Martyrdom serves Christian unity, Pope Francis tells Coptic Orthodox patriarch

Vatican City, May 12, 2015 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a message sent Sunday to the leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Pope Francis said advances toward reconciliation are strengthened by the martyrs and that Christians must unite to confront shared global challenges. “Today more than ever we are united by the ecumenism of blood, which further encourages us on the path towards peace and reconciliation,” Pope Francis wrote May 10 to Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria. Like … [Read more...]

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On Monday, a little boy asked Pope Francis: ‘What is peace?’

Vatican City, May 11, 2015 / 01:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- What is peace? This question was part of a special question and answer session with the Bishop of Rome touching on a wide range of themes – from the link between greed and war, to arguments with siblings, and the role of religion in promoting peace in the world. “Religion helps us because it makes us walk in God's presence,” the Pope said: “it helps us because it gives us the Commandments, the … [Read more...]

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Dates of Pope’s Cuba trip announced: Sept. 19-22

Vatican City, May 11, 2015 / 12:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ historic trip to Cuba will take place Sept. 19-22, the Catholic Bishops Conference of Cuba has announced. The dates of the trip were released in a May 11 statement from the Cuban bishops. The announcement came one day after Pope Francis met privately with Cuban president Raul Castro at the Vatican. Castro said after the meeting that he “will start praying again and return to the Church” if the Pope … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Get ready to be martyrs – even in the little things

Vatican City, May 11, 2015 / 11:31 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- Pope Francis centered his homily for Monday's daily Mass on the “scandal of the cross,” saying Christians should turn to the Holy Spirit in preparing for martyrdom – great or small. “A Christian who does not take the dimension of martyrdom seriously in life does not understand the road that Jesus has indicated,” the Pope said May 11, according to Vatican Radio's translation. Addressing … [Read more...]

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Raul Castro to Pope: Thanks to you, I may come back to the Church

Vatican City, May 10, 2015 / 01:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following a private meeting at the Vatican with Pope Francis, who has helped to broker improved relations between Cuba and the United States, the president of the Caribbean nation suggested he could return to the Church in the future. “I will start praying again and return to the Church” if the Pope continues what he has been doing, Raul Castro said on Sunday. Castro is president of Cuba and the younger brother of Fidel, … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis sends a hug to moms worldwide for Mother’s Day

Vatican City, May 10, 2015 / 09:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday, Pope Francis extended a special greeting to all those around the world who are celebrating Mother's Day, after offering advice on loving to the point of laying down one's life. “We remember all mothers with gratitude and affection,” the Pope said to the crowds gathered in Saint Peter's Square under the hot sun for the recitation of the Regina Caeli prayer May 10. Speaking to the mothers after … [Read more...]

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Synod will endorse Church teaching on family – Cardinal Pell

Vatican City, May 9, 2015 / 02:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Vatican's Secretariat for the Economy, spoke this weekend on issues surrounding the family and the upcoming Synod of Bishops, saying the synod is unable to change Church teaching. Church teaching, he said, referencing papal documents such as those of St. John Paul II on marriage and family, can’t be “abdicated, (because) it’s based on the teachings of … [Read more...]

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