Pope Francis spends his Friday with people in drug, alcohol recovery

Vatican City, Feb 26, 2016 / 11:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Continuing his knack for surprises, Pope Francis made an unscheduled stop at a rehabilitation center for those addicted to drugs and alcohol as part of monthly works of mercy, which he carries out on Fridays during the Jubilee Year of Mercy.He traveled to the Fr. Mario Picchi Italian Center for Solidarity on Friday afternoon for the surprise visit, where he spoke with the 60 guests receiving treatment, and offered words of hope.The … [Read more...]

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God’s love is the ‘beating heart’ of the Church, Pope Francis says

Venice, Fla., Feb 26, 2016 / 05:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis marked the 10th anniversary of Benedict XVI’s encyclical “Deus Caritas Est” by telling participants in a conference commemorating the document that not only is love God’s identity, but it’s also the very heart and life of the Church.“God does not simply have the desire or capacity to love; God is love: charity is his essence, it is his nature,” the Pope said Feb. 26.He said that … [Read more...]

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Did Pope Francis like to dance? And other questions from kids

Vatican City, Feb 26, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his first children's book Pope Francis touches on a variety of both lighthearted and sensitive topics from war and solving the world’s conflicts, to Sunday school, miracles and his preference for tango.When asked by 6-year-old Prajla from Albania if he liked to dance as a child, the Pope said he liked it “a lot! I liked to be together with other children, playing...dancing our typical dances from Argentina. I had a lot … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis cancels appointments due to a slight fever

Vatican City, Feb 25, 2016 / 07:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Thursday Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi SJ announced that after Pope Francis celebrated his usual morning Mass, he canceled the rest of his appointments due to a small fever.The spokesman told journalists Feb. 25 that the cancellations were caused by “a slight indisposition,” which he described as a “slight fever.”He explained that the fever is nothing serious, and that the Pope celebrated Mass at … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis wants more dialogue with Islam. Is Egypt the key?

Vatican City, Feb 25, 2016 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For Pope Francis, dialogue with Islam is a core issue. He recently voiced hopes to meet a major Sunni leader: the Grand Imam of al-Azhar Mosque, Ahmed el-Tayeb.“I want to meet him. I know that he would like it,” the Pope said during his Feb. 18 in-flight press conference.The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, headed by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, is reaching out to al-Azhar Mosque“We are looking for the … [Read more...]

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Paul VI, nuns and contraception: did Pope Francis get it right?

Vatican City, Feb 24, 2016 / 05:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- If Vatican watcher Sandro Magister is right, Pope Francis cited an urban legend about Blessed Paul VI’s alleged approval of contraception for nuns in exceptional wartime circumstances in the Congo.“No one has ever been able to cite a single word of his in this regard. Yet this urban legend has been kept alive for decades, and sure enough even Francis and his spokesman have fallen for it,” Magister wrote Sept. 22 at … [Read more...]

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Pope: wealth and power are good, but only when used to serve

Vatican City, Feb 24, 2016 / 05:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Wednesday Pope Francis cautioned that unless wealth and power are put at the service of society, especially the poor, they risk becoming instruments of corruption, private interests and various forms of abuse.“Wealth and power are realities which can be good and useful for the common good, if they are put at the service of the poor and of everyone, with justice and charity,” the Pope said Feb. 24.However, when they are … [Read more...]

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