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Keeping up with Pope Francis and the Holy See

Pontifical Gregorian University hosts Facebook, Microsoft in conference to prevent and stop online abuse

Carol Glatz Catholic News Service ROME — Two giants in the digital world presented some key ways they are trying to keep up with the vast scale and increasing sophistication of the abuse and exploitation of minors online. Representatives from Facebook — the largest social media site in the world — and Microsoft — the…

Pope: True Christians must remain hopeful, not ‘whiny and angry’

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY —Real hope lies in the proclamation of Jesus’ death and resurrection, not just with one’s words but also in deeds, Pope Francis said. Christians are called to be witnesses of the resurrection through “their way of welcoming, smiling and loving” instead of just “repeating memorized lines,”…

Pope’s communications day theme: Truth in age of ‘fake news’

Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY —Given the strong divisions sparked and fueled by “fake news,” Pope Francis is highlighting the importance of truth in his message for World Communications Day. The message will call for studying the causes and consequences of baseless information and will promote “professional journalism,” which always seeks the truth…

‘Share the journey,’ embrace migrants, refugees, pope says

VATICAN CITY — Christ calls believers to welcome migrants and refugees “with arms wide open, ready to give a sincere, affectionate, enveloping embrace,” Pope Francis said, launching the “Share the Journey” campaign of Catholic charities around the world. Christians’ embrace of people fleeing war or poverty should be “a bit like the colonnade of St.…