Pope: Humiliations can ‘open the heart’, as they did for Saint Paul

Vatican City, Apr 15, 2016 / 04:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Friday encouraged Christians to embrace the humiliations that God allows in our lives to draw us closer to him and open our hearts, just as Saul did after he was knocked down on the road to Damascus.During Mass at the chapel of Santa Marta House in the Vatican on April 15, the Holy Father focused his homily on the day’s first reading found in the Acts of the Apostles.The passage recounts the famous conversion story … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis’ visit to Greece shows a shared Christian concern for refugees

Chios, Greece, Apr 15, 2016 / 03:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ visit on Saturday with refugees in Greece will show solidarity with those in need and demonstrate a shared Christian commitment to helping them, according to the Vatican spokesman.Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, said the April 16 visit to the island of Lesbos is “fundamentally humanitarian” in purpose. It is “rooted in Pope Francis’ concern for migrants, a … [Read more...]

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Shakespeare’s Hamlet swings by the Vatican

Vatican City, Apr 15, 2016 / 02:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- They’ve performed for school children in Cambodia and refugees in Jordan. They’ve visited nearly 200 countries in the last two years, and now, they’ve performed at the Vatican as well.It was the first known performance of an entire Shakespeare play on Vatican grounds, albeit in an extraterritorial Renaissance palace. The actors, who had already traveled much of the world, performed Hamlet for a small audience against the … [Read more...]

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Bernie Sanders didn’t meet Pope Francis. But he had high praise for Catholic social teaching.

Vatican City, Apr 15, 2016 / 01:51 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis didn’t attend U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (D-Vt.) speech at the Vatican, but the presidential candidate provided a long reflection on Catholic social teaching, as he saw it.Sanders spoke Friday at a conference celebrating the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s “Centesimus Annus.” The senator commented:“With the fall of Communism, Pope John Paul II gave a clarion call for human freedom in its … [Read more...]

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After Easter Sunday terror, Pakistan’s Catholics see hope in new priests

Lahore, Pakistan, Apr 15, 2016 / 06:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Just weeks after the deadly Easter Sunday attacks on Christians, Catholics in Pakistan had a time to rejoice: five new young priests were ordained for the Capuchin Franciscans.Asif Nazir, a local catechist and teacher, told CNA that the ordinations are “a blessing and gift of God to our Catholic Church and our country.”More than 800 people packed Sacred Heart Cathedral in Lahore last Friday. Archbishop Sebastian Shaw of … [Read more...]

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Could Pope Francis’ visit to Greece be a game-changer for refugees?

Lesbos, Greece, Apr 15, 2016 / 03:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ visit with refugees and migrants in Greece this Saturday could be a moment of leadership at a time when political concerns overshadow the world’s attention, said a relief agency leader in the country.“The Pope’s trip to the frontlines of the European refugee crisis comes at a critical time. The continent of Europe is currently experiencing a vacuum of leadership with the politics of the crisis … [Read more...]

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Bono goes to Washington, gets tough on refugee crisis

Washington D.C., Apr 14, 2016 / 08:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With global conflicts spurring refugee crises around the globe, a widening shortfall in funds needs to be remedied immediately, said Bono and humanitarian experts on Capitol Hill this week.“Aid can no longer be seen as charity, a nice thing to do when we can afford it,” Bono, lead singer for the band U2 and co-founder of the ONE Campaign, told the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee at a Tuesday hearing on global violent … [Read more...]

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