Pope Francis' speech to the Roman Curia

Pope Francis met with members of the Roman Curia to exchange Christmas greetings Dec. 22. At the gathering, the Pope also outlined guiding principles for reform of the Roman Curia. Below is Vatican Radio's full English translation of his speech:

Pope advances sainthood causes of martyrs during Spanish civil war

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The Light will always conquer the darkness

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Darkness does indeed often cover the Earth and its people, and it is one of our own making.

Blessing is a powerful tool for hope, healing

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What does Aaron’s blessing tell us about the nature of God?

Frugal Pope Francis spotted shoes shopping in Rome

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At Christmas, Jesus offers a new kind of hope, Pope Francis says

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Pope’s world peace day message is built on hope

The annual World Day of Peace message is an occasion that can’t help but highlight the idealism expected from popes.

Mass attendance in Canada more than doubles on Christmas Day, survey finds

Going to Church is a big part of a Catholic Christmas — even if it’s not a big part of the rest of the year for the majority of Canadian Catholics.

Pope Francis pleads for end to 'homicidal madness' of terrorism

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Pope Francis names first woman to head Vatican Museums

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Pope marks 80th birthday with charitable giving to Rome's poor

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