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Peru’s pop-star nuns juggle social ministry, musical passion
Feb. 20, 2017, By Jane Chambers
LIMA, Peru – For the 12 women religious in the pop band Siervas – The Servants in English – it’s a delicate balance of juggling their social ministry and their musical passion.  

Newlyweds look to pope for blessings, strength
Feb. 20, 2017, By Junno Arocho Esteves
VATICAN CITY – Each week dozens of newlyweds, dressed again in their wedding gowns and tuxedoes, come to the Vatican to receive a special papal blessing as they begin their lives together.  

‘Amoris’ rules explained
Feb. 20, 2017, By Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY – The provisions of “Amoris Laetitia” allow people in irregular marriage situations access to the sacraments only if they recognize their situation is sinful and desire to change it, according to the cardinal who heads the Pontifical Council for ...

Even in dark times, never lose hope in God’s love, pope says
Feb. 20, 2017, By Junno Arocho Esteves
VATICAN CITY – Christians must never lose hope and should remind themselves that God loves them even at their worst, Pope Francis said.  

Australian prelate ‘personally shaken’ by abuse statistics
Feb. 6, 2017, By Catholic News Service
SYDNEY – Considered as an overall percentage of those serving between 1950 and 2010, 7.9 percent of diocesan priests and 5.7 percent of religious priests in Australia have had allegations made against them, making a total of 7 percent of priests overall, the Catholic ...

Culture of life the only answer to throwaway logic, pope says
Feb. 6, 2017, By Junno Arocho Esteves
VATICAN CITY – A culture that protects life from conception to natural death is the only answer to the idea that some lives are expendable due to inconvenience or population control, Pope Francis said.  

Syrian refugees accepted by US frustrated with Trump action
Feb. 6, 2017, By Dale Gavlak
AMMAN, Jordan – Promised resettlement in the United States after escaping death and destruction in their homeland, many Syrian refugees are frustrated and angry over President Donald Trump’s executive action banning their entry to the U.S. until further notice.  

Pope: Prayer brings light of hope in dark times
Jan. 24, 2017, By Junno Arocho Esteves
VATICAN CITY – Prayer has the power to awaken hope in men and women, even in the face of death and destruction, Pope Francis said.  

US bishops: Prayer, local dialogue key to bringing peace
Jan. 10, 2017, By Carol Zimmermann
WASHINGTON – The Catholic Church has a “tremendous responsibility to bring people together in prayer and dialogue, to begin anew the vital work of fostering healing and lasting peace,” said a report by a U.S. bishops’ task force released Jan. 5 in the ...

Doctrinal chief dismisses idea of ‘fraternal correction’ of pope
Jan. 10, 2017, By Cindy Wooden
VATICAN CITY – The Catholic Church is “very far” from a situation in which the pope is in need of “fraternal correction” because he has not put the faith and church teaching in danger, said Cardinal Gerhard Muller, prefect of the Congregation for ...

Pope: Mary shows what good comes from wholehearted ‘yes’ to God
Dec. 13, 2016, By Cindy Wooden
VATICAN CITY – Although she was just a humble young woman from a small town, Mary’s total “yes” to God was “the most important ‘yes’ of history” and overturned Adam and Eve’s prideful “no,” which unleashed sin ...

Hark the herald angels: How sacred music evangelizes, lifts up hearts
Dec. 13, 2016, By Carol Glatz
VATICAN CITY – ‘Tis the season for a huge assortment of holiday concerts and carols to choose from, making Advent and Christmas a unique period for reminding people of the evergreen beauty of sacred music.  

Violence fixes nothing; world needs politics of peace, pope says
Dec. 13, 2016, By Carol Glatz
VATICAN CITY – Calling for a new style of politics built on peace and nonviolence, Pope Francis also called for disarmament, the eradication of nuclear weapons and an end to domestic violence and abuse against women and children.  

Patriarch ‘horrified’ after seeing Iraqi ‘ghost towns’
Dec. 5, 2016, By Doreen Abi Raad
BEIRUT – The Syriac Catholic patriarch said he was horrified to see widespread devastation and what he called “ghost towns” during a recent visit to northern Iraq.  

