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Pope Francis - Fortune

As he begins the fifth year of his papacy, the first Latin American pope continues to inspire and surprise as he reconciles the conflicting demands of traditionalism and modernity within the Catholic faith. Last spring, in a publication titled Amoris ...and more »

World needs those who can bring God's hope, consolation, pope says - National Catholic Reporter (blog)

Vatican City — Christian hope is built on patiently enduring everything life brings and knowing how to see God's presence and love everywhere, Pope Francis said. God "never tires of loving us" as he "takes care of us, dressing our wounds with the ...and more »

Austria will double the amount it pays refugees who volunteer to leave - The Local Austria

Austria said on Wednesday it would double the amount of money paid to migrants who voluntarily return home, as part of a campaign to speed up the repatriation of around 50,000 asylum seekers. They would be offered $1,000 ($1,080) instead of 500 euros, ...and more »

Man takes his young goddaughter to see the Pope and she steals his hat - The Independent

A man took his young goddaughter to meet to Pope Francis, only to watch in horror as she stole the Pontiff's hat. Three-year-old Estella Westrick, from Atlanta, Georgia, was visiting the weekly papal audience with her family and godfather, Mountain ...and more »

Watch This Sneaky Little Girl Casually Steal the Pope's Hat - TIME

The beneficent Pope Francis was in for a surprise while distributing his blessings to a crowd of well-wishers outside the Vatican on Wednesday. When he went to bestow a kiss on a girl being held up for his papal attention, the mischievous child decided ...and more »

Young American girl steals Pope Francis' hat - National Catholic Reporter (blog)

Vatican City — It took a split second for him to realize what happened. As Pope Francis leaned forward to give Estella Westrick a kiss on the cheek as he greeted the faithful on St. Peter's Square, the 3-year-old from Georgia caused a sensation by ...and more »

Don't treat confessional like a dry cleaners, says Pope Francis - Catholic Herald Online

In his morning homily, the Pope said confession does not simply remove the stains from one's conscience. The confessional is a place where one can go to humbly seek forgiveness; it is not a dry cleaners where one goes to remove the occasional stain ...and more »

Child grabs Pope Francis's hat - Catholic Herald Online

A young girl removed Pope Francis's zucchetto following his general audience in St Peter's Square today. The incident, which was laughed off by the Pope was captured on video. According to reports, the three-year-old girl, Estella Westrick, was being ...and more »

Young girl steals pope's cap in viral video - Deutsche Welle

Catholic tour guide Mountain Butorac posted the video to Twitter on Wednesday with the caption, "Took my Goddaughter to meet the pope. She stole his hat!" In a later post to Facebook, Butorac then tagged the parents of 3-year-old Estella Westrick from ...and more »

This Little Girl Gave the Pope a Festive Welcome—and It's Going Viral - Vanity Fair

Pope Francis got a particularly special welcome from a young visitor in Vatican City on Wednesday. When the pope leaned in for a hug from the child, who per TMZ is named Estella Westrick, Westrick reached her hands up—and removed his hat. The moment ...and more »