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December 23, 2014
Pope Francis deplored the "abuses and inhuman acts" of Islamic State militants, and called on all religious leaders to condemn them "unanimously and unambiguously." He also said he hoped to travel to the Middle East to comfort persecuted Christians there.The pope's words appe
Pope Francis leads an audience to exchange Christmas greetings with members of the Roman Curia in Clementine Hall at the Vatican Dec. 22. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
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December 22, 2014
He warns Vatican officials of 'spiritual Alzheimer's,' other ills in Christmas greeting
Pope Francis prays with Istanbul's grand mufti Rahmi Yaran during a visit to the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque, in Istanbul Nov. 29. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)
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December 02, 2014
The Greek Orthodox flock in Turkey is estimated at no more than 4,000 people.
Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople greet a small crowd after delivering a blessing in 2014 in Istanbul (CNS photo/Paul Haring).
Faith News
December 01, 2014

Ankara and Istanbul were gray and cold, at least compared to Rome, during Pope Francis' Nov. 28-30 visit to Turkey. And the general reception, outside of the pope's official meetings, was hardly warmer.

Pope Francis embraces a sick child during an audience with accountants in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Nov. 14. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
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November 17, 2014
Pope Francis denounced a "false compassion" that would justify abortion, euthanasia, artificial reproduction technologies and medical research violating human dignity. And he urged medical doctors to "go against the current" and assert "conscientious objection" to such
New spouses exchange rings as Pope Francis, pictured in the background, celebrates the marriage rite for 20 couples during a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Sept. 14. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
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November 17, 2014
Pope Francis called for preserving the family as an institution based on marriage between a man and a woman, which he said is not a political cause but a matter of "human ecology.""The complementarity of man and woman ... is at the root of marriage and the family," the pope said
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November 17, 2014
Francis will attend World Meeting of Families, of North American stops unconfirmed
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November 10, 2014
The Vatican's new rules for budgeting and financial reporting, which will go into effect Jan. 1, call for heightened transparency and consistency in the church's central administration and underscore the oversight powers of two economic bodies Pope Francis established in February.In one sign