A new hope: the Church of Naples after Pope Francis’ visit

Naples, Italy, Mar 24, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ visit to Naples on Saturday fostered the commitment of the local Church to combat corruption and to continue work on the ground that has already born much fruits in the city's peripheries, according to an official. “Our plan now is the most challenging one: being able to reach a sort of normality in our territories,” Fr. Tonino Palmese, vicar of charity for the Archdiocese of Naples, told CNA March … [Read more...]

Saint’s relic with miraculous tendencies does it again for Pope Francis

Rome, Italy, Mar 21, 2015 / 01:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While Pope Francis was giving some advice to the religious, priests and seminarians of Naples on Saturday, a miracle occurred: a vial of dried blood from a fourth century saint liquefied. This stunning but locally known and accepted phenomenon is said to happen three times a year: May 1, Sept. 19, which is the saint's feast day, and Dec. 16. The last time this occured with a Pope was in 1848 with Pius IX. It didn't happen when … [Read more...]

Nuns watching soap operas and the ‘terrorism’ of gossip: Pope Francis and Naples’ religious

Rome, Italy, Mar 21, 2015 / 12:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a wide-ranging, off-the-cuff speech to priests and religious in Naples, Pope Francis addressed various challenges of consecrated life, emphasizing above all the importance of poverty and resisting gossip. “For me there is a sign that there is no fraternity in the presbyterate or in religious communities. The sign is gossip…the terrorism of gossip,” the Pope told priests, religious and seminarians of Naples during his … [Read more...]

Prison bars aren’t stronger than God’s love, Pope says to inmates

Rome, Italy, Mar 21, 2015 / 08:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his one-day trip to Naples, Pope Francis made a stop at the local prison where he reminded inmates that God is rich in mercy and that nothing – even incarceration – can keep them from his love. After spending the morning on March 21 celebrating Mass and issuing tough words on the city's notorious struggle with corruption, Pope Francis in the afternoon visited the “Giuseppe Salvia” prison of … [Read more...]

A feisty Pope Francis slams corruption, unemployment in Naples

Rome, Italy, Mar 21, 2015 / 05:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Addressing the crowds in Naples' notorious outskirts of Scampia, Pope Francis gave a verbal slap to corrupt leaders who exploit local laborers, charging that they “cannot claim to be Christian.” Speaking off the cuff during his one-day trip to the city March 21, the Pope also warned that every person is capable of being corrupt, and that no one should feel exempt from this temptation. “If we close the door to … [Read more...]

‘It’s time to surrender,’ Pope tells crime-ridden Naples

Rome, Italy, Mar 21, 2015 / 05:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told the people of Naples – a city ravaged by crime and mafia violence – that change is possible, and encouraged those involved in organized crime to convert and work toward a better future. “It's time for Naples surrender: this is my wish and my prayer for a city that has so much spiritual, cultural and human potential, and above all so much capacity to love,” the Pope told those present at his … [Read more...]

An 11,000-mile pilgrimage to see Pope Francis in Philadelphia

Rome, Italy, Mar 20, 2015 / 04:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- How far would you travel to see the Pope? For one family in Argentina, seven months and 11,000 miles is a small price to pay for the chance to celebrate the World Meeting of Families with Pope Francis in September. “The family is everything and we want to say it,” Noelle Zemborain, a mother of four, told CNA. She acknowledged that families face many “difficult situations,” including meeting monthly expenses. … [Read more...]