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‘Immigrant Pope’ pope visits Rome’s immigrant parish

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Pope Francis, who already profiles as the “immigrant pope” both due to his arriving in Rome from “the ends of the earth,” as he said on the night of his election, and because of his strong advocacy on behalf of migrants and refugees, made another clear statement of solidarity Jan. 19 by visiting a Roman parish known for outreach to immigrants and the poor.

On abortion and contraception, Vatican puts words in context

On successive days in mid-January, Pope Francis and his top collaborator at the Vatican made public statements that provided a lesson in Franciscan contextualization of highly loaded moral issues.

On Monday, the pope told the Vatican diplomatic corps that he found it "horrifying just to think that there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day."

John Kerry makes first Vatican visit, hints at Obama meeting with Pope Francis

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with his Vatican counterpart for more than 90 minutes Tuesday, discussing the Syrian civil war and the negotiations between Israel and Palestinians, and hinted that President Barack Obama hopes to meet with Pope Francis in the coming months.

Kerry did not meet with the pope, but rather with Archbishop Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's secretary of state. Kerry called the meeting "as comprehensive a conversation as I've had with any secretary of state or foreign minister in the course of my tenure."

Pope calls religious to be 'real witnesses'

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Priests, brothers and sisters in Catholic religious orders around the globe should "wake up the world" by being "real witnesses" to a countercultural way of life that relies on generosity and self-forgetfulness, Pope Francis told a meeting of superiors general of religious orders in November.

Those religious, the pope added, should also not be afraid of making mistakes or even committing sins.

Quevedo red hat boosts hope for local church

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Pope Francis fueled hope for renewed interest in the pastoral theology inspired by the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC) when he announced Sunday in Rome that Archbishop Orlando Quevedo of Cotabato is among new cardinals he will instate next month.

The pope during his weekly Sunday public address at St. Peter Square named Quevedo among 19 bishops he will formally instate as cardinals at a Feb. 22 consistory. Quevedo was FABC secretary general until 2011.

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