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Holiness means being loving, not boring, pope says

VATICAN CITY | God calls all Christians to be saints — not plastic statues of saints, but real people who make time for prayer and who show loving care for others in the simplest gestures, Pope Francis said in his new document on holiness. “Do not be afraid of holiness. It will take away none… Read more »

Way of Cross: Young people pray for courage to bear cross, help others

VATICAN CITY | During this year dedicated to the younger generations, Pope Francis asked that the meditations for his Good Friday service be written by young people. Twelve young women and three young men between the ages of 16 and 28 wrote the reflections and prayers that will be read March 30 during the Stations… Read more »

Easter shows the power of love, which renews the world, pope says

VATICAN CITY | Easter makes it clear that in the life of Jesus, but also in the lives of modern men and women, “death, solitude and fear” do not have the last word, Pope Francis said before giving his Easter blessing. “The words heard by the women at the tomb are also addressed to us:… Read more »

Jesus does not give up on anyone, pope tells prisoners

ROME | Before washing the feet of 12 prisoners, Pope Francis told them and hundreds of inmates to remember that Jesus constantly stands before them with love, ready to cleanse their sins and forgive them. “Jesus takes a risk on each of us. Know this: Jesus is called Jesus, not Pontius Pilate. Jesus does not… Read more »

Five wounds of Christ: Pope urges recovery of traditional devotion

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis seems to be fixated on the wounds of Christ. And he has suggested that other Catholics might want to be as well. He has offered meditations on Jesus’ pierced hands, feet and side throughout his pontificate, but since January, his references in impromptu speeches and homilies have been so frequent… Read more »

Pope accepts resignation of communications prefect

VATICAN CITY | After a very public controversy involving the use of a letter by retired Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Msgr. Dario Vigano as prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for Communication. Announcing the move March 21, the Vatican published Msgr. Vigano’s letter to Pope Francis asking to resign and… Read more »

‘Cry out,’ pope tells young people at Palm Sunday Mass

VATICAN CITY | Celebrating Palm Sunday Mass with thousands of young people, Pope Francis urged them to continue singing and shouting “hosanna” in the world, proclaiming the lordship of Jesus and following his example of outreach to the poor and suffering. The crowd that shouted “hosanna” as Jesus entered Jerusalem included all those for whom… Read more »

Pope asks youths to help rejuvenate church; youths ask church to listen

ROME | The Catholic Church needs the enthusiasm, daring and hope of young people so that it can preach the Gospel energetically and respond to the questions men and women raise today, Pope Francis told some 300 young adults. “We need to rediscover in the Lord the strength to get up after failure, to move… Read more »

Five years a pope: Francis’ focus has been on outreach

VATICAN CITY | Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected pope just a few days after telling the College of Cardinals that the Catholic Church faced a clear choice between being a church that “goes out” or a church focused on its internal affairs. After the cardinal from Buenos Aires, Argentina, was elected March 13, 2013,… Read more »