Pope prays that world may overcome fear amid coronavirus pandemic

Pope Francis offered his early morning Mass for vulnerable people and health care workers who live in fear that they or their loved ones may fall ill to the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the world.
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Forget me not: Prison ministry faces challenges of global pandemic

As more countries continue to take precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the term "lockdown," normally used to describe confining prisoners to their cells, has taken on a whole new meaning.
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Person tests positive for coronavirus in Vatican City

The Vatican health clinic was closed temporarily after a person tested positive for the coronavirus, the Vatican announced.
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Citing cold, pope skips Lenten retreat with Curia

Continuing his recovery from a mild cold, Pope Francis said that he would be unable to attend his annual Lenten retreat with Roman Curia officials.
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Pope recognizes miracle in sainthood cause of young tech whiz

Pope Francis formally recognized a miracle attributed to the intercession of Carlo Acutis, a 15-year-old Italian teenager who the pope has said is a role model for young men and women today.
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Pope, bishops discuss possible themes for 2022 synod

Pope Francis has decided the next general assembly of the Synod of Bishops will be held in the fall of 2022, but he has not announced the theme for the gathering, the Vatican said.
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Pope says there is no quick fix for priest shortage in Amazon region

Pope Francis acknowledged the serious shortage of priests in remote areas of the Amazon, but he insisted not all avenues have been exhausted to address the issue.
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Seminarian murdered by kidnappers in Nigeria

An 18-year-old seminarian, kidnapped along with three other seminarians, was found murdered in Nigeria, according to Aid to the Church in Need.
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Pope, Pence meet at the Vatican

After Pope Francis and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence met privately for nearly an hour at the Vatican, Pence told the pope that his Roman Catholic mother will be pleased with the visit.
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Amid threat of war, world must not give up hope, pope tells diplomats

Hope is the virtue needed to approach the coming year, especially when the looming threat of war surrounds a humanity scarred by violence, Pope Francis said.
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Pope prays for dialogue as tensions mount between U.S., Iran

Pope Francis led pilgrims in prayers for peace as tensions between the United States and Iran escalated following the assassination of a top Iranian general.
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Pope Francis speaks during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Dec. 4, 2019.

Rise in populism due to lack of listening, dialogue, pope says

Ignoring the reality lived by men and women today has caused a resurgence of old ideologies, such as populism, that inevitably do more harm than good, Pope Francis said.
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