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Amid economic growth, pope urges Mauritius to care for the young, poor

PORT LOUIS, Mauritius | Statistical indicators show Mauritius’ rapid economic growth has benefited all sectors of society, lifting thousands out of poverty over the past 30 years, but Pope Francis still urged the island’s Catholics to be careful. The danger is that “we can yield to the temptation to lose our enthusiasm for evangelization by… Read more »

Pope: Ideological fixation, not ‘loyal criticism,’ feeds possibility of schism

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM MADAGASCAR (CNS) — Pope Francis told reporters he hoped and prayed the Catholic Church would not experience a new schism, but human freedom means people always have had and will have the “schism option.” “I pray that there not be schism, but I am not afraid,” Pope Francis told reporters… Read more »

Pope to create 13 new cardinals in October

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis announced he will create 13 new cardinals Oct. 5, choosing prelates from 13 different nations as a sign of “the missionary vocation of the church that continues to proclaim the merciful love of God to all men and women of the earth.” The only Canadian named was 73-year-old Jesuit Father… Read more »

Pope leaves Mozambique urging reconciliation

MAPUTO, Mozambique | When Jesus told his disciples to love one another and pray for their enemies, he meant it — even disciples in a nation like Mozambique, where political tensions have led to violence, war and death, Pope Francis said. The pope ended his visit to Mozambique Sept. 6 with a visit to a… Read more »

Pope in Mozambique talks peace and politics

MAPUTO, Mozambique | With a courtesy and solemnity seldom seen at a gathering of opposing political leaders, Mozambican politicians came together a month before their general election to welcome Pope Francis and pledge to work for peace and the common good. The elections Oct. 15 will see the current president, Filipe Nyusi, leader of the… Read more »

Pope, bishops urge action to save burning rainforest

VATICAN CITY | Describing the Amazon rainforest as “vital for our planet,” Pope Francis joined the regions bishops in praying for action to extinguish the massive fires burning there. “We are all worried about the vast fires that have developed in the Amazon,” the pope said Aug. 25 after leading the recitation of the Angelus… Read more »

Pope: Assumption feast invites people to look to heaven with hope

VATICAN CITY |Mary’s assumption into heaven calls people to put aside all those insignificant, mundane and petty concerns competing for their attention and instead be drawn to God and his greatness, Pope Francis said. After reciting the Angelus prayer on the feast of the Assumption Aug. 15, Pope Francis also blessed thousands of rosaries that… Read more »

Pope calls on nations to protect lives, dignity of victims

VATICAN CITY | Marking the anniversary of the Geneva Conventions, Pope Francis urged nations to recall the need to protect the life and dignity of the victims of war and armed conflict. “Everyone is required to observe the limits imposed by international humanitarian law, protecting unarmed populations and civil structures, especially hospitals, schools, places of… Read more »

Pope explains aim of synod, warns against nationalism

VATICAN CITY | The upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Amazon is an “urgent” gathering, not of scientists and politicians, but for the church whose main focus in discussions will be evangelization, Pope Francis said in a new interview. However, the importance of the Amazon region’s biodiversity and current threats it faces also will be… Read more »

Pope’s audience talks cover fundamentals of faith

VATICAN CITY | The Wednesday general audience offers the pope the opportunity to help people understand the fundamental teachings and beliefs of the Catholic faith. Usually given in a clear and simple style, each catechesis is often part of a longer series of talks dedicated to a major theme, which together form a deep, detailed… Read more »