Speaker details little-known facts about why Our Lady of Guadalupe converted 9 million
Dec. 5, 2016, By Valerie Schmalz
Four years after the 1531 appearance of Our Lady of Guadalupe to St. Juan Diego on a hillside near what is now Mexico City, 9 million Native Americans were converted to Christianity and the widely practiced ritual of human sacrifice disappeared.  

Mercy Sister Petra Chavez honored
Dec. 5, 2016
The Central American Resource Center honored Sister Petra Chavez at the organization’s 30th anniversary party in San Francisco on Nov. 10.  

Pope recognizes martyrdom of Oklahoma priest killed in Guatemala
Dec. 5, 2016, By Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis has recognized the martyrdom of Father Stanley Rother of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, making him the first martyr born in the United States.  

Scorsese screens ‘Silence’ for Jesuits, greets pope
Dec. 5, 2016, By Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY – The morning after screening his film, “Silence,” for about 300 Jesuits, the U.S. director Martin Scorsese had a private audience with Pope Francis.  

Despite distance, Iraqi Christians keep the spirit of Christmas alive
Dec. 5, 2016, By Oscar Durand
ISTANBUL – Sami Dankha, his three brothers and their families used to kick off Christmas celebrations by attending a packed Christmas Eve Mass at St. Thomas Church in Baghdad. Wearing brand new clothes and sporting fresh haircuts, they would spend the night chatting, ...

Pope: Can’t whitewash sin away
Dec. 5, 2016, By Carol Glatz
VATICAN CITY – Jesus truly transforms and heals hearts when people let him, which means recognizing and being ashamed of one’s sins, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass.  

Pope: Year of Mercy initiatives must continue
Nov. 29, 2016, By Cindy Wooden
VATICAN CITY – Acknowledging and sharing God’s mercy is a permanent part of the Christian life, so initiatives undertaken during the special Year of Mercy must continue, Pope Francis said.  

Year of Mercy affirmed dignity, sacredness of human life, pope says
Nov. 28, 2016, By Cindy Wooden
VATICAN CITY – Visiting young women rescued from forced prostitution and meeting with a mother inconsolable over the loss of one of her newborn triplets are images from the Year of Mercy that Pope Francis said remain impressed on his heart.  

Threat of hell is real for not being faithful to God, pope says
Nov. 28, 2016, By Carol Glatz
VATICAN CITY – Death and final judgment before the Lord are not frightening if you live being faithful to God, Pope Francis said.  

Pope’s last ‘Mercy Friday’ visit is with former priests, their families
Nov. 15, 2016
VATICAN CITY – Nearing the end of the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis paid a visit to seven families formed by men who left the priesthood to marry. The Vatican said the visit was a sign that God loves and is merciful to everyone experiencing difficulty.  

Vatican releases instruction on burial, cremation
Nov. 1, 2016, By Cindy Wooden
VATICAN CITY – Professing belief in the resurrection of the dead and affirming that the human body is an essential part of a person’s identity, the Catholic Church insists that the bodies of the deceased be treated with respect and laid to rest in a consecrated ...

Portuguese bishops applaud Guterres nomination as U.N. secretary-general
Oct. 17, 2016, By Lise Alves
SAO PAULO – The Portuguese Bishops Conference praised former Portuguese prime minister Antonio Guterres for his “deep sense of humanity and faith” after he was nominated as United Nations secretary-general.   

Off the beaten path: Pope looks far afield for new cardinals
Oct. 17, 2016, By Cindy Wooden
VATICAN CITY – Choosing new members of the College of Cardinals, Pope Francis once again looked to countries and particularly to dioceses that were not and never had been represented in the body that advises the pope and bears responsibility for electing his successor.  

St. Jose Sanchez del Rio symbol of hope
Oct. 17, 2016, By Catholic News Service
ROME – The heroism of Mexico’s newest saint, should embolden the nation’s priests to place “their full trust in God,” Antonio Berumen, the vice postulator, told Catholic News Service Oct. 14.  

Pope canonizes seven saints who ‘fought the good fight of faith’
Oct. 17, 2016, By Junno Arocho Esteves and Cindy Wooden
VATICAN CITY – The seven new saints of the church were holy not because of their own efforts but because of “the Lord who triumphs in them and with them,” Pope Francis said.   

