Pope prays for Persecuted Christians

July 3, 2015. The audience included a prayer gathering with the Renewal in the Spi...
 

Andrea Bocelli sings the 'Ave Maria' in St. Peter's Square

July 3, 2015. He preceded Pope Franciss arrival to the prayer encounter for persec...
 

Rock band stands up for persecuted Christians in Iraq

July 3, 2015. Its a song about religious liberty and a call to not forget persecut...
 

LIVE: Ecumenical meeting to pray for persecuted Christians

July 3, 2015. It was convened by the Catholic Charismatic Renewal movement.
 

A Conversation with the Australian Archbishop of Sydney, Anthony Fisher

July 3, 2015. The Metropolitan Archbishop received the pallium wool garment from P...
 

Cardinal Parolin: I hope for “concrete and practical” changes to come from “Laudato Si”

July 2, 2015. The Vatican Secretary of State spoke about how the encyclical can af...
 

Pope Francis will pray in Saint Peter's Square for thousands of persecuted Christians

July 2, 2015. The musical artists Andrea Bocelli and Noa will participate.
 

More than 130,000 migrants have attempted to cross the Mediterranean in 2015

July 2, 2015. They include men, women and children who are mostly escaping from wa...
 

Pakistani Blasphemy Law: It is illegal to send a text message that reads 'Jesus'

July 2, 2015. It is illegal for Muslims to convert to Christianity.
 

Pope Francis: Greek economic situation “worrying”

July 1, 2015. "The dignity of the human person must remain at the center of any po...
 

Climate experts and activists: Broad, diverse alliances needed to fight climate change

July 1, 2015. "This is not only a teaching for the Catholic world, but for every p...
 

Pope's prayer intentions for July: Political responsibility and love for the poor

July 1, 2015. He asks Christians in Latin America to contribute to a more fraterna...
 

Pope Francis will start a busy trip to three Latin American countries on Sunday

July 1, 2015. He plans to visit a prison and a favela, and will have meetings with...
 

LIVE: Briefing to introduce the “People and Planet First” conference

July 1, 2015. The conference will take place July 2nd and 3rd at the Vatican.
 

Pope Francis: All Christians have Jewish roots

June 30, 2015. He held a meeting with the International Council of Christians and ...
 

Complete agenda of Pope's trip to Cuba and the United States

June 30, 2015. Pope Francis will travel in the U.S. and Cuba from September 19th t...
 

Pope Francis wishes Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI farewell before his vacation

June 30, 2015. The Pope Emeritus will spend two weeks at Castel Gandolfo.
 

Pope Francis announces canonization date for Thérèse of Lisieux's parents

June 30, 2015. It will take place on October 18th, during the Synod on the Family.
 

Pope Francis to new archbishops: God wants you to be men of prayer, faith, and witness

June 30, 2015. They came from throughout the world to have their palliums blessed ...
 

LIVE: Presentation about the Pope's trip to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay

June 30, 2015. At 11:30 a.m., a Vatican spokesman will provide details about the t...
 

Franciscan superior: With “Laudato Si,” Pope Francis asks us to take a step forward and act

June 29, 2015. Father Michael Perry explained that human suffering also hurts natu...
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New bishops in the Philippines

July 3, 2015. Pope Francishas nominated Msgr. Dennis C. Villarojo andFather Oscar J. L.Florencio to be the Auxiliary Bishops of the Archdiocese of Cebu(Philippines). Since 2010, Villarojo has been at the parish of OurLady of the Sacred Heart in Cebu City. Florencio has been the rectorof Saint John the Evangelist School of Theology since 2013.
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Pope weighs in on economic crisis in Greece

July 1, 2015 The Vatican is weighing in on the economic crisis that is crippling Greece. Through a written statement, the Vaticans press office issued a release that reads "the dignity of the human person must remain at the center of any political and technical debate." It goes on to say that the Pope "wishes to convey his closeness...with a special thought for the many families gravely beset by such a keenly felt human and social crisis. The Pope then "invites all the faithful to unite in prayer for the good of the beloved Greek people.”
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Benedict XVI will spend two weeks at Castel Gandolfo

