why people of faith, particularly Christians and Muslims, must work together for peace, and governments must guarantee...

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople kissed Pope Francis as they embraced at an ecumenical prayer service in the patriarchal Church of St. George in Istanbul Nov. 29.
December 03, 2014

VATICAN CITY -- Ankara and Istanbul were gray and cold, at least compared to Rome, during Pope Francis' Nov. 28-30 visit to Turkey. And the general reception, outside of the pope's official meetings, was hardly warmer. There were none of the enthusiastic crowds that...

December 03, 2014

VATICAN CITY -- As Pope Francis and leaders of other churches and religions signed a declaration pledging to work together to help end modern slavery in the world by 2020, he urged governments, businesses and all people of good will to join forces against this "crime...

November 26, 2014

VATICAN CITY -- Believing in eternity and in the final establishment of the kingdom of God, Christians throughout history -- starting with the disciples -- were filled with questions such as when the end will come and what will happen to the created world, Pope Francis...

Pope Francis arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Nov. 19. The pope condemned the “unacceptable episodes of violence” in Jerusalem after two Palestinians killed five people in a synagogue Nov. 18.
November 19, 2014

VATICAN CITY -- All Christians are called to holiness and to take even little steps each day to be more loving and more Christ-like, Pope Francis said.

"Some think that holiness is closing your eyes and making the face of a plastic statue, but that's not holiness...

The Philadelphia skyline is seen in a 2012 file photo. Pope Francis confirmed he will visit Philadelphia in September for the World Meeting of Families.
November 19, 2014

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis said he would attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September, making it the first confirmed stop on what is expected to be a more extensive papal visit to North America.
The pope made the announcement Nov. 17 in a...

November 19, 2014

VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican has lifted its ban on the ordination of married men to the priesthood in Eastern Catholic churches outside their traditional territories, including in the United States, Canada and Australia.
Pope Francis approved lifting the ban, also...

November 19, 2014

We are indeed blessed to have Pope Francis captain the ship of our Catholic faith. In a welcoming display of compassion and forgiveness, he has turned our ship into a joyous gathering of all the faithful, making special room for the needy and the disenfranchised. In so...

November 17, 2014

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said he would attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September, making it the first confirmed stop on what is expected to be a more extensive papal visit to North America.

The pope made the announcement Nov. 17 in a...

Pope Francis greeted the crowd during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Nov. 12.
November 12, 2014

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis condemned the "absurd violence" being used against Christians in several countries and called on people of good will everywhere to take up the cause of religious freedom.

At the end of his general audience Nov. 12, Pope Francis asked...

 Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, has been named Patron of the Knights of Malta
November 12, 2014

When it was announced Nov. 8 that Cardinal Raymond Burke would be transferred from the office of prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura to Patron of the Knights of Malta, some media reports suggested that he had been prematurely dismissed and demoted...

Cardinal Raymond Burke
November 12, 2014

Pope Francis has named Cardinal Raymond Burke as cardinal patron of the Sovereign Order of Malta.

After months of speculation, and a public confirmation by Cardinal Burke last month, the appointment was announced Nov. 8 by the Vatican. The former St. Louis...

Young people took selfies with Pope Francis as he left his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Nov. 5. The pope announced that he will visit the Shroud of Turin June 21, 2015. The shroud will be on public display April 19-June 24, 2015.
November 06, 2014

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis will visit the Shroud of Turin during its public display in Turin's cathedral April 19-June 24, 2015, as well as commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of St. John Bosco.

"I am happy to announce that, God willing, on June 21, I...

The South Pole Telescope and the Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization experiment, or Biceps2, at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station are seen against the night sky in this National Science Foundation picture from 2008. Researchers used the equipment to detect ripples in the space-time fabric that echo the massive expansion of the universe that took place just after the Big Bang. Pope Francis recently told the Pontifical Academy of Sciences that the Big Bang theory and evolution do not eliminate the existence of God, who remains the one who set all of creation into motion.
October 29, 2014

VATICAN CITY — The Big Bang theory and evolution do not eliminate the existence of God, who remains the one who set all of creation into motion, Pope Francis told his own science academy.
And God's existence does not contradict the discoveries of science, he told...

Pope Francis greeted inmates from a detention and treatment center in Eboli, Italy, during his general audience Oct. 22 in St. Peter’s Square.
October 23, 2014

VATICAN CITY -- All wars begin in the human heart -- a heart that is jealous and bitter and tears apart communities through misunderstandings and marginalization, Pope Francis said.

"How wonderful if we would remember more often who we are, what Jesus Christ did...

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