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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 takes predecessor closer to sainthood

- 5 days ago @ ri.search.yahoo.com: Pope Francis moved a predecessor closer to sainthood on Sunday, beatifying Pope Paul VI on the last day of a gathering in Rome of church leaders from around the world.

Pope Francis beatifies Paul VI at end of Vatican synod

- 5 days ago @ ri.search.yahoo.com: Pope Francis on Sunday beatified Pope Paul VI, concluding the remarkable meeting of bishops debating family issues that drew parallels to the tumultuous reforms of the Second Vatican Council which Paul oversaw and implemented.

Pope Francis Beatifies an Earlier Reformer, Paul VI

- 4 days ago @ nytimes.com: VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Sunday beatified Pope Paul VI, who died in 1978 after shepherding the church through a period of internal reform amid an era of social and political change and growing challenges to the church's traditional teachings.

Pope Francis beatifies Pope Paul VI, moving him one step closer to sainthood

- 4 days ago @ nydailynews.com: Pope Francis on Sunday beatified Pope Paul VI, who led the church through major reforms during the tumultuous 1960s. During his 15-year tenure, Paul VI implemented a series of trailblazing internal changes labeled Vatican II and revolutionized the ...

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It's wishful thinking to believe Pope Francis is against the teachings of his

Irish Independent: Pope Francis is certainly not a 'conservative' in the sense John Paul II was. Is he a liberal? If that word has to be used, he is so only to the extent that John XXIII was. John XXIII, who was Pope from 1958 until 1963, was happy enough to see various ...

Habitat for Humanity receives funding for two more Pope Francis houses

The keys to the first of three new Habitat for Humanity homes built in honor of Pope Francis were handed over to Lashawn Meadows on Thursday at a "ceremonial key passing and dedication" ceremony in Asheville, N.C. Meadows will close on her new house ...

Pope Francis: 'Corruption Is a Greater Evil than Sin'

Breitbart News: Corruption is like “bad breath,” says Pope Francis, “it is hard for the one who has it to realize it; others realize it and have to tell him.” In an address to a delegation of the International Association of Penal Law this morning, Francis commented ...

Cardinals blocking Pope Francis move on gay and divorced Catholics 'unaware

Telegraph.co.uk: Cardinals closeted in the Vatican are holding out against Pope Francis's drive to make the Roman Catholic Church more welcoming to gay people and divorcees because of a “lack of awareness” of real life, a leading Anglican bishop has suggested.

Pope Francis Says Christians Must Campaign to End Death Penalty, Life

Christian Post: Pope Francis has called on Christians everywhere to campaign to end the death penalty and life imprisonment, a goal which has been achieved in the Vatican state. Meanwhile, a recently released Gallup poll found that six in 10 Americans support capital ...

Pope Francis condemns death penalty

ChristianToday: The Pope has called for the abolition of capital punishment and declared life imprisonment "a hidden death penalty". In a meeting yesterday with representatives of the International Association of Penal Law, Pope Francis said: "All Christians and ...

Pope Appoints Special Administrator To Investigate Scandal-Hit Italian Parish Of Albenga-Imperia

Pope Francis is to send a special administrator to take charge of an Italian diocese where priests have been accused of a spate of crimes including theft and sexual abuse. The diocese has been seen as hosting a number of so-called “playboy priests,” who often broke the law.

Pope wants death, life terms to be abolished

Vatican City, Oct 24 (IANS/EFE) Pope Francis issued a call for all the countries to abolish capital punishment and also eliminate sentences for life imprisonment because "a lifetime in prison is a hidden death sentence".

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Pope Francis beatifies Pope Paul VI, wraps up meeting of bishops

CBC.ca: Pope Francis on Sunday beatified Pope Paul VI, concluding the remarkable meeting of bishops debating family issues that drew parallels to the tumultuous reforms of the Second Vatican Council which Paul oversaw and implemented. Pope emeritus Benedict ...

Pope Francis beatifies Pope Paul VI, moving him one step closer to sainthood

New York Daily News: Pope Francis on Sunday beatified Pope Paul VI, who led the church through major reforms during the tumultuous 1960s. During his 15-year tenure, Paul VI implemented a series of trailblazing internal changes labeled Vatican II and revolutionized the ...

Pope Francis Beatifies an Earlier Reformer, Paul VI

New York Times: VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Sunday beatified Pope Paul VI, who died in 1978 after shepherding the church through a period of internal reform amid an era of social and political change and growing challenges to the church's traditional teachings.

