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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 ...
Pope Francis Preaches About Corruption, Social Justice in the Philippines

- 1 week ago @ MANILA—In his first full day of a five-day visit to the Philippines, Pope Francis met with poor families and street children, warned the government against corruption and threw his weight behind the Filipino church's opposition to a controversial ...

Pope Francis criticizes gay marriage, backs ban on contraception - Crux: Covering all things Catholic

- 1 week ago @ Covering all things Catholic: Pope Francis reacted while meeting a hearing-impaired father and his family at the Mall of Asia arena in Manila Friday. The pope used his speech to the gathered families to criticize same-sex marriage and defend the Church's ban on contraception.

POPE WATCH: Camping out for the Pope in Typhoon-Hit City

- 1 week ago @ Pope Francis is in the Philippines on the first of three full days he is spending in the Catholic stronghold in Asia. Here are some glimpses of his trip as it unfolds: ———. 20-YEAR — AND NOW 16-HOUR — WAIT FOR POPE. Jessica Panis wept in 1995 when ...

Pope Francis Is Wrong About 'Charlie Hebdo.' We Have a Right to Make Fun of

- 1 week ago @ One would think that Catholicism, a largely Western institution, would share the solidarity among enlightened people prompted by what happened in Paris. Wrong. Pope Francis, the voice of the Vatican, has pronounced that free speech should be limited ...

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Pope Francis urges end to 'modern forms of enslavement' at New Year's mass

The Week Magazine: "War makes all of us slaves," the pope argued as he prayed for peace. This is not Pope Francis' first time addressing the subject of modern bondage: In December, he noted that the problem is "unfortunately becoming worse and worse every day.".

The Pope Francis way: Faith beyond religion

Many Filipinos have yet to recover from Pope Francis fever. We are all nursing a “papal visit” hangover.

Pope hits ‘god of money’; DTI seeks lower prices

Pope Francis blames economic system that has removed man from its focus and replaced it with the “god of money.” Wrong economic system is the major cause of poverty, he asserts. *** “An economic system that excludes children, the elderly, and young people who cannot find work, creates the throwaway culture that we live in today. This is the main reason for poverty and not large families,” Pope ...

As Vatican Revisits Divorce, Many Catholics Long for Acceptance

New York Times: Pope Francis, who plans to make his first trip to the United States in September to attend a conference on families, has acknowledged the concerns of divorced Catholics. He has set in motion a high-level debate about whether and how the church could ...

Pope urges faster annulment process that is free of charge

Pope Francis wishes to reform the annulment process and has pushed to make it less expensive

Pope's plea to Ukraine fighters: Stop warfare, start talking

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has decried the mounting civilian casualties in eastern Ukraine and is appealing for fresh attempts at dialogue to end the warfare.

Pope Francis Wants All Annulments To Be Free

Huffington Post: (RNS) Pope Francis on Friday (Jan. 23) warned the Vatican's top marriage judges that they should not “lock the salvation of persons within the straits of legalism” and indicated he wants the church to no longer charge for the sometimes onerous and ...

Pope Francis appeals for Ukraine at Angelus

Vatican Radio: (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis issued a heartfelt appeal on Sunday for Ukraine saying, “ I am following with deep concern the escalation of the fighting in eastern Ukraine, which continues to cause many casualties among the civilian population. As I ...