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We Have a Lot to Learn this Lent from Persecuted Christians, Advocate Says at Vatican

In approaching the penitential practices of Lent, Catholics can learn a lot from persecuted Christian communities, an advocate for Aid to the Church in Need said at the Vatican on Friday.

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In Fight against Hunger, "Be vigorous and resilient like legumes": Pope Francis

Pope Francis has encouraged people to have resilience in the fight against world hunger, drawing inspiration from the hardiness of legumes.

Pope Francis is presented with an Aramaic prayer manuscript at the Vatican Feb. 10, 2021. Photo credits: Vatican Media/Ufficio Stampa FOCSIV. /

Pope Francis Presented with Historic Prayer Manuscript Saved from Islamic State

Pope Francis was presented on Wednesday with a historic Aramaic prayer manuscript rescued from the Islamic State’s destructive occupation of northern Iraq.

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In 6,000-word Document, Vatican Calls for Rethinking of Social, Pastoral Care for Elderly

The Vatican called on Tuesday for a rethinking of elder care in a document arguing that the elderly are best cared for in an environment more like a family home than a hospital.

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Vatican Radio to Launch Web Radio on 90th Anniversary

Vatican Radio will launch a 24-hour web radio to mark its 90th anniversary on Friday.

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On St. Bakhita Feast Day, Pope Francis Asks for Prayers for Human Trafficking Victims

Pope Francis has asked people to pray Monday for every person who is currently a victim of human trafficking.

Sr. Nathalie Becquart (third from left) poses with Pope Francis and others during the youth synod in 2018. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. /

Religious Sister, Priest Named as Under-secretaries of Synod of Bishops

Pope Francis Saturday appointed a Spanish priest and a French religious sister as under-secretaries of the Synod of Bishops.

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Pope Francis Calls Focolare Movement to "dynamic fidelity" after Election of New President

Pope Francis on Saturday encouraged the Focolare Movement to have “dynamic fidelity” as the third president of the international Catholic organization begins her term.

Pope Francis greets Pope emeritus Benedict XVI at the Vatican’s Mater Ecclesiae Monastery on Nov. 28, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Pope Francis and Benedict XVI Receive Second Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine

Pope Francis and Pope emeritus Benedict XVI have both received their second and final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, a Vatican source confirmed to CNA.

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Pope Francis Nominates New Prosecutor, Judges for Vatican Court of Appeal

Pope Francis on Friday tapped a long-time Rome prosecutor to be public prosecutor for the Vatican City State’s Court of Appeal.

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Pope Francis Calls Human Fraternity the "challenge of our century"

Human fraternity is “the challenge of our century,” Pope Francis said on Thursday, as he marked the first International Day of Human Fraternity together with the Grand Imam of al-Azhar, Ahmed el-Tayeb.

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Pope Francis Hails Musicians’ "new creativity" amid Pandemic Disruption

Pope Francis praised musicians on Thursday for showing “new creativity” despite severe restrictions imposed on their work by the coronavirus pandemic.    

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Without Liturgy, Christianity is Without the Whole of Christ: Pope Francis

Pope Francis said Wednesday that it is essential for Christians to participate in the liturgy and the sacraments to encounter the Real Presence of Jesus.

Pope Francis after praying the Angelus in the Vatican's apostolic palace on March 29, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Pope Francis’ Angelus Address Moves Outdoors as Coronavirus Restrictions Ease in Rome

Pope Francis will speak to a live audience once again as his weekly Angelus address moves back to St. Peter’s Square on Sunday after a seven-week absence.

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Pope Francis Adds Feast of Martha, Mary, and Lazarus to Church Calendar

Pope Francis on Tuesday added the memorial of Sts. Mary, Martha, and Lazarus to the General Roman Calendar, giving the siblings the combined feast day of July 29.

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Learn from Patience of Simeon and Anna: Pope Francis on Feast of Presentation

On the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, Pope Francis pointed to Simeon and Anna as models of having a “patience of heart” that can keep hope alive during difficult times.

Pope Francis visits the San Raffaele Borona assisted living home in Rieti, Italy Oct. 4, 2016. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA /

Pope Francis Proclaims World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

Pope Francis announced Sunday the establishment of an international day to honor grandparents and the elderly to take place each year in July.

Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, in London, England, on March 14, 2011. Credit: Mazur/ /

Vatican Cardinal Speaks out against Social Stigma for Leprosy Patients

People with leprosy suffer not only from physical disease but also from harmful social stigmas which can lead to mental illness, Cardinal Peter Turkson said on Sunday.

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Pope Francis Encourages Catechists to Lead Others to a Personal Encounter with Jesus

Pope Francis said Saturday that catechists have the vital responsibility of leading others to a personal encounter with Jesus through prayer, the sacraments, and Scripture.

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Pope Francis appeals for fight against ‘unacceptable poverty’

Pope Francis encouraged Catholic organizations on Friday to continue to fight against “unacceptable poverty.”