Pope Francis: Do you believe that Christ can transform you?

Havana, Cuba, Sep 21, 2015 / 09:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis Monday celebrated his second public Mass during his papal visit to Cuba, reflecting that an encounter with Christ has the power to transform even the most rejected sinners into missionaries. “The gaze of Jesus gives rise to missionary activity, service, self-giving,” the Pope said, drawing his inspiration from the conversion of St. Matthew, whose feast is celebrated Sept. 21. “Jesus' love heals our … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis unplugged: The Holy Father speaks from the heart to young Cubans

Havana, Cuba, Sep 20, 2015 / 07:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis set aside his prepared remarks to respond to the dreams and hopes of young people who spoke to him in Cuba on Sunday evening. “I took notes,” he told a Sept. 20 youth meeting at the Father Felix Varela Cultural Center near Havana’s Cathedral. “The word that hit me hard: dream,” Pope Francis said. “A Latin American writer used to say: ‘People have two eyes, one made of flesh and … [Read more...]

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Let poverty be your mother, Pope Francis tells religious in Cuba

Havana, Cuba, Sep 20, 2015 / 06:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Sunday spoke from the heart about the importance of spiritual poverty, the danger of worldly wealth, and the universal need for mercy. He made his impromptu remarks to Cuban priests, consecrated religious and seminarians at Havana’s cathedral. “The spirit of the world does not love the way of the Son of God, who emptied himself and became poor. He became nothing - he humiliated himself in order to be one of … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis’ gift to Castro: a challenging message from Cuban leader’s old teacher

Havana, Cuba, Sep 20, 2015 / 04:56 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis met with Fidel Castro on Sunday and gave him a special gift: a book and two CDs with the homilies and songs of Father Amando Llorente, a Jesuit priest who was Castro’s school teacher. Before Father Llorente’s death, he publically asked for Castro’s conversion and repentance. Father Llorente was Castro’s teacher and mentor at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, where Castro studied until he was 16 years old. In … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis gifts Fidel Castro with copy of ‘Laudato Si’

Havana, Cuba, Sep 20, 2015 / 12:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis and former Cuban president Fidel Castro held a brief meeting after Sunday Mass and the Angelus today.Pope Francis, accompanied by a few other Vatican representatives including Apostolic Nuncio to Cuba, Archbishop Giorgio Lingua, traveled to Fidel Castro’s home where the two talked about the environment and “the great problems of the contemporary world."“Naturally, the … [Read more...]

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Colombian peace talks must not fail, Pope says during Cuba trip

Havana, Cuba, Sep 20, 2015 / 10:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis prayed for the ongoing negotiations between FARC rebels and the Colombian government happening in Cuba right now saying that “another failure” is not an option. “Please, we do not have the right to allow ourselves yet another failure on this path of peace and reconciliation,” he said following the Sept. 20 Sunday Angelus in Revolution Square. Since 1964, more than 200,000 people … [Read more...]

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Colombian peace talks must not fail, Pope says during Cuba trip

Havana, Cuba, Sep 20, 2015 / 10:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis prayed for the ongoing negotiations between FARC rebels and the Colombian government happening in Cuba right now saying that “another failure” is not an option. “Please, we do not have the right to allow ourselves yet another failure on this path of peace and reconciliation,” he said following the Sept. 20 Sunday Angelus in Revolution Square. Since 1964, more than 200,000 people … [Read more...]

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