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Pope greets U.S. grass-roots groups, saying they help ‘communities thrive’

February 17, 2017 | 2:31 pm | Vatican

By Dennis Sadowski Catholic News Service MODESTO, Calif. (CNS) — Pope Francis congratulated more than 600 representatives of grass-roots organizations for responding with mercy to society’s hurting people during the opening of the four-day U.S. regional World Meeting of Popular Movements. In a letter to the assembly Feb. 16 read alternately in English and in […]

Respond to violence with Christ’s love, strength, pope tells churches

January 27, 2017 | 3:40 pm | Vatican

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis prayed for an end to the daily violence and brutality waged by fundamentalist extremists in the Middle East. “Your sufferings are our sufferings. I join you in praying for an end to the conflict and for God’s closeness to those who have endured […]

Pope blesses Louisiana anti-trafficking project

January 21, 2017 | 9:45 pm | Vatican

By Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When Pope Francis posed for a photo Jan. 18 with Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, it was not a protocol-dictated nicety; it was a recognition of the commitment on the part of the pope and of a coalition of state and private agencies in Louisiana to stop […]


December 27, 2016 | 1:49 pm | Vatican

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE FIFTIETH WORLD DAY OF PEACE 1 JANUARY 2017 Nonviolence: a Style of Politics for Peace 1. At the beginning of this New Year, I offer heartfelt wishes of peace to the world’s peoples and nations, to heads of state and government, and to religious, […]

Reform is more than just a face-lift, pope tells Curia

December 22, 2016 | 5:33 pm | Vatican

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The reform of the Roman Curia is not a mere face-lift to rejuvenate an aging body but a process of deep, personal conversion, Pope Francis said. Meeting with cardinals and the heads of Vatican offices for his annual Christmas greeting, the pope warned that […]

Vatican commission launches child protection website

December 6, 2016 | 5:08 pm | Vatican

By Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors has launched a beta version of its website in English and has included its template for local guidelines on preventing sexual abuse, resources for a day of prayer for the victims and survivors as well as a mailing address […]

Pope asks business leaders to take a risk on using money for good

November 17, 2016 | 5:42 pm | Vatican

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Money is not morally neutral — it is used either for good or for evil, Pope Francis told Catholic business owners. From the earliest fathers of the church to recent popes, the Catholic Church has affirmed that “wealth is good when it is placed at […]

Foundation of faith: Religious patch cracks left in wake of disaster

November 3, 2016 | 2:52 pm | International, Vatican

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When the Benedictine monks in Norcia led residents in prayer before the ruins of their medieval city, they showed one way the church steps into action in times of crisis. First responders encouraged the religious, recognizing they could do their job better when the distraught […]

Ecumenical papal trip: Touching the Christian heart of secular Sweden

October 20, 2016 | 4:43 pm | Vatican

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis’ recent insistence on “walking ecumenism,” the notion that Christians will draw closer to each other as they work together to help the poor, should resonate well with Lutherans and Catholics in Sweden. “Swedes are known to be people of consensus, pragmatic, so people […]

Changing canon law, pope brings Latin and Eastern practices closer

September 16, 2016 | 5:13 pm | Vatican

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In a change to church law, Latin-rite Catholic deacons may not preside at a wedding when one or both of the new spouses are members of an Eastern Catholic church. The new rule is one of the changes to 11 canons in the Latin-rite Code […]