Read more about the article Christ’s cross a beacon of hope in stormy seas, pope says at audience
Pope Francis speaks during his general audience in the library of the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican March 31, 2021. The pope reflected on the Easter triduum and the hope Christ's passion, death and resurrection brings in uncertain times. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

Christ’s cross a beacon of hope in stormy seas, pope says at audience

Pope Francis reminded that Easter is when "all questions and uncertainties, hesitations and fears are dispelled" by Christ's resurrection.

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Read more about the article Virtual closeness, real community: During pandemic, Pope’s ministry flourishes online
Pope Francis is pictured on a Vatican television camera as he celebrates Ash Wednesday Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in this Feb. 17, 2021, file photo. The pope and his liturgy and communication teams have made deliberate decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic to convey the pope's closeness to those suffering. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

Virtual closeness, real community: During pandemic, Pope’s ministry flourishes online

As Holy Week approaches, Pope will continue to connect with faithful around the world through video and social media

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Read more about the article Pope approves pay cuts for cardinals, top management, religious at Vatican
The dome of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican is seen from the Aventine Hill in Rome in this May 2, 2018, file photo. Pope Francis has approved pay cuts for cardinals, top managers and religious personnel working at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope approves pay cuts for cardinals, top management, religious at Vatican

Pope approved the measures to contain costs and ensure employees are not laid off

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Read more about the article Vatican says no blessing gay unions, no negative judgment on gay people
Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore welcomes pro-lifers in Annapolis, Md., March 4, 2019, during his opening prayer for the Maryland March for Life. (CNS photo/Kevin J. Parks, Catholic Review) See MARYLAND-MARCH-LIFE March 11, 2019.

Vatican says no blessing gay unions, no negative judgment on gay people

The statement came days before the launch of a yearlong reflection on "Amoris Laetitia" that will focus on the family and conjugal love

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Read more about the article Jews, Christians can learn from their shared Scriptures, say scholars
Marc Zvi Brettler, a professor of Jewish studies at Duke University, and Amy-Jill Levine, a professor of New Testament studies at Vanderbilt University, present Pope Francis with "The Jewish Annotated New Testament" during his weekly general audience March 27, 2019. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

Jews, Christians can learn from their shared Scriptures, say scholars

Amy-Jill Levine of Vanderbilt University and Marc Zvi Brettler discuss “how Jews and Christians read the same stories differently.”

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Read more about the article Faith amid the ruins: Pope calls Iraqis to affirm kinship under one God
Children are seen near an image of Pope Francis during the pope's visit with the community at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Qaraqosh, Iraq, March 7, 2021. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Faith amid the ruins: Pope calls Iraqis to affirm kinship under one God

Pope warns against sinful human inclination to define some people as “us” and others as “them”

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Read more about the article Pope, Iraqi Shiite leader affirm importance of dialogue, respect
Pope Francis and Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, one of Shiite Islam's most authoritative figures, meet during a courtesy visit in Najaf, Iraq, March 6, 2021. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

Pope, Iraqi Shiite leader affirm importance of dialogue, respect

Pope Francis underlined the importance of collaboration and friendship among religious communities

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Read more about the article For Lent, ask if one’s life is centered on God or oneself, pope says
Pope Francis sprinkles ashes on the head of a cardinal during Ash Wednesday Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Feb. 17, 2021. (CNS photo/Guglielmo Mangiapane, Reuters)

For Lent, ask if one’s life is centered on God or oneself, pope says

"It is a time to reconsider the path we are taking…and to rediscover our profound relationship with God, on whom everything depends," he said.

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Read more about the article In Iraq, pope hopes to encourage Christians, build bridges to Muslims
Pope Francis embraces Cardinal Louis Sako, the Baghdad-based patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church, at the Vatican June 28, 2018. Pope Francis plans to visit Iraq March 5-8, 2021. (CNS photo/Tony Gentile)

In Iraq, pope hopes to encourage Christians, build bridges to Muslims

"I am the pastor of people who are suffering," Pope Francis told CNS ahead of the first-ever papal visit to Iraq March 5-8.

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Read more about the article Naming undersecretaries for synod, pope gives a woman a vote
Xaviere Missionary Sister Nathalie Becquart attends a news conference at the Vatican in this Oct. 9, 2018, file photo. Last May Sister Becquart was one of six consultants appointed by Pope Francis to the general secretariat of the Synod of Bishops. Five of those appointed were women, and it was the first time women had served in that role. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See VATICAN-LETTER-WOMEN Jan. 9, 2020.

Naming undersecretaries for synod, pope gives a woman a vote

Xaviere Missionary Sister Nathalie Becquart will be the first woman with a right to vote at a meeting of the Synod of Bishops

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