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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 »

Pope makes donation to help migrants traveling through Mexico

TAPACHULA, Mexico | Pope Francis has donated $500,000 to assist migrants attempting to travel through Mexico, but who are increasingly being impeded by Mexican officials from reaching the U.S. border. Those migrants who travel the length of Mexico are also being impeded in their attempts to apply for asylum in the United States and remain… Read more »

No more excuses; time for ‘all-out battle’ against crime of abuse

VATICAN CITY | The time has come for an “all-out battle” against the abuse of minors, erasing this abominable crime from the face of the earth, Pope Francis said, closing a global four-day summit on child protection in the Catholic Church. For quite some time, the world has been aware of the “serious scandal” the… Read more »

French order, acknowledging abuse by founder, clarifies pope’s remarks

VATICAN CITY | The leaders of three branches of the French religious Community of St. John insist their order has enacted strong protections against clerical sexual abuse, including the abuse of its nuns by its priests and brothers. Leaders of the men’s community and the active and contemplative groups of women issued a statement Feb…. Read more »

Bishops must realize seriousness of abuse crisis, pope says

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM PANAMA | The primary goal of the Vatican’s February summit on clerical sexual abuse and child protection is to help bishops understand the urgency of the crisis, Pope Francis said. During a news conference with journalists Jan. 27 on his flight to Rome from Panama, the pope said the presidents… Read more »

Pope: God’s Christmas wish isn’t buying-frenzy, feast, but gift of self

VATICAN CITY | Christmas will not be authentic if people get caught up in a frenzy of shopping, presents and meals, all while ignoring the poor and forgetting who the celebration is really all about, Pope Francis said. “If Christmas ends up as just a beautiful traditional holiday,” where everything revolves around “us and not… Read more »