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Pope Francis in Madagascar urges environmental responsibility, help for the poor

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar -- In Madagascar, where the destruction of the environment and the suffering of the poor are inextricably bound, Pope Francis urged government...

Pope Francis encourages peace among opponents upon arrival in Mozambique

MAPUTO, Mozambique -- With a courtesy and solemnity seldom seen at a gathering of opposing political leaders, Mozambican politicians came together a month before...

Climbers exist inside the church, too, pope says

VATICAN CITY — People who race to get top positions often feel superior to others, an attitude that destroys the possibility for fellowship and...

Pope Francis helps shape College of Cardinals with announcement of cardinals-designate

VATICAN CITY -- After the consistory to create new cardinals in early October, Pope Francis will have chosen more than half of the men...

Back to school Italian style: Papal greeting and gelato quests

VATICAN CITY — At the Pontifical North American College, new student orientation is not just a weekend or even just a week — it...

Pope encourages interreligious dialogue initiative

VATICAN CITY — At a time when conflict and division dominate the world’s headlines, people need to know there are a growing number of...

Hypocrisy of ‘spiritual tourism’ destroys the church, pope says

VATICAN CITY — Christians who focus more on being superficially close to the church rather than care for their fellow brothers and sisters are...

Pope Francis in upcoming book: Popular movements can spark social change

VATICAN CITY -- Popular movements can spark the change needed to ensure a future that is no longer in the hands of elites and...

Archbishop Fisichella: Church must be prudent judging Medjugorje apparitions

KNOCK, Ireland  -- Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, is a place of prayer, conversion and pilgrimage for millions of people, but the church must be prudent and...

Crucified women: New book aims to end scourge of forced prostitution

VATICAN CITY — August is a long-awaited month for countless Romans who escape the sweltering heat and seek some good old-fashioned rest and relaxation...

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