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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 marries 20 cohabiting couples in sign of papacy shift

- 3 days ago @ bbc.co.uk: Pope Francis has presided over the marriage of 20 couples at the Vatican, including some who were cohabiting, one of them with a child. Pope Francis had asked to marry 40 people from different social backgrounds who represented modern couples.

Pope Francis warns 'piecemeal' World War III has begun

- 3 days ago @ cnbc.com: Pope Francis said on Saturday the spate of conflicts around the globe today were effectively a "piecemeal" Third World War, condemning the arms trade and "plotters of terrorism" sowing death and destruction. "Humanity needs to weep and this is the time ...

Progressive pope continues push for inclusion

- 3 days ago @ cbsnews.com: Twenty couples gathered Sunday in St. Peter's Basilica to say "I do" with Catholic Church leader Pope Francis presiding over the nuptials. But as CBS News correspondent Don Dahler reports, the ceremony raised some eyebrows because, according to the ...

Pope Francis Spent His Sunday Marrying Dirty Cohabiters and Other Sinners

- 3 days ago @ nymag.com: Twenty lucky couples had none other than Pope Francis as their wedding officiant at St. Peter's Basilica on Sunday, in the first papal wedding ceremony in 14 years. But what made the ceremony even more notable is that some of the couples violated ...

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Argentine leader seeks pope's backing for debt battle

Buenos Aires (AFP) - Argentine President Cristina Kirchner will visit her compatriot Pope Francis Saturday, seeking to enlist his support for her fight against hedge fund creditors before taking her pitch to the UN.

A Day in the Life of Pope Francis, Who Lives Behind This Gas Station

Huffington Post: Yet the one distraction you may come across, in the elevator, is Pope Francis. He stays in Room 201 on the second floor. A young cardinal once found himself with the pope suddenly entering the lift. "Holy Father," he said most politely. Francis replied ...

Pope Francis on ISIS persecution of Christians: 'We are in World War Three'

National Post: Pope Francis has told a group of Jewish leaders “first it was your turn and now it is our turn” in a discussion about the persecution and murder of Christians in the Middle East. The leader of the Catholic faith drew a comparison between the Jewish ...

Pope's skull cap raises over 100, 000 euros on eBay

Rome (AFP) - An Italian TV show managed to coax Pope Francis into handing over his white skull cap and has already raised over 100,000 euros in less than 24 hours by putting it on eBay.

Pope Francis's skull cap attracts €105000 bid on eBay

The Guardian: The host of satirical show Le Iene (The Hyenas) got up at the crack of dawn to ensure he had a front row position for one of the pope's regular appearances in St Peter's Square in the Vatican City. As later shown on Vatican TV, the host managed to ...

Iraqi Christians suffering like Jews did, pope tells Jewish leader

Rome (AFP) - Pope Francis has warned that Christians in Iraq and Syria face persecution just as Jews have in the past, a prominent American Jewish leader said Thursday.

Pope Francis the 'pontiff of the poor', says Greece's Alexis Tsipras

The Guardian: Greek opposition leader Alexis Tsipras – a radical leftist and self-described atheist – has hailed Pope Francis as the "pontiff of the poor" after meeting him for talks at the Vatican. The Greek firebrand, among the loudest critics of the politics of ...

Scientists turn to Pope Francis and world's religions to save the planet

Telegraph.co.uk: It comes as Pope Francis finalises a widely anticipated papal encyclical on the environment, throwing the full weight of the Catholic Church behind efforts to limit climate change. The article is co-authored by Prof Veerabhadran Ramanathan, a climate ...

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Pope Francis prepares to honor the elderly in St. Peter's Square Mass

New York Daily News: VATICAN CITY — First, Pope Francis married 20 couples to highlight the role of families as the heart of the Catholic Church. Next up is a Mass for grandparents. Francis and 100 elderly priests will celebrate a Sept. 28 Mass in St. Peter's Square in ...

Pope Francis to focus on grandparents after newlyweds

Sara Pisano, left, and Danilo Spagnoli, just married by Pope Francis, smile during the wedding ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. Pope Francis married 20 couples Sunday, including some who already live together and ...

