SEOUL, South Korea – Following two historic summits involving North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un, South Korea’s bishops are calling on Catholics to pray a novena for nine specific intentions for the Korean peninsula June 17 - 25.

Pope Francis: Are we truly capable of listening to the cries of the poor?

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VATICAN – How is it that God in heaven can hear the cries of the poor, but so many people watching or standing nearby either cannot or just do not care, Pope Francis asked.

Biggest danger is in life is mediocrity, living in fear, Pope says

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VATICAN – The worst enemies in a young person's life aren't the problems they may face, Pope Francis said.

Blasphemy is the gravest sin, Pope says

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VATICAN – During his Angelus address on Sunday, Pope Francis discussed the incomprehension Christ faced during his earthly ministry, from both the scribes and his own family.

Gossip destroys Holy Spirit's gift of peace, Pope says

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VATICAN – Peace is a gift that can easily be destroyed through petty gossip and speaking ill of others, Pope Francis said.

Pope's June prayer intention focuses a more inclusive social media

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VATICAN – In his prayer video for June, Pope Francis asked that digital communications and social media platforms would be a place of inclusion and encounter, rather than isolation and “alienation.”

No sin can erase 'spiritual seal' of baptism, Pope says

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VATICAN – The baptismal font is a tomb in which a person dies to sin, and it is a womb through which a person is born to new life in Christ, Pope Francis said.

Either you are with God or with Satan, Pope says

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VATICAN – Baptism requires rejecting Satan and professing one's full faith in God, Pope Francis said.

God's word on Sunday: Christ nourishes our life on the vine

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Fifth Sunday of Easter, April 29 (Year B) Acts 9:26-31; Psalm 22; 1 John 3:18-24; John 15:1-8


Name given at baptism gives sense of identity, belonging, Pope says

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VATICAN – Naming a child is an important task for parents, because it gives children a sense of identity and belonging to their family and to God, Pope Francis said.

Respect life of severely ill patients like Alfie Evans, Pope says

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VATICAN – Highlighting the plight of a seriously ill toddler in Great Britain and a severely brain-damaged man in France, Pope Francis called for greater respect for every patient's life and dignity.