Pope Francis meets with Pallotine Fathers

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Pope Francis on Monday greeted members of the General Assembly of the Pallotine Fathers. (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis spoke of the charism of St. Vincent Pallotti, who founded the order in Rome in 1835, saying he was “blessed to recognize that Jesus is the Apostle of the Father – rich in mercy and full of […]

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The Pope Will Be Visiting A Church Founded by Laity

Mass in the church in Seoul, South Korea, dedicated to St. Andrew Kim and his martyr companions.

Pessimists, looking at statistics, talk about the crisis, or decline, of the Church in Europe. But simply widen the horizon to include other continents, and a very different picture emerges. At the beginning of the 20th century, there were 265 million Catholics in the world, and at the end of that century that number had […]

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Interview with Professor Guzman Carriquiry on Francis

“Pray for me” were the first words Pope Francis spoke in public on the evening he was elected, March 13, 2013. This was his first significant action as Pope — to ask for prayers.

Professor Guzman Carriquiry Lecour has served the Holy See for 43 years. He recently celebrated his 70th birthday (April 20, congratulations!). He is currently secretary of the Holy See’s Pontifical Commission for Latin America — the first layperson to serve in that role (since May 2011), just as he was the first ever layperson to […]

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José Maria Di Paola, “Padre Pepe” – This Argentine priest works in the slums of Buenos Aires

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He is “one of the men whom I respect the most and to whom I listen attentively, and not just because he is a priest,” Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio (now Pope Francis) said in 2010. “He is a man of God who does my soul and my spiritual life much good.” The man he was speaking […]

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The Hidden Gems of Francis’ Life

Argentinian Vatican correspondent Elisabetta Piqué and Pope Francis.

ACardinal Bergoglio who, just a few hours before being elected Pope, rediscovered the vocation for chemistry he had as a young man, offering a cardinal colleague some advice on medicine doses as they sat down to eat… A Cardinal Bergoglio who was elected after a voting session had to be annulled due to a mistake […]

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