Pope names Cardinal Tagle to lead evangelization congregation

In a move that may signal Pope Francis' plan for the reform of the Roman Curia is close to completion, the pope has named Philippine Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
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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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Mother Mary Lange’s cause for sainthood moves forward, Archbishop Lori says

Vatican officials are moving ahead with the cause for sainthood for Mother Mary Lange, Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori said Thursday in Rome.
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W.Va. bishop meets Vatican official to discuss predecessor’s amends

Tasked with finding ways his predecessor should make amends for abuses, including gross financial misconduct, Bishop Mark E. Brennan of Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia, was able to meet with a top Vatican official to discuss those plans.
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Baltimore delegation presents Ravens jersey, spiritual bouquet to Pope Francis

A delegation from the Archdiocese of Baltimore presented Pope Francis with a custom-made Ravens jersey signed by Coach John Harbaugh, a Catholic, and quarterback Lamar Jackson during a Dec. 3 audience at the Vatican. They also gave the Holy Father a “spiritual bouquet,” a book produced by the Archdiocese of Baltimore that contains prayers and...
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Bishops on ‘ad limina’ say their unity with pope, each other is clear

As people on pilgrimage often report, what happens along the way can be just as important as what happens at the destination.
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Pope Francis poses in the papal library Dec. 3, 2019

From abuse to ‘nones,’ U.S. bishops share concerns with pope

To have the U.S. bishops making their "ad limina" visits now is "very providential, a sign of God's love for us," Archbishop William Lori said.
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Archbishop Lori: Bishops must focus on poor, not seek personal gain

The example of St. Peter and the teaching of his successor encourage bishops to serve their flocks "willingly and generously," Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore said.
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Pope returns part of relic of Jesus’ crib to Holy Land

As Advent approached, Pope Francis gave a small fragment of Jesus' crib back to Catholics in the Holy Land.
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Pope asks Catholics to set up, be enchanted by a Nativity scene

A Nativity scene is a simple reminder of something astonishing: God became human to reveal the greatness of his love "by smiling and opening his arms to all," Pope Francis said in a letter on the meaning and importance of setting up Christmas cribs.
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Dispute ideas, pope tells theologians, but don’t confuse the faithful

Theologians must explore and debate disputed questions, at times even taking "risks" with what they propose, but those discussions should take place within the academy so as not to confuse the faithful, Pope Francis said.
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On holy ground: Pope honors martyrs, missioners, bombing victims in Asia

At the end of his trip to Thailand and Japan, Pope Francis said he found truth in the saying, "Lux ex oriente, ex occidente luxus," or, as he roughly translated it, "the light comes from the East, and luxury, consumerism from the West."
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