Pope Francis meets with the president of Burkina Faso

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Pope at Santa Marta: We cannot worship Jesus without accusing ourselves

October 20, 2016. Pope Francis said in order to know Christ, the Catechism is not ...

New graffiti of the pope appears overnight... and disappears hours later

October 19, 2016. The artist behind it, Maupal, depicted Pope Francis as a superhe...

Pope Francis blesses lifesize statue of “Gaucho priest,” José Gabriel del Rosario Brochero

October 19, 2016. José Gabriel del Rosario Brochero was canonized on Sunday.

Pope Francis: There are needy situations which require our urgent and immediate response

October 19, 2016. Pope's first catechesis on the corporal works of mercy: feeding ...

Pope explains what feeding the hungry and giving drink to the thirsty really means

October 19, 2016. The pope encouraged people to practice these two corporal works ...

LIVE: General Audience with Pope Francis

October 19, 2016. Pope holds the General Audience at 9:30 a.m., Rome local time.

New general of the Jesuits: I do not like being called "the black pope"

October 18, 2016. In his press presentation, he says the Jesuits are to serve the ...

Pope says priests who seek riches and power in life will only be loved at the time of their death

October 18, 2016. "At his death he won't be alone, his family will be waiting for ...

College of Cardinals left with 110 electors as Cuban Jaime Ortega turns 80

October 18, 2016. He earned the respect of the Castro brothers in the tug of war b...

Refugees in Jordan: smiling in the face of adversity

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Slovenian president invites Pope Francis to visit his country

October 17, 2016. In a meeting in the Vatican they exchanged opinions about curren...

Pope Francis' surprise visit to a children's home

October 17, 2016. He was all smiles as he spent the day surrounded by toddlers as ...

Pope at canonizations: The Church asks not to win with war, but to win with peace

October 17, 2016. The pope presided over the ceremony that declared seven new sain...

Pope Francis reminds 7,000 elderly people about their “mission” in society

October 17, 2016. "Each period of our existence has its own beauty, even if it is ...

Pope's schedule: Few events planned... and more room for surprises

October 17, 2016. The only event scheduled is the Saturday Jubilee Audience.

Vatican Museums inaugurate first interactive art installation about Genesis and Creation

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Pilgrims from Africa certainly know how to stand out and enjoy themselves in St. Peter's

October 16, 2016. On Wednesdays, these pilgrims know how to get the party started ...

LIVE: Pope Francis prays the Angelus at the Vatican

October 16, 2016. Prayer begins at 12:00 p.m. local time in Rome.

LIVE: Pope Francis canonizes seven new saints

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Catholic nun and Muslim Imam work together for forgiveness and peace

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Pope to award 2016 Ratzinger Prize to Inos Biffi and Ioannis Kourempeles

October 20, 2016. The winners of this year's Ratzinger Prize will be Inos Biffi and Ioannis Kourempeles. The former, an Italian priest, is an expert in Systematic Theology and History of Medieval Theology. The latter is Greek and an Orthodox. He is an expert in History of Dogmas and Dogmatic Theology. He will be the first Orthodox to be awarded the prize given by the Joseph Ratzinger Foundation, considered by many the Nobel Prize of Theology.
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Pope Francis sends his condolences to Thais after the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej

October 14, 2016. Pope Francis has sent a message to the Prime Minister of Thailand to express his condolences for the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. He was 88 years old, and his reign spanned seven decades. Pope Francis said he is "deeply saddened” and he expresses his closeness to the members of the royal family and the Thai people.
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Pope sends 100,000 dollars for Hurricane Matthew victims

October 14, 2016. Through the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum", Pope Francis will send $100,000 to the victims of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. The money will fund relief efforts in the first stages of recovery after the devastating effects of the hurricane. With this gesture, the pope wants to express his "closeness of spirit and fatherly support” to everyone in the affected area.
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Pope authorizes new decrees of heroic virtues for four potential saints

October 11, 2016. Pope Francis authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate the decree of heroic virtues to four people, who are being investigated by the Church for possible sainthood. The decrees were given to the following "Servants of God:”
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Pope Francis rejects death penalty on Twitter: #NoDeathPenalty

October 10, 2016. The Pope has has given his support via Twitter to the World Day Against the Death Penalty. The following message can be read in each of his nine accounts, in their respective languages: "Punishment should necessarily include hope! #NoDeathPenalty.”
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Pope Francis announces Synod about youth and vocation

October 6, 2016. It will be held in 2018 under the name "Youth, faith, and vocational discernment.” Preparations for the second Synod of bishops convened by Pope Francis are well underway.

Theme chosen for 2017 World Communications Day

September 29, 2016. The theme for the 2017 World Communications Day has officially been announced. Coming from the book of Isiah, the theme is: "Fear not, for I am with you: communicating hope and trust in our time.”
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Pope will not be able to travel to Israel on Friday to attend the funeral of Shimon Peres

September 28, 2016. Despite the rumors that Pope Francis will travel to Israel to attend Shimon Peres funeral, the Vatican has issued a statement officially announcing a confirmation for the pope's scheduled visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan will remain as planned on Friday. The pope spoke warmly about the former leader and sent out a telegram of condolences:
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Pope's schedule during his trip to Sweden

September 27, 2016. Pope Francis will travel to Sweden next October 31 and November 1, for the occasion of the Lutheran–Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation.This will be the 17th trip of his pontificate.

Third priest found dead in Mexico

September 26, 2016.Mexican priest, Alfredo Lopez Guillen, was found dead this weekend on a rural road about 350 km east of Mexico City, after being allegedly abducted and assaulted in his parish on Monday September 19. This is the third case of violence against priests in Mexico in just one week. On Monday, September 19, Fr. Nabor Jiménez and Fr. José Alfredo Juarez were also kidnapped in the church of Our Lady of Fatima. Hours later they found them lifeless in a ditch in Poza Rica, Veracruz. The Catholic Church wants clarification on the murders, because it is not yet known who could be the alleged perpetrators.
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Holy See adopts UN Convention against Corruption

September 23, 2016. Pope Francis has asked the Vatican to be exemplary in the fight against corruption and meet the set international standards in this regard. Therefore, the Secretary of State has announced that the Holy See will conform to the Merida Convention against Corruption. This requires countries to implement anti-corruption measures concerning its laws, institutions and practices. From now on, the Roman Curia and the Vatican City State will review its administrative procedures to align them to the standards set by the Convention. Through this compliance, the Vatican says it hopes to contribute to increased transparency and proper management of public affairs in the international community.
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