Pope Francis Conducts Wedding Ceremony for 20 Couples, Some Already

Christian Post: Pope Francis married 20 couples at the St.Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Sunday, in an effort to have the Catholic Church become more forgiving in its view on premarital issues as some were already living together and had children. The Vatican ...

Pope to focus on grandparents after newlyweds

VATICAN CITY (AP) — First, Pope Francis married 20 couples to highlight the role of families as the heart of the Catholic Church. Next up is a special Mass for grandparents.

Why It's Important That Pope Francis Married 20 Couples

In another signal that Pope Francis??? Catholic Church is not your mother???s Catholic Church, the transformative pontiff married 20 couples at the Vatican Sunday, some of whom had lived together and one who had a child out of wedlock.

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Pope Francis at risk of an assassination attempt by Islamic State

Catholic Online: Iraq's ambassador to the Holy See warns that there are credible threats against Pope Francis' life. According to Habeeb Al Sadr, the Pope is at risk of an assassination attempt by the Islamic extremists of ISIL. These misgivings have been made public ...

Ambassador warns of ISIS threat for Pope Francis' Albania visit

Fox News: Iraq's Ambassador to the Holy See is warning that Pope Francis could be targeted by ISIS militants ahead of the pontiff's first visit to Albania this weekend. The Vatican is not beefing up security to protect Francis during his upcoming trip to the ...

Ambassador warns of ISIS threat for Pope Francis' Albania visit

Iraq’s Ambassador to the Holy See is warning that Pope Francis could be targeted by ISIS militants ahead of the pontiff’s first visit to Albania this weekend.

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Pope Francis Marries 20 Couples at Vatican: Why It's Important

ABC News: In another signal that Pope Francis' Catholic Church is not your mother's Catholic Church, the transformative pontiff married 20 couples at the Vatican on Sunday, some of whom had lived together and one who had a child out of wedlock. Yes, you read ...

Progressive pope continues push for inclusion

CBS News: Twenty couples gathered Sunday in St. Peter's Basilica to say "I do" with Catholic Church leader Pope Francis presiding over the nuptials. But as CBS News correspondent Don Dahler reports, the ceremony raised some eyebrows because, according to the ...

Pope Francis: Row on Remarried Couples Erupts in Heart of Catholic Church

Pope Francis has responded to five cardinals who came out against reforming attitudes to divorce and other family issues in the Catholic doctrine ahead of a key meeting, saying that Church is "outbound to those distant in every sense".

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Pope marries 20 cohabiting couples in sign of papacy shift

BBC News: Pope Francis has presided over the marriage of 20 couples at the Vatican, including some who were cohabiting, one of them with a child. Pope Francis had asked to marry 40 people from different social backgrounds who represented modern couples.

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What does Pope Francis share with Pinoys?

ABS CBN News: Former Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales is looking forward to meeting once again his Argentinian friend, Pope Francis, who is visiting the country in January. Rosales first met Pope Francis at the Vatican in 2007. Rosales knew how to speak ...

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Pope at the Polls: How Would Francis Vote?

Pope Francis is one of the most popular religious leaders in the world, with a fan base that stretches far beyond the 1.2 billion members of the Catholic Church. His admirers include millions of worshippers in other faith traditions, as well as ...

Radical Left Greek Politician to Meet Pope Francis Tomorrow

Breitbart News: SYRIZA said that this meeting—the first between the Pope and a European leader of the Left and a Greek political leader—signals a new phase for the European Left and international recognition for SYRIZA. Pope Francis is scheduled to travel to ...

Pope Francis About To Decree Virgin Mary To Be More Important Than Jesus

The Inquisitr: For most of the world, Pope Francis is the one pope that everyone seems to like. With is open mind and open attitude to other religions, as well as his more humanist approach to being Catholic, many have fallen under his spell of universal peace. The ...

Is Pope Francis 'To Demote' Anti-Divorce Reactionary Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke?

Pope Francis is reportedly set to demote a prominent US cardinal who recently spoke out against the pontiff's views on divorce and abortion.

Pope 'worried' by Argentine politics

Buenos Aires (AFP) - Pope Francis is concerned about the political situation in his native Argentina, the Vatican's chief of ceremonies said Tuesday ahead of a visit by President Cristina Kirchner.

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