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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 Will Break Bread With Gay, Transgender Inmates During Prison Visit

- 1 week ago @ huffingtonpost.com: (RNS) When Pope Francis pays a visit to Naples this Saturday (March 21) he will have lunch with some 90 inmates at a local prison, a contingent that will reportedly include 10 from a section reserved for gay and transgendered prisoners, and those ...

Pope Francis accepts Scottish cardinal Keith O'Brien's resignation

- 1 week ago @ theguardian.com: “I thank Pope Francis for his fatherly care of me and of those I have offended in any way. I will continue to play no part in the public life of the Church in Scotland; and will dedicate the rest of my life in retirement, praying especially for the ...

Pope Francis to Dine with Gay and Transgender Inmates in Naples Prison

- 1 week ago @ time.com: Tv2000, a television network operated by Italy's Catholic bishops, reports that lunch at the Giuseppe Salvia Detention Center was originally not on the schedule, but Pope Francis made a special request to dine with the inmates. A number of the ...

Taser-Threatened Pope Francis Featured in Fox Sports Brazil Ad

- 1 week ago @ bloomberg.com: A Fox Sports unit in Brazil is under fire for airing this commercial for a soccer game played Wednesday between Sao Paulo and the Argentine-born Pope's favorite team, San Lorenzo. Source: Fox Sports ...

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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 Resistance' against Pope Francis

In contrast to Benedict, Pope Francis pays little attention to the SSPX ultra-traditionalists, who claim to have a million followers around the world and a growing number of new priests at a time that Rome faces priest shortages. Their remaining three ...

Muslim family carves chair for Pope Francis' Bosnia visit

Yahoo News: ZAVIDOVICI, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Salem Hajdarovac says he didn't sleep for a week when he heard his workshop had been granted the honor of carving a special chair that Pope Francis will sit on during his visit to Bosnia. Hajdarovac, 61, and his ...

Pope Francis Meets With Homeless in the Sistine Chapel

ARTnews: Pope Francis visited 150 members of Rome's homeless population in the Sistine Chapel last Thursday during a dinner and private tour of the Vatican organized by Papal Almoner Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, who directs the office of papal charities.

Pope's iPad to be auctioned off for charity

A Montevideo auction house hopes to get at least $40,000 for an iPad used by Pope Francis, with the proceeds to be donated to a Catholic high school in the northwestern Uruguayan city of Paysandu.

Pope Francis's iPad to be auctioned off for charity

Montevideo, March 30 (IANS/EFE) An auction house in Uruguay's capital Montevideo hopes to get at least $40,000 for an iPad used by Pope Francis, with the proceeds to be donated to a Catholic high school in the northwestern city of Paysandu. "There is interest not only in our country," auctioneer Juan Castells said. The buzz has been great." The device to be auctioned on April 14 was given by ...

Pope Francis set to rile Turkey by recalling the Armenian genocide - Crux: Covering all things Catholic

Covering all things Catholic: ROME — One week after Easter Sunday, Pope Francis is scheduled to celebrate a service in the Armenian Catholic rite to commemorate the 100th anniversary of a mass killing of Armenians by Turks in the early 20th century that the pontiff defined two ...

Conde man meets with Pope Francis

AberdeenNews.com: “Pope Francis met with us on Wednesday and I was about 25 feet away from him at St. Peter's Square,” Sombke said. “It was quite the moving experience to even be that close to him. This is a man who truly cares about humanity — he didn't have to say ...

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Pope Francis Minutes

Patheos (blog): Today, Catholic-link.com is launching the first episode of the the first digitally animated series on the pontificate of Pope Francis: The Pope Francis Minute. You can find the Press Release at this link: http://bit.ly/1N13LN3. The original publication ...

Church pastor in Andreas Lubitz's hometown says community stands by his family

Daily Mail: Elsewhere, Pope Francis yesterday remembered the dead as he opened solemn Holy Week services in front of some 70,000 faithful at the Vatican. Mr Dietrich said: 'For us, it makes it particularly difficult that the only victim from Montabaur is suspected ...

EWTN workers build Pope Francis Habitat for Humanity house

Patheos (blog): An anonymous donor contributed $60,000 to Greater Birmingham Habitat for Humanity in honor of Pope Francis and his commitment to “work confers dignity.” That money has been used toward construction of a Pope Francis house in the Center Point area ...

El Pasoans sign up for pilgrimage to Philadelphia to see Pope Francis

El Paso Times: Bishop Mark Seitz is enthused that more than 50 El Pasoans have booked their trip to Philadelphia to see Pope Francis at the World Meeting of Families. It will be the Pope's first visit to the United States. "I'm delighted to hear so many are coming ...

