Pope Francis explains why he won’t sell the Church’s ‘treasures’

Vatican City, Nov 6, 2015 / 09:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a new interview ranging from fame to finances to his childhood dreams, Pope Francis explained that despite his strong concern for the poor, he will not sell the “riches of the Church.” Asked whether he has ever felt pressure to sell “the treasures of the Church,” the Pope responded, “This is an easy question. They are not the treasures of the Church, (but) the treasures of humanity.” “For … [Read more...]

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Record-breaking 40 Days for Life campaign sees monumental results

Dallas, Texas, Nov 6, 2015 / 06:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After its 2015 fall campaign of prayer and fasting outside hundreds of abortion clinics around the world, the pro-life advocacy group 40 Days for Life says its efforts have been met with record-breaking results. “We had 307 cities participate in the 40 Days for Life campaign in the United States and around the world, and we have really seen 40 Days for Life go into any environment and get the same result: moms choosing life at the … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis is going to Kenya – and here’s what people are talking about

Vatican City, Nov 6, 2015 / 03:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As anticipation mounts in Africa ahead of Pope Francis’ coming visit, one Kenyan bishop said his country is excited to see the Pope’s simplicity and humility in action, especially toward the poor. “People are very much waiting to see Pope Francis because of what they hear about his way of doing things, the way that he’s simple, he goes to the poor and to the simple,” Bishop James Maria Wainaina Kungu told … [Read more...]

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After nearly 500 years, Our Lady of Guadalupe still has something to tell us

Los Angeles, Calif., Nov 6, 2015 / 12:24 am (CNA).- The miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is centuries old and her message to St. Juan Diego has been translated into numerous languages over the years. Countless books have been written about the apparition, and the tilma itself has been intensely scrutinized by scientists. So what more can we learn about Our Lady of Guadalupe and her message? Plenty, says Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, who along with postulator for St. Juan … [Read more...]

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New survey finds some Americans more devout, others more adrift

Washington D.C., Nov 5, 2015 / 04:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The vast majority of Americans continue to identify with religious faith, a Pew study has found. However, there are some indications of a modest decline in overall religious affiliation and practice. “Among the roughly three-quarters of U.S. adults who do claim a religion, there has been no discernible drop in most measures of religious commitment. Indeed, by some conventional measures, religiously affiliated Americans are, on … [Read more...]

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A dark plague – what’s forcing 60 million people from their homes?

New York City, N.Y., Nov 5, 2015 / 03:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Racism and religious intolerance are two of the driving forces behind the growing migrant crisis in Europe and the Middle East, a representative to the Holy See warned the United Nations on Tuesday. “In many of the countries of origin of migrants and refugees, the most heinous crimes against religious freedom have been and continue to be committed,” Archbishop Bernardito Auza said, citing problematic forced conversions, … [Read more...]

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For Pope Francis, unity of martyrdom is stronger than Christian divisions

Vatican City, Nov 5, 2015 / 12:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite the numerous divisions among Christians today, the followers of Christ are powerfully united in the witness of martyrdom across the globe, Pope Francis said Wednesday. “In various parts of the world the witness to Christ, even to the shedding of blood, has become a shared experience of Catholics, Orthodox, Anglicans, Protestants, Evangelicals and Pentecostals,” the Pope told the Global Christian Forum in a Nov. 4 … [Read more...]

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