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Pope Francis on Myanmar: Houses of worship should serve as neutral refuge

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday decried the suffering of refugees in Myanmar and pleaded that houses of worship be respected as neutral places to take shelter. He told the public gathered in St. Peter's Square for his customary Sunday noon remarks that he was joining his voice to that of the Asian nation's bishops in also calling for humanitarian corridors.
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Cycling champion gifts bike and jersey to Pope Francis

After Pope Francis’ June 16 general audience, the pontiff received an unexpected gift. Colombian cyclist Egan Bernal, winner of the 2021 Giro d’Italia race, presented Pope Francis with his bicycle and jersey. Bernal, 24, made history this year when he became the youngest winner of the Giro d’Italia in nearly...
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EU founding father Robert Schuman declared 'venerable' by Pope Francis

Pope Francis has declared venerable the French statesman Robert Schuman, known as a key “founding father" of the European Union. After a June 19 meeting with Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the pope advanced the sainthood causes of Schuman and six others.
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Pope Francis may continue to make changes in the Roman Curia

As the completion of curia reform approaches, Pope Francis would be moving towards some changes. The pope's next moves might be the appointment of a new Master of Ceremonies and the appointment of a president for the Committee to prepare the Jubilee 2025. Msgr. Guido Marini has been the Papal...
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Pope Francis champions right of workers to organize in unions

Pope Francis has championed the right of all workers to unionize, as economic activity is poised to increase when the pandemic threat eases. The pontiff stressed the needs of the most vulnerable workers, including migrants, in a video message Thursday to participants at a conference organized by the International Labor Organization, a United Nations agency based in Geneva.
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Pope Francis advocates for organization of workers' unions

Pope Francis is championing the right of all workers to unionize, as economic activity is poised to increase when the pandemic threat eases. The pontiff stressed the needs of the most vulnerable workers, including migrants, in a video message Thursday to participants at a conference organized by the International Labor Organization, a United Nations agency based in Geneva.
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Readers: What book would you recommend to Pope Francis?

Pope Francis waves as he arrives for his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Aug. 7, 2019. It is no secret that Pope Francis loves literature. He slips references to Greek and Roman classics into his interviews, includes excerpts from poetry in his encyclicals and during the pandemic referenced the 19th-century Italian plague novel The Betrothed countless times. In June on the “Inside the Vatican” podcast, cohost Colleen Dulle brought on the papal biographer Austen Iverigh to unpack three books needed to understand Pope Francis. And with the arrival of summer, America asked its readers to give Pope Francis a summer reading recommendation, “beach read” or otherwise. Below is a selection of responses sent in on social media and through our website’s comment section.
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Egan Bernal meets Pope Francis: 'It's the most beautiful experience in my life'

Just a few days after leaving isolation due to a positive Covid-19 infection, Egan Bernal has celebrated his freedom by meeting the Pope. The recent winner of the Giro d’Italia met the head of the Catholic church in the Vatican City on Wednesday morning, gifting Pope Francis with a pink jersey and a Pinarello bike decked in the colours of Argentina, the pontiff’s country of birth.
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Giro d'Italia winner Bernal presents Pope Francis with bicycle

Giro d'Italia winner Egan Bernal on Wednesday presented Pope Francis with a bicycle following an audience in the Vatican, a day after the rider announced he had recovered from Covid-19. The 24-year-old Colombian tested positive on June 4, less than a week after his triumph in Italy. "I have had...
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Pope Francis: On the cross, Jesus prayed for you

Catholics should take courage in the fact that even as Jesus was dying on the cross, his most agonizing moment on earth, he was praying for them, Pope Francis said Wednesday. Speaking during his weekly general audience June 16, the pope noted that “even in the most painful of our sufferings, we are never alone.”
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Pope Francis highlights four worthy causes for prayers and support

At his June 13 Angelus address, Pope Francis highlighted several causes for which he asked the faithful to lend their prayers and support. After presenting reflections on the Gospels, he made special note of the famine in Tigray, the World Day Against Child Labor, the tragedies on the Mediterranean, and World Blood Donor Day.