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Pope Francis Calls for Peace in Syria, South Sudan

Pope Francis Calls for Peace in Syria, South Sudan

Pope Francis has called for peace in South Sudan and other troubled nations around the world in his first Christmas Day address. The 77-year-old Argentine pontiff spoke to tens of thousands of people Wednesday in St. Peter’s Square, celebrating one of the holiest days on the Christian calendar.

Pope Francis takes his Message to Brazil

Pope Francis takes his Message to Brazil

The organizers of World Youth Day expect more than a million young pilgrims from 170 countries in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil is a land with approximately 123 million Catholics and more than 400 bishops: the country with the largest number of Catholics in the world.

Late Pope John Paul II will be made a Saint, says Vatican

Late Pope John Paul II will be made a Saint, says Vatican

The Vatican has announced that the late Pope John Paul II will be made a saint, after Pope Francis approved a second miracle attributed to the Polish pontiff. John Paul II led the Roman Catholic Church from 1978 to 2005.It was in the small Costa Rican town of La Union de Tres Rios where the Vatican says Pope John Paul II performed his second miracle since his death – the criteria required for sainthood.

Pope Francis Seemingly in Favor of Reforms

Pope Francis Seemingly in Favor of Reforms

Francis of Assisi began his saintly career following what he said was God’s command: “Rebuild my Church.” The new pope who took his name heard the same message from the cardinals who elected him.The 13th-century Francis toured the Italian countryside repairing dilapidated chapels before realizing his mission was to change the whole Roman Catholic Church.

Pope Francis’ Inauguration Mass the Official Start of his Papacy

Pope Francis’ Inauguration Mass the Official Start of his Papacy

Crowds are gathered in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican for the formal installation of Pope Francis, who will preside over the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics.

President Obama speaks about the Pope and his Personal Faith

President Obama speaks about the Pope and his Personal Faith

On the eve of the Roman Catholic Church’s selection of a new pope, President Barack Obama sat down with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in a wide-ranging interview covering subjects extending from the Vatican to his personal faith.

Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina elected as the new Pope

Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina elected as the new Pope

After only two days of voting, Roman Catholic cardinals elected Argentine Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the new pope to lead the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics. He has chosen the name Francis and is the first pope from Latin America in the Catholic Church’s 2,000-year history.

The Secret Election of the New Pope

The Secret Election of the New Pope

When the Roman Catholic Church’s College of Cardinals decided this week to halt the daily press briefings by their American colleagues, they were following a policy that has existed for centuries: The election of a pope is secret.

Q&A: What’s going to happen next at the Vatican?

Q&A: What’s going to happen next at the Vatican?

A host of questions remain following Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to step down. So what happens next at the Vatican? Religion News Service created a primer on what happens next before the selection of a new pope.

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