Pope Francis to visit Italian diocese of Genoa May 27

Vatican City, Oct 17, 2016 / 02:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Shortly after their bishop was named the new president of the Council of Catholic Episcopal Conferences in Europe, the Archdiocese of Genoa announced that Pope Francis will be make a daytrip to the city this coming spring.According to an Oct. 16 communique posted on the Archdiocese of Genoa’s website, their archbishop, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, made the announcement of the Pope’s visit “with great joy” after … [Read more...]

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Pope at canonization Mass: Prayer isn’t always easy, pray anyway

Rome, Italy, Oct 16, 2016 / 06:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday, Pope Francis canonized seven new saints in the Catholic Church, saying that prayer isn’t always a smooth path, but that like the saints, Christ supports us even when it is difficult.“The saints are men and women who enter fully into the mystery of prayer. Men and women who struggle with prayer, letting the Holy Spirit pray and struggle in them,” Pope Francis said Oct. 16.“They struggle to the very end, … [Read more...]

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Have grandkids? Pope Francis wants you to talk with them

Rome, Italy, Oct 15, 2016 / 11:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Saturday, Pope Francis told grandparents that they are valuable and that their wisdom should be shared with the younger generation, to help them grow and to support them in their faith.“And talk to your grandchildren, talk. Let them ask you questions,” he said. They may be different from you, they may do other things, “they like other music... but they need the elderly, this ongoing dialogue.”“You are an … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis’ delayed Milan trip to take place in March

Vatican City, Oct 15, 2016 / 05:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After having to postpone the trip earlier this year, because of an over-full schedule for the Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis will travel to Milan on March 25, 2017, the Vatican announced Saturday.“This visit of the Holy Father is a sign of affection and esteem for the Ambrosian Church, the city of Milan and the whole of Lombardy,” Milan’s Archbishop, Cardinal Angelo Scola, said in a statement about the visit.“We … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis grieves over death of Thailand’s king

Vatican City, Oct 14, 2016 / 10:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Friday Pope Francis expressed his sorrow to learn of the death of the King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died Thursday at a hospital in Bangkok.“I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, and I extend my heartfelt condolences to the Members of the Royal Family and to all the people of the Kingdom at this sorrowful time,” the Pope’s letter to the Prime Minister of Thailand … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis donates $100,000 to Haiti for hurricane relief

Vatican City, Oct 14, 2016 / 05:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has decided to send an initial contribution of $100,000 to Haiti to help with emergency recovery in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, the Vatican announced Friday.Donated through the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, the money will be used to support flood victims, and “is intended as a first and immediate concrete expression of the feelings of paternal spiritual closeness and encouragement of the Holy Father toward the people … [Read more...]

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Venezuelan Fr. Arturo Sosa elected as new head of Jesuit order

Vatican City, Oct 14, 2016 / 05:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After several weeks of discussion and discernment, the Jesuit order has elected Fr. Arturo Sosa as their new Superior General, who will be taking over after the resignation of their former leader, Fr. Adolfo Nicolás.Former head of the Venezuelan Jesuit province, Fr. Sosa entered the Society of Jesus in 1966 and was ordained a priest in 1977.He has obtained degrees in philosophy, theology and political science, and was a member of … [Read more...]

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