Pray and vote your conscience, pope says
Oct. 4, 2016, By Cindy Wooden
ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM AZERBAIJAN – Catholics facing difficult political choices must study the issues, pray about the election and then vote according to their consciences, Pope Francis said.  

Gay, transgender people deserve pastoral care, pope says
Oct. 4, 2016, By Catholic News Service
ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM AZERBAIJAN – Catholics who are homosexual, confused about their sexuality or convinced they were born in the wrong body deserve the same attentive pastoral care as anyone else, Pope Francis said.  

Tolerance is good for society, the soul, pope says at Azerbaijan mosque
Oct. 4, 2016, By Cindy Wooden
BAKU, Azerbaijan – As the spiritual leader of a tiny religious minority in Azerbaijan, Pope Francis told the leaders of the country’s other religious communities that they share a responsibility to help people grow in faith, but also in tolerance for the faith of ...

Pope sees ‘global war’ against marriage
Oct. 4, 2016, By Cindy Wooden
TBILISI, Georgia – Pope Francis said a global war against marriage is underway and Catholics must respond by helping couples stay strong and by providing pastoral care to those experiencing difficulty.  

Catholics warn against new rules on religion in China
Oct. 4, 2016, By Jonathan Luxmoore
WARSAW, Poland – Catholic experts warned that new rules on religion in China could severely hamper the church’s work by curbing its foreign contacts and imposing heavy penalties for unauthorized activity.  

Pope: Christians must make history, never proclaim doom
Sep. 26, 2016, By Carol Glatz
VATICAN CITY – Christians must put their mark on history, transforming the world every day driven by the joy of proclaiming God’s love, Pope Francis said.  

Vatican revises norms for alleged miracles
Sep. 26, 2016, By Junno Arocho Esteves
VATICAN CITY – In an effort to ensure transparency as well as historical and scientific accuracy, Pope Francis has approved revised norms for the Congregation for Saints’ Causes regarding medical consultations on healings alleged to be miracles.  

3 Mexican priests murdered within days; motives unknown
Sep. 26, 2016, By Catholic News Service
MEXICO CITY – A priest abducted from his parish residence in the Mexican state of Michoacan has been found dead, the Archdiocese of Morelia confirmed Sept. 25. He was the third priest murdered in Mexico within days.  

Christians aren’t greater than God
Sep. 26, 2016, By Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY – God wants people to be merciful, which means forgiving others and giving freely with love, Pope Francis said.  

Let your light shine by doing good, shunning jealousy, pope says
Sep. 19, 2016, By Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY – Good works “do not keep well in the fridge,” Pope Francis said; they need to be shared the minute there is a need.  

St. Teresa of Kolkata will always be ‘Mother’ Teresa, pope says
Sep. 12, 2016, By Junno Arocho Esteves and Cindy Wooden
VATICAN CITY – With a large tapestry bearing the portrait of the woman known as the “Saint of the Gutters” suspended above him, Pope Francis proclaimed the sainthood of Mother Teresa of Kolkata, hailing her courage and love for the poor.  

Retired pope says governance wasn’t his gift, but Francis is good at it
Sep. 12, 2016, By Cindy Wooden
VATICAN CITY – While retired Pope Benedict XVI said organization and governance are not his strong suits, he also said, “I am unable to see myself as a failure.”  

The mercy-filled life: Mother Teresa embodied what Pope Francis teaches
Aug. 23, 2016, By Cindy Wooden
VATICAN CITY – If there is one person who immersed herself in the “peripheries” Pope Francis is drawn to, it was Blessed Teresa of Kolkata.  

Philippines revenge killings stun Catholic leaders
Aug. 23, 2016, By Catholic News Service
MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Catholic leaders say they are powerless to stop a growing number of extrajudicial killings that have come with President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.  

Pope Francis prays at Assisi
Aug. 9, 2016, By Vatican Radio
Assisi, Italy – Pope Francis made a private pilgrimage to Assisi Aug. 4. The visit commemorated the 800th anniversary of what is called “Pardon of Assisi.” The Porziuncola is a small chapel housed inside the town’s Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels which ...

