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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 Pushes the Church Another Step Further on Gays

- 5 days ago @ thedailybeast.com: Pope Francis is certainly a breath of fresh air, and I, for one, rejoice in his style, tone and early pronouncements. I pray for him every day. His is a decidedly different persona from his immediate predecessors. His tone is deeply pastoral, kind, and ...

Will conservatives turn on Pope Francis? - Crux: Covering all things Catholic

- 5 days ago @ cruxnow.com: Covering all things Catholic: Here it is in a nutshell: Is a tipping point drawing close, when conservatives who have been inclined to give Pope Francis the benefit of the doubt will, instead, turn on him? Granted, labels such as “liberal” and “conservative” often conceal as much ...

On World Food Day, a reminder of Pope Francis' mission for the Church

- 5 days ago @ catholic.org: Today is World Food Day and we are all called to do what we can to feed others. This year's World Food Day falls during Pope Francis' 'Week of Action' where all Catholics are called to pray and act to feed the world's hungry. It's time to ensure that ...

Pope Francis revealing his take on Synod controversies in his private homilies?

- 5 days ago @ google.com: While Pope Francis has been silent about many of the controversial matters being debated at the Synod, both in the lead-up to the Synod and in the Synod Hall, veteran Vatican watchers say he has been obliquely making his views known through other ...

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Pope Francis's struggle to balance transparency and tradition

CBC.ca: Under Pope Francis, many of the world's 1.1 billion Catholics, as well as their bishops, are feeling freer to sound off on some of the most controversial social justice issues facing the Church: homosexuality, same-sex marriage, divorce, remarriage and ...

Vatican confirms Pope Francis to visit Turkey - Crux: Covering all things Catholic

Covering all things Catholic: ROME – Pope Francis will travel to Turkey Nov. 28-30, the Vatican announced Tuesday, though it remains unclear whether the pontiff will be able to travel near the border with Iraq to express his concern with the violence in the region, as he's ...

Pope to visit Turkey as region's Christians flee Islamic State persecution

ROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis will travel to Turkey next month, the Vatican said on Tuesday, his first visit to the predominantly Muslim country which has become a refuge for Christians fleeing persecution by Islamic State militants in neighboring Syria and in Iraq. During his three-day visit, the pope will meet with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. He will ...

Pope to visit Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia in Turkey

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will visit sites that recall Turkey's often-tumultuous history at a cultural crossroads between continents and faiths during a three-day visit to the country next month.

Pope: 'God Is Not Afraid Of New Things'

Huffington Post: (Reuters) - Pope Francis has closed an assembly of Catholic bishops that revealed deep divisions on how to respond to homosexuality and divorce, saying on Sunday the Church should not be afraid of change and new challenges. Francis, who has said he ...

What the Synod Taught Us About Pope Francis: He Takes Risks

TIME: Pope Francis Leads Ordinary Public Consistory Pope Francis, flanked by former Vatican Secretary of State cardinal Angelo Sodano arrives at the Synod Hall for ordinary public consistory on Oct. 20, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Franco Origlia—Getty ...

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 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 ...

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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 Pope 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 Paul VI Beatified as Vatican Synod Wraps Up With No Consensus Over Gays

NBCNews.com: VATICAN CITY - 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 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.

Pope beatifies Paul VI at remarkable synod's end

VATICAN CITY (AP) — 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 Paul VI; says 'God is not afraid of new things'

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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'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 ...

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Pope Francis takes predecessor a step closer to sainthood

CNN: (CNN) -- 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. It was a ceremonious close to this year's Synod of the Bishops on the ...

Pope Francis beatifies predecessor Paul VI

WDIV Detroit: 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. It was a ceremonious close to this year's Synod of the Bishops on the Family, which ...

Pope takes predecessor closer to sainthood

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.

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Pope Francis beatifies Paul VI in Vatican ceremony

Irish Times: It may well be that after two weeks of often “lively” debate in the Synod, Pope Francis feels that some of his bishops and cardinals are not quite as convinced as both he himself and Paul VI of “the growing needs of our time”. Paul VI, although best ...

Pope Francis beatifies Paul VI in Vatican ceremony

Pontiff holds Mass to formally close Synod on the Family

CATHOLIC BISHOPS..

Catholic bishops reject welcome to gays in sign of split

USA TODAY: Still, the failure to reach a consensus on broader-reaching language is a failure for the more tolerant tone Pope Francis has struck since taking the role of pontiff more than a year ago. Last year, the pope made waves when, in response to a question ...

Catholic bishops veto gay-friendly statements leaving Pope Francis the loser

The Guardian: Pope Francis appeared on Saturday night to have lost out to powerful conservatives in the Roman Catholic church after bishops scrapped language that had been hailed as a historic warming of attitudes towards gay people. In the final report of an ...

Pope: Catholic Church should not fear change

Pope Francis has closed an assembly of Catholic bishops that revealed deep divisions on how to respond to homosexuality and divorce, saying Sunday the Church should not be afraid of change and new challenges.

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Cardinal Dolan: Pope Francis focusing on inclusion

Politico (blog): New York Archbishop Cardinal Timothy Dolan said on Sunday that Pope Francis' remarks last week on marriage did not mark a monumental change for Catholic doctrine but signaled an attempt by the church to be more inclusive. In a meeting of bishops in ...

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