How do you defend life? Show its beauty, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Mar 4, 2016 / 04:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cultural trends and hardened hearts can obscure the value of human life. But true virtues, compassion and beauty are the way for Christians to overcome this, Pope Francis in a recent talk at the Vatican.“In our time, some cultural orientations no longer acknowledge the imprint of divine wisdom either in the created reality, or in mankind,” the Pope said March 3.“Human nature is thus reduced to mere matter that may be … [Read more...]

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God did not create us to remain crushed by sin, Pope says

Vatican City, Mar 4, 2016 / 01:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Leading his annual penitential service on Friday, Pope Francis told attendees to stand tall and be open to forgiveness, and not to let themselves remain under the heavy burden of sin.“Let us cast off...all that prevents us from racing towards him, unafraid of leaving behind those things which make us feel safe and to which we are attached,” the Pope said March 4.He told attendees not to “remain sedentary, but let us get … [Read more...]

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Vatican: the Church has been anything but indifferent to clerical abuse

Vatican City, Mar 4, 2016 / 10:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi cautioned Friday that the recent Oscar-win for “Spotlight” and the lengthy deposition of a top Vatican official on institutional responses to clerical sex abuse could paint a false picture of how the Church has responded to the issue.“The sensationalistic presentation of these two events has meant that, for much of the public, especially if less informed or of short memory – … [Read more...]

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What the Church has done about sex abuse

Vatican City, Mar 4, 2016 / 06:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The movie Spotlight’s Best Picture win at the Academy Awards has brought renewed attention to the Catholic sex abuse scandals that broke in 2002. But while the Church’s failures are well-known, it is also true that the Catholic Church has made more progress than any other body on this issue.There are several marks of progress: the removal and canonical punishment of clergy who commit sex abuse, especially high-level churchmen … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis will hear confessions on Friday at St. Peter’s

Vatican City, Mar 2, 2016 / 02:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The office of Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations has announced that Pope Francis will hear confessions from the faithful at St. Peter’s Basilica on Friday, March 4.At 5:00 p.m., the Holy Father will preside over the Rite of Reconciliation with individual confession and absolution of penitents, the Vatican office said.The Pope's participation at the penitential celebration is part of a “24 Hours of Reconciliation” … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: The Church doesn’t need ‘dirty money’

Vatican City, Mar 2, 2016 / 10:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Wednesday, Pope Francis issued a harsh condemnation of those who exploit others and then donate to the Church, telling them their “dirty money” isn’t wanted.Taking his cue from the first chapter of the Book of the Prophet Isaiah, Pope Francis said March 2 that God doesn’t like “the blood of bulls and lambs, especially if the offering is done with hands dirty with the blood of their brothers.”Francis … [Read more...]

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Vatican gives free health care to Rome’s poor

Vatican City, Mar 1, 2016 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Poor and homeless men and women will now be able to turn to the Vatican for medical treatment, the latest initiative to offer care for those persons living on the streets of Rome.Located near the colonnade, the new “clinic for the poor” opened Monday, offering free services to those unable to afford basic medical care.“We are equipped to help all those who come knocking on our door. It is Pope Francis who wants this and … [Read more...]

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