Performing for the Pope in Philly: a chat with some of the talent

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 25, 2015 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Musicians, comedians, performers and artists from the around the world are eager to reinforce the message of the family and God’s love – as well as to perform for Pope Francis. “We are not worthy to enter under @Pontifex's roof but trusts he has the word for healing!” Jeannie Gaffigan, wife of Jim Gaffigan, mother of five, and and executive producer of the Jim Gaffigan Show, tweeted to CNA. Jim … [Read more...]

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Can a giant Pope Francis mural move the hearts of New Yorkers?

New York City, N.Y., Sep 25, 2015 / 11:40 am (CNA).- In the heart of Manhattan, a giant mural of Pope Francis looks out over New York City, smiling and waving. Its painter, Van Hecht-Nilsen, hopes the spectacular image will help people find happiness in God. “I think that Pope Francis has an authentic love that can counter this false love our society lives," Hecht-Nilsen said.   The artist worried that American society “has put Christianity aside.” “I … [Read more...]

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Destruction is always personal, Pope Francis reflects at Ground Zero

New York City, N.Y., Sep 25, 2015 / 10:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After his Friday meeting with loved ones of fallen first responders to the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, the Holy Father said he was reminded that violence can never be impersonal. “In those family members, we see the face of pain, a pain which still touches us and cries out to heaven,” he said during an interreligious prayer event at Ground Zero Sept. 25. He reflected that “acts of destruction are never … [Read more...]

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Full Text: Pope Francis’ speech at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum

Washington D.C., Sep 25, 2015 / 09:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis visited "Ground Zero" at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City on Sept. 25, 2015. He Read the full text of the Holy Father's speech here: Dear Friends, I feel many different emotions standing here at Ground Zero, where thousands of lives were taken in a senseless act of destruction. Here grief is palpable. The water we see flowing towards that empty pit reminds us of all those lives which fell … [Read more...]

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Leave ideology behind and care for the human person, Pope tells UN

New York City, N.Y., Sep 25, 2015 / 08:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Friday Pope Francis told members of the United Nations that there is no room for “ideological colonization” in their agenda, and stressed the need to go beyond policies to concrete solutions in caring for the poor and vulnerable, as well as the environment. In his Sept. 25 speech to a U.N. General Assembly Special Summit on Sustainable Development, Pope Francis pointed to the Preamble of the U.N. Charter, which … [Read more...]

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Full Text: Pope Francis’ address to the United Nations General Assembly

Washington D.C., Sep 25, 2015 / 05:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Read the full text of Pope Francis' address to the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 25, 2015, here: Mr President, Ladies and Gentlemen, Thank you for your kind words. Once again, following a tradition by which I feel honored, the Secretary General of the United Nations has invited the Pope to address this distinguished assembly of nations. In my own name, and that of the entire Catholic community, I wish to express … [Read more...]

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This nine year-old wants to meet Francis – oh, and be pope someday too

Denver, Colo., Sep 25, 2015 / 04:03 am (CNA).- Ever since he started attending Catholic schools three years ago, nine year-old Parker Langdon has wanted to be a priest. “He asked my mom to make him vestments, and he’d set up the altar, and get cups, and he wanted hosts, so he’s loved to do that with his cousins and for the neighbors,” said his mother, Jordan Langdon. When he’s visiting his grandparents, Parker also likes to invite people over and “say … [Read more...]

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