Category Archives: Vatican

Pope calls on clergy, religious to share love with the poor

MANILA, Philippines (CNS) — At his first Mass in the Philippines, Pope Francis demonstrated that he was not simply reading English, but understood it. The prepared text of his homily began with Jesus’ words to St. Peter, “Do you love … Continue reading

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Pope Francis’ suggested New Year’s resolutions

VATICAN CITY — When Pope Francis met before Christmas with Vatican employees, mostly lay people with families, he asked them to do 10 things. The list sounded remarkably like suggestions for New Year’s resolutions: — “Take care of your spiritual … Continue reading

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On Christmas, pope urges people to hear the cry of suffering children

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The crying of the Baby Jesus is not the only cry people should hear on Christmas; many children around the world are crying because of war, maltreatment and abuse, Pope … Continue reading

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Text of Pope Francis’ homily at Christmas Mass

VATICAN CITY — Here is the English translation of Pope Francis’ homily at Christmas Mass Dec. 24 in St. Peter’s Basilica: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep … Continue reading

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It takes more than two to tango for Pope Francis’ birthday

  VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis always asks for prayers, especially for his birthday, but this year he also got some tango. Thousands of tango dancers, mostly from Italy, flocked to St. Peter’s Square to wave their white scarves “A … Continue reading

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Vatican releases report on U.S. women religious

VATICAN CITY — A massive, detailed Vatican-ordered investigation of U.S. communities of women religious ended with a call to the women themselves to continue discerning how best to live the Gospel in fidelity to their orders’ founding ideals while facing … Continue reading

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Doggone it! Still no top spot for Spot?

VATICAN CITY — Whether animals go to heaven or not has been an eternal question. And a supposedly definitive answer was reported to have come from Pope Francis. But it turns out the pope-quote [“One day we will see our … Continue reading

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