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Failure to evangelize makes ‘mother church’ a ‘baby sitter,’ pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — All of the baptized and not just the clergy are called to spread the Gospel, even in times of persecution, Pope Francis said in his morning homily April 17. The pope spoke at Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, the Vatican guesthouse where he has been living since […]

Best defense against sin, temptation is Jesus, pope says at audience

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Surrounded by the devil’s temptations and being susceptible to sin, people can always find help, support and forgiveness in Jesus Christ, Pope Francis said at his weekly general audience. (In Spanish) “My dearest brothers and sisters, we have this advocate; we’re not afraid to go to him and ask him for […]

Pope’s G-8: Troubleshooters, outspoken leaders will help reform curia

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The eight cardinals named by Pope Francis to begin work on ways to reorganize the Roman Curia are predominantly active archbishops of very large archdioceses, but they also have a wide range of pastoral and organizational experiences and skills. The Vatican announced the members of the group April 13.

Pope names international panel of cardinals to advise on Vatican reform

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Amid rising concerns about corruption and mismanagement in the central administration of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis named an international panel of cardinals -- including Boston Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley -- to advise him on the latest reform of the Vatican bureaucracy.

Adult stem cells offer ethical, effective cures, speakers say

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Finding safe and effective cures to disease and illness does not have to go against moral and ethical principles; that was the message of a three-day conference at the Vatican on adult stem-cell therapies.

North American College breaks ground for $7 million expansion

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Fresh soil on compact dirt, a small pile of rubble, incense, gold-trimmed liturgical vestments and the sound of dozens of young men singing "Holy God We Praise Thy Name" meant it was groundbreaking day at the Pontifical North American College, the Vatican seminary sponsored by the U.S. bishops.

Turkey to set up separate camp for Christians near Syrian border

ISTANBUL (CNS) -- Christians escaping the two-year civil war in Syria will soon have their own humanitarian aid camp in which to live, the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency of Turkey told local media.

Growing presence demands increased responsibilities, say Latino leaders

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Aware of the sign of the times, the Catholic Church is reaching out and assigning greater responsibility to the growing Latino Catholic population, said a group of U.S. Catholic Latino leaders. The March 13 election by the College of Cardinals of a pope from Latin America made that task even more evident, three top leaders of the Los Angeles-based Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (CALL) told Catholic News Service.

Christians can’t lead ‘double life,’ pope says in homily

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A "double life" that honors both worldly values and the teachings of Jesus is not an option for Christians, even when obedience to God leads to persecution, Pope Francis said in a morning homily April 11. The pope spoke at Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, the Vatican guesthouse where he has been living since his election in March.

Pope thanks Bala Cynwyd-based foundation for fight against poverty, work for peace

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In a written greeting to 120 members of the U.S.-based Papal Foundation and their families, Pope Francis said he was "deeply grateful" for their work against poverty and on behalf of peace. Instead of reading his speech, Pope Francis personally greeted each of the participants, which was "a great experience," said William Canny, chief operating officer of the foundation that is based in Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery County.