A kiss of peace: Pope Francis receives symbolic gesture from patriarch

Vatican City, Nov 29, 2014 / 01:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a fraternal gesture Pope Francis asked for the blessing of Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, who marked a historic moment in ecumenical dialogue by kissing the head of the Bishop of Rome. “At the end the Pope asked the patriarch to bless him, and the Patriarch kissed him,” Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi recounted to journalists in a Nov. 29 press briefing. “It’s not the first time, I … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis to consecrated men, women: Leave your nests!

Vatican City, Nov 29, 2014 / 01:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious men and women are called to leave their “nest” and bring the Gospel to the peripheries, said Pope Francis in a video message marking the vigil of the Year for Consecrated Life. The Holy Father used the occasion to give thanks to God for the “precious gift of the consecrated life to the Church and the world.” The video message was delivered on Nov. 29 to members of the Congregation for the Institutes … [Read more...]

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Patriarch prays for full union between Catholic, Orthodox churches

Istanbul, Turkey, Nov 29, 2014 / 10:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a prayer gathering on the second day of Pope Francis' visit to Turkey, Patriarch Bartholomew I welcomed him with joy, saying his presence is a symbolic “bridging” of the East and West. “May these holy fathers, on whose teaching our common faith of the first millennium was founded, intercede for us to the Lord so that we may rediscover the full union of our Churches, thereby fulfilling His divine will in … [Read more...]

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Unity becomes ‘uniformity’ without the Holy Spirit, Pope warns

Istanbul, Turkey, Nov 29, 2014 / 08:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During the only public Mass of his three-day apostolic journey to Turkey, Pope Francis warned that unity without the Holy Spirit stays limited within human plans and falls into mere uniformity. Celebrating the Mass in the Salesian-run Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Istanbul, Pope Francis began his reflection Saturday by turning to the day's Gospel reading from John, in which Jesus speaks of himself as “the font … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis’ prayer at Blue Mosque ‘exactly the same’ as Benedict XVI

Vatican City, Nov 29, 2014 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During Pope Francis’ visit to Istanbul’s Blue Mosque, he paused for a moment of prayer alongside Ankara’s Grand Mufti – a moment of “interreligious dialogue” which mirrored that of his predecessor.      “When they were under the Dome, the Pope insisted: ‘not only must we praise and glorify him, but we must adore him,’” Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J. … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Burke opens up about his new office with Knights of Malta

Rome, Italy, Nov 29, 2014 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Nov. 8 the Vatican announced the transfer of Cardinal Raymond Burke from prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, which ensures correct administration of justice in the Church, to Patron of the Sovereign Order of the Knights of Malta. In an interview on Nov. 21, Cardinal Burke explained his new role to CNA. “The technical title is Patron,” he stated. “It is an office of representation of the Holy Father to the grand … [Read more...]

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How the Church in Thailand fights trafficking, violence against women

Bangkok, Thailand, Nov 28, 2014 / 04:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church in Thailand observed the Nov. 25 celebration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women with a seminar helping form networks to end trafficking and other forms of sex-based violence in the country. The Thai bishops held the seminar Nov. 22 at Xavier Hall in Bangkok, which drew more than 200 participants, including women religious, conscrated laywomen, pastoral workers, teachers, and … [Read more...]

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