Category Archives: Vatican

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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A guide to the heart of Pope Francis … what makes him tick?

VATICAN CITY — If you are looking to unwrap the mystery of Pope Francis, Msgr. Paul Tighe of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications says there is a new book just out that helps people “get to know this man … Continue reading

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Eeyore (and girlfriend) come to Rome

VATICAN CITY — Popes often receive unusual gifts, and today Pope Francis was given Thea and Noah — two Italian donkeys. Eurolactis, a European cooperative that produces donkey’s milk, donated the donkeys to the pope today when the company’s founder, … 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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