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...]

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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...]

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‘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...]

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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...]

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Dante’s biggest fans? The ‘poet of popes’ and his legacy at the Vatican

Rome, Italy, Mar 20, 2015 / 02:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With this year marking the 750th anniversary of Dante Alighieri’s birth, the Vatican is taking a closer look the author of the Italian masterpiece, the Divine Comedy, and his impact upon the popes of the 20th century. “Dante is a universal poet for all people and all times,” according to a Mar. 17 article by L'Osservatore Romano which expounds upon the estimation which Paul VI, along with his predecessor Benedict XV, … [Read more...]

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Children of gay and lesbian parents write letter of support to Dolce, Gabbana

Milan, Italy, Mar 19, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA).- The designers behind luxury Italian fashion label Dolce & Gabbana triggered a barrage of controversy after expressing support for traditional marriage and families last weekend in an interview with the Italian magazine Panorama. On Monday, six children (now adults) raised by same-sex parents in the United States wrote a letter supporting the designers, thanking them for speaking up for the rights of children to both a mother and a … [Read more...]

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Vatican analyst explores ‘The Francis Miracle’ in new book

Rome, Italy, Mar 17, 2015 / 02:28 am (CNA).- Pope Francis is the subject of a new book by noted Vatican analyst and author John Allen, Jr. From the Pope’s Argentinian roots to his journey to the papacy and view to the future, “The Francis Miracle” seeks to offer a definitive resource on the Roman Pontiff and the legacy he will leave behind. CNA spoke with Allen about “The Francis Miracle,” which is available this month from TIME Books. The text of the interview is … [Read more...]

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