Pope Francis twirls a soccer ball presented by a member of CirCuba, the Cuban national circus, during his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Jan. 2. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Prayer involves recognizing self as God’s beloved child, pope says

Posted by - January 12, 2019

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians are not better than other people, but they do know that God is their father and they are called “to reflect a ray of his goodness in this world thirsting for goodness, waiting for good news,” Pope Francis said. Leading his first general audience of 2019, the pope continued a

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Pope Francis delivers the homily as he celebrates morning Mass in the chapel of his residence, the Domus Sanctae Marthae, at the Vatican Jan. 8. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

Love means never turning away from someone in need, pope says

Posted by - January 12, 2019

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Loving means putting your heart into play, willing to experience compassion and to be moved to action, Pope Francis said. “The most common opposite to love of God, to the compassion of God, is indifference,” the pope said Jan. 8 during morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae where he lives.

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Pope Francis kisses a figurine of the baby Jesus as he celebrates Mass marking the feast of the Epiphany in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Jan. 6. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Seek Jesus, adore him, serve him and others, pope says on Epiphany

Posted by - January 12, 2019

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — People find Jesus only through humble love, and once they find him, they are called to offer him the gifts of their prayer, their adoration and their care of others, Pope Francis said. Celebrating the feast of Epiphany Jan. 6, the pope said Christians are called to imitate the Magi: “They

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Pope Francis celebrates Mass Jan. 7 in the chapel of his residence, the Domus Sanctae Marthae. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

Christian faith is concrete, pope says at Mass

Posted by - January 12, 2019

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The saints were Christians who were “crazy for concreteness,” knowing that faith is not an idea, but a relationship with Jesus, which leads to actions that demonstrate love, Pope Francis said. Celebrating morning Mass Jan. 7 in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, the pope said the celebration of Christmas

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Denver Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila delivers the homily Jan. 6 during a Mass at the SEEK2019 conference at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. The Fellowship of Catholic University Students sponsor the biennial conference which drew 17,000 mainly college students this year. Archbishop Aquila took a brief break from the retreat taking place for bishops in the U.S. at Mundelein Seminary at the University of St. Mary of the Lake near Chicago to celebrate the Mass at the conference. (CNS photo/Sean Gallagher, The Criterion)

Keep bringing Christ to others, archbishop tells SEEK conference

Posted by - January 12, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) — Denver Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila described the 17,000 mostly college students attending SEEK2019 in Indianapolis as “a great sign of hope for the church, that the church is alive and well among young people.” He celebrated Mass on Jan. 6 for the participants in the biennial conference sponsored by the Denver-based Fellowship

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Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, speaks at the conclusion of a prayer service in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at Mundelein Seminary Jan. 2 at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Illinois, near Chicago. The U.S. bishops began their Jan. 2-8 retreat at the seminary, suggested by Pope Francis in September, which comes as the bishops work to rebuild trust among the faithful as questions continue to revolve around their handling of clergy sex abuse. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

Pope to U.S. bishops: Abuse crisis requires conversion, humility

Posted by - January 12, 2019

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The clerical abuse crisis and the “crisis of credibility” it created for the U.S. bishops have led to serious divisions within the U.S. church and to a temptation to look for administrative solutions to problems that go much deeper, Pope Francis told the U.S. bishops. Without a clear and decisive focus

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"Pepper" the robot, a humanoid robot designed to welcome and take care of visitors and patients, stands next to a mother and her new born baby at AZ Damiaan hospital in Ostend, Belgium, June 16, 2016. The Vatican's Pontifical Academy for Life has added robotics to its list of specialized areas of study. (CNS photo/Francois Lenoir, Reuters)

Robots and AI: Papal academy decodes newest pro-life challenges

Posted by - January 12, 2019

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Even though today’s modern tools and technologies are hardly human, the Pontifical Academy for Life is zeroing in on the world of robots and machines powered by artificial intelligence. While the academy’s focus is on the protection of human life and dignity, the rapidly shifting and radical capabilities of robotics are

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Pope Francis greets children dressed as the Three Kings as he celebrates Mass marking the feast of Mary, Mother of God, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Jan. 1.(CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope prays for new year marked by tenderness, brotherhood, peace

Posted by - January 6, 2019

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A new year is a chance for a new start, a time to remember that all people are brothers and sisters and a time to nurture amazement that God became human to save all people, Pope Francis said. The Jan. 1 feast of Mary, Mother of God, also is a time

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