Pope calls on Paraguay’s women to build the future

Caacupé, Paraguay, Jul 11, 2015 / 09:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Saying Mass at the Marian shrine of Caacupé on Saturday, Pope Francis reflected that it is the task of the “women, wives and mothers” of Paraguay to keep alive their nation’s faith and heritage. The Roman Pontiff said July 11 at the shrine that they are the “keepers of the memory, the lifeblood of those who rebuilt the life, faith and dignity of your people.” Centering his homily on the … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis tells sick children of Paraguay they are close to Jesus

Asunción, Paraguay, Jul 11, 2015 / 08:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- There is one way to annoy Jesus, Pope Francis said on Saturday: Keep the children from coming to him. The Roman Pontiff was speaking July 11 as part a question and answer session with a group of children receiving treatment at the “Niños de Acosta Ñu” pediatric hospital in Ascuncion, the Paraguayan capital. The visit was the first stop on his first full day in the South American nation. “Dear … [Read more...]

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Francis lauds strength of Paraguay women amid nation’s bloody history

Asunción, Paraguay, Jul 10, 2015 / 05:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Arriving in Paraguay on Friday, Pope Francis recognized the particular contribution of women in the nation’s warn-torn past.   The Pope said that he would “like to acknowledge with profound admiration the role played by the women of Paraguay in those dramatic historical moments.” “As mothers, wives and widows, they shouldered the heaviest burdens; they found a way to move their families and their … [Read more...]

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From one sinner to another, Pope asks for prayers during prison visit

Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, Jul 10, 2015 / 09:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Friday told Bolivian inmates that he too is a sinner who has experienced the merciful love of God, and encouraged them not to fall into despair but to accept forgiveness and to sustain themselves with prayer. “You may be asking yourselves: Who is this man standing before us?’” the Pope reflected with prisoners during his July 10 visit to Bolivia’s Palmasola Rehabilitation Center … [Read more...]

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Pope in Latin America apologizes for sins against native peoples

Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Jul 9, 2015 / 06:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following in the footsteps of St. John Paul II, Pope Francis on Thursday asked forgiveness for crimes against the indigenous peoples of Latin America during “the so-called conquest of America.” “I say this to you with regret: many grave sins were committed against the native peoples of America in the name of God,” he said July 9. “My predecessors acknowledged this, CELAM (The Latin American … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Humanity’s future is in the hands of the poor

La Paz, Bolivia, Jul 9, 2015 / 05:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In an address to international NGOs on Thursday, Pope Francis said the poor and marginalized have an irreplaceable role to play in reversing what he calls the global dictatorship of greed. “This system is by now intolerable: farmworkers find it intolerable, laborers find it intolerable, communities find it intolerable, peoples find it intolerable,” the Pope said. “The earth itself – our sister, Mother Earth, as … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis apparently not amused by ‘communist crucifix’ (Updated)

La Paz, Bolivia, Jul 9, 2015 / 10:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When leftist Bolivian president Evo Morales on Thursday presented Pope Francis with a “communist crucifix” – a carving of Christ crucified on the hammer of a hammer and sickle – the Pope appeared to say, “This is not ok,” while shaking his head. However, at a July 9 press briefing the Holy See press officer, Fr. Federico Lombardi, said that Pope Francis' remark likely expresed a sentiment of “I didnt' know”, rather than “This is not right … [Read more...]

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