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Pope Francis: “A world where women are marginalized is a sterile world”

Video. (Rome Repors). Pope Francis said that International Women's Day was an opportunity "to repeat the importance of women, and the necessity of their presence in life.” The remarks came during his weekly Angelus prayer at St. Peter's Square. "A world where women are marginalized [...]
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Pope: Ignoring the elderly is not only ugly... it is also a sin

Video. (Rome Reports). Pope Francis started of his weekly general audience on the popemobile, blessing crowds and making his way along St. Peter's Square, surrounded by cameras. In his catechesis he reflected on the need to respect and care for the elderly. Despite their physical [...]
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Pope Francis prayed for victims of violence in Iraq and Syria

Video. (Rome Reports). Speaking to 50,000 pilgrims during his weekly Angelus prayer at St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis called on the crowd to pray for victims of violence in Iraq and Syria. "Let us pray for those brothers and sisters in Syria and Iraq who [...]
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Pope: Pray that the Roman Curia and I may listen to the voice of Jesus

Video. (Rome Reports). During his weekly Angelus prayer, Pope Francis discussed the Gospel passage about how Jesus was tempted in the desert. "The desert is the place where the voice of God and the voice of the tempter can be heard. In the noise, in [...]
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Pope Francis: Children are a gift

Video. (Rome Reports). This week's general audience was held outdoors in St. Peter's Square, where the Pope made his way through the crowds, in a popemobile. Lately, his catechesis have focused on the family. After dedicating his last two to fatherhood, he talked about children. [...]
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Pope Francis: A society that considers children a problem has no future

Video. (Rome Reports). After devoting two catechesis to the role of the father, Pope Francis reflected on children. He said that every child is unique and that the unrepeatable experience of childhood helps one to understand God. He stressed that a society without children is [...]
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Pope Francis calls on governments to take action against human trafficking

Video. (Rome Reports) Following his weekly Angelus prayer on Sunday, Pope Francis discussed human trafficking, as it was the first International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking, the liturgical memorial of St. Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese sister who, as a child, was herself [...]
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Pope Francis: A good father shouldn't slap his child in the face

Video. (Rome Reports). In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the family and the indispensable role fathers play in raising children. It's about being present and offering guidance, he said, not about offending or humiliating the child. SUMMARY POPE'S CATECHESIS: Dear [...]
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Recognition of the martyrdom of Archbishop Oscar Romero

The Holy Father Francis has authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saint to promulgate a decree of martyrdom for the Servant of God Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdamez. Archbishop Romero (El Salvador: 1917-1980) was assassinated out of hatred for the faith on March 24, [...]
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Pope Francis sends message for 2015 World Day of the Sick

Pope Francis has issued a powerful message for the World Day of the Sick, which takes place on February 11th. The Pope thanked those who care for the sick, adding that time spent with the ill, is sacred. He also calls for Catholics to embrace [...]
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