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February 27, 2020
Junno Arocho Esteves
Pope Francis did not attend a traditional penitential service with priests of the Diocese of Rome due to a mild cold, the Vatican has said
February 27, 2020
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Pope Francis said is praying for the people of Iraq, and repeated his desire to visit the country
February 26, 2020
Hannah Brockhaus/CNA
Pope Francis has urged Catholics to use the season of Lent to spend less time immersed in the chatter and noise of the world through television and their phones, and to spend more time in silence and in conversation with God
February 24, 2020
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There is an urgent need for personal conversion, without which the temptations of Satan, and the presence of evil, create a “hell here on earth,” Pope Francis said
February 21, 2020
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The Vatican’s archives on the pontificate of Venerable Pius XII will become available for study March 2, possibly bringing to light new information about the pope’s actions during World War II. Vatican archivists have said, however, that they do not expect any immediate surprises to emerge. It is for the researchers to explore these questions,
February 19, 2020
Courtney Mares/CNA
A meek Christian is not weak, but defends his faith and controls his temper, Pope Francis said
February 19, 2020
Carol Glatz
Hearts hardened by ideology, selfishness and arrogance leave no room for God, Pope Francis said. “The Lord only goes in hearts that are like his heart,” that is, “hearts that are compassionate, open,” the Pope said in his homily on February 18 during morning Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae. The Pope reflected on the
February 18, 2020
Junno Arocho Esteves
Cardinal Becciu has denied allegations that money earmarked for helping the poor was used to invest in a London property deal
February 13, 2020
Christopher Altieri
It was quite an impressive array of experts, advocates and power-brokers that participated in a conference last week hosted by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, to explore “New Forms of Solidarity: Towards Fraternal Inclusion, Integration and Innovation” at the Casina Pio IV. They included Kristalina Georgieva, managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF),
February 13, 2020
Staff writers
La Crosse, Wisconsin Franciscan Sisters stop Perpetual Adoration A religious institute which has practised round-the-clock Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will reduce its adoration from 24 hours to 16. The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in La Crosse were founded in 1878, and had continued the practice ever since. But the order’s president, Sister Eileen
January 28, 2020
Carol Glatz
Bitter or boring evangelisers will not help the Gospel or the Catholic Church, Pope Francis said. The Church and the Gospel will only “move forward with evangelisers (who are) joyful, full of life,” the Pope said on January 28. Christians must not be afraid or embarrassed to express the true joy that comes from having
January 27, 2020
Howard Kiernan
Pope Francis prayed on Sunday for people infected by the coronavirus, which has killed 56 people in China. “May the Lord welcome the deceased in his peace, comfort families and support the great commitment of the Chinese community, already put in place to fight the epidemic,” Pope Francis said in his Angelus address on January