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Pope Francis Asks for Prayers in Madagascar’s ‘City of Friendship’

Pope Francis Sunday visited the “City of Friendship,” a town on the outskirts of Antananarivo, Madagascar. The town has been built through the leadership of Argentine priest Fr. Pedro Opeka, CM, who as a young man was a theology student of the future pope. “You have come in good numbers this evening, in the heart of this City of Friendship ...

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Pope Francis Condemns Euthanasia as Utilitarianism, Not Freedom

By Hannah Brockhaus Euthanasia is a way of treating the human person as an object; while it may appear to give freedom, it is really a rejection of hope, Pope Francis told an oncology association Sept. 2. “The practice of euthanasia, which has already been legalized in several countries, only apparently aims to encourage personal freedom,” he said Sept. 2. ...

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Pope Francis: Mary Helps Christians Enter Heaven through the ‘Narrow Gate’

By Hannah Brockhaus The way to heaven is difficult and the gate to enter small, but Jesus’ mother, Mary, who herself entered through the narrow gate, will help those who ask, Pope Francis said Sunday. Mary can be invoked under the title “Gate of Heaven,” he explained in his Angelus address Aug. 25. “She welcomed [Jesus] with all her heart ...

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Pope Francis: War is Always a Loss for All Humanity

By Courtney Grogan Pope Francis marked the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions Sunday with a message urging the protection of life and human dignity in armed conflicts. “Let us not forget that war and terrorism are always a serious loss for all humanity,” Pope Francis said Aug. 11 after his Angelus prayer. The Geneva Conventions are “important international legal ...

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Francis Urges Priests to Be Faithful in Time of ‘Ecclesial Purification’

By Hannah Brockhaus Pope Francis published a letter Sunday to encourage all priests to remain steadfast and prayerful during this time of purification after revelations of abuse by some priests, so that there may be a renewal of holiness in the priesthood. “I am convinced that, to the extent that we remain faithful to God’s will, these present times of ...

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Pope Francis Prays for Victims of Shootings in U.S

By Hannah Brockhaus Pope Francis Sunday remembered the victims, and the families of the victims, of recent shootings in Texas, California, and Ohio, asking for prayers. “I am spiritually close to the victims of the episodes of violence that these days have bloodied Texas, California and Ohio, in the United States, affecting defenseless people,” the pope said Aug. 4, after ...

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Pope Francis: Judge your Own Heart First – Not That of Those in Need

By Hannah Brockhaus Helping a person in need requires compassion toward their situation, Pope Francis said Sunday, encouraging Catholics to think first about their own hardness of heart, not the sins of others. “If you go down the street and see a homeless man lying there and you pass by without looking at him, or you think: ‘Eh, the effect ...

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Pope Francis: Migrants Are People, Not Just a Social Issue

By Hannah Brockhaus Pope Francis called Monday for an end to the rhetoric which views migrants as something ‘other,’ saying they are human beings and among those Christ has commanded his disciples to love and assist. “They are persons; these are not mere social or migrant issues!” he said July 8. “’This is not just about migrants,’ in the twofold ...

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Pope Francis Prays For Migrants Killed In Airstrike in Libya

By Courtney Grogan Pope Francis prayed Sunday for the victims of the airstrike that hit a migrant detention center in Libya, and called upon the international community to condemn the violence. “I invite you to pray for the poor defenseless people killed or wounded by the airstrike,” Pope Francis said in his Angelus address July 7. “The international community cannot ...

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Pope Francis greets Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Dec. 21, 2018. Credit: Vatican Media.

“The Lord is a refuge for the faithful who call on Him in times of tribulation.” Despite technically being on ‘summer break,’ Pope Francis stressed this in his homily during the Mass he celebrated for Migrants, at the Altar of the Chair, in St. Peter’s Basilica today, Monday, July 8, at 11 a.m. today. The Mass coincides with the sixth ...

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