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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 celebrates birthday with cake, tango, food for the poor

- 7 months ago @ ri.search.yahoo.com: During his weekly audience in St. Peter's Square, dozens dance the tango to celebrate native Argentinian's 78th birthday

How much does US-Cuba thaw owe to Pope Francis?

- 7 months ago @ yahoo.com: For a man who desires nothing from the material world, it was perhaps the perfect birthday present.

Pope Benedict helped free American from Cuba

- 7 months ago @ yahoo.com: VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis rightly got credit for helping bring the U.S. and Cuba together and free U.S. government subcontractor Alan Gross. But it was Francis' predecessor, Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, who made the first high-level Vatican manoeuver to release Gross, spurred in part by an unlikely group of papal lobbyists.

Pope Francis Scores on Diplomatic Stage With U.S.-Cuba Agreement

- 7 months ago @ ri.search.yahoo.com: After misfires in the Middle East and South Korea, Pope Francis is finding his place on the stage of world diplomacy -- by taking the initiative.

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Exposed: An Errant Environmental Encyclical Courtesy Of Pope Francis - Western

Western Journalism: The Laudato Si encyclical on climate, sustainability and the environment prepared by and for Pope Francis is often eloquent, always passionate but often encumbered by platitudes, many of them erroneous. “Man has slapped nature in the face,” and “nature ...

US could prove tough audience for Pope Francis - FT.com

Financial Times: A new Gallup poll showed that Pope Francis' favourability rating among Americans has dropped to 59 per cent, from 76 per cent in February 2014. This is below the levels recorded by Pope John Paul II throughout most of his papacy – although it is still ...

Ron Boswell criticises Pope Francis' statement on climate change

Daily Mail: Appearing on the ABC's program Q&A on Monday night in Brisbane, Mr Boswell had a particular issue with Pope Francis' encyclical on environmental degradation and climate change - even though he had not read it. The discussion then moved to how ...

Youth willing to 'rough it' in Philly for Pope Francis

The Province: There aren't enough beds for the more than 1 million visitors expected to flood Philadelphia when Pope Francis visits in September, particularly for those trying to be frugal. So Belinda Lewis Held had to be creative when it came to sheltering the more ...

Pope Francis US Visit 2015: Pennsylvania Town Declares State Of Emergency

A small township in Pennsylvania has declared a state of emergency ahead of Pope Francis' visit to the United States in September. Authorities in Middletown, Pennsylvania, which is about two hours outside of Philadelphia, recently decided to adopt the ...

INDIA Karnataka: thousands of pupils join Pope Francis' 'Green crusade" - Asia

AsiaNews.it: Mumbai (AsiaNews) – Speaking to AsiaNews, Bishop Henry D'Souza said that Catholic schools and the State of Karnataka are jointly promoting a campaign “inspired by Pope Francis's call to make the world 'our common home”. Its goal is to implement the ...

Editorial: Pope Francis' exhortation to walk on the margins makes us squirm

In the growing corpus of Pope Francis pronouncements -- in homilies and speeches and encyclicals -- an eloquence adheres that might safely be characterized as singular in quality in the long history of papal literature. It is an eloquence eminently ...

N.J. parishioners plan night in zoo to see Pope Francis, report says

NJ.com: RIDGEWOOD — The parishioners of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Ridgewood plan to spend a night in sleeping bags at the Philadelphia Zoo to see Pope Francis, the Record reported. Two million people are expected to turn out for the pope's visit to ...

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CatholicHerald.co.uk » Pope Francis prays for Jesuit kidnapped in Syria

Pope Francis has made an urgent appeal for the release of Fr Dall'Oglio, the Jesuit priest kidnapped two years ago in Syria. At the Angelus yesterday Pope Francis called on everyone present to pray for the Jesuit priest who was taken by ISIS in Raqqa ...

Pope Francis: Let Jesus satisfy your hunger for God :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Catholic News Agency: “The powerful mercy of God acts in Him,” the Pope said, adding that God's mercy heals every evil. Pope Francis reflected on the Sunday reading from the Gospel of John in which a vast crowd follows Jesus, but lacks enough food to eat. In seeking to feed ...

