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Pope Francis personally appealed to President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro this year to encourage both leaders to normalize diplomatic relations, a senior Obama administration official said. more
The Catholic Church in Pakistan has joined the chorus of condemnation of the deadly attack by Taliban on an army school in Peshawar that has left at least 126 children and others dead and 250 injured. more
No saint was ever known for having a “funeral face,” Pope Francis said; the joy of knowing one is loved by God and saved by Christ must be seen at least in a sense of peace, if not a smile. more
During the Advent and Christmas seasons, crèches are often found in front of churches and inside homes, whether they are set up under the Christmas tree, on the family mantle or in another place of … more
Before Cardinal Dolan did his traditional recitation of the birth of Jesus from the second chapter of St. Luke at the Waldorf Astoria for the 69th Cardinal’s Christmas Luncheon Dec. 8, he invited … more
Pope Francis’ 2014-15 Christmas season celebrations will include exactly what he did a year earlier. more
The October extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family was not the scene of “a clash between factions, but of a debate among bishops,” a work that will continue with the 2015 general synod “for the good of families, the Church and society,” Pope Francis said. more
As Pope Francis and leaders of other churches and religions signed a declaration pledging to work together to help end modern slavery in the world by 2020, he urged governments, businesses and all people of good will to join forces against this “crime against humanity.” more
During the Year of Consecrated Life, all Catholics are called to thank God for the gifts members of religious orders have given the Church and the world, to join them in prayer and find practical ways to support them and their ministries, Pope Francis said. more
A day after hearing Turkish leaders demand the West show more respect for Islam, Pope Francis prayed alongside a Muslim cleric inside Istanbul’s most famous mosque. more
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