Pope ties Church movements Mass to Pentecost

Vatican City, May 19, 2013 / 07:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- St. Peter’s Square was “transformed into an open-air Cenacle,” Pope Francis said after he celebrated Pentecost with Church movements. “This celebration of faith is about to end, which began yesterday with the Vigil and culminated this morning in the Eucharist. “A renewed Pentecost that has transformed St. Peter's Square into an open-air Cenacle,” Pope Francis said May 19 before reciting the … [Read more...]

Spirit’s surprises are way to happiness, Pope teaches

Vatican City, May 19, 2013 / 06:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Around 200,000 pilgrims packed St. Peter’s Square to celebrate Pentecost with Pope Francis, who called on them to be open to “God’s surprises” because they bring true happiness. “This is not a question of novelty for novelty’s sake, the search for something new to relieve our boredom, as is so often the case in our own day,” the Pope said May 19. “The newness which God brings into our … [Read more...]

Church to celebrate St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi

Denver, Colo., May 19, 2013 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On May 25, the Catholic Church celebrates Saint Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, an Italian noblewoman of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries who became a Carmelite nun distinguished for her intense prayer life and devotion to frequent Holy Communion. In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI marked the 400th anniversary of St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi’s death in a letter to the Archbishop of Florence, her birthplace. He described her as … [Read more...]

Catholic Charities USA laments food assistance cuts

Washington D.C., May 18, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA).- Catholic Charities USA and other agencies across the country harshly criticized a $21 billion cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program included in the Farm Bill introduced recently to Congress. “SNAP meets critical needs for low-income working families, seniors, children, and individuals struggling to get by,” said Father Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA.  “We as a society have a special … [Read more...]

Catholic Charities USA laments food assistance cuts

Washington D.C., May 18, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA).- Catholic Charities USA and other agencies across the country harshly criticized a $21 billion cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program included in the Farm Bill introduced recently to Congress. “SNAP meets critical needs for low-income working families, seniors, children, and individuals struggling to get by,” said Father Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA.  “We as a society have a special … [Read more...]

Study shows undocumented immigrants largely Christian

Washington D.C., May 18, 2013 / 01:01 pm (CNA).- A new study says that undocumented immigrants to the U.S. tend to be more Christian than the general population, while new legal permanent residents tend to be less Christian. The Pew Research Center estimated that 83 percent of undocumented immigrants are Christian, with most coming primarily from Latin America and the Caribbean. As of 2011, there were about 11.1 million unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. Christians make up just under 80 … [Read more...]

Gossip is like slapping Jesus, Pope asserts

Vatican City, May 18, 2013 / 09:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis spoke today about how gossip by Christians is a “slap” to Jesus “in the person of his children.” “All three - disinformation, defamation and slander - are sins! This is sin! It is to slap Jesus in the person of his children, his brothers,” the Pope said May 18 in the chapel of St. Martha’s House. The topic came up in Pope Francis’ homily because of the day’s Gospel … [Read more...]


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