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May 05, 2017

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has invited thousands of Catholic charismatics and members of Pentecostal and Evangelical churches to Rome to celebrate Pentecost and mark the 50th anniversary of what became the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.

The pope will lead a prayer...

Nancy Lorence, a parishioner at St. Francis Xavier Church in New York City, marched in the People’s Climate March April 29 in Washington.
May 05, 2017

WASHINGTON — Carrying banners and signs with quotes from Pope Francis' encyclical "Laudato Si'," hundreds of Catholics joined the People's Climate March to call for moral and prayerful action to protect creation.

On a sweltering day that reinforced the message...

Pope Francis and Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II attended an ecumenical prayer service at St. Peter’s Church in Cairo April 28. The church was the site of a December 2016 bombing. At a later meeting, the two signed a joint declaration to end a disagreement between the two churches over the sacrament of baptism.
May 04, 2017

AMMAN, Jordan — Pope Francis' historic, 72-hour visit to Cairo has left a profound mark on Egyptians, Catholic leaders said, as they anticipate increased ties with fellow Orthodox Christians and Muslims.

"The pope's visit was a big blessing to the Egyptians, both...

Pope Francis, accompanied by Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II, and other Orthodox representatives, lit a candle April 28 outside the Church of St. Peter in Cairo. The pope lit the candle in remembrance of victims of a December 2016 bombing inside the church.
May 04, 2017

VATICAN CITY — Just as it had been for centuries, Egypt can be a sign of hope for those who long for peace, Pope Francis said.

In his weekly general audience May 3, the pope reflected on his recent visit to Egypt and said that because of its religious and cultural...

Pope Francis embraces Sheik Ahmad el-Tayeb, grand imam of al-Azhar University, at a conference on international peace in Cairo April 28. The pope was making a two-day visit to Egypt.
April 28, 2017

CAIRO — Calling his visit to Egypt a journey of "unity and fraternity," Pope Francis launched a powerful call to the nation's religious leaders to expose violence masquerading as holy and condemn religiously inspired hatred as an idolatrous caricature of God.


People prayed at Mass April 25 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Cairo ahead of Pope Francis’ April 28-29 visit to the country. The pope released a video message stating his hope that the visit is a sign of friendship and peace.
April 27, 2017

VATICAN CITY — Praying that God would protect Egypt from all evil, Pope Francis told the nation's people that a world torn apart by indiscriminate violence needs courageous builders of peace, dialogue and justice.

"I hope that this visit will be an embrace of...

Pope Francis gave a thumbs up as he greeted the crowd at his general audience April 26 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.
April 27, 2017

VATICAN CITY — Christians always have hope, no matter how bleak, bad or uncertain the journey, because they know God is always by their side, Pope Francis said.

In fact, "even crossing parts of the world (that are) wounded, where things are not going well, we are...

Pope Francis greeted a young choir member at his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on April 19.
April 20, 2017

VATICAN CITY — Christian faith is a grace and can be perceived only in the hearts of those willing to be surprised by the joy of the Resurrection, Pope Francis said.

"A closed heart, a rationalistic heart" is incapable of understanding the Christian message which...

Pope Francis passed Mexico’s flag as he greeted the crowd at his general audience April 12 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. The pope continued his series on Christian hope in his talk.
April 13, 2017

VATICAN CITY — The cross, loving service and humble sacrifice are the only way to overcome evil and give hope to the world, Pope Francis said.

Those who love their own lives and always hunger for more are the losers, the pope said at his weekly general audience...

Pope Francis embraced a girl at his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican April 5. Before concluding his audience, the pope said he was horrified by a chemical attack in Syria the previous day that left 70 people dead.
April 06, 2017

VATICAN CITY — Hope can't remain hidden within, but must break free to overcome vengeful, mafia-like mentalities with mercy and humility, Pope Francis said.

Christians must give witness to hope through their lives as Jesus did and make room for Him in their hearts...

A woman and dog walked amid garbage along a street in 2015 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Blessed Paul VI’s 1967 encyclical “Populorum Progressio” rooted the Catholic Church in solidarity with the world’s poorest nations.
March 23, 2017

WASHINGTON — These days when Pope Francis talks about integral human development and his vision of a Church that goes to the margins of the world, he likely thanks a predecessor of 50 years ago for the inspiration.

Blessed Paul VI addressed "the progressive...

Pope Francis knelt before a priest to confess at a Lenten prayer service March 17 in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. The pope invited all Catholics to “rediscover the sacrament of reconciliation” this Lent by taking part in the “24 Hours for the Lord” initiative March 23-24 in many dioceses worldwide.
March 22, 2017

VATICAN CITY — Christian hope is built on patiently enduring everything life brings and knowing how to see God's presence and love everywhere, Pope Francis said.

God "never tires of loving us" as He "takes care of us, dressing our wounds with the caress of His...

Pope Francis greeted a new priest at an ordination Mass April 26, 2015, in St. Peter’s Basilica. In an interview with German newspaper Die Zeit in early March, Pope Francis discussed the possibility of examining whether to allow married men to become priests.
March 16, 2017

VATICAN CITY — While Pope Francis' recent comments on the subject of married priests made headlines around the world, his response falls clearly in line with the thinking of his predecessors.

In an interview with German newspaper Die Zeit, published in early March...

Pope Francis greeted people March 12 on a visit at the Rome parish of St. Magdalene of Canossa.
March 16, 2017

VATICAN CITY — Employers who make business deals that threaten people's livelihood commit a sin that robs men, women and their families of their dignity, according to Pope Francis.

"Whoever — because of economic maneuvering and business dealings that are not all...

Pope Francis attended the first day of his Lenten retreat at the Pauline Fathers’ retreat center in Ariccia, 20 miles southeast of Rome, March 5. The pope and top members of the Roman Curia were on retreat from March 5-10.
March 09, 2017

VATICAN CITY — Christians should care about reading God's messages in the Bible as much as they care about checking messages on their cellphones, Pope Francis said.

As Christ did in the desert when tempted by Satan, men and women can defend themselves from...

A man filled buckets with drinking water at a public filling area Feb. 3 in Aleppo, Syria. Access to clean drinking water is a basic human right and a key component in protecting human life, Pope Francis said Feb. 24 at a meeting with 90 international experts participating in a “Dialogue on Water” at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
March 02, 2017

VATICAN CITY — Access to clean drinking water is a basic human right and a key component in protecting human life, Pope Francis said.

"The right to water is essential for the survival of persons and decisive for the future of humanity," the pope said Feb. 24...

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