A wish granted – Pope meets with young prisoners in Turin

Turin, Italy, Jun 22, 2015 / 02:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For Fr. Domenico Ricca, chaplain of the Ferrante Aporti juvenile prison in Turin, this weekend’s visit from Pope Francis was a dream come true. “I met Pope Francis two years ago, and I immediately talked to him about visiting the ‘Ferrante Aporti’ and meeting with prisoners, as I saw he had celebrated the 2013 Holy Thursday Mass in the juvenile prison ‘Casal del Marmo’ in Rome,” Fr. Ricca told … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis asks forgiveness of Christian group over historical persecution

Turin, Italy, Jun 22, 2015 / 12:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met on Monday with members of the Waldensian movement, an ecclesial community which suffered persecution from Catholic authorities from the 12th to 17th centuries. He apologized for the Church's “non-Christian attitudes and behavior” towards the Waldensians during that period. “Reflecting on the history of our relations, we can only grieve in the face of strife and violence committed in the name of … [Read more...]

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A Vatican two-wheeler: Teen mechanics restore motorbike for Pope Francis

Turin, Italy, Jun 21, 2015 / 06:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of teenagers at a Salesian-run professional school in Italy have restored a motorbike as a gift for the Pope. The motorbike, an Itom 50 model that dates back to the 1960s, was present in Turin during Pope Francis’ meeting with Salesians at the House of Valdocco, the motherhouse of the Salesian congregation. The teens plan to give it to the Pope in a private audience in the Vatican in the near future.   About … [Read more...]

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Clearing up the confusion: New film sheds light on beauty, truth of marriage

Swansea, United Kingdom, Jun 21, 2015 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Ahead of the highly anticipated Synod on the Family in October, many dioceses and Catholic media producers are finding new ways to ramp up their resources on marriage and family life. Saint Anthony Communications, a Catholic media company in the United Kingdom, is looking to do just that with its latest project, “Marriage: God’s Design for Life and Love,” a DVD which addresses the Church’s teachings on … [Read more...]

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Pope in Turin: Allow God to make us new

Turin, Italy, Jun 21, 2015 / 12:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has challenged Christians to seek safety in God’s transformative power, and not in the world. “Do we believe that the Lord is faithful?” the pontiff said to thousands at Mass in Turin’s Piazza Vittorio. “How do we live the newness of God who transforms us every day? How do we live the steadfast love of the Lord, who puts up a secure barrier against the waves of pride and false … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis asks workers: give immigrants compassion, not blame

Turin, Italy, Jun 21, 2015 / 10:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has encouraged workers not to blame their economic troubles on migrants, who are themselves often victims of injustice and treated like merchandise rather than human beings. “Immigration increases competition, but migrants are not to blame, because they too are victims of inequality, of this economy of waste and of war,” the Pope said, remarking on the various crises, especially in Africa and the Middle East, … [Read more...]

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Shroud of Turin reminds us of all human suffering, Pope Francis says

Turin, Italy, Jun 21, 2015 / 07:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis prayed before the Shroud of Turin on Sunday and reflected on the role the reputed burial cloth of Jesus Christ can play in Christian spiritual life. “The Shroud attracts (us) toward the martyred face and body of Jesus,” the Pope said June 21. “At the same time, it pushes (us) toward the face of every suffering and unjustly persecuted person. It pushes us in the same direction as the gift of Jesus’ … [Read more...]

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