‘You are witnesses of Christ,’ Cardinal Parolin tells new Swiss Guards

Vatican City, May 6, 2016 / 02:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Every year on the Anniversary of the 1527 Sack of Rome, the new recruits for the Pontifical Swiss Guard swear an oath to protect and defend the Pope, with their lives if necessary. This year 23 young men joined their peers and predecessors in making that oath.“You are witnesses of Christ – here in Rome, in your homeland of Switzerland and wherever you go,” Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, told the new … [Read more...]

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Receiving Charlemagne Prize, Pope says ‘I have a dream’ for Europe

Vatican City, May 6, 2016 / 06:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As he received the prestigious Charlemagne Prize Friday, Pope Francis laid out his vision for a renewed European continent in what could easily be his own version of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s infamous “I Have a Dream” speech.In the May 6 address Francis said “I dream of a new European humanism” – one based on a fresh ideas and a revamped economy that promotes integration and respect for human … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis’ continuous appeal for a better Europe to be rewarded

Vatican City, May 5, 2016 / 01:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis is set to receive on Friday the prestigious Charlemagne Prize for his efforts in the unification of Europe, drawing major leaders on the continent such as the King of Spain to the celebration.Founded in 1950, the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen is “the oldest and best-known prize awarded for work done in the service of European unification,” according to the organization’s website.The announcement … [Read more...]

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No one is alone in their suffering, Pope Francis affirms at prayer vigil

Vatican City, May 5, 2016 / 11:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a prayer vigil on Thursday for all those in need of consolation, Pope Francis stressed that though we cry out in moments of difficulty, we are never alone.His words of reassurance came after hearing various testimonies of suffering at the prayer vigil which was held as part of the Jubilee of Mercy.“How many tears are shed every second in our world; each is different but together they form, as it were, an ocean of desolation … [Read more...]

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Jesus’ closeness to sinners isn’t a scandal – it’s an example, Pope says

Vatican City, May 4, 2016 / 04:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Wednesday Pope Francis said the parable of the Good Shepherd is a key example of God’s mercy, because it represents the depth of the Lord's concern in ensuring that no one is lost.The parable “represents Jesus’ solicitude toward sinners and the mercy of God which is not resigned to losing anyone,” the Pope said May 4.Jesus tells the parable in order to make the people understand that his closeness to … [Read more...]

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A pilgrimage for the poor to close out the Year of Mercy with Pope Francis

Vatican City, May 3, 2016 / 04:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Thousands of poor and excluded men and women from across Europe will be given a once in a lifetime opportunity this November: a chance to celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy in Rome with Pope Francis.Around 6,000 people will be sponsored for the Nov. 11-13 pilgrimage to Rome, according to a statement released Monday by the Fratello organization, a French group co-ordinating the event.“This time of pilgrimage and opportunity to meet … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis’ May prayer intention: honor the dignity of women

Vatican City, May 3, 2016 / 11:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his May prayer video Pope Francis issued a global petition that women in all countries would be respected and valued, asking rhetorically if the mere recognition of their role is enough, or if more can be done.“The contribution of women in all areas of human activity is undeniable, beginning with the family. But only to recognize it – is that enough?” the Pope asked in the video, published May 3.“We have done … [Read more...]

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