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Pope Francis Calls Use of Nuclear Weapons ‘Immoral’ Ahead of Japan Trip

By Hannah Brockhaus In a video message to the country of Japan Nov. 18, Pope Francis said he prays that the power of nuclear weapons will never again be used in the world. Japan “is very aware of the suffering caused by war,” the pope said in his native Spanish. “Together with you, I pray that the destructive power of ...

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Francis Prays For Reconciliation As South Sudan Struggles to Form Coalition Government

By Hannah Brockhaus uring the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis led Catholics in praying a ‘Hail Mary’ for peace and reconciliation for South Sudan, whose leaders are locked in disagreement as they try to form a government after a peace deal was struck last year. “I address a special thought to the dear people of South Sudan, whom I will ...

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Pope Urges Catholics to Meet the Poor and Speak to them with Love

By Hannah Brockhaus Go out to meet the poor, listen to them, and speak to them with the heart of Jesus, Pope Francis said Saturday at Mass in the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran. The Mass, celebrated on the Feast of the Dedication of the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, opened a special week dedicated to the poor, which will ...

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When Bombs Fell on the Vatican

It was a dark autumn night in Rome, which was suffering under the occupation of Nazi Germany and was the target of bombing raids by Allied and Axis forces. The Vatican City State was a neutral territory in World War II, but shortly after 8:00 pm on Nov. 5, 1943, a small non-descript plane dropped five bombs onto the Vatican. ...

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Pope Francis: St. Paul Announced Christ to ‘Idol Worshippers’ Without Attacking Them

By Courtney Mares St. Paul announced Jesus Christ to “idol worshippers” in Athens without attacking them, but by building bridges, Pope Francis said Wednesday. “We also ask the Holy Spirit today to teach us to build bridges with culture, with those who do not believe or with those who have a creed different from ours. Always build bridges, always reach ...

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Pope Francis to Military Chaplains: Safeguard Human Dignity in Conflict

By Courtney Mares Pope Francis met with military chaplains from around the world Thursday, as they participate in a formation course on international humanitarian law hosted by the Vatican. “Dear Ordinaries and military chaplains: as you carry out your mission to form the consciences of the members of the armed forces, I encourage you to spare no effort to enable ...

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Pope Francis: True Wealth Is Found In Friendship, Not Things

By Hannah Brockhaus People and relationships are more valuable than things and the truly wealthy are those who are rich in friends, Pope Francis said during the Angelus Sunday. “Wealth can encourage the erection of walls, create divisions and discrimination,” the pope said Sept. 22, adding that “Jesus, by contrast, invites his disciples to change course: ‘Make friends with riches.’” ...

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Pope Francis Explains Decision to Give Relics of St. Peter To Orthodox

By Hannah Brockhaus In a letter to Bartholomew I of Constantinople, Pope Francis has explained the unexpected gifting of a relic of St. Peter to the leader of the Eastern Orthodox Church in June, a gesture which generated controversy among some Catholics. The pope wrote to the ecumenical patriarch Aug. 30, saying the decision to give the relic was born ...

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Pope Francis: God Forgets our Sins after Confession

By Courtney Grogan Pope Francis said Sunday that God forgets sins absolved within the confessional. “How do you defeat evil? Accepting God’s forgiveness … It happens every time we go to confession; there we receive the love of the Father who overcomes our sin. It is no longer there, God forgets it,” Pope Francis said in his Angelus message Sept. ...

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Pope Francis Says he Welcomes Constructive Criticism

By Hannah Brockhaus and Ed Pentin Speaking aboard the papal plane from Madagascar to Rome Tuesday, Pope Francis said he welcomes criticism if it is given openly, fairly, and with a willingness to be debated. “Of criticisms, I always see the advantages. Sometimes you get angry, but the advantages are there,” he said Sept. 10 during an in-flight press conference. ...

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