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Pope to New Archbishops: Church That Doesn't Give Witness Is Like Dead Person Who Thinks He's Alive
"Teach prayer by praying, announce the faith by believing; offer witness by living!" Pope Francis gave this three-pronged advice during yesterday's celebration of the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul at St. Peter's Basilica. Thousands of faithful were gathered along with the traditional presence of a delegation from ...

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Benedict XVI Heads to Castel Gandolfo
Pope Francis bid farewell to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI this morning, who is departing for Castel Gandolfo. The Pontiff Emeritus will  spend the next two weeks on vacation at the Papal Residence. A statement by Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, said that the Holy Father and ...

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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I's Message to Pope Francis on Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul
Here is the Vatican-provided text of the message sent by His Holiness Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, to Pope Francis on the occasion of the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul. * * * His Holiness and Beatitude Pope Francis of Elder Rome: rejoice in the Lord. It is with delight and thanksgi...

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Vatican Releases Official Schedule for Cuba/US Papal Visit
The Holy See Press Office today published the official schedule of Pope Francis’ visit to Cuba and the United States. The Pope’s first apostolic visit to both countries will take place from September 19-27. The day after his arrival to Jose Marti International Airport, the Holy Father will celebrate Mass at R...

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Pope to Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay: 'I Want to Bring You Tenderness, Caress of God'
Just one week before Pope Francis' apostolic visit to Latin America, July 5-13, he has expressed his affection and closeness to the people of Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay. In a video-message to the three South American nations he will visit during the trip, the Holy Father said, “I want to be a witness of thi...

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Pope's Address to International Council of Christians and Jews on 50th Anniversary of Nostra Aetate
This morning Pope Francis received in audience the participants in the international congress promoted by the International Council of Christians and Jews, held in Rome from 28 June to 1 July on the theme “The fiftieth anniversary of Nostra Aetate: the past, present and future of relations between Jews and Christia...

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Pope Sends Condolence Messages Following Terrorist Attacks in France, Kuwait, Tunisia
This Sunday, Pope Francis expressed his condolences to the loved ones of the victims of Friday's terrorist attacks in France, Tunisia, and Kuwait. Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin sent telegrams on behalf of the Holy Father to the representatives of the Holy See in the three nations.   To th...

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Nostra Aetate at 50: Christians and Jews Strangers No Longer
Fifty years after the Second Vatican Council Declaration Nostra Aetate, Christians and Jews are "strangers no longer," but now friends, and brothers and sisters, says Pope Francis. The Pope affirmed this today when he received in audience participants in an international congress promoted by the International Co...

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No Wednesday Audiences Planned for July
Vatican Radio reports: The General Audiences held on Wednesdays will be suspended for the whole month of July. They will resume in August in the Paul VI Hall. There will, however, be an Audience on the afternoon of July 3rd with the Movement of Renewal in the Spirit, in St. Peter's Square. The Pope will conti...

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Pope’s Morning Homily: A True Prophet Knows How to Listen
“To do, to listen and to speak: these are the three signs of a true prophet.” This was the main theme of Pope Francis’ homily today at Casa Santa Marta. According to Vatican Radio, the Holy Father reflected on the Gospel of St. Matthew, in which Jesus warns of “pseudo-prophets.” “Many will say to me on that d...

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