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Pope meets Putin; two leaders talk about Ukraine, Syria, Venezuela

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis welcomed Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Vatican July 4, and the two discussed the ongoing wars in Eastern Ukraine and in Syria, the Vatican said. Russia plays a major role in both conflicts. At the end of the 55-minute private meeting, Alessandro Gisotti, interim director of the Vatican press… Read more »

Holy Spirit ‘brings order to our frenzy,’ pope says

VATICAN CITY | In a world of conflict and division and a culture of insult, people need to live filled with the Holy Spirit, who is the only one capable of bringing harmony and unity to diversity, Pope Francis said. “Those who live by the Spirit … bring peace where there is discord, concord where… Read more »

USCCB releases pope’s book on devil, spiritual tools to combat evil

WASHINGTON | The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has released a new book of Pope Francis’ teachings on the history of the devil, “his empty promises and works” and “how we can actively combat him.” Titled “Rebuking the Devil,” the book is meant for a wide audience and “shows us how to recognize the tricks… Read more »

Exclusion of migrants is red flag of society in moral decline, pope says

VATICAN CITY | Being indifferent to or excluding migrants is a sign of a deteriorating morality that will soon spread and risk marginalizing everyone who fails to fit in, Pope Francis said. In fact, the Christian response of welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating does not apply only to migrants and refugees, but to all vulnerable… Read more »

Pope Francis denies knowing of allegations against McCarrick

VATICAN CITY | Nearly a year later, Pope Francis denied claims made by a former apostolic nuncio to the United States who accused him and other church officials of failing to act on accusations of abuse of conscience and power by former Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick. “I knew nothing, obviously, of McCarrick. Nothing, nothing. I… Read more »

Throwing away food is like throwing away people, pope says

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis condemned food waste, saying throwing away food is like throwing away people. “Waste reveals an indifference toward things and toward those who go without,” he said May 18. “To throw food away means to throw people away,” he told members and volunteers of the European Federation of Food Banks, including… Read more »

Not ruling on apparitions, pope allows pilgrimages to Medjugorje

VATICAN CITY | Parishes and dioceses are now allowed to organize official pilgrimages to Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, but it must be clear that the Catholic Church has not recognized as authentic the alleged Marian apparitions there. Polish Archbishop Henryk Hoser, the pope’s apostolic visitor to Medjugorje, and Archbishop Luigi Pezzuto, the nuncio to Bosnia-Herzegovina, announced the… Read more »

Pope issues new norms on mandatory abuse reporting, bishop accountability

VATICAN CITY |Pope Francis has revised and clarified norms and procedures for holding bishops and religious superiors accountable in protecting minors as well as in protecting members of religious orders and seminarians from abuse. The new juridical instrument is meant to help bishops and religious leaders around the world clearly understand their duties and church… Read more »

Pope draws lessons from Mother Teresa in city of her birth

SKOPJE, North Macedonia | Pope Francis went to the tiny Balkan nation of North Macedonia to pay tribute to a tiny saint who accomplished big things: St. Teresa of Kolkata. Mother Teresa was born Agnes Ganxhe Bojaxhiu to Albanian parents in Skopje Aug. 26, 1910, so after paying the obligatory formal visit to North Macedonia’s… Read more »

After offering instruction, pope gives first Communion to 245 children

RAKOVSKI, Bulgaria | In the Catholic heart of Bulgaria, Pope Francis celebrated a special Mass for 245 children receiving their first Communion and thanked them for helping him, their parents and grandparents remember their own first Communion. “Today you have made it possible for us to relive that joy and to celebrate Jesus, present in… Read more »