Pope’s full homily to Bishops, Priests, Religious and Seminarians in Manila

Manila, Philippines, Jan 15, 2015 / 08:24 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis' Homily at Manila's Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral during Holy Mass for Bishops, Priests, Religious and Seminarians Jan. 16 "Do you love me?… Tend my sheep" (Jn 21:15-17). Jesus’ words to Peter in today’s Gospel are the first words I speak to you, dear brother bishops and priests, men and women religious, and young seminarians. These words remind us of something … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Philippines’ 500 years of Christianity can inspire more good

Manila, Philippines, Jan 15, 2015 / 08:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis praised Philippines Catholics’ strong faith and challenged them to continue to let the Christian message bear fruit, noting the upcoming 500th anniversary of Christianity’s arrival in Philippines.“It is my hope that this important anniversary will point to its continuing fruitfulness and its potential to inspire a society worthy of the goodness, dignity and aspirations of the Filipino people,” … [Read more...]

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Speakers withdraw from Catholic event fearing LGBT controversy

Washington D.C., Jan 15, 2015 / 05:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Everyone must be free to proclaim their religious beliefs, a Catholic group has said after prominent speakers spurned its summit because of the group’s stance on homosexuality. “At its core, this issue is about the freedom of Legatus members — in fact all Catholics, and by extension people of any religion — to have the freedom to exercise their religious beliefs, which includes the ability to gather together … [Read more...]

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Goans celebrate the canonization of their compatriot St Joseph Vaz

Panjim, India, Jan 15, 2015 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bells pealed out at Catholic churches and chapels throughout the Archdiocese of Goa on Wednesday, calling the faithful to prayer and thanksgiving following the canonization of one of their own, St. Joseph Vaz. The Indian-born saint known as the “Apostle to Sri Lanka” was canonized at a Mass in Colombo by Pope Francis on Jan. 14. “The canonization is a sign of the maturity level attained by the Church in Goa to be … [Read more...]

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Attendee of Philippines WYD 1995 to concelebrate papal Mass

Manila, Philippines, Jan 15, 2015 / 03:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Fr. Marcello Pondoc attended the Philippines World Youth Day with St. John Paul II in 1995, and 20 years later will participate in Pope Francis’ visit as a concelebrating priest at Friday's papal Mass. “(The visit of Pope Francis) is a great blessing, just like the visit of St. John Paul II in 1995. That was for World Youth Day. I was there, and now I am very lucky to be one of the concelebrants of this Mass … [Read more...]

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Malawi’s Bishop Joseph Zuza dies in car accident

Mzuzu, Malawi, Jan 15, 2015 / 02:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics in Malawi are mourning the death of Bishop Joseph Mukasa Zuza of Mzuzu, who died in a car crash on Thursday at the age of 59. The communications secretary of the Malawi bishops conference, Fr. Andrew Kaufa, confirmed the death to CNA on Jan. 15. The bishop was driving himself along the Chikangawa-Nthungwa road, returning to Mzuzu, and his car rolled several times. He was rushed to the hospital in Mzuzu, where he … [Read more...]

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Gift from heaven? Pope receives unexpected visit from St. Therese of Lisieux

Aboard the papal plane, Jan 15, 2015 / 12:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his flight to the Philippines, Pope Francis thanked a French journalist who gave him an image of St. Therese, saying that instead of giving the usual rose when he asked for help, St. Therese came to him herself.“I have the habit of, when I don't know how things will go, to ask of St Therese the little child, St Therese of Jesus, to ask her if she takes a problem in hand, some thing, that she send me a … [Read more...]

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