VATICAN CITY -- Resolving the global crises of world hunger and malnutrition demands a shift away from a distorted approach to food and toward healthier lifestyles and just economic practices, Pope Francis said.

Prince Charles praises St. Newman

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VATICAN CITY -- On the eve of the canonization of St. John Henry Newman, Britain's Prince Charles penned an article about England's newest saint for the Vatican newspaper.

Pope Francis declares Cardinal Newman, four others saints

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VATICAN CITY -- Saints are people who recognized their need for God's help, who took risks to discover God's will and to help others and who nurtured a habit of thanksgiving, Pope Francis said.

Theologian: Women religious should have vote at synod

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VATICAN CITY -- While the Catholic Church has made strides to include the voice of women, especially in the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon, women should be included among synod voting members and in church leadership positions, a German theologian said.

Banners unfurled in St. Peter's Square in preparation for canonizations

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VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican hung banners of the Catholic Church's newly canonized saints four days before the Mass that would officially recognize that they are in heaven with God.

Pope Francis plants tree in Vatican with Amazonians on feast of St. Francis

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VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis joined Amazonian church workers and indigenous people Oct. 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, to plant a tree in the Vatican Gardens.

Pope Francis opens Missionary Month at prayer vigil

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VATICAN CITY -- God wants everyone to take a risk to share with others the gifts he has given to them -- their life, talents and his love, Pope Francis said.

Parolin: caring for the poor 'is who we are' as church

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NEW YORK -- To those who ask why the Catholic Church seems to be "obsessed" with the poor, the Vatican's secretary of state said, "The answer is simple. Because this is who we are."

Pope Francis announces theme for World Communication Day 2020

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VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis will highlight the important role of memory and storytelling across generations as a way to bring people together in a world marked by discord and division, the Vatican said.

Pope Francis declares annual day dedicated to Word of God

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VATICAN CITY -- To help the church grow in love and faithful witness to God, Pope Francis has declared the third Sunday in Ordinary Time to be dedicated to the word of God.

Pope Francis: Anti-trafficking network must have more support

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VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis called on more religious orders of men and women, as well as foundations and benefactors, to get involved and help an international network of women religious in the fight against human trafficking.