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Pope sets special day to honor, study, share the Bible

VATICAN CITY | The newly established “Sunday of the Word of God” is an invitation to Catholics across the world to deepen their appreciation, love and faithful witness to God and his word, Pope Francis said. By papal decree, the third Sunday in Ordinary Time — Jan. 26 this year — is to be observed… 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 says study on women deacons was inconclusive

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM NORTH MACEDONIA | The commission Pope Francis appointed to study the history and identity of women deacons did not reach a unanimous conclusion about whether deaconesses in the early church were “ordained” or formally “blessed,” the pope said. “What is fundamental is that there was no certainty that there was… Read more »

Does God want religious diversity? Abu Dhabi text raises questions

VATICAN CITY | That many religions exist in the world is a fact, but what that plurality communicates to believers about God is a question that theologians are still discussing. Pope Francis and Sheik Ahmad el-Tayeb, grand imam of al-Azhar, a leading authority for many Sunni Muslims, stepped into the debate Feb. 4 when they… Read more »

Pope, on flight, talks about dialogue, war, abuse of women religious

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates | Pope Francis told reporters he is more afraid of the consequences of not engaging in interreligious dialogue than he is of being manipulated by some Muslim leaders. He told reporters flying back to Rome with him Feb. 5 from Abu Dhabi that people are… Read more »

Witness to Christ with love, pope tells Catholics on Arabian Peninsula

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates | Meeting with tens of thousands of Catholics living in the United Arab Emirates, Pope Francis urged them to be meek, peaceful and express their Christian identity by loving others. The UAE Catholic community, which numbers close to 1 million, includes foreign workers from roughly 100 nations, but particularly India… Read more »

Student pilgrims sing for the pope


WEST PALM BEACH | St. Ann youngsters are back in school after their performance pilgrimage to Italy, and they have amazing tales including several stories about close encounters with Pope Francis. “It was an amazing trip,” Lily Broglio said, a 13-year-old seventh-grader. “It was my first trip to Europe.” The St. Ann youth choir returned… Read more »

Don’t be afraid to ask for things from God in prayer, pope says

VATICAN CITY | No one should be afraid to turn to God with prayer, especially in times of great doubt, suffering and need, Pope Francis said. Jesus does not want people to become numb to life’s problems and “extinguish” those things that make them human when they pray, the pope said Dec. 12 during his… Read more »

Pope in Lithuania: Don’t let anti-Semitism, hatred resurge

VILNIUS, Lithuania | Outside the former KGB headquarters in Vilnius, Pope Francis ended a day of paying homage to victims of totalitarianism and of warning Lithuanians to be attentive to any signs of anti-Semitism or hatred. The walls of the KGB building — a former jail and execution site — echo the cry of Jesus… Read more »

Women’s, men’s letters ask pope for answers on abuse crisis

WASHINGTON | An open letter to Pope Francis asking him for answers to charges of cover-ups by him and others over abuse allegations against retired Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick of Washington appears on the website of the Catholic Women’s Forum, a project of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a Washington-based think tank, although the… Read more »