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Pope to take his post-pandemic pleas to global stage

VATICAN CITY | When he addresses, via video message, the U.N. General Assembly Sept. 21, Pope Francis is expected to speak about using the coronavirus crisis as an opportunity to rethink economic, political and environmental policies in a way that will benefit humanity and the earth. Since COVID-19 was officially recognized as a pandemic in… Read more »

Gossip is tool of the devil to divide the church, pope says

VATICAN CITY | Gossip is “a plague worse than COVID,” Pope Francis said, asserting that while speaking ill of others comes almost naturally, it is a tool of the devil to divide the church. Commenting Sept. 6 on the Sunday Gospel reading about Jesus telling his disciples what to do when a member of the… Read more »

Weapons must be set aside for peace to flourish, pope says

VATICAN CITY | For peace to flourish, weapons of war must be set aside, especially nuclear weapons that can obliterate entire cities and countries, Pope Francis said on the 75th anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima. “May the prophetic voices” of the survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki “continue to serve as a warning to… Read more »

After ‘taking a knee,’ border bishop gets a call from the pope

WASHINGTON | It’s called “taking a knee,” and many professional athletes around the country have made the gesture publicly to protest police brutality. Lately, even police officers showing solidarity have kneeled around the country before those protesting the May 25 killing of George Floyd, who died after being filmed pinned to the ground with a… Read more »

Pope prays for U.S., calls racism a pro-life issue

VATICAN CITY | Observing with great concern the social unrest unfolding in the United States, Pope Francis said no one can claim to defend the sanctity of every human life while turning a blind eye to racism and exclusion. Addressing all “dear brothers and sisters in the United States” during his livestreamed general audience June… Read more »

Church united by Spirit, not personal beliefs, pope says on Pentecost

VATICAN CITY | Just as the apostles were united once they received the Holy Spirit, the church is united by that same spirit and not by keeping company just with those who agree on a certain interpretation of Christian teaching, Pope Francis said on Pentecost. Celebrating Mass May 31 in St. Peter’s Basilica, the pope… Read more »

Pope joins interreligious prayer, begging God to end pandemic

VATICAN CITY | At a time of global “tragedy and suffering” because of the coronavirus, and in view of the long-term impact it will have, believers of every religion should beg mercy from the one God and father of all, Pope Francis said. During his early morning Mass, Pope Francis joined leaders of every religion… Read more »

Pope hopes for COVID vaccine, supports interreligious prayer initiative on May 14

VATICAN CITY | Expressing his hopes for a vaccine against the coronavirus, Pope Francis also gave his support to an interreligious day of prayer and fasting for an end to the pandemic. After reciting the “Regina Coeli” prayer May 3, Pope Francis said he supported the call of the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity because… Read more »

Jesus gives strength to face the unexpected, pope says

VATICAN CITY | When faced with uncertainties, adversities or trials, those who place their trust in Christ will not be left alone to fend for themselves, Pope Francis said. Just as the disciples left Jerusalem after Christ’s death and headed to Emmaus with only their sadness and fear, people may often find themselves discouraged when… Read more »

Pope composes prayers for end of pandemic to be recited after rosary

VATICAN CITY |Pope Francis asked Catholics to make a special effort in May to pray the rosary, knowing that by doing so they will be united with believers around the world asking for Mary’s intercession in stopping the coronavirus pandemic. “Contemplating the face of Christ with the heart of Mary, our mother, will make us… Read more »