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Pope to Serra International: Keep moving forward with courage

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Pope to Serra International: Keep moving forward with courage

- 2017-06-23 Vatican Radio. (Vatican Radio) “Keep moving forward with courage, creativity and boldness.” Those were Pope Francis’ words to Serra International whom he met on Friday on the occasion of their 75th convention. To quote St John Paul II, Serrans “accept as their responsibility the promotion of vocations to the priesthood and religious life”, and on Friday, his successor to the See of Peter, Pope Francis said that above all else a Serran, “is a special friend whom the Lord has brought into the lives of seminarians and priests

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Pope to ROACO recalls suffering of Eastern-rite Christians

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Pope to ROACO recalls suffering of Eastern-rite Christians

- 2017-06-22 Vatican Radio. (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Thursday met with members of ROACO, (Reunion of Aid Agencies for the Oriental Churches) who have been holding their 90th plenary assembly in Rome this week. The meeting brings Church leaders from countries across the Middle East, Asia and Eastern Europe together with donor organisations which raise funds for Christians in the Eastern-rite Churches

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Pope Francis at General Audience: ‘Saints are sign of Christian hope’

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Pope Francis at General Audience: ‘Saints are sign of Christian hope’

- 2017-06-21 Vatican Radio. (Vatican Radio) We are called to be saints, just like the multitude of witnesses before us, so as to be heralds of hope for the world. That was Pope Francis’ message during the catechesis portion of his Wednesday General Audience, in which he reflected on the Saints as witnesses and companions of Hope. Pope Francis at his General Audience in a sunny St

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Pope Francis pays tribute to "Italy's parish priest"

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Pope Francis pays tribute to "Italy's parish priest"

- 2017-06-20 Vatican Radio. (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Tuesday made a pilgrimage to northern Italy to honor two 20th-century parish priests whose commitment to the poor and powerless challenged many faithful - inside and outside the Vatican - to step outside their comfort zones. The Pope flew by helicopter to Bozzolo, near Cremona in the region of Lombardy, to pray at the tomb of Don Primo Mazzolari, parish priest of a small town, a scholar who wrote about St

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Pope’s India visit could be postponed to 2018 – Card. Gracias ‎

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Pope’s India visit could be postponed to 2018 – Card. Gracias ‎

- 2017-06-17 Vatican Radio. It is very likely that the visit of Pope Francis to India and Bangladesh planned for the end of this year, could be postponed to next year, a prominent Indian Catholic Church leader said on Thursday. In an interview to National Catholic Reporter (NCR) on June 15, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay said that discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government about a papal visit this year have taken longer than expected

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Pope at Mass: God’s power saves us from weakness and sins

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Pope at Mass: God’s power saves us from weakness and sins

- 2017-06-16 Vatican Radio. (Vatican Radio) In order to be saved and healed by God we must recognize that are weak, vulnerable and sinful like earthen vessels, said Pope Francis on Friday. And this will lead us to happiness, he said in his homily at the morning Mass in the Casa Santa Marta chapel in the Vatican. He was reflecting on the Second Letter to the Corinthians, where St

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Pope Angelus: Jesus food of eternal life

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Pope Angelus: Jesus food of eternal life

- 2017-06-18 Vatican Radio. (Vatican Radio) In a sunny St Peter’s Square on Sunday Pope Francis recalled the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ or Corpus Christi. Following the Angelus prayer and taking his cue from the Gospel of St John, the Holy Father reminded the pilgrims and tourists present that Jesus states that he is “the living bread which has descended from heaven

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Vatican considers new legal doctrine to excommunicate mobsters

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Vatican considers new legal doctrine to excommunicate mobsters

- The meeting gathered 50 prosecutors, bishops, victims and UN officials for a day of talks. In a statement on Saturday, the Vatican said the need had come to develop a new legal doctrine for the Catholic Church about "excommunication for corruption and mafia association". Pope Francis has long fought against corruption, writing a short book about it as archbishop. And during a 2014 visit to one of Italy's mafia strongholds, Francis told mobsters they were excommunicated

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In the shadow of the Vatican, a Mormon temple rises

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In the shadow of the Vatican, a Mormon temple rises

- Rome • In a tiny chapel just a few miles from the Vatican, 40 young men and women have put on their best clothes and gathered to worship Jesus. In the simple wood-paneled room, the congregation begins singing hymns and sharing personal testimonies. But in a country where nearly 90 percent of people consider themselves Catholic, these young Italian worshippers are not; they're Mormons, and they are adding to the religious mix

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Pope Francis at Pentecost: new people, new hearts

