Pope prays for family of journalist executed by Islamic State

Vatican City, Sep 9, 2014 / 05:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has offered prayerful condolences to the family of Steven Sotloff, a U.S. journalist who was executed earlier this month by militants of the Islamic State. “(Pope Francis) entrusts Steven’s soul to the Lord and offers prayers for you and all who mourn his death,” Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, said in a telegram sent Sept. 5 to the journalist’s family on the Pope's … [Read more...]

Global organization of religions proposed to counter terrorism

Vatican City, Sep 9, 2014 / 01:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a recent meeting with Pope Francis, former Israeli president Shimon Peres suggested forming an “Organization of United Relations” to counter those who use religion for terroristic aims. Peres, who stepped down as president of Israel in July, met with Pope Francis for 45 minutes and suggested that the Pope guide his proposed international organization. The former president was one of the main characters of the invocation … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: Love doesn’t care if you’re ugly or beautiful

Vatican City, Sep 9, 2014 / 10:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily at Tuesday's Mass, Pope Francis spoke about the love of Christ for his Church, noting how in the Gospel he prayed for his disciples, chose them personally, and remained close to each. “These are things of love! Love does not consider whether someone has an ugly face or a beautiful face: it loves! And Jesus does the same: He loves and chooses with love. He chooses all,” the Pope voiced to attendees of his … [Read more...]

Irish Church’s new leader honored, humbled as he takes helm

Vatican City, Sep 9, 2014 / 08:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As Cardinal Sean Brady resigns at the customary age of 75, newly appointed Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of Ireland Eamon Martin says he is looking forward to shepherding his new flock. “I genuinely feel honored to assume the role of 'Shepherd' in the Archdiocese of Armagh. I look forward to serving the people of sixty-one parishes in the counties of Armagh, Derry, Louth and Tyrone,” Archbishop Martin said in a … [Read more...]

Cardinals join to defend Church doctrine on divorce, remarriage

Vatican City, Sep 9, 2014 / 03:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Five members of the College of Cardinals have joint-authored a book defending Church doctrine regarding divorced and remarried Catholics, affirming that it is the most merciful approach. Set to be published in English this October, the book is entitled “Remaining in the Truth of Christ: Marriage and Communion in the Catholic Church.” It offers a response to Cardinal Walter Kasper's call for the Church to open its doors to … [Read more...]

Pope might visit Turkey, Patriarch Bartholomew in November

Vatican City, Sep 9, 2014 / 02:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis may visit Turkey Nov. 29-30, strengthening the links with the Orthodox Church’s Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I and advancing their common commitment to ecumenism, peace and ecology.     The possible papal voyage to Turkey was discussed by Nikos Tzoitis, an expert in ecumenical dialogue who had served as spokesperson of Patriarch Bartholomew, to whom he is very close.   “Patriarch Bartholomew … [Read more...]

Papal blessing proceeds will soon go to poor – not shopkeepers

Vatican City, Sep 9, 2014 / 12:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Papal blessing certificates, often bought to mark weddings and first Communions, will soon only be available for purchase directly from the Vatican where the funds will be allocated to charity. Come January 2015, local shops surrounding the Vatican will be prohibited from selling scrolls which have been blessed by the Pope. Until now, shops have sold the scrolls to tourists and pilgrims for anywhere between 10 and 50 euros, with only … [Read more...]


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