Pope Francis: Are you ready for your final goodbye?

Vatican City, May 19, 2015 / 02:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily Tuesday Pope Francis focused on many different “goodbyes” that happen during life, and asked whether attendees were ready for the final, most important farewell before going to the Father. “Am I prepared to entrust to God all that I have? To entrust myself to God? To say that word which is the word of the son entrusting himself to his Father?” the Pope asked May 19. “I'm thinking of the … [Read more...]

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Could Mother Teresa be canonized during the Holy Year for Mercy?

Vatican City, May 19, 2015 / 10:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi has said that Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta could be canonized during the upcoming Jubilee for Mercy, although he clarified that no concrete plans have been made. Fr. Lombardi told CNA May 19 that the possible canonization of Mother Teresa during the Holy Year is “a working hypothesis.” “There is no official date but you can say that the Congregation for the Causes of Saints is … [Read more...]

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These twin friars are taking it to the streets – and your TV – to save souls

New York City, N.Y., May 19, 2015 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- It’s a good thing Brother Angelus wears glasses, otherwise it would be really hard to tell him apart from Brother Innocent.It’s tricky enough as it is, given that they’re brother-Brothers: siblings and consecrated Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (or CFRs). They’re also twins – or rather, two-thirds of a triplet. Their triplet sister Katie is (no, not a nun) back home in Nebraska with her husband and … [Read more...]

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For Pope Francis, the laity must be formed for their mission in the world

Vatican City, May 19, 2015 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking to the Italian bishops' general assembly on Monday, Pope Francis urged them to support the laity through Christian formation, so that they can assume their proper responsibilities in the public square. An “ecclesial and pastoral sensibility” is “reflected in reinforcing the indispensible role of the laity, who are disposed to take on their responsibilities,” the Pope said May 18 in the Vatican's … [Read more...]

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US bishops: without disarmament, nuclear weapons still threaten peace

Washington D.C., May 19, 2015 / 12:48 am (CNA).- The U.S. bishops have urged more action to ensure nuclear disarmament and to combat the proliferation of nuclear weapons “For most Americans, there is an assumption that the nuclear threat receded with the end of the Cold War. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth,” said the May 12 letter from Bishop Oscar Cantu to Secretary of State John Kerry. “In a multi-polar world where there are risks of nuclear … [Read more...]

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Beware of ‘white-gloved’ terrorism, Pope tells Middle East nuns

Vatican City, May 18, 2015 / 05:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- One day after canonizing the first two Palestinian saints since the early days of Christianity, Pope Francis met with a group of sisters from the Holy Land – urging them to pray for peace against “white-gloved terrorism” and persecution. Speaking of the newly canonized women, Saints Mariam Baouardy and Marie Alphonsine Danil Ghattas, the pontiff said: “I give you a mission: pray to the two new saints for peace in … [Read more...]

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Want more religious vocations? Improve your family life, nun says

Rome, Italy, May 18, 2015 / 02:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Church brings the needs of the family to the forefront with the upcoming Synod this fall, one Dominican sister says it is no surprise that Pope Francis should also dedicate this year to the consecrated life. “One nourishes the other,” explained Dominican Sister Maria Magdalene in an interview with CNA. “You don’t have vocations just materialize out of thin air. They’re fed by good … [Read more...]

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