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Pope Francis, Trump hold landmark first meeting (Updated)

After months of anticipation, Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump finally met at the Vatican Wednesday in a friendly encounter which included an emphasis on protection of life and freedom of conscience. According to a May 24 Vatican communique, Pope Francis and Trump expressed satisfaction “for the good existing bilateral relations between the Holy










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Pope Francis to nuns: Your joy can change the world

Women who are consecrated to God live “the prophecy of joy," and this authentic joy is their most credible witness, Pope Francis told leaders of the Sister Disciples of the Divine Master on Monday. “The world today is in need of this: that joy that arises from the encounter with Christ in a life of










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Pope Francis’ newest cardinals show a global Church

Only seven months after Pope Francis’ last consistory, he will create five new cardinals in June. He continues a pattern of finding cardinals at the peripheries of the world, from dioceses which have not traditionally had a cardinal. The next consistory will take place June 28. In this new batch Pope Francis has confirmed his










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What common ground could Trump and Pope Francis find?

When Pope Francis was asked last week about his upcoming meeting with U.S. president Donald Trump, he made headlines for answering that he always tries to look for common ground. Given that they have vocally disagreed on prominent issues in the past, what will the areas of shared agreement be? The two are set to










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Always act with gentleness and respect, Pope Francis says

During a visit to a Roman parish Sunday, Pope Francis repeated his frequent condemnation of gossip, telling the congregation instead to always treat others with gentleness and respect, as the Holy Spirit does. “The language of Christians who cherish the Holy Spirit, who was given to us as a gift, is special: they don’t have










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Pope Francis announces new June 28 consistory

During his Regina Coeli address Sunday, Pope Francis announced to pilgrims that he will be holding a June 28 consistory to create 5 new cardinals he said represent the “catholicity" of the Church. “Brothers and sisters, I wish to announce to you that Wednesday, June 28, I will hold a consistory for the nomination of










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