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Pope Francis Calls for 3 M Youth to Go and Serve, Next WYD To Be in Poland

Pope Francis Calls for 3 M Youth to Go and Serve, Next WYD To Be in Poland

Pope Francis on Sunday called on the 3 million young people who gathered in Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day to go forth and work to overcome violence, selfishness, intolerance and hatred. continue reading »

Pope Francis Calls for an End to Poverty in Brazil

Pope Francis Calls for an End to Poverty in Brazil

Pope Francis said Saturday that the future demands a humanistic vision of the economy and a rehabilitation of politics in order to achieve "greater participation by the people, a shunning of elitism and an end to poverty." continue reading »

Pope Francis Gives Encouraging Words to Slum Youths in Brazil

Pope Francis Gives Encouraging Words to Slum Youths in Brazil

Pope Francis on Thursday visited a Brazilian shantytown that until recently was controlled by drug traffickers, where he urged young residents to fight against corruption and injustice. continue reading »

Pope, at Brazil Shrine, Urges Youth to Embrace Traditional Values

Pope, at Brazil Shrine, Urges Youth to Embrace Traditional Values

Pope Francis, receiving another rapturous welcome in Brazil, on Wednesday urged young people to shun the “ephemeral idols” of money and pleasure, and cherish traditional values to help build a better world. continue reading »

Huge Crowds Receive Pope on His First International Trip

Huge Crowds Receive Pope on His First International Trip

A large crowd received Pope Francis on Monday downtown in this Brazilian metropolis as the pontiff began a week-long visit to take part in the annual World Youth Day event. continue reading »

Brazil Awaits Pope Francis’ Arrival for World Youth Day

Brazil Awaits Pope Francis’ Arrival for World Youth Day

The global economic crisis has harmed young people and could spawn an entire generation that has never had a job, Pope Francis said Monday. continue reading »

Dominican Pregnant Teen Denied Medical Treatment to Protect Fetus Dies

Dominican Pregnant Teen Denied Medical Treatment to Protect Fetus Dies

A Dominican woman announced Monday that she filed charges against the hospital where her pregnant teenage daughter died after doctors delayed treatment for the girl's leukemia as a result of concerns about the effects on the fetus. continue reading »

The Way of the Cross during World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Pope Francis to Preside

The Way of the Cross during World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Pope Francis to Preside

The Rio Stations of the Cross speak of the suffering of Jesus as expressed in the youth of today. The route taken by Jesus in the city of Jerusalem will be recreated in the Stations of the Cross on July 26 in the setting of Rio de Janeiro, such as at the Rock of Arpoador and the Selarón Staircase in Lapa continue reading »

Chicago Priest to be Deported to Native Bolivia after Serving Sex Abuse Sentence

Chicago Priest to be Deported to Native Bolivia after Serving Sex Abuse Sentence

Father Alejandro Flores is being deported to his native Bolivia after finishing a portion of his four-year sentence for sexually abusing an 8-year-old boy. continue reading »

Sainthood of John Paul II Imminent, Pope Francis Approves 2nd Miracle

Sainthood of John Paul II Imminent, Pope Francis Approves 2nd Miracle

Pope Francis has given final approval to the canonization of two of his predecessors, John Paul II and John XXIII, the Vatican said Friday. continue reading »

Nuns’ Chart-Topping Album Storms The Culture, Topping Bruno Mars, Black Sabbath & Draft Punk

Nuns’ Chart-Topping Album Storms The Culture, Topping Bruno Mars, Black Sabbath & Draft Punk

ANGELS AND SAINTS AT EPHESUS, the hit CD from the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, is No. 1 on Amazon’s Top 100 list for all music, besting albums from Daft Punk, Black Sabbath and Kayne West continue reading »

NFL Coach Teaches Faith, Football to Peruvian Kids

NFL Coach Teaches Faith, Football to Peruvian Kids

Jim Harbaugh, coach of the San Francisco 49ers, recently completed a one-week mission trip to Piura, Peru, where he taught poor children about their Catholic faith and American football. continue reading »

Venezuelan President Maduro Has Audience with Pope Francis

Venezuelan President Maduro Has Audience with Pope Francis

Pope Francis and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro dealt here Monday with some of the Andean country's problems such as poverty and crime, the Vatican press office said. continue reading »

Pope Francis’ Spanish-Language Twitter Most Popular

Pope Francis’ Spanish-Language Twitter Most Popular

The Spanish-language Twitter account of Pope Francis has more followers than any of the pontiff's accounts in other languages. continue reading »

Mexico City Catholic Church Collecting Guns to Help Reduce Violence

Mexico City Catholic Church Collecting Guns to Help Reduce Violence

In the first five months of 2013, Mexico City authorities , have collected nearly 5,500 firearms. Though the number is small in comparison to the weapons that are illegally on the streets of Mexico City, it is in fact more weapons (5,433) that have been collected in the four previous years. continue reading »