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Full Text of Pope Francis’ In-Flight Egyptian-Trip Press Conference

VATICAN CITY — In his conversation with journalists on the way back from Egypt, Pope Francis touched on an array of topics, including North Korea, populism and a possible visit from President Donald Trump. While nothing has been confirmed as far...

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During In-Flight Remarks, Pope Discusses Nuclear War, North Korea

VATICAN CITY — During a press conference Saturday aboard the papal plane from Egypt to Rome, Pope Francis said that in the face of conflict and the possibility of nuclear war, United Nations leaders need to provide a strong leadership, focusing...

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Order of Malta Elects New Grand Master

VATICAN CITY —  The Order of Malta elected Fra Giacomo Dalla Torre as their new Grand Master in the latest move in the ongoing reform of their leadership, on which the bulk of his one-year mandate will focus on. Announced in an April 29...

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Natural Anxiety and Supernatural Peace

We all experience anxiety to one degree or another. St. Paul’s words in Philippians 4:6-7 are as needed as they are consoling: “Dismiss all anxiety from your minds. Present your needs to God in every form of prayer and in petitions full of...

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Pope Encourages Egyptian Priests and Religious

CAIRO — Pope Francis told Egypt’s priests and religious to never be discouraged or fear the challenges of their ministry, and warned against seven key temptations he said can keep them from being faithful to the Lord in their daily tasks. “Do...

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French Open Champion Cherishes Catholicism

Bjorn Fratangelo loves to play top-level tennis and could ask for nothing more this spring on a professional level than winning the French Open. However, the 2011 Boys’ Singles Champion also knows that there are more important things in life. He...

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Pope to Egypt’s Catholics: Our Only ‘Fanaticism’ Should Be Love

CAIRO — On Saturday Pope Francis told Egyptian Catholics that truly living the faith means ridding ourselves of hypocritical attitudes and focusing on the only obsession that counts: loving others, no matter how hard it is. “God is pleased only...

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Pope Francis and Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Tawadros II Sign Joint Declaration

CAIRO — During his two-day trip to Egypt, Pope Francis met with Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Tawadros II, telling him their Churches are bonded by the blood of their martyrs and are called to further cement this bond with acts of charity. At their...

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White House Adviser Reiterates Trump’s Commitment to Religious Freedom

WASHINGTON — A White House adviser rejected recent concerns that the Trump administration supports the controversial HHS mandate, saying it is simply a matter of timing in finding a “litigation-proof” alternative. “The administration is not...

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The Blood of Our Martyrs Unites Us, Pope Tells Coptic Patriarch in Egypt

CAIRO — Pope Francis closed his first day in Egypt with a visit to Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Tawardos II, telling him their two Churches are bonded by the blood of their martyrs and are called to further cement this bond with acts of charity. In...