Pope Francis beatifies Paul VI at end of Vatican synod

Pope Francis on Sunday beatified Pope Paul VI, concluding the remarkable meeting of bishops debating family issues that drew parallels to the tumultuous reforms of the Second Vatican Council which Paul oversaw and implemented.

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Pope Francis calls for abolishing life imprisonment - Crux: Covering all things Catholic

Covering all things Catholic: VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis called for abolition of life imprisonment as well as the death penalty today, and denounced what he called a “penal populism” that promises to solve society's problems by punishing crime instead of pursuing social justice.

Pope Francis calls for abolishing death penalty and life imprisonment

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis called for abolition of the death penalty as well as life imprisonment, and denounced what he called a "penal populism" that promises to solve society's problems by punishing crime instead of pursuing social justice.

Pope Francis calls for solidarity with persecuted Christians in Middle East

Jerusalem Post: Pope Francis lamented the terrors faced by Christian persecution in Iraq and Syria, on Monday morning, during Public Consistory of the College of Cardinals. He also called on all other Christian communities to stand in solidarity with those being ...

Pope Francis calls for abolishing death penalty and life imprisonment

Pope Francis called for abolition of the death penalty as well as life imprisonment, and denounced what he called a "penal populism" that promises to solve society's problems by punishing crime instead of pursuing social justice.

Pope Francis calls Benedict XVI the ultimate 'grandfather' :: Catholic

Retired pontiff Benedict XVI joined some 50000 pilgrims in Saint Peter's Square on Sunday, Sept. 28 for a meeting between Pope Francis and elderly people from around the world.

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Bayern meet Pope Francis in the Vatican

Deutsche Welle: Bayern Munich's players and coaching staff paid a visit to Pope Francis in Vatican City on Wednesday, shortly after the team thumped Italian Serie A team AS Roma in the Champions League, 7-1. "You played a wonderful game yesterday," Pope Francis, ...

Bayern meets Pope Francis in the Vatican

Deutsche Welle: Bayern Munich's players and coaching staff paid a visit to Pope Francis in Vatican City on Wednesday, shortly after the team thumped Italian Serie A team AS Roma in the Champions League, 7-1. "You played a wonderful game yesterday," Pope Francis, ...

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Pope Francis plays long game to reform Catholic Church

Reuters: A Jesuit unafraid of frank debate, Francis has set off a clash of opinions not seen since the reformist Second Vatican Council of 1962-1965. Rather than impose his views as a pope can, he has chosen the difficult path to reform by opting to have his ...

'God is not afraid of new things, ' Pope Francis tells Catholics

Toronto Star: VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis beatified Pope Paul VI on Sunday, concluding a remarkable meeting of Catholic bishops debating family issues that drew parallels to the tumultuous reforms of the Second Vatican Council that the late Paul oversaw in the 1960s ...

Pope Francis, looking back to the Second Vatican Council

There is a Council in the Pope's mind. Not the Third Vatican Council, wished by many, especially within progressive circles. Rather, it is the Second Vatican Council, as it seems that Pope Francis is pursuing the spirit of the ...

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Swiss Guard's Vatican cookbook promises feast fit for a pope

The Guardian: Pope Francis is known to enjoy a spot of cooking and used to make a mean paella when archbishop of Buenos Aires. Now some culinary inspiration has come from within the Vatican and, should the pontiff ever find himself yearning for a new dish, he could ...

Pope Francis's welcoming message

Washington Post: The Oct. 18 Metro article “When same-sex love collides with religion,” about Anne Marie DeMent and her family's rejection of her when she came out to them as a lesbian, highlighted why Pope Francis is so important to the modern Catholic Church. The ...

Catholic-Muslim spouses say Pope Francis is for everybody

A Catholic-Muslim married couple who traveled three hours from Kosovo to take part in Pope Francis ' Albanian visit say that the Pope is “for everybody” regardless of religion.

RORATE CÆLI: Pope Francis is Irritated -- with a Pro-Marriage Book

Pope Francis is Irritated -- with a Pro-Marriage Book Published by Ignatius Press. A new book with articles by prominent churchmen is about to be released worldwide in several languages (in English by Ignatius Press, under ...

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Bayern Munich visit Vatican to meet Pope Francis after giving Roma a thrashing

Daily Mail: However, the Bundesliga champions were greeted with open arms in the Vatican City, where they were granted an audience with Pope Francis, a self-confessed football fanatic. On Wednesday morning, following their impressive showing at the Stadio ...

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