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In Chile and Peru, Pope tackles tough issues, urges compassion, unity
Nuns cheer as Pope Francis arrives for a meeting with priests, religious and seminarians at the Metropolitan Cathedral  in Santiago, Chile, Jan. 16. CNS photo/Paul Haring
Nuns cheer as Pope Francis arrives for a meeting with priests, religious and seminarians at the Metropolitan Cathedral  in Santiago, Chile, Jan. 16. CNS photo/Paul Haring
LIMA, Peru -- Pope Francis tackled politically charged issues during his weeklong visit to Chile and Peru, decrying human trafficking, environmental destruction, corruption and organized crime in speeches before audiences that included political leaders. More ...
Monday, January 22, 2018

Gospel gives strength to weather life's storms, Pope tells Peruvians

TRUJILLO, Peru – Encouraging the people of one of Peru's most battered cities, Pope Francis said the Gospel message can give Christians strength and hope to navigate amid life's storms.

Celebrating Mass Jan. 20 in the northern coastal city of Trujillo, Pope Francis said he knew the tragic consequences the people have suffered because of an unusual weather pattern that meteorologists dubbed a "coastal El Nino."

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Saturday, January 20, 2018
Pope Francis calls for Church with 'Amazonian and indigenous' face

PUERTO MALDONADO, Peru – Pope Francis called on indigenous people of the Amazon to work with missionaries and bishops to shape a Church with an "Amazonian and indigenous" face.

The Pope pledged the Church's "whole-hearted option for the defense of life, the defense of the earth and the defense of cultures" and called his audience to work together toward the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon, which he has called for 2019.

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Friday, January 19, 2018
Pope marries couple on flight during Chilean trip

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT TO IQUIQUE, Chile – Love was in the air as Pope Francis performed an impromptu wedding ceremony at 36,000 feet aboard his flight in Chile.

During his flight to Iquique Jan. 18, Pope Francis was approached by LatAm flight steward Carlos Ciuffardi Elorriaga and asked for a blessing for him and his wife, stewardess Paula Podest Ruiz.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018
In Peru, Pope Francis likely to return to themes addressed in Chile
LIMA, Peru – Pope Francis was greeted by the Peruvian president, the country's bishops, a military honor guard and a children's orchestra on his arrival in Peru on Jan. 18. During his visit, he will meet with Amazonian indigenous people from three countries, visit a neighborhood devastated by flooding early last year, and pray in the place of Peru's greatest popular religious devotion. More ...
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Pope challenges Chilean youth to ask, 'What would Christ do?'

SANTIAGO, Chile – Pope Francis challenged young Chileans, telling them to always ask themselves, "What would Christ do in my place?"

"At school, at university, when outdoors, when at home, among friends, at work, when taunted: 'What would Christ do in my place?'" he told thousands of young people who came from all over Latin America and Chile to a youth rally Jan. 17 at Santiago's Maipu shrine.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Beatitudes are fruits of hope, not cheap talk, Pope says in Chile
SANTIAGO, Chile – The beatitudes are not cheap words for those who think they know it all yet do not commit to faith; they are the fruit of a hopeful heart that yearns for peace and happiness, Pope Francis said Jan. 16, celebrating his first public Mass in Chile. More ...
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Pope begins seven-day pilgrimage to Chile, Peru
SANTIAGO, Chile – Pope Francis arrived in Santiago Jan. 15, the first stop on a seven-day, six-city visit to Peru and Chile, where he will take his message of hope to people on the margins of society. More ...
Monday, January 15, 2018
Pope to diplomats: World peace depends on right to life, disarmament
VATICAN CITY – Because everyone has a right to life, liberty and personal security, nations must find nonviolent solutions to conflict and difficulties, Pope Francis said.

