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Pope Francis, the 'cold-call pope', reaches out and touches a lot of people

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Of all the novelties that Pope Francis has brought to the Vatican, few have endeared him to the public — and unsettled his aides — as much as his penchant for picking up the phone and calling someone out of the blue. popefrancis ...
The Most Likely U.S. Stops on the Rumored 2015 Pope Francis Tour

- 1 week ago @ vocativ.com: Since Pope Francis, the first pontiff to come from the Americas, stepped on the world stage after Pope Benedict XVI unprecedentedly hung up his white-and-gold robe last year, he's revitalized the more than 1 billion Roman Catholic faithful across the ...

Pope Francis Offers Condolences on Szoka's Death

- 1 week ago @ abcnews.go.com: Pope Francis says he offers his "heartfelt condolences" to the Detroit archdiocese over the death of Cardinal Edmund Szoka (SHAH'-kuh). The pope sent a note to Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron on Thursday, a day after Szoka's death. The archdiocese ...

What Pope Francis said to make millions think again about abortion

- 1 week ago @ catholic.org: CHESAPEAKE, VA (Vatican Radio) - On Saturday, August 16, 2014, during the apostolic visit to Korea, Pope Francis made a loud statement. However, he did not use words. He did not have to. His prophetic action brought to mind a saying attributed to his ...

The debate over what Pope Francis meant when he talked about US airstrikes in

- 1 week ago @ washingtonpost.com: Pope Francis is making news again in what has become his signature pattern — passionate comments, followed by intense debate about what he really meant. This time the topic is U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. During a news conference aboard a plane on his way ...

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Maradona among stars in interreligious peace match

Diego Maradona and Roberto Baggio were among a host of former soccer stars who played in an interreligious charity match backed by Pope Francis on Monday night. The idea arose during an audience former Argentina great Javier Zanetti had with Francis last year and. The two teams were named after Scholas Occurrentes - an educational entity launched by the pope - and Zanetti's Pupi foundation.

Hand of God meets right hand man of God Pope welcomes Maradonna and football greats from across the world to Vatican ...

Football stars, including arguably the greatest player of all time, Diego Maradona, met Pope Francis today ahead of an inter-religious charity match that will be held at Rome's Olympic Stadium.

Maradona steals show from fellow Argentine Pope Francis

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis normally has no competition for attention when he is in a room but it was different on Monday when another larger-than-life Argentine - soccer great Diego Maradona - attended a papal event. Maradona was among some 400 people who attended a special papal audience for players and organizers of a charity match that was being played on Monday ...

Soccer-Maradona steals show from fellow Argentine Pope Francis

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY, Sept 1 (Reuters) - Pope Francis normally has no competition for attention when he is in a room but it was different on Monday when another larger-than-life Argentine - soccer great Diego Maradona - attended a papal event. Maradona was among some 400 people who attended a special papal audience for players and organisers of a charity match that was being played on ...

5 Bohol quake survivors to dine with the Pope

Who will dine with Pope Francis when he visits the country on January 15-19 next year, and what can we expect from the visit? Less than five months away, the list of those who will be privileged to stand closest to him is shaping up. In one of the meals, places have been set for […]

Pope Francis to Marry 20 Couples in September

Pope Francis will marry 20 couples at St. Peter’s Basilica this Sept. 14. On Friday Aug. 29, the Vatican announced the Bishop of Rome would marry the couples, all from Rome, just three weeks before the extraordinary bishops' synod on the family at the Vatican, reported Religion News Service.

Pope Francis says ‘I Only Have 2-3 More Years to Live’

During a press conference on his return flight from a hectic, five-day visit to South Korea, the Pope has spoken publicly for the first time about his own mortalityl; hinting that he only has “two to three years to live before he goes to the “Father’s House”.

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The visit to Sri Lanka by Pope Francis I has been officially confirmed by the Vatican. The pontiff will be in Sri Lanka, from January 13 to 15, before flying to the Philippines where he will spend three days from January 15 to 19.

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Pope Francis Endorses Sept. 1 Interfaith Soccer Match For Peace

Huffington Post: VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is backing an interreligious soccer match that will gather greats from around the globe and is aimed at promoting peace and raising money for at-risk kids. Former Argentina great Javier Zanetti, who spent 19 seasons ...

Pope Francis Gives His Blessing To 'Soccer Peace Match' Featuring World's Top

Fox News Latino: VATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope Francis is backing an interreligious soccer match that will gather greats from around the globe and is aimed at promoting peace and raising money for at-risk kids. Former Argentina great Javier Zanetti, who spent 19 seasons ...

Pope endorses Sept. 1 interreligious peace match at the Olympic Stadium in Rome

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis is backing an interreligious soccer match that will gather greats from around the globe and is aimed at promoting peace and raising money for at-risk kids.

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Pope Francis to honor dead on both sides of WWI next month

Fox News: VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis will honor the dead from both sides of World War I during a visit next month to northern Italy that witnessed some of the decisive final battles of the conflict. Francis will lay a wreath at the Austro-Hungarian cemetery in ...

Pope to honor dead on both sides of WWI next month

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will honor the dead from both sides of World War I during a visit next month to northern Italy that witnessed some of the decisive final battles of the conflict — and where his own grandfather battled.

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Vatican Addresses Report Saying Pope Francis Is An ISIS Target

Huffington Post: The Vatican is speaking out against a claim that Pope Francis is a target of the Islamic State militant group, otherwise known as ISIS. In an article published Monday, Italy's Il Tempo newspaper reported that the pope is a target of ISIS. The paper ...

Francis' mixed message on war with the Islamic State

Boston Globe: When asked for clarification, specifically whether he approved of the US airstrikes on radical Islamist forces in northern Iraq, Pope Francis added these not exactly harmless or helpful words: “In these cases where there is an unjust aggression, I can ...

Pope Francis Calls James Foley's Parents, Has 'Intense' And 'Compassionate' Call

Pope Francis made a heartfelt phone call Thursday to the family of James Foley, a journalist who was recently beheaded by the Islamic State after two years in captivity. Francis spoke with Foley's parents, both devout Catholics, for about 20 minutes ...

Pope Francis Targeted by ISIS Terrorists?

Italy’s Il Tempo newspaper reported on Monday that Pope Francis is a target of the Islamic State militant group. According to the article, Israeli sources believe that Pope Francis is “in the crosshairs of the ISIS” as the “greatest exponent …

Creative Minority Report: ISIS Targeting Pope Francis ?

A new report claims that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is targeting Pope Francis — a report that the Vatican says is simply not true. According to Il Tempo, Israeli sources reportedly told the Italian newspaper that the pope ...

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The Most Likely U.S. Stops on the Rumored 2015 Pope Francis Tour

Vocativ: Since Pope Francis, the first pontiff to come from the Americas, stepped on the world stage after Pope Benedict XVI unprecedentedly hung up his white-and-gold robe last year, he's revitalized the more than 1 billion Roman Catholic faithful across the ...

Pope sacks key Benedict XVI protege

VATICAN CITY --- Pope Francis has removed a key protege of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI from the Vatican's liturgy office and sent him back to his native Spain.   In 2008, Benedict appointed Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera as prefect of the Congregation for the Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments.     The office is in charge of regulating how Masses and other sacraments are ...

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