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Pope says he returns to Latin America as witness of Christian love

RIO DE JANEIRO (CNS) -- Pope Francis returned to his native Latin America July 22, asking for open hearts, even after the irrepressible crowds in Brazil made it clear he had them. The way to reach the Brazilian people is through the heart, he told Brazilian officials upon landing in the country, "so let me knock gently at this door. I ask permission to come in and spend this week with you."

State of religious freedom in Pakistan considered ‘dire’

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Panelists at a religious freedom session on Pakistan called for reform of the nation's laws, calling the situation for minorities dire. In June alone, 47 religious minorities were killed in Pakistan, including an 18-year old Christian man tortured to death by police after he was suspected of kidnapping a Muslim woman.

Crowds in Rio welcome pope, who wanted to be ‘close to the people’

RIO DE JANEIRO (CNS) -- Pope Francis arrived in Brazil July 22, making the first international trip of his pontificate to his native region of Latin America. The papal flight touched down at Rio's Galateo-Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport at 3:43 p.m. local time.

Pope talks about importance of giving young people jobs

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT TO BRAZIL (CNS) -- With economic hard times as an excuse not to hire young people, the world risks tossing them aside and endangers its own future, Pope Francis said. Speaking to reporters aboard the papal flight to Rio de Janeiro July 22, the pope declined to answer their questions, but instead made very brief remarks about his July 22-29 trip and then greeted each of the 71 media members.

Pope creates body to revamp Vatican’s bookkeeping, fiscal responsibility

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis has named a new commission to investigate current accounting practices among all Vatican offices and bodies and to help devise new strategies for greater fiscal responsibility and transparency.

Christian families practice small acts of faith among Muslims, Jews in Israeli village

MUQEIBLEH, Israel (CNS) — Every evening, Suhad Shunnara, 32, reads the Bible to her three sons and kneels with them to say the rosary. On Friday, she and her husband, Fuad, 40, send the children to religion class, and on Saturday, after Mass, they all watch a Christian TV channel together. In this small village […]

Pope: Elderly, sick, unborn, poor are ‘masterpieces of God’s creation’

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- As Great Britain and Ireland debate right-to-life issues in current health care policies and legislation, Pope Francis encouraged Catholics there to uphold "the inestimable value of all human life."

Migration, development policies must put people at center, say speakers

UNITED NATIONS (CNS) -- Human-centered migration policy empowers individuals, promotes security and produces the best and most sustainable outcomes for all people involved, according to speakers at a U.N. event July 15.

Pope on the road: Vatican does detailed planning but expects surprises

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- While Pope Francis' July 22-28 visit to Brazil has been planned almost down to the minute, the papal spokesman is certain it will be "a bit of an adventure."

Archbishops call Britain’s new same-sex marriage law ‘watershed’

MANCHESTER, England (CNS) -- Britain's two leading archbishops said the new same-sex marriage law represented "a watershed in English law and heralds a profound social change."