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Vatican shines with Christmas symbols of lights, hope, love

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The Christmas lights came on at the Vatican on Friday, sending out what Pope Francis described as a message of “light, hope and love” at the end of an extraordinary year for the Catholic Church.

Posted: December 21st, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pope praises the diplomacy of US-Cuba accord

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Pope Francis praised the “small steps” of diplomacy and peacemaking that brought about the rapprochement between the U.S. and Cuba, expressing joy over the outcome that he helped bring about.

Posted: December 19th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Catholics reminded on proper attire, right conduct during Pope Francis’ visit

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Dress modestly, maintain peace and order, refrain from pushing and shoving during Masses and other events with Pope Francis, who will be in the Philippines next month.

Posted: December 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Pope played crucial role in US-Cuba rapprochement

Pope Francis blows candles on a birthday cake on the occasion of his 78th birthday as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

The crucial role played by the Vatican in bringing Cuba and the United States together signals that history’s first Latin American pope is willing to put the Holy See on the front lines of diplomacy.

Posted: December 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pope Francis gets cake, tango and chicken for birthday

In this photo provided by Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis blows candles on a cake during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. AP

Pope Francis got a cake, cards and a tango demonstration for his 78th birthday Wednesday — and 800 kilograms (1,760 pounds) of chicken meat for the poor.

Posted: December 17th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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