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Share truth of family with mercy, help those struggling, pope says

Share truth of family with mercy, help those struggling, pope saysCindy Wooden Catholic News Service Vatican City   — The same mercy and patience that are essential for building a strong family must be shown to those whose families are in trouble or have broken up, Pope Francis said in his highly anticipated postsynodal apostolic exhortation.…

Share truth of family with mercy, pope says in post-synod document

Pope Francis greets a young woman during a meeting with youths in Asuncion, Paraguay, in this July 12, 2015, file photo. Pope Francis' postsynodal apostolic exhortation on the family, "Amoris Laetitia" ("The Joy of Love"), was to be released April 8. The exhortation is the concluding document of the 2014 and 2015 synods of bishops on the family. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY — The same mercy and patience that are essential for building a strong family must be shown to those whose families are in trouble or have broken up, Pope Francis said in his highly anticipated postsynodal apostolic exhortation. The document, “‘Amoris Laetitia’ (The Joy of Love), on Love in the Family,” released April…

Pope Francis to make debut on Instagram, Vatican official says

Pope Francis meets Kevin Systrom, co-founder and CEO of Instagram, during a private audience at the Vatican Feb. 26. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

VATICAN CITY — Firming up his presence on social media, Pope Francis will make his debut on the photo-sharing app Instagram, a Vatican official announced. Msgr. Dario Vigano, prefect of the Secretariat for Communications, said the pope’s new account “Franciscus,” will go online March 19 and offer another side of his pontificate through photos. During…

Church must respect, dialogue with China, pope says in new interview

A reliquary containing relics of St. Junipero Serra is seen as Pope Francis celebrates the canonization Mass for the Spanish missionary outside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington Sept. 23. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — The Catholic Church must respect “with a capital ‘R’” China’s rich traditional culture and “age-old” wisdom, Pope Francis said. Dialogue between China and the rest of the world, including the Church, is necessary because it is the only way to achieve peace, he said. “Dialogue does…