Paul VI was right to warn against contraception, Pope Francis says

Manila, Philippines, Jan 16, 2015 / 04:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis took the opportunity during an address to families in the Philippines to praise Blessed Pope Paul VI’s encyclical opposing contraception and affirming Church teaching on sexuality and human life. The Pope spoke Friday to families gathered at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila during his Jan. 15-19 visit to the Philippines. After discussing various threats to the family, including “a lack of openness to … [Read more...]

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She died and came back to life 3 times; now she’s here to see the Pope

Manila, Philippines, Jan 16, 2015 / 03:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Eighty-two year-old Natividad camped out in Manila overnight to see Pope Francis – despite a health history of clinically dying and coming back to life three times, according to her sister Sinida. “When Natividad was dying I kept on praying to the Lord, and after a few minutes she was alive. That’s a very big miracle, so I am very thankful. And I keep on praying,” Sinida Auzela told CNA Jan. 16, saying that … [Read more...]

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What threatens families? Redefining marriage, Pope says

Manila, Philippines, Jan 16, 2015 / 03:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Warning that “every threat to the family is a threat to society itself,” Pope Francis called on the people of the Philippines to be a prophetic witness in a world facing attacks on marriage and life. “The family is also threatened by growing efforts on the part of some to redefine the very institution of marriage, by relativism, by the culture of the ephemeral, by a lack of openness to life,” warned Pope … [Read more...]

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Here’s what Pope Francis gave the president of the Philippines

Manila, Philippines, Jan 16, 2015 / 01:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his first full day in the Philippines, Pope Francis met with President Benigno Aquino and other officials at the presidential palace, encouraging them to use the country’s strong religious heritage as a force for good. “It is my hope that this important anniversary will point to its continuing fruitfulness and its potential to inspire a society worthy of the goodness, dignity and aspirations of the Filipino … [Read more...]

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Twelve hours on a boat to tell Pope Francis ‘I love you’

Manila, Philippines, Jan 16, 2015 / 12:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Dolorosa and Joay traveled on a 12-hour boat trip from their home province in the Philippines to Manila, where they hope to see “the image of Jesus” – Pope Francis – and tell him that they love him. “We want to see the Pope, the image of Jesus. I'm so happy now, because I see in Pope Francis the image of Jesus...I can't explain my emotions. I'm so happy,” Dolorosa told CNA Jan. … [Read more...]

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‘Our faith makes us stand up again and again,’ Cardinal Tagle tells Pope

Manila, Philippines, Jan 15, 2015 / 10:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Seven cathedrals of Manila have been destroyed, but the eighth remains strong like the Philippines’ people, Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila said in an invigorating speech to Pope Francis Friday.“This cathedral has been razed to the ground many times, but it refuses to vanish,” the 57-year-old cardinal said at the close of a Mass with Pope Francis Jan. 16. “It boldly rises from the ruins – just like the … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis sees ‘powerful missionary potential’ in Philippines

Manila, Philippines, Jan 15, 2015 / 09:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Friday repeated his praise for the Philippines’ Christians as he encouraged bishops, clergy, vowed religious and seminarians to proclaim the Gospel, identify with the poor and help the “broken in spirit.”“Filipino culture has, in fact, been shaped by the imagination of faith. Filipinos everywhere are known for their love of God, their fervent piety and their warm devotion to Our Lady and her … [Read more...]

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