‘Things will change!’ – Turkish girls hopeful after Pope’s visit

Istanbul, Turkey, Nov 30, 2014 / 01:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ visit to Turkey may change the traction Christians have in a country that is almost entirely Muslim, said two Turkish young women who had the occasion to greet the Pope on his recent trip. Baram, a nearly 30-year-old woman with a degree in French Literature, told CNA that “there is a group of people here in Turkey that does not understand Christianity, or simply they are not interested in … [Read more...]

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God never forgets his children, Pope Francis tells young refugees

Istanbul, Turkey, Nov 30, 2014 / 08:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- “Dear young people, do not be discouraged.” Pope Francis made this appeal during an encounter with young refugees in Istanbul, urging them to remember that God never forgets his children. The Pope met with the refugees in the Salesian Oratory of Istanbul on Nov. 30, the third and final day of his Apostolic Journey to Turkey. The youth refugees taking part in the encounter were predominantly from Africa and the Middle … [Read more...]

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Patriarch to Francis: ‘You preach with words, but above all with love’

Istanbul, Turkey, Nov 30, 2014 / 06:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Head of the Eastern Orthodox Church Patriarch Bartholomew I lauded the humble manner in which Pope Francis exercises his Petrine ministry, and urged their churches to focus on the future of dialogue. “Your Holiness, your hitherto brief tenure at the helm of Your Church has already manifested you in people’s conscience today as a herald of love, peace and reconciliation,” the patriarch told the Pope on Nov. … [Read more...]

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Second joint declaration signals new step in path toward unity

Vatican City, Nov 30, 2014 / 03:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the second joint declaration they have signed since May, Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew reaffirmed their shared desire for full Christian unity, as well as their concerns for the Middle East. “We, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, express our profound gratitude to God for the gift of this new encounter,” the declaration, signed by the two on Nov. 30, read. In addition, the two expressed their … [Read more...]

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A look into the rights of child migrants

Washington D.C., Nov 29, 2014 / 04:22 pm (CNA).- In 1999, two teenagers froze to death in the hold of a Sabena Airlines Airbus A330 travelling from Guinea to Brussels. Yaguine Koïta and Fodé Tounkara were found three days after their death among their possessions, including plastic bags with birth certificates, school report cards, family photographs and a letter, written in imperfect French. The letter addressed the leaders of Europe, asking them to help children in Africa … [Read more...]

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A kiss of peace: Pope Francis receives symbolic gesture from patriarch

Vatican City, Nov 29, 2014 / 01:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a fraternal gesture Pope Francis asked for the blessing of Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, who marked a historic moment in ecumenical dialogue by kissing the head of the Bishop of Rome. “At the end the Pope asked the patriarch to bless him, and the Patriarch kissed him,” Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi recounted to journalists in a Nov. 29 press briefing. “It’s not the first time, I … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis to consecrated men, women: Leave your nests!

Vatican City, Nov 29, 2014 / 01:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious men and women are called to leave their “nest” and bring the Gospel to the peripheries, said Pope Francis in a video message marking the vigil of the Year for Consecrated Life. The Holy Father used the occasion to give thanks to God for the “precious gift of the consecrated life to the Church and the world.” The video message was delivered on Nov. 29 to members of the Congregation for the Institutes … [Read more...]

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