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Pope calls European Parliament to rejuvenate ‘grandmother’ Europe

The 77-year-old grandson of European immigrants to Argentina, Pope Francis urged the European Parliament to value the continent's faiths and recuperate a sense of responsibility for the common good to rejuvenate Europe's social, political and economic life.

Pope urges Europe to nurture religious roots, sow peace in its borders

The project of European unity and cooperation, ensuring peace on the continent and helping others find peace as well, requires a real commitment to dialogue and respect for others, Pope Francis said.

Break down isolation and stigma of autism, pope says

Pope Francis called the daily challenges for people with autism spectrum disorders and their families "a cross" and noted the need to develop more "comprehensive and accessible" support networks.

Pope meets Curia to discuss reform; names new head of worship office

The same day he spent three hours meeting the heads of Vatican offices to discuss the reform of the Roman Curia, Pope Francis named 69-year-old Guinean Cardinal Robert Sarah to be the new prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments.

Glowing tributes, huge crowds mark canonization of Indian saints

More than 100,000 pilgrims thronged the Chavara shrine in southern Kerala state as Kuriakose Elias Chavara was canonized by Pope Francis Nov. 23 at the Vatican along with Euphrasia Eluvathingal, a member of the religious order founded by St. Chavara.

Church launches Year for Consecrated Life

The first Sunday of Advent, Nov. 30, marking the start of the new liturgical year, will also inaugurate the Year for Consecrated Life.

Muslims: Stand up to ISIS militants, patriarch says

Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad implored moderate Muslims to reject "terrorism in the name of religion" and challenge the actions of Islamic State militants against minorities in Iraq.

Church is a mother without borders, welcoming migrants, pope says

Pope Francis said the Catholic Church's concern for the whole person motivates its material aid to immigrants and refugees and, especially, its pastoral outreach and offer of the sacraments.

Re-gifting: Vatican raffles pope gifts to raise money for poor

Like many Catholic parishes, the Vatican has turned to a raffle to raise money; the difference is, though, the prizes are items originally given as gifts to Pope Francis.

Create jobs, don’t just expand welfare, handouts, pope says

The Catholic Church calls for the creation of job opportunities and the recognition of the dignity of the poor, not simply for more handouts or expanded government welfare programs, Pope Francis said.