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The quotable pope: Top 10 sayings of Pope Francis

Pope Francis has given the church a bounty of memorable sound bites in his first year as pontiff. Here are 10, in no particular order.

As in Bosnia, Syrian activists urged to use nonviolence

A Franciscan priest who worked in Bosnia in the 1990s, with its "vortex of violence," told peace Syrians they should use nonviolence in their peacemaking efforts. "If you do something, God will help you," the priest said. "You have to start."

Pope names aide to post at new economy secretariat

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis has named the Maltese monsignor who initially served as his personal secretary to be the general secretary of the new Secretariat for the Economy. Msgr. Alfred Xuereb, 55, had served as assistant personal secretary to Pope Benedict XVI and stepped up as Pope Francis’ secretary when the new pope […]

Cardinal outlines possible paths to Communion for divorced, remarried

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Catholic Church needs to find a way to offer healing, strength and salvation to Catholics whose marriages have failed, who are committed to making a new union work and who long to do so within the church and with the grace of Communion, Cardinal Walter Kasper told the world's cardinals.

Pope urges sympathy, outreach to couples whose marriages fail

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Those who recognize marriage as a sacrament, a divine blessing and a reflection of God's love for humanity should have even greater sympathy for husbands and wives whose relationships have failed, Pope Francis said.

Nuns in Central African Republic reported safe as armed militia retreat

OXFORD, England (CNS) -- Catholic church leaders in the Central African Republic said they believe European nuns working in the country are "generally safe," after reports of rape by retreating armed groups.

Vatican releases pope’s Lenten schedule, including penitential service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis' calendar of liturgical services for March and April -- including Holy Week and Easter -- includes the addition of a Lenten "penitential service," but does not say where he will celebrate the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper.

Ignorance about marriage is no reason to change doctrine, cardinal says

Just because people don't understand Jesus' word doesn't mean it can or should be changed, said the head of the church's doctrinal office in the Vatican. "It would be paradoxical if the church said, 'Since not everyone knows the truth, the truth isn't obligatory for the future.'"

Youth rally on Sunday aims to help anxious teens trust in God

All Catholic high school-aged students are invited to the Generation Phaith Youth Rally March 2 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., which will include live music, workshops, lunch, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, confession and Mass.

Cardinals say synod on family will seek to balance truth, God’s mercy

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Balancing the need to uphold Christ's teaching about the permanence of marriage and the call for the church to show God's mercy for those who have failed their marriage vows will be a major theme of discussion by the world's bishops.