Pope advances sainthood causes for U.S. African-American priest, Spanish martyrs

Pope Francis advanced the sainthood cause of Father Augustus Tolton, who was the first African American diocesan priest in the United States and founder of the first black Catholic parish in Chicago.
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Holy Spirit ‘brings order to our frenzy,’ pope says

In a world of conflict and division and a culture of insult, people need to live filled with the Holy Spirit, who is the only one capable of bringing harmony and unity to diversity, Pope Francis said.
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Vatican News to launch news program, podcast in Latin

A weekly news program about the pope and the Vatican will now be offered in Latin, the official language of the Holy See.
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Throwing away food is like throwing away people, pope says

Pope Francis condemned food waste, saying throwing away food is like throwing away people.
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Pope invites young people to pledge to build a new economy

Pope Francis has invited young economists and entrepreneurs around the world to help create a "new and courageous culture" that finds new ways to do business, promote human dignity and protect the environment.
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Pope discusses deaconesses, need for nuns to be servants not ‘maids’

Pope Francis told the heads of women's religious orders from around the world they need to send sisters on assignments that truly serve the church and those in need, and not agree to requests for "maids."
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Pope issues new norms on mandatory abuse reporting, bishop accountability

Pope Francis has revised and clarified norms and procedures for holding bishops and religious superiors accountable in protecting minors as well as in protecting members of religious orders and seminarians from abuse.
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Barracks life teaches diversity is not a threat, pope tells Swiss Guard

Life in a military barracks -- with so many different people living in such close proximity -- teaches much needed social, spiritual and ethical values, Pope Francis told new recruits to the Swiss Guard.
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Satan, not God, tricks people with temptation, pope says

God never tricks, traps or tempts his children to sin or commit evil, Pope Francis said. God is with his people every step of the way – during times of joy and sadness, triumph and tribulation – and he always helps lead people away from the devil and his temptations, the pope said during his...
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Pope to hairdressers: Cut the gossip, highlight politeness

Christian hairdressers, beauticians and barbers can live their faith by being kind and courteous to their clients and cutting out the gossip and petty chitchat, Pope Francis said.
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Pope to priests: Best place to be is among the people

Just as Jesus always sought to be with the people to serve, teach and heal them, so, too, must priests always be in the midst of God's people, "pouring ourselves out" for them, Pope Francis said.
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Pope’s Way of Cross will shine light on women ‘crucified’ by traffickers

Countless women and girls are being "crucified" by human traffickers, who trick them into slave labor or prostitution, and by those who seek out their services and exploit them, said the missionary nun who wrote the meditations for Pope Francis' Way of the Cross service.
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