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Pope returns to Marian shrine, entrusts WYD to Mary’s care

Pope returns to Marian shrine, entrusts WYD to Mary’s care

| Cindy Wooden | July 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

Comfortable in the presence of Mary and at a shrine that symbolizes one of his most important experiences as a member of the Latin American bishops’ council, Pope Francis kicked off five days of intense activity with an act of devotion.

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Crowds in Rio swarm pope, who wanted to be ‘close to the people’

Crowds in Rio swarm pope, who wanted to be ‘close to the people’

| Francis X. Rocca | July 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

Hundreds of thousands of cheering people welcomed Pope Francis to Brazil July 22 as he made the first international trip of his pontificate to his native region of Latin America.

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Vatican updates laws; pope expands jurisdiction of Vatican court

Vatican updates laws; pope expands jurisdiction of Vatican court

| Cindy Wooden | July 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis has approved a major updating of the criminal laws of Vatican City State, including in areas dealing with child abuse and terrorism financing, and has ruled that any Vatican employee can be tried by the Vatican court for violating those laws.

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Pope calls for repentance over treatment of migrants

Pope calls for repentance over treatment of migrants

Before saying a word publicly, Pope Francis made the sign of the cross and tossed a wreath of white and yellow flowers into the Mediterranean Sea in memory of the estimated 20,000 African immigrants who have died in the past 25 years trying to reach a new life in Europe.

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Pope consecrates Vatican City to St. Joseph, St. Michael the Archangel

Pope consecrates Vatican City to St. Joseph, St. Michael the Archangel

| Cindy Wooden | July 8, 2013 | 1 Comment

With retired Pope Benedict XVI sitting next to him, Pope Francis formally recited separate prayers to consecrate Vatican City to St. Joseph and to St. Michael the Archangel.

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Pope clears way for canonizations of John Paul II, John XXIII

Pope clears way for canonizations of John Paul II, John XXIII

No date for a canonization ceremony was announced, but it is likely that the two popes will be canonized together, possibly “by the end of the year.”

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In first encyclical, pope celebrates faith as the light of human life

In first encyclical, pope celebrates faith as the light of human life

Publication of the encyclical titled “Lumen Fidei” (“The Light of Faith”) was one of the most awaited events of the Year of Faith which began last October.

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‘All of us’ are equally important in the church, pope says at audience

‘All of us’ are equally important in the church, pope says at audience

| Cindy Wooden | June 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

The stability of the church requires that it be built on Jesus, but its beauty and strength also rely on the contributions of each and every Christian, Pope Francis said.

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The superficial and the rigid ‘masquerade’ as Christians, pope says

The superficial and the rigid ‘masquerade’ as Christians, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | June 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Christianity isn’t a school for teaching a superficial form of being nice to everyone, but it’s also not a boot camp where everything is rigidity, rules and long faces, Pope Francis said.

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Harley Heaven

Harley Heaven

| June 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

Hundreds of Harley bikers lined the main road leading to the Vatican before the service celebrating the sacredness of life.

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Catholics must grow in love of God, neighbor, pope says at audience

Catholics must grow in love of God, neighbor, pope says at audience

| June 12, 2013 | 1 Comment

Christians have “far to go” if they seek to be known primarily for their love of God and neighbor, Pope Francis said.

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Wealth obscures power of God’s word, free gift of salvation, pope says

Wealth obscures power of God’s word, free gift of salvation, pope says

| Carol Glatz | June 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

A church that is rich and lacking in praise for the Lord is an old, lifeless church that neglects the true treasure of God’s free gift of grace and salvation, Pope Francis said in a morning homily.

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