How millions of keys in Mexico are being used to honor Pope Francis

Mexico City, Mexico, Feb 12, 2016 / 06:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A well-known Mexican artist is collecting millions of keys for an unusual reason.He will use the keys to create a 16-foot-tall bronze statue of Pope Francis.The statue’s design shows Francis holding in his left hand a white dove as it takes flight.Pedro Francisco Rodriguez, a famous sculptor in the Juarez area, is in charge of the project. To collect the bronze keys, project volunteers have placed containers in different … [Read more...]

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How millions of keys in Mexico are being used to honor Pope Francis

Mexico City, Mexico, Feb 12, 2016 / 06:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A well-known Mexican artist is collecting millions of keys for an unusual reason.He will use the keys to create a 16-foot-tall bronze statue of Pope Francis.The statue’s design shows Francis holding in his left hand a white dove as it takes flight.Pedro Francisco Rodriguez, a famous sculptor in the Juarez area, is in charge of the project. To collect the bronze keys, project volunteers have placed containers in different … [Read more...]

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‘We are brothers’ – Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill hold historic meeting

Havana, Cuba, Feb 12, 2016 / 04:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christian brotherhood and unity were the focus of Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill when they met on Friday afternoon in Havana.“We spoke as brothers,” Pope Francis said. “We have the same baptism. We are bishops. We spoke of our Churches.”“We agreed that unity is created by journeying together,” he told a gathering of Catholic and Orthodox clergy and reporters after his meeting with … [Read more...]

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Full text of joint declaration signed by Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill

Havana, Cuba, Feb 12, 2016 / 02:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a historic first, Pope Francis on Friday met with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill. The Feb. 12 meeting took place in Havana, Cuba, a stop added at the start of the Holy Father's Feb. 12-18 trip to Mexico. In addition to meeting privately, Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill signed a joint declaration. The full text of the declaration is below:Joint Declaration of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All … [Read more...]

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After deadly prison riot in Mexico, archbishop asks for prayers

Mexico City, Mexico, Feb 12, 2016 / 04:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Rogelio Cabrera López of Monterrey has asked the entire community to unite in prayer in response to the riot that took place at a local prison that left a tragic toll of 52 dead and 12 injured.“We want to invite the entire community to join us in prayer for our brothers who are inmates and for their families, who are going through anguished moments,” the archbishop said in a statement.The riot took … [Read more...]

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Journalist with microcephaly slams abortion push in Brazil

Sao Paulo, Brazil, Feb 5, 2016 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the wake of the Zika virus outbreak in the Americas, one woman born with microcephaly – which is suspected to be linked to Zika – has said that what’s needed for those with the condition is assistance, not abortion.Ana Carolina Cáceres, a Brazilian journalist, told the BBC's Ricardo Senra that microcephaly “is a box of surprises. You may suffer from serious problems or you may not. So I believe … [Read more...]

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Brazilian bishops reject push to expand abortion to Zika virus cases

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb 4, 2016 / 05:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In its first statement related to the health crisis sparked by the Zika virus, the Brazilian Conference of Catholic Bishops said that the disease is “no justification whatsoever to promote abortion.”In the statement, released Feb. 4, the Brazilian bishops say that it is not morally acceptable to promote abortion “in the cases of microcephaly, as, unfortunately, some groups are proposing to the Supreme Federal … [Read more...]

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