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Pope Francis at Pentecost: new people, new hearts

- 2017-06-04 Vatican Radio. (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Sunday, the Solemnity of Pentecost, in St. Peter’s Square. Before a crowd of scores of thousands of faithful – many of them pilgrims – gathered beneath a bright and nearly cloudless June sky, the Holy Father preached a homily that turned on two actions of the Holy Spirit, discernible in the readings of the day: He makes a new people and He gives each member of that people a new heart

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Pope Francis: Message for World Mission Sunday

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Pope Francis: Message for World Mission Sunday

- 2017-06-04 Vatican Radio. (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has issued his Message for World Mission Sunday, 2017, which is focused on Mission at the Heart of the Christian Faith. World Mission Sunday is marked each year in October, and this year is on October 15th. Please find the full text of the Holy Father's Message, below... Mission at the heart of the Christian faith

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Pope Francis greets Evangelical Leaders

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Pope Francis greets Evangelical Leaders

- 2017-06-03 Vatican Radio. (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Saturday morning met with Evangelical leaders who are in Rome for the Vigil of Pentecost. In a brief words of greeting, the Holy Father thanked them for their work for the unity of Christians, “which the Lord wants.” “Let us walk together,” he said, “let us help the poor together, let us perform acts of charity together, let us work for education together

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Pope at Mass: ‘Shepherd the people of God with humility’

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Pope at Mass: ‘Shepherd the people of God with humility’

- 2017-06-02 Vatican Radio. (Vatican Radio) Jesus entrusted his sheep to Peter, the most sinful of the remaining eleven apostles, and invited him to shepherd the People of God with humility and love, despite his mistakes and sins. That was Pope Francis’ message at Mass on Friday morning in the Casa Santa Marta. Pope Francis commented on the Gospel of the day (Jn 21:15-19), in which the Risen Jesus converses with Peter on the lake shore where he had first been called

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Pope on St Paul: model of preaching, persecution and prayer

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Pope on St Paul: model of preaching, persecution and prayer

- 2017-06-01 Vatican Radio. (Vatican Radio) The life of St Paul, characterised by preaching, persecutions and prayer, can be a model for all Christians today. That was the theme of Pope Francis’ homily at his Santa Marta Mass on Thursday morning. Philippa Hitchen reports: Reflecting on the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, Pope Francis described St Paul as the ultimate action man

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Pope sends condolences for death of Cardinal Husar

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Pope sends condolences for death of Cardinal Husar

- 2017-06-01 Vatican Radio. (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent a telegram his condolences on the death of His Beatitude, Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, Major Archbishop emeritus of Kyiv-Halyč. The telegram is addressed to Major Archbishop Sviatoslav (Shevchuk), Cardinal Husar’s successor as head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. The UGCC is the largest of the sui iuris Eastern Catholic Churches, with more than 4

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Pope to Albanian bishops: Work for more priestly vocations

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Pope to Albanian bishops: Work for more priestly vocations

- 2017-05-31 Vatican Radio. (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has urged Albanian bishops to “work more intensely for vocations” and to be attentive to the dangers of a materialistic society. Speaking to the Albanian Bishops Conference on their ad limina visit, the Pope also asked them to form young people in Christian values to help them influence society for the better. Among the bishops was the Maltese Dominican Archbishop George Frendo, recently appointed to the Archdiocese of Tiranë-Durrës

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Pope at Audience: Hope pushes us onward

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Pope at Audience: Hope pushes us onward

- 2017-05-31 Vatican Radio. (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis continued his catechesis on Christian Hope at Wednesday’s General Audience, taking as his starting point a reading from St Paul’s Letter to the Romans: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. I myself am convinced about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able to admonish one another

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Pope Francis holds General Audience: English Summary

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Pope Francis holds General Audience: English Summary

- (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis continued his catecheses on Christian hope during his Wednesday General Audience in St. Peter's Square, reflecting on how the Holy Spirit makes us abound in hope as St. Paul writes in Romans 15,13-14. Please find below the official English-language synthesis of the Pope's catechesis: Dear Brothers and Sisters: As we prepare to celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, our catechesis on Christian hope now turns to the Spirit and his saving work

