Pope Francis begins his campaign for peace in the Caucasus region

September 30, 2016. In his first intervention in Georgia, he calls for overcoming ...

Pope Francis' Fuill Speech during his visit to Patriarch Ilia II

September 30, 2016. Francis has gone to the Patriarchate after meeting with Georgi...

Pope Francis' Full Speech to Georgian Authorities

September 30, 2016. Pope Francis made his first big speech regarding the region.

Pope is moved by a rendition of “Ave Maria,” composed by Orthodox Patriarch Ilia II

September 30, 2016. "Only a loving heart is able to compose something like this," ...

LIVE: Pope meets with Assyrian-Chaldean community

September 30, 2016. The meeting begins at 6 p.m., local Georgia time.

LIVE: Papal visit to the Patriarch Ilia II

September 30, 2016. The encounter commences at 4:40 p.m., local Georgia time.

Pope begins the second leg of his trip to the Caucasus in Tblisi, Georgia

September 30, 2016. He was personally received by the Patriarch of the Orthodox Ch...

LIVE: Pope Francis visits President of the Republic, authorites and Patriarch Ilia II

September 30, 2016. The courtesy visit begins at 3:45 p.m., local Georgia time.

LIVE: Pope Francis arrives in Georgia

September 30, 2016. The welcome ceremony commences at 3 p.m., local Georgia time.

Pope travels to Georgia to bring peace to the Caucasus region

September 29, 2016. There is tension for independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazi...

Pope asks world superpowers to bring peace to Syria and not turn a blind eye

September 29, 2016. He supports the UN initiative and denounces "hidden interests"...

UN Syrian Envoy thanks the pope for backing peace negotiations

September 29, 2016. "I hope those who can stop the spiral of violence listen to wh...

Pope Francis: Those responsible for the bombings in Syria will have to answer before God

September 28, 2016. "Protection of civilians is an imperative and urgent obligatio...

Pope at General Audience: The Church is not only for the good, it is for everyone

September 28, 2016. He asked the faithful to pray one simple prayer throughout the...

Remembering Pope Francis' encounters with Shimon Peres

September 28, 2016. There was a strong bond between the two leaders. Their last me...

Pope explains extent of Jesus' forgiveness to the "good" thief at General Audience

September 28, 2016. "Jesus is there to meet the need of all not be abandoned," he ...

Pope asks everyone in St. Peter's Square to sing in prayer “for the sufferings of Mexico”

September 28, 2016. Thousands of people sang "La Guadalupana.”

LIVE: General Audience with Pope Francis

September 28, 2016. It begins at 9:45 a.m., Rome local time.

Pope meets with World Jewish Congress: “We also reach out to you for peace”

September 27, 2016. Christians and Jews working together to speak out against brut...

The Jesuits are about to choose the 31st successor of St. Ignatius

September 27, 2016.Even though Superior General is a position with life tenure, Fr...

Pope in Santa Marta: The Lord teaches us to pray amidst spiritual desolation

September 27, 2016. Pope Francis explains how to cope with difficult situations, l...
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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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Cardinal Parolin to preside at liturgy before peace signing between Colombia and FARC

September 20, 2016. Colombia's government has invited the Vatican Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, to preside over a liturgy before the ceremony to unite representatives from the Colombian government and the FARC, in Cartagena de Indias. The liturgy will take place before the ceremony related to agreements of Havana between the Colombian government and the FARC. It will be next Monday, September 26, and dozens of heads of state are scheduled to attend. In the liturgy, Parolin will "ask God to enlighten each Colombian to work conscientiously and with complete freedom, so that in a responsible and informed way, they can participate in making decisions that concern the common good of the entire country, which is so dear to Pope Francis."
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Pope Francis pays tribute to Father Jacques Hamel

September 13, 2016. Pope Francis will celebrate Mass for Jacques Hamel, the priest murdered in France by two terrorists on July 26 in the church of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray. It will be held on Wednesday, September 14 at 7 a.m inside the chapel of his residence in Casa Santa Marta. The bishop from Diocese of Rouen along with 80 pilgrims from the same diocese will be present.
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Pope Francis' calendar from September to November

SEPTEMBER Sunday 25, 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time: At 10.30 a.m. in St. Peter’s Square, Holy Mass and Jubilee of Catechists. Friday 30 to Sunday 2 October: Apostolic trip to Georgia and Azerbaijan. OCTOBER Saturday 8: At 5.30 p.m. in St. Peter’s Square, Marian vigil. Sunday 9, 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time: At 10.30 a.m. in St. Peter’s Square, Holy Mass and Marian Jubilee. Sunday 16: 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time: At 10.15 in St. Peter’s Square, Holy Mass and canonisation of Blesseds Salomone Leclercq, José Sanchez del Rio, Manuel González García, Lodovico Pavoni, Alfonso Maria Fusco, José Gabriel del Rosario Brochero, and Elisabeth of the Holy Trinity. Monday 31 to Tuesday 1 November: Apostolic trip to Sweden to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. NOVEMBER Friday 4: At 11.30 in the Vatican Basilica, Holy Mass for the souls of cardinals and bishops who died during the year. Sunday 6, 32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time: At 10 a.m. in the Vatican Basilica, Holy Mass and Jubilee of Prisoners. Sunday 13, 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time: At 10 a.m. in the Vatican Basilica, Holy Mass and Jubilee of the Homeless. Sunday 20, Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe: At 10 a.m. in St. Peter’s Square, Holy Mass for the conclusion of the Jubilee of Mercy.
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