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Archaeologists restore 2,000-bed Crusader-era hospital in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (CNS) -- Israeli archaeologists have restored part of a 2,000-bed Crusader-era hospital run by the St. John of the Hospital order in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Missionary activity is service to hurting world, pope says in message

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In a world that often seems dark and full of suffering and violence, Christians can offer hope by sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Pope Francis wrote in a message for World Mission Sunday 2013.

At home and abroad, popemobile fills with gifts for pope

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- When he's riding in the popemobile -- at the Vatican or, for example, in Rio de Janeiro -- Pope Francis uses his hands not just to bless people and hold the babies he's kissing. He uses them to catch things.

Pope restricts use of old Mass by Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis' order restricting the use of the pre-Vatican II Latin Mass in communities of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate addresses problems within the religious order and does not contradict retired Pope Benedict XVI's permission for wider use of the old Mass throughout the church, the Vatican spokesman said.

Bishop apologizes for sexual abuse of students at two Scottish schools

MANCHESTER, England (CNS) -- The bishop of Aberdeen, Scotland, has apologized for the abuse of children at two Catholic schools in Scotland over a 30-year period.

Speaking of divorce, pope refers to practice of Orthodox churches

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- When Pope Francis spoke to journalists about the need for a stronger Catholic pastoral approach to marriage and to divorced people, he made a parenthetical reference to how the Orthodox churches handle the breakup of marriages differently. "The Orthodox have a different practice," he told reporters July 28. The Orthodox "follow the theology of 'oikonomia' (economy or stewardship), as they call it, and give a second possibility; they permit" a second marriage.

Pope denounces ‘poison’ of consumerism in ‘society based on profit’

Young people witness the "emptiness of meaning and values that surrounds them. And they, unfortunately, pay the consequences," Pope Francis said before leading the Angelus Aug. 4 in St. Peter's Square. "True wealth is the love of God, shared with one's brothers, that love that comes from God and makes us share among ourselves, and makes us help one another," he said.

Motherly tenderness: Pope says Church must embody, mirror God’s mercy

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Mercy is a word Pope Francis uses often, and an attitude he believes the Catholic Church must embody and all Catholics must mirror. “This is the time for mercy,” Pope Francis told reporters July 28 during his flight back to Rome from Brazil. “The church is mother and must follow the […]

Against the tide: the pope rallies a counterculture

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Of the many strands of continuity between the pontificates of Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI, none is clearer than their common conviction that Christian faith puts the believer at odds with the materialist "idols" of today's secular society.

Pope writes to world’s Muslims at end of Ramadan, urges mutual respect

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- As a sign of his "esteem and friendship," Pope Francis said he personally wanted to write this year's Vatican message to Muslims about to celebrate the end of their monthlong Ramadan fast. The pope's message, released by the Vatican Aug. 2, focused on the need for Catholics and Muslims to promote respect for one another, especially through the way they educate their youth.