June 30, 2015. Thismorning at 10:00 a.m., Pope Francis said farewell to Pope EmeritusBenedict XVI, before he leaves for Castel Gandolfo. The meetinglasted about 30 minutes. The pope emeritus will return on July 14th< sup>,one day after Pope Francis returns from his trip to Latin America.
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Pope Francis creates Secretariat for Communication

June 27, 2015. The Popehas created a Secretariat for Communication, which will unify allVatican media, including the Press Room, Twitter and the PontificalCouncil for Social Communications. Its prefect is the Italian priestDario Viganò, and the number two is the Argentine Lucio Adrian Ruiz.
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Appointments

June 26, 2015. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Hector Luis Gutierrez de Pabon, who served as Bishop of Engativá, Colombia. His post will be taken by Francisco Antonio Nieto Súa, who up until now, served as the Bishop of San José del Guaviare (Colombia).
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Holy See backs two-state solution in Middle East

June 26, 2015. The Holy See and thePalestine Liberation Organization (PLO) have officially signed acomprehensive agreement, in which the Holy See recognizes the Stateof Palestine and supports a two-state solution for peace based on the1967 borders.
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Armenian Catholic Patriarch of Cilicia passes away

June 25, 2015. Pope Francis has written a telegram expressing his condolences over the recent death of the Armenian Catholic Patriarch of Cilicia, Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni. He was 75-years-old and had recently been at San Peters Basilica to celebrate Mass in remembrance of the Armenian Genocide.
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Mexican bishop resigns after possible abuse of episcopal office

June 25, 2015. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Gonzalo Galván Castillo, who was until now bishop of Autlán, Mexico. A sexual abuse victim said in July of last year that he had been waiting for five years for the bishop to take action against the priest who abused him. Although the Vatican has not provided further information, this case could be treated as abuse of episcopal office.
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Successor of Mother Teresa, passes away.

June 23, 2015. Sister Nirmala Joshi, the head of the Missionaries of Charity, has passed away at the age of 81. She died in the Indian city of Kolkate on Monday night, after suffering heart ailments. Sister Joshi was elected as head of the Missionaries of Charity in 1997.
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Trial against former apostolic nuncio accused of abuse will start on July 11th

June 15, 2015. The former apostolic nuncio to Dominican Republic, Józef Wesołowski will stand trial at a Vatican tribunal. The first hearing will take place on July 11th. Wesołowski has already been removed from the clerical state after being charged with possession of child pornography and sexual abuse of minors.
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American Archbishop Resigns After Mishandling of Abuse Allegations

June 15, 2015. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Msgr. John Clayton Nienstedt, who served as the Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis. He also accepted the resignation of Auxiliary Bishop, Rev. Lee Anthony Piche, from that same diocese. Recently, both were accused of ignoring accusations involving an abusive former priest who served in the Archdiocese.
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Pope Francis to travel to Africa

June 12, 2015. The Vatican’s nuncio in the Central African Republic, Mons. Francesco Coppola, confirmed that Pope Francis is planning on visiting the country. He states it will take place on November 2015. It will be Pope Francis’ first visit to Africa.
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New archbishop in Berlin (Germany)

June 8, 2015. The Pope has appointed Heiner Koch as the new metropolitan bishop of Berlin (Germany). Until now, he was bishop of Dresden-Meiβen.
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New military ordinariate of Venezuela

June 8, 2015. Pope Benedict has appointed Adan Mendez Bracamonte to bemilitary ordinariate of Venezuela. Until now, he was military diocesan administrator.
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Appointments

June 5, 2015. Pope Francis has appointed Augusto Munera Ochoa as the new Apostolic Vicar of Tierradentro, Colombia. He will take the post previously held by Edgar Hernando Tirado Mazo.
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