‘Amoris Laetitia’ is built on traditional Thomist morality, pope says

Seeing, understanding and engaging with people's real lives does not "bastardize" theology, rather it is what is needed to guide people toward God, Pope Francis told Jesuits in Colombia.
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Worst sin is doubting God waits for all sinners to convert, pope says

The worst sin of all is not trusting in God's infinite love and not believing that God is always waiting for his sinning children to return to him, Pope Francis said.
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Pope says church was late fighting abuse, promises ‘zero tolerance’

Pope Francis has endorsed an approach of "zero tolerance" toward all members of the church guilty of sexually abusing minors or vulnerable adults.
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Pope expands scope of John Paul II institute on marriage, family

To better prepare priests and pastoral workers to help meet the challenges families face today, Pope Francis is strengthening the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family and changing its name to the Pontifical John Paul II Theological Institute for the Sciences of Marriage and Family.
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In new book, pope upholds traditional marriage, need to help sinners

By virtue of its very definition, marriage can only be between a man and a woman, Pope Francis said in a new book-length interview.
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Pope: God wants people to dream big, not listen to cynics

God wants people to live with hope and joy -- not bitterness -- and to dream with him of a better world, Pope Francis said.
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Investigation into Regensburg choir finds more than 500 boys were abused

More than 500 boys suffered abuse at the hands of dozens of teachers and priests at the school that trains the prestigious boys choir of the Regensburg Cathedral in Germany, said an independent investigator.
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Trial begins for ex-Vatican officials accused of stealing hospital funds

Two former top Vatican hospital officials appeared before a Vatican court for a pretrial hearing on allegations of embezzlement.
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Laziness, vices prevent seeds of Gospel from taking root, pope says

God proposes -- not imposes -- his Gospel and offer of salvation, putting the responsibility of being open to and moved by his message on the listener, Pope Francis said.
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Pope approves new path to sainthood: heroic act of loving service

After extensive input, discussion and the work of experts, the cardinal and bishop members of the Congregation for Saints' Causes approved in 2016 "a new pathway for beatification of those who offered their lives with explicit and recognized Christian" reasons.
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Vatican asks bishops to ensure validity of matter for Eucharist

Because the church requires certainty regarding the conditions necessary for the validity of the sacraments, the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments offered some suggestions so that bishops can continue to "watch over the quality of the bread and wine" as well as "those who prepare these materials."
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Pope praises late-Cardinal Meisner’s faithful, fearless dedication

Cardinal Meisner was one of four cardinals who formally asked Pope Francis to clarify his teaching on Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried. The 83-year-old cardinal died unexpectedly in his sleep July 5 while on vacation in southern Germany.
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