Pope Francis is not a feminist: Why Catholicism's liberal icon falls far short

Salon: Also the last week, the New Republic's Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig penned yet another valentine to the man, this time praising “Francis's feminism.” Wait—what? Pope Francis, feminist? In what sense is Francis—a man who presides over one of the most ...

Pope Francis celebrates Spanish grandparents Vatican Radio

Vatican Radio: Pope Francis \ Documents. Pope Francis celebrates Spanish grandparents. Pope blesses the faithful at the end of Holy Mass for the elderly in St Peter's Square, 28 September 2014 - ANSA. 26/07/2015 11:00. SHARE: (Vatican Radio) "Confirm the faith with ...

Exorcism 'Boom' Credited Partly to Pope Francis

Pope Francis has another feather to add to his pontiff hat, lately being credited, in part, for an increase in the number of exorcisms performed globally.

Erdogan angry over pope's genocide 'mistake'

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday expressed anger over the pope's use of the word genocide to describe the mass killings of Armenians in World War I, saying such talk was nonsense and the pontiff should not repeat such a mistake again. Ankara at the weekend summoned the Vatican nuncio and recalled the Turkish envoy to the Holy See in a furious reaction to Pope Francis ...

Turkey's Erdogan 'condemns' pope over Armenian genocide comment

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he is "condemning" Pope Francis for describing the slaughter of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks as "the first genocide of the 20th century" and for urging the international community to recognize it as such.

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Gay priest fired from chaplain job asks Pope Francis to meet LGBT Catholics in - Crux: Covering all things Catholic

Covering all things Catholic: Now Hall has written to Pope Francis asking that when the pontiff visits the United States in September, he speak out against such actions because they are “alienating” gay Catholics and the many others who support them. In the letter, which was dated ...

Lesbian appeals to Pope Francis after Catholic school fires her partner | News

Lifesite: MERION STATION, PA, July 15, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – The homosexual partner of a woman fired from a Philadelphia-area Catholic school has written to Pope Francis asking for a meeting during the pope's U.S. visit, and for his intervention in the couple's ...

How much does US-Cuba thaw owe to Pope Francis?

For a man who desires nothing from the material world, it was perhaps the perfect birthday present.

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Poll: Voters in 3 Swing States Back Pope Francis on Climate Change - Bloomberg

Bloomberg: A clear majority of voters in the crucial presidential election swing states of Colorado, Iowa, and Virginia agree with Pope Francis' call to action on the issue of climate change, according to the results of a new Quinnipiac University poll. When ...

Brave Cardinal Pell challenges Pope Francis's dogma on climate change

In that one sentence, Cardinal Pell puts his finger on what is wrong with Laudato Si', Pope Francis's encyclical on the environment. In that document, Francis waded into an argument about climate change and took sides. Moreover, he gave the impression ...

10 of Pope Francis's Most Provocative Quotes

National Geographic: The pope has many ways to talk to the world's people, including his @Pontifex Twitter account with 20 million followers. His speeches, homilies, teachings, messages and, recently, his encyclical on climate change are parsed for evidence of his thinking ...

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Pope Francis ignites a revolt that will overthrow American capitalism

MarketWatch: Pope Francis is not just leading a “Second American Revolution,” he is rallying people across the Earth, middle class as well as poor, inciting billions to rise up in a global economic revolution, one that could suddenly sweep the planet, like the 1789 ...

Pope Francis Reminds the World To Care About Poverty

TIME: Pope Francis is reminding them and the people of the world to hear the voices of our brothers and sisters who are poor, sick, lost, marginalized, and disenfranchised. During a recent eight-day visit to Ecuador, Bolivia, and Paraguay, the pope ...

Pope Francis Scores on Diplomatic Stage With U.S.-Cuba Agreement

After misfires in the Middle East and South Korea, Pope Francis is finding his place on the stage of world diplomacy -- by taking the initiative.

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