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Pope: Drop the melodrama, pray for strength, for those truly in pain

Avoid the melodrama and self-pity over minor problems in life, Pope Francis said. Instead, use life's inevitable difficulties to pray for strength and pray for those who are suffering real tragedy, he said in a morning homily Sept. 30.

Pope launches alarm, tells Vatican security force to be ‘gossip police’

The biggest threat facing the Vatican isn't a bomb or bullet from the outside, but the insidious work of mischief-makers within, who plant discord and resentment, Pope Francis told the Vatican's security force.

Pope: Greed, throwaway culture fuel ‘hidden euthanasia’ of elderly

Pope Francis warned against the abandonment and neglect of the elderly, calling it a "hidden euthanasia" rooted in today's "poisonous" culture of disposal and an economic system of greed.

Pope chooses ‘family’ as theme for World Communications Day 2015

As the family gets special focus in two upcoming synods and an international gathering in Philadelphia next year, Pope Francis is highlighting the beauty and value of the family in his message for World Communications Day.

Vatican says bishop’s dismissal not the result of sex abuse

The dismissal of a controversial Paraguayan bishop was because of failings of governance and friction with fellow bishops, the Vatican said. Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano described his dismissal as a case of "ideological persecution" because of his opposition to liberation theology.

English Catholic bishop resigns, admits affair with woman

UPDATED -- Bishop Kieran Conry, chairman of the Department of Evangelization and Catechesis of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, said, "I don't think people will say I have been a bad bishop. But I can't defend myself. I did wrong."

Spiritual triage: Help wounded, drop theoretical baggage, pope says

With so much spiritual, social and moral suffering in the world, the church has "no right" to stay locked up in an ivory tower, engaging in "byzantine" philosophical reflection, Pope Francis told members of the Focolare movement.

Syrian refugees’ reactions mixed to airstrikes against Islamic State

Ask Syrian refugees sheltering in neighboring Jordan about the advent of U.S.-led strikes against Islamic State militants in their homeland, and the reactions will be mixed.

Vatican warns against misinterpreting international law, human rights

The Vatican formally criticized a U.N. committee's "grave misunderstanding" of state sovereignty and reiterated its concerns over "controversial new expressions" that threaten the unborn and religious freedom.

Vatican media need to ‘up their game,’ says adviser

A new papal commission is looking at how Vatican media outlets can better communicate the church's message "of healing, of love, of hope, and of generosity of spirit," said the panel's leader.