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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 »

Pope pens editorial on joy in the time of coronavirus

VATICAN CITY | Like the women at the tomb whose sorrow turned to joy after the Resurrection, Christians also are called to be joyful witnesses to Christ’s victory over death amid the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis said. In an editorial published April 17 by the Spanish magazine, Vida Nueva, the pope said that those who… Read more »

Pope calls for a ‘contagion’ of Easter hope, peace, care for poor

VATICAN CITY | In an Easter celebration like no other, Pope Francis prayed that Christ, “who has already defeated death and opened for us the way to eternal salvation,” would “dispel the darkness of our suffering humanity and lead us into the light of his glorious day, a day that knows no end.” The pope’s… Read more »

Pope leads Way of the Cross in empty, torch-lit St. Peter’s Square

VATICAN CITY | For the first time in his papacy, Pope Francis led the Way of the Cross from St. Peter’s Square rather than Rome’s Colosseum, where it has been held annually for more than five decades. Two rows of torches lit the pathway from the stage set in front of St. Peter’s leading down… Read more »