What Pope Francis learned from homeless girl: ‘Cry with the suffering!’

Manila, Philippines, Jan 17, 2015 / 09:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis praised Filipino former homeless girl Glyzelle Palomar for asking why God allows children to suffer, saying her tearful question shows that Christians must “learn how to weep.”The 12-year-old Glyzelle burst into tears as she recounted her experience to the Pope on Sunday: “there are many children neglected by their own parents. There are also many who became victims and many terrible things happened … [Read more...]

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Here’s why Pope Francis goes off script

Manila, Philippines, Jan 17, 2015 / 07:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a press briefing with journalists in the Philippines, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi ventured to explain the reason why Pope Francis so frequently deviates from his prepared speeches. “Every time that we are in a particularly intense situation, the Pope desires to speak from the heart,” the spokesman told journalists during the Jan. 17 briefing. “Sometimes maybe he is tired or he feels (he is) not … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis to Philippines cardinal: ‘this visit is really for me’

Manila, Philippines, Jan 17, 2015 / 06:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On his return flight from the Philippine city of Tacloban to Manila, where he met with and shared in the suffering of typhoon survivors, Pope Francis was moved, and said the trip was really intended for him. “When we had already boarded the plane I asked him ‘How is it Your Holiness? Are you tired? Are you afraid because this is your first typhoon?’ But he said, 'This visit is really for me. This is for me. … [Read more...]

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Prayers asked for woman killed in freak accident at papal Mass

Manila, Philippines, Jan 17, 2015 / 04:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A local woman was killed at an airport near Tacloban, Philippines where Pope Francis had just celebrated Mass for thousands of people amid strong winds and rain brought on by Tropical Storm Amang. “The Pope has been informed about the death of our young friend” when he returned to the nunciature, said head of the Holy See Press office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, during a press briefing on Jan. 17 a few hours after the … [Read more...]

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Prayers asked for woman killed in freak accident at papal Mass

Manila, Philippines, Jan 17, 2015 / 04:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A local woman was killed at an airport near Tacloban, Philippines where Pope Francis had just celebrated Mass for thousands of people amid strong winds and rain brought on by Tropical Storm Amang. “The Pope has been informed about the death of our young friend” when he returned to the nunciature, said head of the Holy See Press office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, during a press briefing on Jan. 17 a few hours after the … [Read more...]

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A simple, intense encounter: Pope Francis and Manila’s street kids

Manila, Philippines, Jan 17, 2015 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Deviating from his schedule of events in the Philippines, Pope Francis had a brief but emotionally intense encounter with former street kids in Manila yesterday. “I saw a sense of paternity from the Pope, also physically in his embrace, his caress, his affection that the kids immediately noticed. So all of them wanted to be in contact with him,” Father Antonio Spadaro S.J. told CNA on Jan. 16. “It was a very … [Read more...]

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What the Pope wasn’t able to say in the Philippines

Manila, Philippines, Jan 17, 2015 / 12:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Jan. 17, Pope Francis visited the Philippine city of Tacloban, which is still recovering from the devastating effects of 2013’s Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Yolanda. More than 7,000 people died in that storm, and an estimated 1 million people remain homeless. Among the Pope’s scheduled activities was an address to priests, religious, seminarians and families at the Cathedral of Our Lord’s Transfiguration … [Read more...]

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