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Pope, patriarch discuss canon law’s relationship to ecumenism

VATICAN CITY — The search for Christian unity must involve all aspects of the churches’ lives, including their different church laws, Pope Francis said. “Canon...

Roll up your sleeves, get ready to get dirty, pope tells...

VATICAN CITY — New bishops need to prepare for a life filled with God’s surprises, with daily plans that change at the last minute...

Ideological fixation, not ‘loyal criticism,’ feeds possibility of schism, pope says

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM MADAGASCAR — Pope Francis told reporters he hoped and prayed the Catholic Church would not experience a new schism,...

Amid economic growth, Pope Francis urges Mauritius to care for the...

PORT LOUIS, Mauritius -- Statistical indicators show Mauritius' rapid economic growth has benefited all sectors of society, lifting thousands out of poverty over the...

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...

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...

Assumption feast invites people to look to heaven with hope, Pope...

VATICAN CITY -- Mary's assumption into heaven calls people to put aside all those insignificant, mundane and petty concerns competing for their attention and...

Pope Francis mourns death of French patient Vincent Lambert after doctors...

VATICAN CITY -- "Every life is valuable, always," Pope Francis tweeted after offering prayers for Vincent Lambert, a 42-year-old French man who died July...

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