Pope Francis against the death penalty: criminals too have the right to life

Vatican City, Feb 21, 2016 / 03:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians must work to abolish the death penalty and improve prison conditions, Pope Francis said on Sunday.After praying the Angelus on Sunday in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis called on all Christians and people of good will to work “not only for the abolition of the death penalty” but also to improve the conditions in prison. These efforts would respect the human dignity of prisoners, he said.He appealed to the … [Read more...]

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When Pope Francis looks back at Mexico trip, he sees Our Lady of Guadalupe

Vatican City, Feb 21, 2016 / 08:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Sunday said the visit to Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe was the “central point” of his spiritual pilgrimage to Mexico. He praised the witness of the Mexican faithful and suggested that Guadalupe is part of their “special inheritance” that launched the evangelization of the Americas.Before the Angelus on Sunday, with thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope reflected on his … [Read more...]

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What’s the point of fasting, anyway?

Washington D.C., Mar 3, 2017 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- God commanded it, Jesus practiced it, Church Fathers have preached the importance of it – fasting is a powerful and fundamental part of the Christian life.But for many Catholics today, it's more of an afterthought: something we grudgingly do on Good Friday, perhaps on Ash Wednesday if we remember it. Would we fast more, especially during Lent, if we understood how helpful it is for our lives?The answer to this, say both … [Read more...]

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Make a daily commitment to spreading God’s mercy, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Feb 20, 2016 / 04:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Saturday Pope Francis held his second Saturday general audience of the Jubilee, encouraging pilgrims to make a daily commitment to spreading God’s mercy both in the small things, and to those most in need.“My life, my attitude, my way of living, must truly be a concrete sign that God is close to us,” the Pope said Feb. 20.He explained that this is done through “small gestures of love, tenderness and … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Gomez: The Pope’s focus is human suffering, not Donald Trump

Los Angeles, Calif., Feb 19, 2016 / 04:20 pm (CNA).- The controversy surrounding Pope Francis’ off-the-cuff statements on his return flight from Mexico – and Donald Trump’s response – should not overshadow the underlying reason for the papal visit, said Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles.The archbishop said that Pope Francis’ Feb. 12-17 Mexico visit was “a very emotional week” that tried “to bring a word of hope and mercy to some of the poorest … [Read more...]

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These pop-singing nuns rocked Pope Francis’ Juarez Mass

Juarez, Mexico, Feb 19, 2016 / 02:06 pm (CNA).- After taking the Internet by storm last fall with their hit “Confia en Dios,” this group of singing sisters was invited to perform at Pope Francis’ U.S.-Mexico border Mass in Juarez earlier this week.“We are very happy…we never imagined that we would receive an invitation,” Sister Mónica Nobl told CNA Feb. 17.One of the leaders of the musical group “The Siervas,” meaning … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Pell strikes back at allegations of child abuse

Vatican City, Feb 19, 2016 / 10:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Friday Cardinal George Pell forcefully denied an alleged police investigation's claim of “multiple offenses” of child sexual abuse, calling the accusations patently untrue.“The allegations are without foundation and utterly false,” a Feb. 19 statement from Cardinal Pell’s office read.The timing of the media leak on the alleged investigation “is clearly designed to do maximum damage to the … [Read more...]

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