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Pope Francis grants plenary indulgence for Fatima centennial

For the Jubilee Year of Fatima, Pope Francis has granted a plenary indulgence opportunity — the removal of the temporal punishment due for sins — for the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions throughout the centennial year, which runs to Nov. 26. There are three ways to obtain the indulgence, detailed in a statement from […]


Pope: God is no warlord claiming victory with enemies’ blood

VATICAN CITY—If it seems hard to find God in this world, it is because he chooses to be with the defeated and dejected and in places where most people are loath to go, Pope Francis said. “God does not like to be loved the way a warlord would like, dragging his people to victory, debasing […]


Gunmen take Catholic hostages; Philippines’ Duterte imposes martial law

MANILA, Philippines—Gunmen claiming to have links with the Islamic State group threatened to kill hostages, including a Catholic priest, who were taken from the southern Philippine city of Marawi May 23. President Rodrigo Duterte imposed martial law across the entire Muslim-majority region of Mindanao late May 23, but ucanews.com reported that many, including church leaders, […]


Pope, President Trump speak of hopes for peace

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump spent 30 minutes speaking privately in the library of the Apostolic Palace May 24, and as the president left, he told the pope, “I won’t forget what you said.” The atmosphere at the beginning was formal and a bit stiff. However, the mood lightened when Pope Francis […]


Pope, English church leaders offer prayers after concert attack

MANCHESTER, England—Pope Francis decried the “barbaric attack” on concertgoers in Manchester, adding his voice to Catholic leaders dismayed at what British officials said was the deadliest case of terrorism since 2005. In a telegram sent to English church officials on Pope Francis’ behalf, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, said the pope “was deeply […]


Fatima trip shows pope’s respect for pilgrims’ faith

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis is not shy about showing his love for Mary in public and, like many Latin American bishops, he strongly has resisted attempts to dismiss as superstitious or “simple,” in a negative sense, popular devotion to the mother of God. The pope’s devotion and his respect for those who turn to Mary in […]


Mary teaches people to hope in life’s darkest moments

VATICAN CITY—Mary, like many mothers throughout the world, is an example of strength and courage in accepting new life and in sharing the suffering of their children, Pope Francis said. Although she had no idea of what awaited her when she accepted to bear God’s son, “Mary in that instant appears to us like one […]


Bishops among first signatories to pledge to end death penalty

WASHINGTON—Bishops attending a meeting were among the first to sign the National Catholic Pledge to End the Death Penalty at the U.S. bishops’ headquarters building May 9. Each person taking the pledge promises to educate, advocate and pray for an end to capital punishment. “All Christians and people of goodwill are thus called today to […]


Learn to know Jesus’ voice by reading the Bible, pope says

VATICAN CITY—To know and follow Jesus, a Christian must read the Bible and learn to pray with it, allowing the Holy Spirit to help one understand it and put it into practice, Pope Francis said. “My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me,” Jesus says in the Gospel of John. Christians […]


Respond to God’s surprises with prayer, pope says

VATICAN CITY—God, who created the world, continues to work in it, surprising people and making some of them nervous, Pope Francis said. The phrase “it’s always been done this way” reflects an attitude that kills, the pope said May 8 at his early morning Mass. “This kills freedom. It kills joy. It kills fidelity to […]


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