FAITH/STORIES

VATICAN CITY - Visiting the small Catholic communities in Bulgaria and North Macedonia offered an opportunity to encourage the faithful to remember God's miracle of being able to feed a multitude with just a few loaves and fishes, Pope Francis said.

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM NORTH MACEDONIA - Pope Francis told reporters May 7 he had been kept informed about Jean Vanier's failing health and had phoned him a week before his death.

SKOPJE, North Macedonia - Pope Francis went to the tiny Balkan nation of North Macedonia to pay tribute to a tiny saint who accomplished big things: St. Teresa of Kolkata.

Honoring St. John XXIII, pope and Bulgarians give witness for peace

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SOFIA, Bulgaria - Prayers for peace are important, but they must lead those praying to roll up their sleeves, reach out their hands and open their hearts, Pope Francis said at an interreligious meeting in Sofia.

Roses and the cross: Pope meets refugees in Bulgaria

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SOFIA, Bulgaria - Twelve boys and girls wearing white T-shirts and dark pants sang for Pope Francis at a refugee center on the outskirts of Sofia.

Pope to Bulgarians: Treasure identity as crossroads of cultures

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SOFIA, Bulgaria - In a country that has seen many of its citizens emigrate in search of work and a better life, Pope Francis asked Bulgarians to be welcoming of and sympathetic to the migrants and refugees who arrive in their country hoping to get to Western Europe.

Respect rights of indigenous people, culture, pope tells mining industry

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VATICAN CITY - A "fallacious" economic model that exploits the earth's resources while disregarding the rights and cultures of indigenous people has left the planet in a precarious condition and requires a change of heart that places the common good before financial gain, Pope Francis said.

Nations stirring up nationalism betray their mission, pope says

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VATICAN CITY - Migrants are not a threat to a nation's culture, traditions and values, Pope Francis said.

Letter writers accuse Pope Francis of heresy

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LANCASTER, England - A small group of Catholics has accused Pope Francis of heresy and has written to the world's bishops asking them to "take the steps necessary to deal with the grave situation of a heretical pope."

Satan, not God, tricks people with temptation, pope says

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VATICAN CITY - God never tricks, traps or tempts his children to sin or commit evil, Pope Francis said.

Christian life impossible without the Holy Spirit, pope says

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VATICAN CITY - Christians must allow themselves to be guided by the Holy Spirit if they expect to live a Christian life, Pope Francis said.

Pope applauds beatification of Argentine martyrs

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VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis applauded the beatification of four Argentine martyrs -- a bishop, two priests and a layman -- who were murdered early in the country's seven-year long "Dirty War."

People can find peace by visiting those who suffer, pope says

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VATICAN CITY - People who feel restless or lacking inner peace will discover it when they visit those who are experiencing great difficulty, suffering, illness or persecution, Pope Francis said.