The “Misericordina” Becomes “Plus”

A priest distributes boxes shaped like pills boxes but which contain a rosary, at the end of Pope Francis' traditional appearance in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. Pope Francis said that the rosary is like a medicine for the heart and small boxes containing rosaries were distributed to faithful at the end of Pope's traditional Angelus prayer in St. Peter's Square. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

The Pope hands out a new version of his recommended “spiritual medicine” in Rome to heal wounded hearts and souls “Lent is a good time to travel a path of conversion that has mercy at its center. Because of this, I’ve decided to give to those who are here in the Piazza a ‘spiritual medicine’ […]

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Interview with Pope Francis during the return flight from the Holy Land


INTERVIEW OF POPE FRANCIS WITH JOURNALISTS DURING THE RETURN FLIGHT FROM THE HOLY LAND Papal Flight – Monday, 26 May 2014 Father Lombardi: We thank the Pope very much for being here. After so exhausting a journey, he has been willing to meet us. So we’re very grateful to him. We have organized ourselves – […]

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Franics in the Holy Land – faith and religious freedom


MAY 24, 2014 AMMAN, Jordan Pope, Arriving in Holy Land, Calls for Religious Freedom in Middle East Pope Francis began a densely packed visit to the Holy Land with a call for religious freedom in the Middle East, including respect for the right to change one’s religion. “Religious freedom is, in fact, a fundamental human […]

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“Christmas Is Time to Feel God’s Closeness, Experience Peace”

December 31, 2013, St. Peter’s Square, Vigil of the Solemnity of Mary Most Holy, Mother of God. After the Te Deum of thanksgiving for the past year, Pope Francis went to visit the Manger Scene in the Square. The Holy Father prayed before the representation of the birth of Jesus (Galazka photo)

At St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis celebrates his first solemn Christmas midnight Mass as pontiff.  Celebrating the first Christmas since his election, Pope Francis preached the goodness and tenderness of God, and prayed that men and women around the world would allow God’s grace to transform them into peacemakers. “Let us allow our hearts to […]

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Pope Francis’ Week-Long Trip To Brazil


Before the Trip, A Half-Hour of Private Prayer to the Virgin Mary… Speaking to reporters aboard the papal flight to Rio de Janeiro July 22, the Pope declined to answer their questions, but instead made very brief remarks about his trip and then greeted each of the 71 media members. The young “are the future […]

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Ten Things You Should Know About New Head of Papal Household


PHOTO ESSAY EPIPHANY CONSECRATIONS Who is the priest who became Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger’s personal secretary in 2003 and the closest collaborator of the Vicar of Christ in 2005? Pope Benedict XVI ordained his longtime secretary an archbishop January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany. The Pope named his closest aide to be Prefect of the […]

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Hundreds of Millions… and Counting


As the Archdiocese of Los Angeles released Church records on clergy sexual abuse, Cardinal Roger Mahony again apologized to abuse victims, saying he was naive about its impact on their lives. The cardinal, who retired as archbishop of Los Angeles in 2011, also said in a statement January 21 that he prays for victims of […]

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Polish Primate Cardinal Glemp Dies at 83


Retired Cardinal Jozef Glemp of Warsaw, who served as Primate of the Catholic Church in Poland during the final years of Communism and during the restoration of democracy, died January 23 at the age of 83. Offering his condolences to Polish Catholics, Pope Benedict XVI said Cardinal Glemp had a “profound love for God and […]

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