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  • April 11, 2014 | by Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service
    "I feel called to take responsibility for all the evil some priests -- large in number, but not in proportion to the total -- have committed and to ask forgiveness for the damage they've done with the sexual abuse of children," Pope Francis said.
  • April 9, 2014 | by Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service
    Pope Francis said the assassination of "my confrere," a 75-year-old Dutch Jesuit in Syria, "filled me with deep sadness and made me think again of all the people who suffer and are dying in that martyred country."
  • April 4, 2014 | by Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The rite of canonization for Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II April 27 will use the standard formula for the creation of new saints, but the Mass will be preceded by the recitation of the Divine Mercy chaplet, and it is possible retired Pope Benedict XVI will attend, the Vatican spokesman said.
  • April 1, 2014 | by Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Leading a penitential liturgy in St. Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis surprised his liturgical adviser by going to confession during the service.
  • April 1, 2014 | by By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service
    From the moment Pope Francis, dressed simply in a white cassock, stepped out on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica for the first time and bowed, he signaled his pontificate would bring some style differences to the papacy.
  • March 28, 2014 | by Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Don't be too lax or too harsh during confession and always make sure people know when the sacrament of reconciliation is available, Pope Francis said on March 28.
  • March 27, 2014 | by Francis X. Rocca, Catholic News Service
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In their first encounter, Pope Francis received U.S. President Barack Obama at the Vatican March 27 for a discussion that touched on several areas of tension between the Catholic Church and the White House, including religious freedom and medical ethics.
  • March 24, 2014
    The Pope gave an off-the-cuff address to those present, in which he defined the virtues, mission and sins of the communication media.
  • February 28, 2014 | by Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service
    The Catholic Church needs to find a way to offer healing, strength and salvation to Catholics whose marriages have failed, who are committed to making a new union work and who long to do so within the Church and with the grace of Communion, Cardinal Walter Kasper told the world’s cardinals.
  • February 28, 2014 | by Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service
    Those who recognize marriage as a sacrament, a divine blessing and a reflection of God's love for humanity should have even greater sympathy for husbands and wives whose relationships have failed, Pope Francis said.
  • February 27, 2014
    This morning, Feb. 27, in the Sala Clementina of the Vatican Apostolic Palace, the Holy Father received in audience the bishops who are friends of the Focolare Movement, who have held a meeting during recent days on the theme of “Mutual love among Christ's disciples.” Among them was Bishop Michael Mulvey of the Diocese of Corpus Christi.
  • February 27, 2014 | by By Francis X. Rocca, Catholic News Service
    When Pope Benedict XVI announced, on Feb. 11, 2013, that he would become the first pope in nearly 600 years to resign, speculation was as varied as it was excited about the long-term consequences of his historic act. But one common line of thought held that, for better or worse, his decision might leave the papacy a less exalted and powerful office, bringing the supreme pontiff closer to the level of other bishops, clergy and faithful.
  • February 24, 2014 | by Francis X. Rocca, Catholic News Service
    Celebrating Mass with the newest members of the College of the Cardinals one day after their elevation, Pope Francis urged them to regard their new role not as one of worldly honor but of humble service and sacrifice.
  • January 31, 2014 | by Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service
    Cardinal-designate Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, hosted a lengthy meeting with his U.S. counterpart, John Kerry, to discuss ongoing tensions in the Middle East, as well as the U.S. bishops’ concerns about the Obama administration’s health care mandate.
  • January 31, 2014 | by Francis X. Rocca, Catholic News Service
    Pope Francis said world peace requires the defense of human dignity from violations such as world hunger, human trafficking and abortion.
  • December 31, 2013 | by Francis X. Rocca, Catholic News Service
    In his first extensive piece of writing as pope, Pope Francis lays out a vision of the Catholic Church dedicated to evangelization in a positive key, with a focus on society’s poorest and most vulnerable, including the aged and unborn.
  • December 31, 2013 | by Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service
    Defending human dignity and protecting society’s most vulnerable necessarily means protecting the unborn and defending their right to life, Pope Francis said in his apostolic exhortation.
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