The man who put Laudato Si into practice in Ecuador – 40 years ago

Quito, Ecuador, Jul 8, 2015 / 12:33 am (CNA).- Among the members of civil society Pope Francis met with in Quito was an Italian who helped build a banking system to aid the poor in rising from poverty, anticipating in practice what Pope Francis’ encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ stressed this year. A Salesian, Giuseppe Tonello, better known as Bepi Tonello, went to Ecuador in 1970, following the request of his superiors to go on mission in that land. He arrived at Salinas in 1971, in … [Read more...]

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Pope to policy makers in Ecuador: Love society as your family

Quito, Ecuador, Jul 7, 2015 / 05:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In an address at the San Francisco church in Quito, Ecuador Pope Francis told political and social policy makers of the country to look to the family as their model for solidarity and subsidiarity. “In a family, parents, grandparents and children feel at home; no one is excluded,” the Holy Father said in his July 7 address. “Should it not be the same in society?” The Pope lamented that frequently in the … [Read more...]

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God to Cain, Pope to educators: ‘Where is your brother?’

Quito, Ecuador, Jul 7, 2015 / 04:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Tuesday challenged Ecuador’s educators to form their students to engage in modern-day issues with innovation and in solidarity with the poor. “As a university, as educational institutions, as teachers and students, life itself challenges us to answer this question: What does this world need us for? Where is your brother?” Pope Francis said, in reference to the Genesis account of God asking Cain about … [Read more...]

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Pope: Evangelizing isn’t about big talk – it’s about joy

Quito, Ecuador, Jul 7, 2015 / 10:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his second homily while visiting Ecuador, Pope Francis spoke on Tuesday of the importance of fostering unity through evangelization, which he said is not done by preaching at people, but rather by being a joyful witness to the Gospel we have received. “We evangelize not with grand words, or complicated concepts, but with the joy of the Gospel, which fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus,” the Pope said … [Read more...]

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Pope: Evangelizing isn’t about big talk – it’s about joy

Quito, Ecuador, Jul 7, 2015 / 10:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his second homily while visiting Ecuador, Pope Francis spoke on Tuesday of the importance of fostering unity through evangelization, which he said is not done by preaching at people, but rather by being a joyful witness to the Gospel we have received. “We evangelize not with grand words, or complicated concepts, but with the joy of the Gospel, which fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus,” the Pope said … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis visits an old friend in Ecuador

Guayaquil, Ecuador, Jul 7, 2015 / 12:32 am (CNA).- “Why in the world is the Vicar of Christ coming to me?” said Father Paquito, when asked how he would receive Pope Francis when he visits him in Guayaquil, Ecuador. The Jesuit priest who in a few days will be 91, was very excited about his get together with his old friend. Fr. Francisco Cortés, better known as Paquito, was born in Malaga, Spain, July 10, 1924 and came to Ecuador in 1963, serving since then at the Javier … [Read more...]

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Pray that the family synod will deepen the Church’s spiritual discernment, Pope asks

Guayaquil, Ecuador, Jul 6, 2015 / 12:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During a Mass said on Monday, the first full day of his visit to Ecuador, Pope Francis called for prayers that the upcoming Synod on the Family might discern the needs of the family, an institution irreplaceable to society.   “The Church will celebrate the Ordinary Synod devoted to the family, deepen her spiritual discernment and consider concrete solutions to the many difficult and significant challenges facing families … [Read more...]

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