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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

- 8 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?

- 8 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

- 8 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

- 8 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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Meet the man tapped to build chairs for Pope Francis

PennLive.com: Tom Moser and son Aaron Moser inspect the lectern used by President Abraham Lincoln during his Gettysburg Address. Moser devised a special brace to shore up the podium, which hasn't been used since 1863. Pope Francis will use the podium during one ...

Pope Francis sends letter praising gay children's book

The Guardian: Now Pardi has found an unlikely supporter in Pope Francis, who through his staff has written to the author praising her work. “His holiness is grateful for the thoughtful gesture and for the feelings which it evoked, hoping for an always more fruitful ...

4 tips from Pope Francis for Christians engaging in politics

The Week Magazine: Given that the other great monastic founder in the West was St. Francis of Assisi, and given that the Catholic Church has had two recent popes, Benedict and Francis, who each seem to have very different approaches to the same problem, it seems almost ...

Nuns on the Bus to return to Columbus to highlight Pope Francis' U.S. visit

Columbus Dispatch: The Nuns on the Bus will return to Columbus next month as part of a national tour to highlight the U.S. visit of Pope Francis. Network, a Catholic social-justice lobbying group, announced the tour on Wednesday. The theme, “ Bridge the Divides ...

Pope Francis embraces the mystical side of the Catholic Church

Washington Post: NAPLES, Italy — The faithful here are still talking about Pope Francis and the holy blood. On an official trip to this ancient city in the shadow of Mt. Vesuvius, Pope Francis entered the local cathedral to pray to Januarius, the patron saint of ...

'Knot' sculpture to greet Pope Francis at Basilica

6abc.com: 'Knot' sculpture to greet Pope Francis at Basilica. VIDEO: 'Knot' sculpture to greet Pope Francis at Basilica. Next month's visit by Pope Francis to Philadelphia is sure to leave a lasting impact on the city, and anyone who gets to see him. Embed.

Pope Francis drawing criticism from some conservative Catholics

Lodi News-Sentinel: Across the country, 86 percent of Catholics look favorably on Pope Francis, a Pew Research Center survey in June found. But some conservative Catholics view a number of his positions and statements with growing alarm, according to a Gallup poll and ...

What Pope Francis Must Say to Donald Trump

Huffington Post: There is a rising tide of nativism washing over the United States at this particular moment. We have seen such waves recurrently in our history. In the 1840s, it was the Know-Nothings, who hated Catholics and opposed Irish immigration and were even ...

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Washington revs up plans for Pope Francis' historic September visit

Washington Post: As Pope Francis prepares for his historic visit to the United States next month, Washington is bracing for the arrival of one of the most popular popes in memory with a familiar mix of joyful anticipation and dread. The rush is on for tickets to view ...

Washington revs up plans for Pope Francis's historic September visit

Washington Post: As Pope Francis prepares for his historic visit to the United States next month, Washington is bracing for the arrival of one of the most popular popes in memory with a familiar mix of joyful anticipation and dread. The rush is on for tickets to view ...

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Plenty of SEPTA train tickets available for Pope Francis weekend

Lehigh Valley residents hoping to take the train into Philadelphia on the weekend Pope Francis is in town would be forgiven if they crossed that option off the list when demand crashed SEPTA's computer servers minutes after it put the passes on sale ...

Why This Mom Hopes Pope Francis Can Help Get Her Son Off Death Row

Huffington Post: Kenneth Hackett, U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, told the AP that he wasn't aware of Saldano's case but that people with loved ones in U.S. prisons frequently appeal to the pope. Hackett said Francis is very critical of the death penalty, and he may ...

Pope Francis on his way to Cuba, where religious liberty is a mirage

Fox News Latino: Another symbol of faith and good will will be visiting the island next month: Pope Francis. In his short papacy he has stepped with cheerful abandon across lines that seemed impassable, lines drawn between rigid ways of thought and opposed camps.

Connecticut company charged with making cushion for Pope Francis' visit

WHDH-TV: A design studio in Greenwich, Connecticut, got a unique assignment when workers were asked to make the cushion that will go on Pope Francis' chair when he visits New York in September. Employees at Tiger Lilly Design said they received the request a ...

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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Philadelphia Inmates and Guards Work Together to Hand-Carve Chair for Pope Francis

People Magazine: ... to be refinished this coming week at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, where the Pope plans to meet about 100 prisoners and their families during a two-day trip to the city, starting Sept. 27. And while the gift may hold much meaning for ...

Philly inmates make carved chair for Pope Francis

Philly.com: Inmates in the Philadelphia prison system participate in the Philacorp furniture making program. They built a chair for Pope Francis to sit on during his September 2015 visit to the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility on State Road. (ALEJANDRO A.

Philly inmates with carpentry skills make carved chair for Pope Francis

Philly.com: Inmates in the Philadelphia prison system participate in the Philacorp furniture making program. They built a chair for Pope Francis to sit on during his September 2015 visit to the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility on State Road. (ALEJANDRO A.

Immigrants getting to build chair for Pope Francis' Madison Square Garden

New York Daily News: Its simplicity is simply divine. Immigrants chosen to build a chair for Pope Francis' Papal Mass at Madison Square Garden next month are putting the final touches on their labor of love. "We are very excited,” said director of Don Bosco Workers Gonzalo ...

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Traveling to see Pope Francis?

TCPalm: Are you a Treasure Coast resident going to see Pope Francis next month? Treasure Coast Newspapers and TCPalm wants to talk to you. Pope Francis is making his first trip to the U.S., visiting Washington D.C., New York City and Philadelphia on Sept. 22 ...

Public to have limited chances to see Pope Francis in DC

WTOP: WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has a jam-packed two-day schedule Sept. 23-24 when he visits Washington. But the opportunities for the public to see the pope in person during his Washington stay appear to be limited. “Tickets to the canonization mass over ...

5th District Essay Contest: Win to see Pope Francis

WHDH-TV: Would you like to accompany Congressman Katherine Clark to hear Pope Francis address Congress in September? On September 24, Pope Francis will deliver the first-ever address by a leader of the Holy See to a joint session of Congress. Each Member of ...

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