Pope Francis: ‘meek light’ of Christ brings peace and the cross

Vatican City, Sep 3, 2013 / 10:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While the light of Jesus is powerful enough to cast out demons, it is a peaceful and humble light that helps us carry the cross in our lives, said Pope Francis in his Sept. 3 homily.“Jesus doesn’t need an army to cast out the demons, he has no need of pride, no need of force, of arrogance,” the Pope said during daily Mass at the chapel of the Saint Martha House.The pontiff has resumed celebrating daily Mass for … [Read more...]

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Pope meets with Cardinal Martini Foundation

Vatican City, Sep 2, 2013 / 01:22 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis met Aug. 30 with members of the Carlo Maria Martini Foundation, a year after the death of the cardinal who served as the group’s namesake.Cardinal Martini, who was the archbishop of Milan and a noted biblical scholar, was “a prophet of peace,” Pope Francis said during the meeting.He labeled the cardinal “a father in the Church, not only for his diocese, but for countless people.”“We, at the … [Read more...]

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Priest shares God’s love on Ohio’s death row

Columbus, Ohio, Sep 1, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Ohio priest says his ministry to prisoners on death row has strengthened his conviction in the power of God’s forgiveness, even among prisoners who feel like “pariahs.”   “People preparing for death are the same whether they are in a hospice setting or a prison. They live each day, trying to find a reason for hope,” Fr. Lawrence Hummer told CNA Aug. 30. “When they discover the power of … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis announces global prayer vigil for peace on Sept. 7

Vatican City, Sep 1, 2013 / 07:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Departing from his typical reflections on the Sunday gospel, Pope Francis used his Angelus audience today to call for peace throughout the world, particularly in conflict-ridden Syria.“I appeal strongly for peace, an appeal which arises from the deep within me,” he said to the crowds in St. Peter’s Square on Sept. 1.“There are so many conflicts in this world which cause me great suffering and worry, but in these … [Read more...]

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Secretary Kerry asks Iran to release American pastor

Washington D.C., Sep 1, 2013 / 07:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has renewed calls for the Iranian government to release American citizen Saeed Abedini, a Christian pastor serving an eight-year sentence on religion-related charges.“The United States respectfully asks the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to work cooperatively with us in our efforts to help U.S. citizens,” Secretary Kerry asked in an Aug. 29 press release, to “return to … [Read more...]

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China one-child policy denounced as violating women’s rights

Washington D.C., Aug 31, 2013 / 04:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As stories of forced abortions continue to surface in China, a women’s rights activist is arguing that the nation’s one-child policy has widespread negative effects on the society, particularly its women.Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women's Rights Without Frontiers, told CNA that the one-child policy “is enforced through forced abortion, up to the ninth month of pregnancy. It is also enforced through forced … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis names Italian archbishop to top Vatican post

Vatican City, Aug 31, 2013 / 09:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis made a key appointment at the Vatican today, naming 58-year-old Italian Archbishop Pietro Parolin as his new Secretary of State.“It is with trepidation that I place myself in this new service to the Gospel, to the Church and to Pope Francis,” said Archbishop Parolin in an Aug. 31 statement, which was released by the Holy See Press Office along with the news of his appointment.For the last four years, … [Read more...]

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