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Opening Lent, Pope Francis Urges People to Rediscover Power of Silence
Pope Francis, leading Catholics into the season of Lent, urged people on Wednesday to slow down amid the noise, haste, and desire for instant gratification in a high-tech world to rediscover the power of silence.
China-Vatican Deal on Bishops Ready for Signing
"Afterwards we will still be like a bird in a cage but the cage will be bigger," he said. It is not easy. Suffering will continue. We will have to fight for every centimeter to increase the size of the cage," he said.
Pope Sends Envoy to Chile to Investigate Bishop Accused of Abuse Cover-Up
Barros has been accused of protecting his former mentor, the Rev. Fernando Karadima, who was found guilty in a Vatican investigation in 2011 of abusing teenage boys over many years.
Pope Francis Condemns ‘Evil’ of Fake News, Calls for ‘Education for Truth’
Pope Francis on Wednesday condemned the "evil" of fake news, saying journalists and social media users should shun and unmask manipulative "snake tactics" that foment division to serve political and economic interests.
Pope Urges Hope in Visit to Peru Area Devastated by Floods
Pope Francis, visiting an area of Peru that was devastated last year by heavy rains linked to climate change and plagued by gang violence, urged people not to lose hope.
Pope Francis: Protect the Amazon from ‘Consumerist Greed’
"The native Amazonian peoples have probably never been so threatened on their own lands as they are at present," the pope told a crowd of indigenous people from more than 20 groups including the Harakbut, Esse-ejas, Shipibos, Ashaninkas, and Juni Kuin.
Pope Francis Asks for Forgiveness for ‘Great and Painful Evil’ of Church Sex Abuse in Chile
Pope Francis publicly expressed "pain and shame" on Tuesday over the rape and molestation of children by priests in Chile and later listened, prayed, and cried at a private meeting with victims.
Pope's ‘State of World’ Speech Urges Nuclear Ban, Dialogue in Korea
"Nuclear weapons must be banned," Francis said, quoting a document issued by Pope John XXIII at the height of the Cold War and adding that there is "no denying that the conflagration could be started by some chance and unforeseen circumstance".
In Christmas Message, Pope Urges Christians to See Jesus in Refugee, Migrant Children
Francis, leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, urged people to see the defenseless baby Jesus in the children who suffer the most from war, migration, and natural calamities caused by man today.
Pope Francis: The Poor 'Open to Us the Way to Heaven'
Francis celebrated a Mass marking the Roman Catholic Church's first yearly World Day of the Poor, which the pope established to draw the attention of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics to the neediest.
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