Pope’s Way of the Cross remembers migrants, persecuted Christians

Rome, Italy, Mar 25, 2016 / 05:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the yearly Good Friday tradition set by his predecessors, Pope Francis presided over the Stations of the Cross at Rome's Colosseum, where such issues as migration and the persecution of Christians were remembered.“O Cross of Christ, today too we see you raised up in our sisters and brothers killed, burned   alive, throats slit and decapitated by barbarous blades amid cowardly silence,” the Pope said … [Read more...]

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Mercy will save the world: papal preacher’s Good Friday meditation

Vatican City, Mar 25, 2016 / 11:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Remembering this week's deadly terror attack in Brussels, the papal preacher centered his Good Friday reflection on mercy's role in saving the world.“The opposite of mercy is not justice but vengeance,” said Father Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap, in his sermon for the Celebration of Our Lord's Passion in St. Peter's Basilica March 25.“The hate and the brutality of the terrorist attacks this week in … [Read more...]

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This unique chant brings Vietnamese Catholics deeper into Christ’s Passion

Hanoi, Vietnam, Apr 14, 2017 / 04:48 am (CNA).- While the Stations of the Cross are a worldwide Lenten devotion for Catholics, the faithful in Vietnam have an additional practice that blends ancient traditional chants with Catholic prayer and meditation on the Crucifixion. “The ‘Ngam Nguyen’ are…a unique Vietnamese Catholic practice of intoning a series of meditations recounting the Passion of Christ,” said Fr. Anthony Le Duc, national chaplain for the … [Read more...]

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An emotional Mass for migrants with Pope Francis

Rome, Italy, Mar 24, 2016 / 11:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a Mass in Rome on Holy Thursday Pope Francis washed the feet of migrants and refugees, many of whom were moved to tears by the gesture.The Pope told them that while there are some people in the world who seek to sow violence, Jesus shows us the path to unity, brotherhood and peace.“Today, right now, when I do the same gesture as Jesus in washing the feet of you 12, all of us are making the same gesture of brotherhood,” … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Bernard Hebda ‘honored’ to head Minn. diocese

Vatican City, Mar 24, 2016 / 07:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has named Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda as the new head of the Minneapolis-St. Paul archdiocese – a surprise move for the archbishop, who was expected to take over the diocese of Newark in July.In a March 24 press release, Archbishop Hebda said that he was “humbled by this expression of Pope Francis’s confidence.”He also said he was "honored" to serve in a diocese with such a “rich … [Read more...]

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Your task is to incarnate mercy, Pope Francis tells priests

Vatican City, Mar 24, 2016 / 04:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During Holy Thursday’s Chrism Mass Pope Francis focused on the topic of mercy, telling priests that one of their primary tasks is to make mercy visible in the same way as Jesus, who always gave it in excess.“As priests, we are witnesses to and ministers of the ever-increasing abundance of the Father’s mercy; we have the rewarding and consoling task of incarnating mercy, as Jesus did,” the Pope said March 24.He … [Read more...]

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What does it mean to be a bishop – and a Vatican diplomat?

Vatican City, Mar 24, 2016 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For Archbishop Peter Wells, the Pope’s new ambassador to South Africa, being in the diplomatic service of the Holy See isn’t about politics or governing,  but is  above all a ministry centered on Jesus Christ.“At the end of the day what is papal diplomacy? What does it mean to be a papal diplomat? It’s about one thing at the end of the day: Jesus Christ. That’s it,” Archbishop Wells told CNA … [Read more...]

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