Jesus does not give up on anyone, pope tells prisoners

Before washing the feet of 12 prisoners, Pope Francis told them and hundreds of inmates to remember that Jesus constantly stands before them with love, ready to cleanse their sins and forgive them.
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Mary, Mother of the Church should be celebrated this year, cardinal says

Reminding bishops, pastors and Catholics around the world that all Latin-rite Catholics should celebrate the feast of Mary, Mother of the Church on the Monday after Pentecost this year, Cardinal Robert Sarah said the celebration should take precedence over any other possible liturgy that day.
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‘Cry out,’ pope tells young people at Palm Sunday Mass

Pope Francis asked the young people "not to keep quiet. Even if others keep quiet, if we older people and leaders keep quiet, if the whole world keeps quiet and loses its joy, I ask you: Will you cry out?"
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U.S. delegates say young people want mentors, a voice, unity

Young people want trusted guides as they explore their faith and their vocation, said five young adults from the United States attending the Vatican's pre-synod meeting.
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Pope accepts resignation of communications prefect

After a very public controversy involving the use of a letter by retired Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Monsignor Dario Vigano as prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for Communication.
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Pope asks youths to help rejuvenate church; youths ask church to listen

The Catholic Church needs the enthusiasm, daring and hope of young people so that it can preach the Gospel energetically and respond to the questions men and women raise today, Pope Francis told some 300 young adults.
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Vatican releases full text of contested letter from Pope Benedict

Five days after releasing only a portion of a letter from retired Pope Benedict XVI regarding a collection of books about the theology of Pope Francis, the Vatican Secretariat for Communication released the complete text of the letter.
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Five years a pope: Francis’ focus has been on outreach

After the cardinal from Argentina, was elected March 13, 2013, and chose the name Francis, he made "go out," "periphery" and "throwaway culture" standard phrases in the papal vocabulary.
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Pope adds feast of Mary, mother of the church to universal calendar

Pope Francis has decreed that Latin-rite Catholics around the world will mark the feast of "the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church" on the Monday after Pentecost each year.
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Salvation is gift of God, brings people into community, document says

Salvation in Christ is a gift of God that cannot be earned by human efforts alone, and it is not simply some kind of interior transformation, but touches the way Christians live in the world and relate to others, said a new document from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
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Pope says Paul VI will be declared a saint this year

Pope Francis told pastors in the Diocese of Rome that Blessed Paul VI would be canonized this year.
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Pope told Jesuits he regularly meets abuse survivors, journal reports

Pope Francis told a group of Jesuits in Peru that he often meets on Fridays with survivors of sex abuse.
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