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Why the pope is on Twitter but not Facebook

Posted on May 23rd, 2014

Pope Francis is not joining Facebook despite efforts from Facebook representatives who recently visited the Vatican to argue that the leader of the world’s largest Christian church should have a profile on the world’s largest social network.


Pope says abortion, hunger, environmental damage threaten peace

Pope Francis leaves a meeting with ambassadors to the Holy See at the Vatican Jan. 13. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) (Jan. 13, 2014) Posted on January 13th, 2014

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis said world peace requires the defense of human dignity from violations such as world hunger, human trafficking and abortion.


Pope says only men can be priests, but women must have voice in church

Pope Francis leads a meeting with the poor in early October at the archbishop's residence in Assisi, Italy. In his first extensive piece of writing as pope, Pope Francis lays out a vision of the Catholic Church dedicated to evangelization, with a focus on society's poorest and most vulnerable, including the aged and unborn. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Posted on November 26th, 2013

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Catholic Church is not going to change its position on the inadmissibility of women priests, Pope Francis said, but it does have to stop linking all decision making to ordination and allow women to have a voice in deliberations.
In his apostolic exhortation, “Evangelii Gaudium” (“The Joy of the Gospel”), Pope [...]


Archbishop urges steps to address ‘ethical challenge’ of climate change

Connie Hedegaard, European commissioner for climate action, right, talks with Kenyan delegate Alice Akinyi Kaudia as they attend the Conference of Parties of the U.N. Framework Convention in Warsaw, Poland, Nov. 19.  (CNS photo/Kacper Pempel, Reuters) Posted on November 21st, 2013

A church-run conference in Poland brought together Catholic leaders, politicians, climate scientists and civil society groups, who called on governments to reduce their reliance on coal, oil and other fossil resources.


Pope prays for peace, full religious freedom for all in Middle East

Pope Francis attends a meeting with the patriarchs and major archbishops of the Eastern Catholic churches in Syria, Iraq and and other parts of the Middle East, at the Vatican Nov. 21. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters) Posted on November 21st, 2013

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — After a two-hour private meeting with the patriarchs and major archbishops of the Eastern Catholic churches, Pope Francis prayed for peace and full religious freedom throughout the Middle East.


In Central African Republic, thousands turn to bishop for protection

A woman washes clothes near makeshift tents Nov. 9 on the 40-acre diocesan compound in Bossangoa, Central African Republic. (CNS photo/courtesy Bishop Nongo) Posted on November 21st, 2013

WASHINGTON (CNS) — More than 35,000 people are living on the 40-acre diocesan compound in Bossangoa, Central African Republic, seeking protection from rebels who are targeting Christians, said the local bishop.


Vatican, Google team up to bring ancient Christian catacombs to light

A view shows the catacomb of Priscilla in Rome Nov. 19. The catacomb, used for Christian burials from the late 2nd century through the 4th century, reopened to the public after years of restoration. Users of Google Maps now can see virtually through the underground corridors of the catacombs. (CNS photo/Max Rossi) Posted on November 21st, 2013

Using advanced laser techniques, restorers have uncovered vivid late fourth-century frescoes inside a Roman complex of early Christian tombs depicting Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead and SS. Peter and Paul accompanying Christians into the afterlife. Jesus’ face resembles portraits of the Emperor Constantine, who legalized Christian worship exactly 1,700 years ago.


Egyptian university hoping to restart stalled talks with Vatican

Posted on November 20th, 2013

CAIRO (CNS) — Officials at Egypt’s Al-Azhar University said they are eagerly awaiting a message from the Vatican that could jump-start their stalled talks.

Their dialogue faltered and was eventually suspended altogether by Al-Azhar in 2011 after a series of remarks made by now-retired Pope Benedict XVI.


Catholics must learn to make mission a priority, says Boston cardinal

Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston arrives for a meeting at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City Nov. 17. Bishops and church leaders from the Americas gathered Nov. 16-19 at the basilica to discuss the new evangelization in the Americas. (CNS photo/David Maung) Posted on November 19th, 2013

MEXICO CITY (CNS) — The United States is experiencing a “transition from a strong cultural Catholicism to an intentional Catholicism,” and that requires “a new evangelization (that) responds to the questions of today,” said Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley.


Pope’s embrace was heavenly, says man with disfiguring disease

Pope Francis embraces Vinicio Riva, 53, during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Nov. 6. Riva, who is afflicted with neurofibromatosis, said receiving the pope's embrace was like being in paradise. Riva is from a small village near Vicenza in northern Italy. (CNS photo/Claudio Peri, EPA) Posted on November 19th, 2013

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — For someone who has frequently been shunned and humiliated because of a disease that has severely disfigured his entire body, receiving the pope’s loving embrace was like being in paradise.

Vinicio Riva, who is afflicted with neurofibromatosis, said his brief encounter with Pope Francis Nov. 6 at a general audience in St. Peter’s Square “seemed like forever.”


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