In his own words: Pope Francis quotes from ‘Laudato Si’’’
Aug. 9, 2016
“Our insistence that each human being is an image of God should not make us overlook the fact that each creature has its own purpose …The entire material universe speaks of God’s love, his boundless affection for us. Soil, water, mountains: everything is, as ...

Munich, Kabul attacks are call to pray for peace, pope says
Jul. 26, 2016, By Catholic News Service
 VATICAN CITY -- While recent terror attacks in Germany and Afghanistan bring sorrow and death to the world, they are also a reminder for Christians to pray fervently for peace, Pope Francis said.

Pope issues rules to help contemplative women be beacons for world
Jul. 25, 2016, By Carol Glatz/Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY -- In an effort to help contemplative women religious renew their life and mission in the church and the world, Pope Francis issued a series of new rulings dealing with formation, assets, prayer life, authority and autonomy.

Watch World Youth Day via sfarch.org's live stream
Jul. 25, 2016, By Catholic San Francisco
 The Archdiocese of San Francisco website, sfarch.org, will livestream EWTN’s coverage of World Youth Day events in Krakow, Poland. Just go to the front page of the website to watch—keep in mind the nine-hour time difference when scheduling your viewing.

Blessed Teresa canonization: Local Jesuit wrote music for papal Mass Sept. 4
Jul. 25, 2016, By Tom Burke, Catholic San Francisco
 Jesuit Father Bob Fabing continues his long relationship with the Missionaries of Charity with writing music for Mother Teresa’s canonization Mass in Rome Sept. 4 as well as concelebrating the Mass with Pope Francis. 

US and Spanish journalists will lead Vatican press office
Jul. 12, 2016, By Junno Arocho Esteves
VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis named two experienced journalists – including its first female vice director – to lead the Vatican press office.  

Pope: Many couples do not see marriage is for life
Jun. 21, 2016, By Cindy Wooden
ROME – Because most people today do not understand that sacramental marriage really is a bond that binds them to each other for life, many marriages today can be considered invalid, Pope Francis said.  

Catholics learns to live with Europe’s cult capital in English countryside
Jun. 21, 2016, By Jonathan Luxmoore
GLASTONBURY, England – On Magdalene Street in this southwestern English town, proud parents gather before the stone facade of Our Lady St. Mary Church, as their offspring, smartly attired, prepare for first Communion.  

Bishops call on Filipinos not to bully, harass gay community
Jun. 21, 2016, By Catholic News Service
MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Catholic bishops called for vigilance against bullying, ostracism and harassment of gay people in the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida.  

Life is short; start forgiving, making amends, pope tells priests
Jun. 7, 2016, By Carol Glatz
VATICAN CITY – Mercy recognizes that life is short and that so much good needs to be done that there is no time to waste in making amends, Pope Francis told priests.  

Pope’s ‘crash course’ on mercy in priestly ministry
Jun. 7, 2016, By Carol Glatz
VATICAN CITY – The spiritual retreat Pope Francis offered priests and seminarians as part of the Jubilee of Priests could be seen as a “crash course” on the role of mercy in priestly ministry.  

Pope and Muslim imam embrace at Vatican
May. 24, 2016, By Junno Arocho Esteves
VATICAN CITY – After five years of tension and top-level silence, Pope Francis and the grand imam of one of the most important Sunni Muslim universities in the world embraced at the Vatican May 23.

Mission must come before maintaining institutions, pope says
May. 17, 2016, By Cindy Wooden
VATICAN CITY – In reviewing the administration of property and finances, the Italian bishops should “maintain only what is useful for the faith experience and the charity of the people of God,” Pope Francis said.

Pope tells women religious Vatican will study women deacons
May. 17, 2016, By Cindy Wooden
VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis told the heads of women’s religious orders from around the world that he would set up a commission to study the New Testament deaconesses and he also insisted more can and should be done to involve lay and consecrated women in church ...

San Diego bishop announces synod on marriage, family
May. 17, 2016, By Catholic News Service
SAN DIEGO – Bishop Robert W. McElroy of San Diego, in a pastoral message to Catholics of the diocese, announced he would convoke a synod in October on marriage and family life.

