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Pope Francis greets crowd before celebrating inaugural Mass in St. Peter's Square
By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis celebrated his first Palm Sunday Mass as pope March 24, telling an overflow crowd in St. Peter’s Square that Christ’s death on the cross is a source of eternal consolation and joy. “A Christian can never be

By Simon Caldwell Catholic News Service  MANCHESTER, England (CNS) — Drawing on the words of Pope Francis and his call for people to be protectors of each other, Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby urged people of faith to build up the community of God on earth. Archbishop Welby, 57, was enthroned

People walk near U.S. Capitol in Washington
By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — New proposed regulations governing the contraceptive mandate under the Affordable Care Act continue to violate basic principles of religious freedom, said the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. In comments filed March 20 with the Department of Health and Human Services, the USCCB raised

Pope Francis walks with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople at Vatican
By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service  VATICAN CITY (CNS) — For the good of all people, the care of the poor and the future of the Earth, religions must cooperate in reminding modern men and women that God exists and has a plan for their lives and their behavior, Pope

BISMARCK, N.D. (CNS) — The North Dakota Catholic Conference applauded the state Senate’s passage March 15 of a bill that would ban abortions for the purpose of sex selection or genetic abnormality and another bill that would ban abortion after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, which could be as

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service  VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis formally began his ministry as bishop of Rome and as pope by pledging to protect the Catholic Church, the dignity of each person and the beauty of creation, just like St. Joseph protected Mary and Jesus. “To protect

Pope Francis greets crowd before celebrating inaugural Mass in St. Peter's Square
By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service  VATICAN CITY (CNS)— Although attempts were made to simplify the ceremony, Pope Francis officially inaugurated his ministry as pope and bishop of Rome in a liturgy filled with biblical symbolism and signs of the universality of his mission. Also Read: Inaugural homily: Pope Francis

Pope Francis greets people after celebrating Mass at St. Anne's Parish within Vatican
By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis‘ papal motto is based on the Gospel account of “The Call of St. Matthew,” the tax collector, in a homily given by St. Bede the Venerable. The pope decided to keep his episcopal motto and coat of arms

Newly elected Pope Francis waves to crowd during Angelus at Vatican
Follow Pope Francis’ trip to the United States HERE. By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis said that “as things got dangerous” in the conclave voting, he was sitting next to his “great friend,” Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes “who comforted me.” When the former Cardinal

Pope Francis Tweets
By John Stegeman The Catholic Telegraph Pope Benedict XVI made history by becoming the first pope to send a tweet, and again by becoming the first pope to officially join Twitter. Pope Francis, already fast becoming known as a pope of the people, has now followed in those footsteps. The