Papal pop-by at Roman eyewear shop draws an enthusiastic crowd

Rome, Italy, Sep 3, 2015 / 03:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Even the most ho-hum errands become extraordinary if it’s the Pope who’s running them. And it is no different for Pope Francis, who popped in to his eye doctor on Thursday to get some new lenses and attracted a mob of onlookers in a matter of minutes.   Pope Francis visits shop in Via del Babuino and tries new glasses pic.twitter.com/TGihuph5ST — Lorenzo Totaro (@ltotaro) September 3, 2015 The Pope … [Read more...]

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Strong words from the Vatican as migrant crisis spikes worldwide

Vatican City, Sep 3, 2015 / 03:06 pm (CNA).- Warning: graphic and disturbing photo shown below. Reader discretion is advised.A Vatican official in charge of assisting migrants spoke about the increasing number of refugees around the globe and stressed that they should be welcomed as brothers and sisters – not seen as a burden. From a Catholic perspective, migrants should above all be recognized as persons created “in the image and likeness of God, which is the basis of human … [Read more...]

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Are dialogue and reconciliation with the SSPX part of the Jubilee for Mercy?

Vatican City, Sep 3, 2015 / 02:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis' decision that during the Jubilee Year of Mercy the faithful can receive absolution from priests of the Society of St. Pius X is the most recent attempt at reconciliation with the priestly society, according to a Vatican official. The decision must be understood as Pope Francis extending his arm to the SSPX, a Vatican official who has taken part in talks between the Vatican and the society told CNA Sept. 2. The … [Read more...]

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DC choir hopes Pope Francis will sing along

Washington D.C., Sep 3, 2015 / 06:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Choir members from around the Washington, D.C. archdiocese chosen to sing for Pope Francis during his visit later this month hope to stir the soul of the pontiff – and maybe even inspire him to sing along. “Our purpose is to engage the assembly. It’s to unleash the song of the heart of the people who are gathered there,” said Thomas Stehle, director of music ministries for the Cathedral of St. Matthew the … [Read more...]

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Are Pope Francis and the US bishops split? Don’t believe the critics.

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 3, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ahead of the papal visit to the U.S., some critics have painted a narrative pitting Pope Francis against the “conservative” American bishops – but the Archbishop of Philadelphia doesn't believe them. Claims that that Church ignores the poor while obsessing over things like abortion and human sexuality are nothing new to members of the Catholic hierarchy, not even to the Pope himself, Archbishop Charles Chaput of … [Read more...]

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On WWII anniversary, Pope says ‘never again’ to war, condemns arms trafficking

Vatican City, Sep 2, 2015 / 05:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis remembered the official end of the Second World War on Wednesday with the plea: “never again,” and he decried similar horrors from today’s bloody conflicts, denouncing weapons trafficking. The Pope recounted Sept. 2 today’s victims of war: “The persecuted minorities, the persecuted Christians, the insanity of destruction and the manufacturing and trafficking of weapons, bloodstained weapons, … [Read more...]

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Meet the monks who decided to go green years before Laudato Si

Berryville, Va., Sep 2, 2015 / 04:38 pm (CNA).- Years before Pope Francis’ recent ecology encyclical was published, a Trappist monastery in Virginia went back to its spiritual roots by embracing environmental stewardship. “This really is a re-founding,” Fr. James Orthmann of Holy Cross Abbey in Berryville, Va. told CNA, a “real renewal and a re-founding, and in a real sense getting back to our traditional roots.” Since 2007, the community has taken concrete … [Read more...]

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