Marchers in Canada plead lawmakers to drop assisted suicide bill
May. 17, 2016, By Catholic News Service
OTTAWA, Ontario – As the Canadian Parliament considered a bill legalizing euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, thousands gathered May 12 for the annual National March for Life.  

‘No one can take our dignity – not even the devil,’ Pope Francis says
May. 17, 2016, By Elise Harris
VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis said the father’s embrace in the parable of the prodigal son is a reminder that we never ought to despair, because nothing and no one can take away our dignity as children of God.

Pope visits home for disabled persons for Jubilee of Mercy
May. 17, 2016, By CNA/EWTN News
ROME – Pope Francis made a surprise visit to a community in Italy that houses and cares for persons who have severe mental disabilities, where he visited both the caregivers and the beneficiaries.

Drought ravages Ethiopian communities, driving rise in hunger
May. 17, 2016, By Bronwen Dachs
CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Watching hungry schoolchildren in Ethiopia carefully put away one of the two biscuits they received at a food program, Msgr. John Kozar, president of Catholic Near East Welfare Association, found the act touching.

What did Pope Francis actually say about the female diaconate?
May. 17, 2016, By Elise Harris
VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis raised eyebrows around the world May 12 after declaring his openness to establishing a commission to study the female diaconate, but a careful look at his full response is less of a shocker and points to nothing new.

Piety and pity are active expressions of mercy, pope says
May. 17, 2016, By Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY – True piety and evangelical pity are found together in those who are moved by the pain of others, take action to help them and, therefore, share God’s mercy, Pope Francis said.

An ocean of tears calls for mercy, compassion, pope says
May. 10, 2016, By Cindy Wooden
VATICAN CITY – The tears shed by men, women and children around the world each day cry out for mercy, compassion and consolation, Pope Francis said during a special Year of Mercy prayer service for those who weep.  

Without Holy Spirit, people risk being ‘armchair’ Christians, pope says
May. 10, 2016, By Carol Glatz
VATICAN CITY – Without letting the Holy Spirit lead his or her life, a person risks being just an “armchair Christian” who recites “a cold morality” without actually living out the Gospel, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass.  

Evacuation from Fort McMurray: A long journey, still waiting to return
May. 10, 2016, By Glen Argan
EDMONTON, Alberta – The gang at EnviroClean Drycleaners in downtown Fort McMurray sticks together.  

Nothing can keep God from seeking those who stray, pope says
May. 10, 2016, By Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY – There is no such thing as a soul that is lost forever, only people who are waiting to be found, Pope Francis said.  

Pope: Wandering, halting on Jesus’ path turns Christians into ‘spiritual mummies’
May. 10, 2016, By Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY – Christians distracted from the path set out by Jesus can turn into decrepit “spiritual mummies,” Pope Francis said at his morning Mass.  

How Swiss Guards are bringing the Vatican to your kitchen
May. 10, 2016, By Catholic News Agency
VATICAN CITY – A native of Zurich, Switzerland, David Geisser was a chef prodigy.  

Pope blasts clericalism in Latin American Church
May. 10, 2016, By CNA/EWTN News
VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis issued strong words to the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, calling clericalism “one of the greatest distortions” facing the local church.  

Pope to teens: When it comes to happiness, there’s no app for that
Apr. 26, 2016, By Junno Arocho Esteves
VATICAN CITY – Happiness “is not an ‘app’ that you can download on your phones nor will the latest update help you become free and great in loving,” Pope Francis told thousands of teenagers.  

Was Shakespeare a secret Catholic?
Apr. 26, 2016, By CNA/EWTN News
ROME – April 23 marked the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, the playwright, poet and actor widely considered to be the most influential literary figure in the English language.  

New nuncio: ‘First thing is to learn, listen’
Apr. 26, 2016, By Cindy Wooden
VATICAN CITY – Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the new nuncio to the United States, said he is ready to learn about the Catholic Church in the country and will try his best to be Pope Francis’ emissary, particularly in promoting a church that is close to those who ...

Know the difference between sin and sinner, Pope Francis says
Apr. 26, 2016, By Elise Harris
VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis stressed the importance of knowing how to distinguish between sin and sinner, adding that God’s mercy is not afraid to reach out and touch our sins in order to forgive them.  






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