Pope pays tribute to today’s martyrs

Pope Francis led the world’s Roman Catholics in Palm Sunday celebrations by paying tribute to those killed for their faith, a reference to the victims of Islamic State militants. In his homily during the Mass that followed, Francis, who last month denounced the killing of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians by Islamic State militants in Libya, paid tribute to those he said were being killed for their ...

Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday mass

Denise Royal VATICAN CITY, March 29 (UPI) -- Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday mass in Vatican City.

Pope Francis remembers Germanwings crash victims on Palm Sunday (+video)

Pope Francis prayed for those who died in Tuesday's Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps at Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square.

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First Draft | Obama and Pope Francis to Meet at White House

New York Times: President Obama will meet with Pope Francis at the White House when the pontiff visits the United States in the fall, the White House said Thursday morning. The pope will meet with Mr. Obama on Sept. 23 as part of his first trip to America as the head ...

Detroit Choir set to perform for Pope Francis

WXYZ: DETROIT (WXYZ) - A local choir has been chosen to perform Pope Francis at the Vatican. For the Archdiocesan Chorus of Detroit, every note is considered a prayer. While these prayers are meant for a higher power, their music will soon grace the ears of ...

Nuns Swarm Pope Francis at Speech, Prompting Cardinal to Intervene

ABC News: A group of nuns dedicated to a wholly contemplative life swarmed Pope Francis today while he was giving a speech in Naples Cathedral in Italy. Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, who was officiating at the ceremony, was forced to intervene, saying into the ...

Detroit choir to sing for Pope Francis at Vatican

Detroit Free Press: What a high note! The Archdiocesan Chorus of Detroit has been invited to sing before Pope Francis during a mass at St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. The chorus is to perform at a mass to be celebrated by Francis on Jan. 6, the Catholic feast day of ...

Obama, Pope Francis meeting scheduled

The Obamas will host Pope Francis at the White House during his first visit to the U.S. on Sept. 23. When Obama met the Pope for the first time at the Vatican in March 2014, he urged him to visit the U.S., and the two discussed a range of issues inclu...

Obama to host Pope Francis on September 23

US President Barack Obama will host Pope Francis at the White House on September 23, accepting an invitation extended during talks at the Vatican last year. The White House said the president and the pope will continue a dialogue about poverty, the environment, immigration and promoting religious freedom. "The president looks forward to continuing this conversation with the Holy Father during ...

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Why Pope Francis Is Obsessed With Mary

TIME: A pope dedicated to Mary is about as guaranteed as a pope who is Catholic. But Francis's Marian devotion stands apart from his predecessors for one reason: Francis's conception of Mary is not just as the meek mother of God, but also as a strong and ...

Pope Francis to meet brother of David Haines, aid worker beheaded by Isis

The Guardian: Pope Francis is to meet the brother of David Haines, the British aid worker who was beheaded in Syria last year by Islamic State militants. Mike Haines will meet the pontiff along with imam Shahnawaz Haque from east London, as part of a public appeal ...

Attend Mass with Pope Francis? Springfield diocese charters buses for papal visit

MassLive.com: Pope Francis is expected to overnight there Sept. 26. Parish groups or individuals interested in taking part should contact Sister of St. Joseph Catherine Homrok at (413) 452-0686 or email her at c.homrok@diospringfield. Charter buses will provide ...

Rome's poor receive 1000 pounds of food from Pope Francis

Catholic News Agency: Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during his Wednesday general audience on June 18, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. Vatican City, Mar 23, 2015 / 12:17 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis is sending half a ton of food to families suffering ...

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Pope in Naples: Resist local Mafiosi, seek honest jobs

© AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia Pope Francis celebrates a Mass in Naples, Italy, Saturday, March 21, 2015. Pope Francis is on a one-day visit to Naples and Pompeii.

Pope Francis is poised to change Catholicism forever | Crux

ROME — Because he's such a beguiling media personality, Pope Francis says and does lots of things that get spun as revolutionary but really aren't. Saying Catholics don't have to breed “like rabbits,” for instance, ...

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Pope Francis to Give Homeless Free Visit to Vatican Museums

Aleteia: VATICAN CITY — The Office of Papal Charities has organized a special visit to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel for a group of 150 homeless people. On Thursday, March 26th, through the initiative of the Papal Almoner Archbishop Konrad ...

Pope welcomes homeless to Sistine Chapel in surprise visit

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis made a surprise appearance Thursday in the Sistine Chapel to welcome a group of 150 homeless people who got a private guided tour, followed by dinner, as part of the pope's ramped-up charity efforts.

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