A culture of peace "calls for unremitting efforts in favor of disarmament and the reduction of recourse to the use of armed force in the handling of international affairs," he said Jan. 8 in his annual address to diplomats accredited to the Vatican.
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Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Pope visits sick children on eve of Epiphany
FIUMICINO, Italy – On the eve of Epiphany, when most Italian children wake up to find gifts and candy, Pope Francis visited a pediatric hospital outside Rome. More ...
Friday, January 5, 2018
Vatican agency says at least 23 church workers killed in 2017
VATICAN CITY  -- The majority of Catholic Church workers violently killed in 2017 were victims of attempted robberies, the Vatican's Fides agency said, with Nigeria and Mexico topping the list countries where the most brutal murders were carried out. More ...
Thursday, January 4, 2018
Pope prints postcard illustrating the horror of war

VATICAN CITY – As 2017 was drawing to a close, the horrors of war and people's yearnings for peace were on Pope Francis' mind and in his prayers.

In an unusual move late Dec. 30, the Pope had the Vatican press office and Vatican media distribute a copy of a famous photograph from the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki.

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Monday, January 1, 2018
Pope Francis prays for world's suffering children on Christmas
VATICAN CITY – Those who recognize the Lord in the baby Jesus in the manger also should recognize his presence in children suffering today because of war, poverty and immigration, Pope Francis said Dec. 25 in his Christmas Day message. More ...
Sunday, December 31, 2017
Knights give aid to churches still rebuilding, repairing after hurricanes
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The Knights of Columbus, based in New Haven, announced it is committing $1.4 million to repair or help rebuild churches destroyed or badly damaged by the hurricanes that hit Texas, Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands. More ...
Sunday, December 31, 2017
Knights of Columbus Donates Nearly $1 Million for Christmas Food for Iraqi Christians
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The Knights of Columbus is giving a 30-day supply of food to 12,000 displaced or formerly displaced Christian families in northern Iraq to coincide with Christmas. More ...
Sunday, December 31, 2017
Build peace by welcoming migrants, refugees, Pope says in World Day of Peace message
VATICAN CITY -- Exploiting a fear of migrants and refugees for political gain increases the possibility of violence and discrimination and does nothing to build a culture of peace, Pope Francis said in his message for World Peace Day 2018.

"Those who, for what may be political reasons, foment fear of migrants instead of building peace are sowing violence, racial discrimination and xenophobia, which are matters of great concern for all those concerned for the safety of every human being," the Pope said in the message.
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Sunday, December 31, 2017
Pope's New Year priorities: Refugees, youths, trips, more Curia reform
VATICAN CITY – Foreign trips, a focus on the rights and needs of migrants and refugees and a Synod of Bishops dedicated to young people all are on the 2018 calendar for Pope Francis. More ...
Thursday, December 28, 2017
Late Franciscan friar Father Andrew Apostoli recalled as a 'light shining in the darkness'
YONKERS, N.Y. – At his funeral Mass Dec. 20, Father Andrew Apostoli, a co-founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, was remembered for living a life that reflected the gifts of the Holy Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and faithfulness. More ...
Saturday, December 23, 2017
Paul VI could be canonized in 2018, diocesan newspaper says
VATICAN CITY – Blessed Paul VI could be declared a saint in 2018, perhaps during the Synod of Bishops, an institution he re-established after the Second Vatican Council, according to the newspaper of his home diocese. More ...
Friday, December 22, 2017
Cardinal Law, whose legacy was marred by sex abuse scandal, dies
VATICAN CITY – Cardinal Bernard F. Law, who had been one of the United States' most powerful and respected bishops until his legacy was blemished by the devastating sexual abuse of minors by priests in his Archdiocese of Boston, died early Dec. 20 in Rome at the age of 86. More ...
Thursday, December 21, 2017
Children celebrate Pope Francis' 81st birthday with 13-foot pizza
VATICAN CITY – Celebrating his 81st birthday, Pope Francis blew out the candles on a 13-foot long pizza after being serenaded with song and dance by children and employees from a Vatican pediatric clinic. More ...
Monday, December 18, 2017



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