20th Century Mexican Child Martyr Moves Closer to Sainthood

January 25, 2016

January 22, 2016 Rome, Italy -- Yesterday afternoon, Pope Francis received Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Cardinal Angelo Amato. During the audience, he authorized the promulgation of decrees concerning the following causes, including that of Mexican child martyr, Blessed Jose Sánchez del Río:

Pope: Responding to Our Hearts, Jesus Works Miracles

January 18, 2016

January 17, 2016, Rome, Italy -- Pope Francis says we must understand Jesus for who He is, namely He who responds to our hearts’ yearnings, and not misunderstand him as judge or commander.

ANALYSIS: Death Penalty Under Pressure

January 18, 2016

Rome, Italy, January 16, 2016 -- The recent execution of 47 prisoners in Saudi Arabia brought the death penalty once more to public attention. According to reports only four of those executed were guilty of crimes in the most severe category.

Pope’s Morning Homily: You Can’t Have a Closed Heart If You Want to Understand Jesus

January 18, 2016

Rome, Italy, January 15, 2016 -- In order to understand Jesus, we cannot have closed hearts, but rather need those that are courageous and forward-looking.

Pope at Angelus: If You Welcome Holy Spirit, You'll Be Restored

January 11, 2016

Vatican City, Rome, January 10, 2016 -- In those who welcome the Holy Spirit, He will live in us, filling us with joy and strength, to handle that which may even seem impossible to us.

ANALYSIS: The State of the American Family

January 11, 2016

Vatican City, Rome, January 10, 2016 -- Divorce, remarriage and cohabitation are on the rise in the United States, at the cost of the traditional two-parent family structure.

Pope: Jesus Is for Everyone

January 11, 2016

Rome, Italy, January 6, 2016 -- Pope Francis says the story of the Magi and today’s feast of the Epiphany highlight the “universal breadth” of the Church, which “desires that all the peoples of the earth be able to meet Jesus, to experience His merciful love.”

Pope: We Can Learn About Jesus by Watching Children

January 4, 2016

Rome, Italy, December 30, 2015 -- Pope Francis says that watching how children interact and play can teach us a lot about the relationship we should have with Jesus.

Pope's Prayer Intentions for January 2016

January 4, 2016

Rome, Italy, December 30, 2015 -- At the start of the new year, Pope Francis will be praying that interreligious dialogue will produce fruits of peace.

FORUM: All That Is Visible and Invisible

January 4, 2016

Los Angeles, California, December 30, 2015 -- Anthony Doerr's All the Light We Cannot See, which won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize and has spent over 80 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list, is one of the most beautiful and finely-crafted novels I have ever read. His language is spell-binding, even incantatory, and the intertwined narratives that he composes are deeply involving. Doerr delicately weaves together the stories of Marie-Laure LeBlanc, a blind French girl, and Werner Pfennig an albino German boy, which unfold during the awful years of the Second World War.

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