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Pope denounces 'indifference' on first 'World Day for the Poor'
Pope Francis pictured at a lunch at the Vatican on Sunday.-AP ROME: Pope Francis called on Sunday to fight indifference to poverty on what has been dubbed the first "World Day for the Poor" by the Catholic Church. Celebrating the event in Rome at a mass attended by about 7,000 poor people at St. Pet
Pope Francis: Pope Benedict's Magisterium Is Still 'Alive and Precious' for the Church
Pope Francis praised his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI over the weekend, saying that his teaching continues to live on in the Church as a precious treasure. In his address Saturday at the conferral of the Vatican Foundation's annual Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Award, the Pope offered "an intense,
Invest in love, pope says on first World Day of the Poor
People have a basic choice in the way they live: either striving to build up treasures on earth or giving to others in order to gain heaven, Pope Francis said. "What we invest in love remains, the rest vanishes," the pope said in his homily Nov. 19, the first World Day of the Poor. Between 6,000 and
Trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh may test Francis' diplomatic skills
A woman prays at St. Mary's Cathedral in Yangon, Myanmar, Oct. 15. (CNS/Paul Jeffery) Pope Francis will undertake one of the most overtly political foreign visits of his papacy in late November, traveling to the Catholic minority countries of Myanmar and Bangladesh as global attention has been dra
Cardinal Bo urges Pope Francis not to use the word 'Rohingya' during Myanmar visit
ROME - In 2006, while he was visiting Regensburg, Germany, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI delivered an address in which he cited a 14th century dialogue between a Byzantine emperor and a Persian, unleashing a firestorm of protest across the Islamic world. Benedict's quote cited the emperor saying: "Show
In Mass for the poor, Pope says everyone is a 'beggar,' calls indifference a 'great sin'
ROME - Pope Francis told a St. Peter's Basilica full of marginalized, poor, homeless and needy people that when it comes to God's love, everyone is a beggar. He also said that indifference is a "great sin," decrying those who claim the poor are not their problem but society's. "In the poor, we find
Pope Francis: "the poor are our passport to Heaven"
Some 4 thousand needy people attended the Mass, after which Pope Francis offered Sunday lunch in the Paul VI Hall in the first-ever World Day of the Poor Pope Francis celebrated Mass this Sunday, the first-ever World Day of the Poor - in St. Peter's Basilica. The pope had announced the World Day of
Charismatic bishop wields Gospel against Caribbean 'lethal cocktail' of crime, corruption
Illegal guns, ammunition and drugs recovered during an exercise by Western Division police in 2014 in Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago. (Credit: Stock image.)Archbishop Charles Jason Gordon was appointed by Pope Francis on Oct. 19 to lead the Archdiocese of Port of Spain, capital of
First World Day of the Poor celebrated at House of Mercy
The first World Day of the Poor is Sunday, propagated by Pope Francis. The event was announced in order to create a space for the poor and non-poor alike to gather. The Pope asked worldwide for people to serve the poor in their communities with concrete actions that address their daily needs. The Ho
Top 10 Comments of the Week: Balenciaga Boxers, Virgil Abloh Figurines, Pope Francis & More
With another week of news behind us, our roundup of hilarious comments reminds us of some of the defining stories that have urged our readers to throw even more fuel on the ever-burning satire fire. The release of this Virgil Abloh figurine has the sneaker community talking, while Pope Francis' Lamo
Pope Francis makes appeal for peace in Lebanon during new political crisis
ROME- Pope Francis prayed for an end to the "painful poverty caused by war and conflict," particularly in the Middle East, naming Lebanon in particular, after the political crisis sparked by the sudden resignation of the country's prime minister, Saad Hariri, on a visit to Saudi Arabia. "Today, I wo
Father Solanus Casey beatified in Detroit, Pope Francis calls him "humble, faithful"
DETROIT, Michigan - A Detroit priest who focused his ministry on the poor and needy has been beatified, a key step toward sainthood. Father Solanus Casey was known as Father Solanus, a member of the Capuchin Franciscan order of priests. He died in 1957. He was a priest who wasn't allowed to preach,
Father Solanus Casey declared 'Blessed Solanus' at Detroit beatification
Legions of metro Detroit Catholics knew Father Solanus Casey as a miracle worker. And on Saturday, the Catholic Church officially recognized the Capuchin friar as one too, declaring him "Blessed Solanus" in a beatification ceremony at Detroit's Ford Field. The rare ceremony put Casey, who co-founded
Pope calls for common good, ethical responsibility in science, technology
"Science, like any other human activity, has its limits which should be observed for the good of humanity itself, and requires a sense of ethical responsibility," Pope Francis said on Saturday. "The true measure of progress, as Blessed Paul VI recalled, is that which is aimed at the good of each and
Pope Francis sends official blessings for Museum of the Bible opening
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Pope Francis sent his blessings to those gathered for the dedication ceremony of the Museum of the Bible on Friday, one of the most highly anticipated museums to open in the nation's capital in decades. Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, who visited Washington ear
Pope Francis: 'Compassion' is more effective in addressing inequalities
Pope Francis on Saturday sent a letter to the participants of the 32nd International Conference on the theme 'Addressing Global Health Inequalities'. The event organized by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and the International Confederation of Catholic Health Care Institutions
India marks World Day of the Poor
MUMBAI, India - In Mumbai, the Church will be taking up donations to mark the World Day of the Poor, instituted by Pope Francis at the end of the Jubilee of Mercy. Cardinal Oswald Gracias, the Archbishop of Bombay, launched the ACTS project - standing for 'Actively Called to Serve' - which will give
Pope at Mass: Take time to think about death
(Vatican Radio) With today's readings, the Church invites us to reflect on the end of the world, but also on the end of our own lives. Pope Francis based his homily on the Gospel reading, where the Lord speaks about the daily lives of men and women in the days before the great Flood, or in the days
Never abandon the sick, euthanasia is always wrong, Pope Francis tells doctors
(REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)Pope Francis waves after delivering his ''Urbi et Orbi'' (to the city and the world) message from the balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Pope Francis has told doctors at the Vatican that when faced with the new challenges that arise with regard to "en
Solanus Casey: How an acknowledged holy man becomes "Blessed"
When Solanus Casey was ordained a priest by Archbishop Sebastian Messmer in Milwaukee's St. Francis of Assisi Church on July 24, 1904, no one could have imagined that this humble man from Oak Grove, Wisconsin, would one day be recognized as a model of holiness by the Catholic Church. And yet, that i