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‘Upon all who mourn and upon all who have been affected by this tragedy, His Holiness invokes the divine gifts of consolation and strength,’ read a telegram from the Holy See on Aug. 9.
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‘No one is insignificant,’ Francis said July 31. ‘He loves all of us with a special love; for him, all of us are important: You are important! In his eyes, you are precious, and your value is inestimable.’
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“Finding their happiness in the Lord, they are not content with a life of mediocrity, but burn with the desire to bear witness and reach out to others,” he said at Mass in Krakow on July 30. “Rather than just getting by, they rejoice to evangelize.”
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Francis expressed his solidarity with the sick and lauded the hospital in its caring for ‘the smallest and most needy.’
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Pope Francis paid a solemn visit to the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps on Friday, where he prayed in silence and then wrote a prayer in the ‘Memory Book.’
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Benedict XVI ‘prays for the innocent victims and expresses condolences and closeness to the families.’ Francis said: ‘I am near to the families of the victims and the wounded. I invite you to join in my prayer, in order that the Lord may inspire all good and fraternal resolutions.’
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The July 14 attack in Nice left 80 people dead and scores wounded.
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On Sunday, he also prayed for the conversion of those ‘blinded by hate’ who commit such acts of violence. His Angelus address ended with a note of encouragement to the faithful: ‘There is a great need for Christians to witness the Gospel with joy in their everyday life.’
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Francis received the delegates of Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I during their visit to Rome for the celebration of the June 29 Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul.
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‘Woman’s thought is important,’ he said in his June 26 in-flight press conference, while making clear that Church teaching is not changing on women’s ordination.
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Pope Francis delivered his homily during Mass at Vartanants Square in Gyumri, the main event of his second day in the country.
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The death toll makes the June 12 shooting the worst in United States history.
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The Dec. 8 opening of the Jubilee of Mercy, an extraordinary holy year, coincided with the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. The Holy Year will close Nov. 20, 2016, with the Solemnity of Christ the King.
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Worldly logic is rooted on 'ambition and competition,' he said, and 'fights with weapons of fear, blackmail and manipulation of conscience.'
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At least 128 people are confirmed dead and more than 180 wounded in terrorist attacks which targeted bars, restaurants, a concert hall and a football stadium in the heart of Paris on Nov. 13.
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The Oct. 5 letter, leaked to the public by veteran Vatican watcher Sandro Magister, expresses, in part, their concern that excess attention is being given to doctrinal and theological debates rather than reinforcing the dignity of marriage and the family.
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‘The synod’ is the Church journeying together ‘to interpret reality with the eyes of faith and the heart of God,’ the Holy Father told participants.
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'Being a Christian entails promoting the dignity of our brothers and sisters, fighting for it, living for it,' the Holy Father said in his homily at Mass on Sept. 20 in Havana.
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Pope Francis made this call following the weekly recitation of the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square, adding that the Vatican’s two parishes will also each take in a refugee family.
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Barrie Schwortz, an observant Jew, says, ‘There’s no way a medieval forger would have had the knowledge to create something like this, and to do so with a method that we can’t figure out today.’
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The Holy Father explained his words were a call for prayer ‘that the Lord would purify us from the crises’ among families, such as are described in the working document for the Oct. 4-25 synod.
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Speaking Sunday of Ecuador’s Catholic heritage, the Pope cited the saints who have been produced by the country.
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The country’s unemployment rate is above 25%, and individuals are unable to remove more than $70 a day from ATMs.
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The Holy Father spent several minutes in silent prayer before the relic during his visit to the northern Italian city.
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‘The spirit of the world is always in search of newness,’ the Holy Father said, ‘but only the fidelity of Jesus is capable of true newness, of making us into new men.’
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‘There is a kind of feeling that they cannot express,’ Archbishop Bashar Warda said, ‘but they at least feel relaxed in a way that even if, God forbid, something would happen, they are in safe hands.’
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According to the U.N., some 2,000 people are stranded in boats in the Bay of Bengal and another 1,500 in the Andaman Sea.
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Sts. Mariam Baouardy, founder of the Discalced Carmelites of Bethlehem and Marie Alphonsine Danil Ghattas, founder of the Congregation of the Rosary Sisters, were canonized in Rome on Sunday.
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The Holy Father cautioned against the avoidance of relevant issues today — marriage, family, sexuality — in the name of ecumenism.
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The former longtime secretary recalls his friend and mentor on the 10th anniversary of his April 2 passing.