New Gallup poll shows pope’s favorability drops among Americans

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Is the honeymoon with Pope Francis over for Americans? A new Gallup poll shows that the favorability rating for the pontiff among U.S. respondents is now about 59 percent, down from 76 percent in early 2014 and close to the 58 percent rating Americans gave him when he was elected pope in…

Minneapolis mayor attends Vatican workshop on climate change, poverty

  By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service  VATICAN CITY (CNS) — After decades of world leaders trying to set global goals to address climate change and extreme poverty, city mayors gathered at the Vatican to pledge they will take real action and lead the fight on their streets. Pope Francis told the mayors, including Minneapolis…

Lessons from South America: How to greet and understand Pope Francis

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service  VATICAN CITY (CNS) — People make special preparations for welcoming a special guest, and watching what worked and did not work in Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay may help people preparing for Pope Francis’ visit to the United States in September. Some of the plans, however, will require common-sense adjustments,…

Pope Francis and the ‘glorious’ women of Paraguay

(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis is in Paraguay on the last leg of his Apostolic visit to Latin America which has taken him to Ecuador where he began his visit on the 5th of July and to Bolivia. It has been a joyful homecoming for this Latin American Pontiff but now he’s reached  Paraguay he’s closer to home…

Arriving in Bolivia, pope insists on church’s role in public life

LA PAZ, Bolivia (CNS) — Praising Bolivia’s efforts to include all its citizens in the country’s economic, political and social life, Pope Francis also defended the record and the right of the Catholic Church to be an active member of society and the right of the bishops to comment on public issues. The pope arrived…

Educate young to care for others, for the earth, pope tells teachers

QUITO, Ecuador (CNS) — Education is a right and a privilege that should impart not only knowledge and skills, but also a sense of responsibility for others and for the earth, Pope Francis told representatives of Ecuadorean schools and universities. “God gives us not only life, he gives us the earth, he gives us all…

Building unity in church, society is key to evangelization, pope says

QUITO, Ecuador (CNS) — Catholics will never be effective evangelizers if they are squabbling among themselves, and they cannot show the world how faith in Christ responds to the human yearning for freedom and peace if they are divided, Pope Francis said. The pope’s Mass July 7 at Quito’s Bicentennial Park was billed as a…

Families need prayers, mercy, courage, including from synod, pope says

GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador (CNS) — Even if a pastoral proposal for helping a Catholic family with problems seems scandalous at first, it is possible God could use that proposal to bring healing and holiness, Pope Francis said. Encouraging and celebrating family life during a Mass July 6 in Guayaquil, Pope Francis asked people to pray for…

Christians share same baptism, must pray together, pope tells gathering

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Catholics, Protestants and Orthodox must pray together and work hand-in-hand helping the poor, Pope Francis told thousands of Catholic charismatics and members of other Christian communities. If the devil “unites us in death, who are we to divide ourselves in life?” he said, adding that all Christians can and must pray…