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Pope to Serra International: Keep moving forward with courage
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Pope Francis: Message for World Mission Sunday
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Pope Francis greets Evangelical Leaders
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Pope Francis' prayer intention for June: Eliminate arms trade
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Pope Francis holds audience with president of Latvia
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Pope at Mass: ‘Shepherd the people of God with humility’
Pope at Mass: ‘Shepherd the people of God with humility’ 2017-06-02 Vatican Radio. (Vatican Radio) Jesus entrusted his sheep to Peter, the most sinful of the remaining eleven apostles, and invited him to shepherd the People of God with humility and love, despite his mistakes and sins. That was Pope Francis’ message at Mass on Friday morning in the Casa Santa Marta. Pope Francis commented on the Gospel of the day (Jn 21:15-19), in which the Risen Jesus converses with Peter on the lake shore where he had first been called   Read More ...
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Pope answers childrens' questions about suffering and growing up
Pope answers childrens' questions about suffering and growing up 2017-06-02 Vatican Radio. (Vatican Radio) Why does God let children suffer? How can kids change the world? And how can they overcome their fear of growing up? Those were the soul-searching questions that three children asked Pope Francis on Friday during a meeting with members of an organisation for middle school students called ‘I Cavalieri’ or The Knights. The colourful encounter included young knights from all over Italy, along with groups from Spain, Portugal, France and Switzerland, plus others linked up online from Latin America   Read More ...
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Plume of smoke and explosion near Vatican City in Rome
Plume of smoke and explosion near Vatican City in Rome A large plume of smoke has been seen near the Vatican in Rome after reports of an explosion nearby, ITV reports. The Palazzo Viminale fire department released a video showing its firefighters tackling a blaze at a junkyard near the Vatican City's walls. A nearby building had been evacuated as a precaution, it said. Residents have also shared images and video showing thick black smoke above the city centre after about 5pm Thursday local time (early Friday morning NZT)   Read More ...
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Report: Large plumes of black smoke seen over Vatican City
Report: Large plumes of black smoke seen over Vatican City Thick black plumes of smoke are reportedly billowing from an unidentified area near Vatican City, footage posted to Twitter showed Thursday.It remains unclear what caused the reported incident. Eyewitnesses told The Daily Mail that a loud explosion was heard minutes before the smoke began rising to the sky. According to the The Daily Mail citing a Roman news outlet, a fire broke out at a wrecking yard or car garage near the Vatican's walls   Read More ...
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Pope on St Paul: model of preaching, persecution and prayer
Pope on St Paul: model of preaching, persecution and prayer 2017-06-01 Vatican Radio. (Vatican Radio) The life of St Paul, characterised by preaching, persecutions and prayer, can be a model for all Christians today. That was the theme of Pope Francis’ homily at his Santa Marta Mass on Thursday morning. Philippa Hitchen reports: Reflecting on the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, Pope Francis described St Paul as the ultimate action man   Read More ...
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Pope sends condolences for death of Cardinal Husar
Pope sends condolences for death of Cardinal Husar 2017-06-01 Vatican Radio. (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent a telegram his condolences on the death of His Beatitude, Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, Major Archbishop emeritus of Kyiv-Halyč. The telegram is addressed to Major Archbishop Sviatoslav (Shevchuk), Cardinal Husar’s successor as head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. The UGCC is the largest of the sui iuris Eastern Catholic Churches, with more than 4   Read More ...
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Pope Francis meets with Dragan Čović in private audience
Pope Francis meets with Dragan Čović in private audience 2017-06-01 Vatican Radio. (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Thursday received in audience Dragan Čović, Croatian Member of the Collegial Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the Vatican Apostolic Palace. A statement from the Holy See Press Office said, "During the cordial discussions, satisfaction was expressed for the good bilateral relations, consolidated by the Basic Agreement of 2006, and the parties considered the situation of the country, the challenges it finds itself facing and its European aspirations, with an exchange of views on themes of interest such as peace, reconciliation, interreligious dialogue and the presence of the Catholic community in the country   Read More ...
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Pope Francis to Clergy Plenary: prayer key to mission
Pope Francis to Clergy Plenary: prayer key to mission 2017-06-01 Vatican Radio. (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis addressed the participants in the Plenary Assembly of the Congregation for Clergy on Thursday. The Plenary Assembly opened on May 30, with a packed schedule that included the introduction, consideration, and discussion of several major documents, one of which was the draft text of an Instruction “On some questions regarding the parish, the ministry of the parish priest, the grouping (It   Read More ...
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Pope Francis: The family, Europe's most precious treasure
Pope Francis: The family, Europe's most precious treasure 2017-06-01 Vatican Radio. (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis received in audience on Thursday members of the or (FAFCE). The federation was meeting the Pope on the occasion of its 20th Anniversary. FAFCE represents Catholic family associations from 14 European countries and has participatory status with the Council of Europe. In his prepared words to those gathered for this anniversary, Pope Francis said that the family was Europe’s most precious treasure   Read More ...
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