Author Archives: Francis X. Rocca

Pope confirms he will visit U.S. in September 2015

VATICAN CITY  — Pope Francis said he would attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September 2015, making it the first confirmed stop on what is expected to be a more extensive papal visit to North America. The … Continue reading

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Pope removes Cardinal Burke from Vatican post

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has removed U.S. Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, 66, as head of the Vatican’s highest court and named him to a largely ceremonial post with a chivalric religious order. Cardinal Burke, formerly prefect of the Apostolic … Continue reading

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At stadium Mass, pope tells Koreans to resist materialism

SEOUL, South Korea — Celebrating the feast of the Assumption of Mary in South Korea, Pope Francis prayed that Christian values would overcome demoralization in economically successful societies. “The hope held out by the Gospel is the antidote to the … Continue reading

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Cardinal O’Malley: “moral obligation” trumps legal requirements on sex abuse

VATICAN CITY — Members of the new papal commission for protecting minors from sexual abuse spoke to reporters May 3, the third and last day of their first round of meetings at the Vatican. Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston … Continue reading

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Cardinal Kasper to address College of Cardinals on family

VATICAN CITY — Ever since last July, when Pope Francis told reporters that the church’s practices on marriage exemplify a need for mercy in the church today, speculation has been widespread that he might make it easier for divorced and … Continue reading

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Pope to Davos: consider human dignity, common good

In a message to economic and political leaders meeting at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Pope Francis urges attention to ethical considerations that he says are often “little more than an afterthought” for them. His message, just released … Continue reading

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Pope names 19 new cardinals, including six from Latin America

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis named 19 new cardinals, including the archbishops of Westminster and Quebec and six men from his home region of Latin America, and announced a consistory for their formal induction into the College of Cardinals … Continue reading

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