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Pope to dads: Play with your kids, be strong, loving, moral role models

A father embraces his son Aug. 27 after handing his son the same number jersey he wore when he played football at St. Henry School in Nashville, Tenn. Pope Francis has encouraged fathers to be strong role models for their children. (CNS photo/Rick Musacchio, Tennessee Register)

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service 

VATICAN CITY — When their lives are all work and no play, men turn their children into “orphans” who lack a father to guide them, show them love and teach them values, Pope Francis said.

“They are orphans in a family because their fathers are often absent, also physically, from home, but above all because when they are home they don’t act like fathers, they don’t dialogue with their children, they don’t fulfill their role as educators, they don’t give their children, by way of their example and their words, those principles, values and rules of life that they need like bread,” he said. Continue reading

 
Pope says marriage annulment process should be free of charge

Pope Francis answers questions from journalists aboard his flight from Manila, Philippines, to Rome Jan. 19. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

By Francis X. Rocca
Catholic News Service 

VATICAN CITY — Addressing the Vatican tribunal primarily responsible for hearing requests for marriage annulments, Pope Francis said all annulment processes should be free of charge.

“The sacraments are free. The sacraments give us grace. And a matrimonial process pertains to the sacrament of matrimony. How I wish that all processes were free,” the pope said Jan. 24, at a meeting to inaugurate the Roman Rota’s judicial year. Continue reading

 
Big families bring hope – not poverty, says Pope

Pope Francis embraces a young man during the weekly audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Jan.21. (CNS photo/Tony Gentile, Reuters)

By Ann Schneible
CNA/EWTN News 

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has rejected the “simplistic” belief that large families are among the causes of poverty, stressing that economic systems which create a culture of waste are to blame.

“Families know they are essential to the life of society,” the Pope said Jan. 21 during his first weekly general audience since returning from his Jan. 12-19 tour of Sri Lanka and the Philippines.
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Philippines’ farewell to pontiff: ‘Pope Francis, we love you’

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims in Manila, Philippines, Jan. 19, during his commute to the airport and return to Rome. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES — The Pope departed the Philippines Monday morning from Villamor Air Base at a farewell ceremony where over 400 abandoned children from various welfare centers performed songs to bid him farewell.

“Pope Francis, we love you!” they said in a coordinated chant. Continue reading

 
Paul VI was right to warn against contraception, Pope Francis says
Pope Francis and Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila arrive to celebrate Mass with bishops, priests and members of religious orders in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Manila, Philippines, Jan. 16. A huge crowd waited outside the cathedral to catch a glimpse of the pope. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis and Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila arrive to celebrate Mass with bishops, priests and members of religious orders in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Manila, Philippines, Jan. 16. A huge crowd waited outside the cathedral to catch a glimpse of the pope. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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Pope Francis took the opportunity during an address to families in the Philippines to praise Blessed Pope Paul VI’s encyclical opposing contraception and affirming Church teaching on sexuality and human life.

The Pope spoke Friday to families gathered at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila during his Jan. 15-19 visit to the Philippines. Continue reading

 
Pope says respect for religion should limit freedom of expression
Pope Francis refers to Alberto Gasparri, left, papal trip planner, while answering a question from a French journalist aboard his flight to Manila, Philippines, Jan. 15. In response to the French reporter's question about freedom of religion and freedom of expression, the pope offered a hypothetical example of how Gasparri would receive a punch if he said a swear word against the pope's mother. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-PRESS (UPDATED) Jan. 15, 2015.

Pope Francis refers to Alberto Gasparri, left, papal trip planner, while answering a question from a French journalist aboard his flight to Manila, Philippines, Jan. 15. In response to the French reporter's question about freedom of religion and freedom of expression, the pope offered a hypothetical example of how Gasparri would receive a punch if he said a swear word against the pope's mother. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

By Francis X. Rocca
Catholic News Service 

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Commenting on recent killings by Islamist terrorists at a Paris newspaper, Pope Francis condemned killing in the name of God, but said freedom of expression should be limited by respect for religion and that mockery of faith can be expected to provoke violence. Continue reading

 
Waiting for the pope, Philippine family reflects on dreams, blessings

A girl kisses a picture of Pope Francis Nov. 20 inside a Manila cathedral where Pope Francis is scheduled to celebrate Mass during his Jan. 15-19 trip to the Philippines. Philippine church officials say the pope's visit will bring healing to the country, which was devastated by a 2013 typhoon. (CNS photo/Ritchie B. Tongo, EPA)

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service 

ANTIPOLO, Philippines — Domingueto and Olimpia Ranola are proud of their daughter, Maricel, the only one of their nine children to go to college and one of the few young people from San Isidoro Labrador Parish chosen to attend Pope Francis’ Jan. 18 meeting with youths in Manila. Continue reading

 
Panel advising Vatican unanimous that Archbishop Romero is a martyr

Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero is pictured in a 1979 photo in San Salvador. Archbishop Romero was shot dead March 24, 1980, as he celebrated Mass. His assassination came during the Salvadoran Civil War. (CNS photo/Octavio Duran)

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — A panel of theologians advising the Vatican’s Congregation for Saints‘ Causes voted unanimously to recognize the late Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero as a martyr, according to the newspaper of the Italian bishops’ conference. Continue reading

 
Vatican condemns ‘horrible’ attack on French newspaper Charlie Hebdo

French police evacuate the bodies of the victims after a mass shooting at the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper, Jan. 7. Pope Francis condemned the killings of at least 12 people at the offices of the satirical newspaper Jan. 7 and denounced all "physical and moral" obstacles to the peaceful coexistence of nations, religions and cultures. (CNS photo/Etienne Laurent, EPA)

By Kevin J. Jones & Andrea Gagliarducci
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Pope Francis has voiced his “strongest condemnation” of the “horrible attack” on a French satirical newspaper that published insulting cartoons of Islam’s Prophet Mohammed, and he urged opposition to all hatred and violence.

“Whatever may be the motivation, homicidal violence is abominable. It is never justified: the life and dignity of all must be firmly guaranteed and guarded; any instigation to hate refuted; and respect for the other cultivated,” Holy See press office director Father Federico Lombardi said Jan. 7. Continue reading

 
Cardinals dedicate new wing of U.S. seminary in Rome

Seminarians lead a procession for Mass during the dedication of a new building at the Pontifical North American College in Rome Jan. 6. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, blessed the new building, which includes high-tech classrooms and Mass- and homily-practice chapels. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

By Francis X. Rocca
Catholic News Service 

VATICAN CITY — Five cardinals dedicated a new wing of the U.S. seminary in Rome, its first major addition in more than 60 years.

Italian Cardinal Pietro Parolin, who as secretary of state is considered the highest Vatican official under the pope, led the dedication ceremony of the building at the Pontifical North American College Jan. 6. Continue reading