The Eucharist teaches us to care for the weakest of society, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Jun 7, 2015 / 08:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Angelus address on Sunday, Pope Francis focused on the recent feast of Corpus Christi, saying the Eucharist is a “school of solidarity and charity,” which inspires us to care for the most vulnerable. This feast, the Roman Pontiff said June 7 at St. Peter's Square in the Vatican, “evokes this message of solidarity, and pushes us to welcome the intimate invitation to conversion and to service, to love and to … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis on Medjugorje: it’s almost decision time

Vatican City, Jun 6, 2015 / 04:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- When asked by a Bosnian journalist about the status of his decision on the Marian apparitions in Medjugorje on his flight from Sarajevo to Rome, Pope Francis said that after a lengthy study, a decision could be coming soon. “We’re at this point of making decisions … and then they will be announced,” the Pope told journalists on board his June 6 flight from Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina to Rome. Bosnian Croat … [Read more...]

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Pope talks Medjugorje, coming encyclical on return from Bosnia

Vatican City, Jun 6, 2015 / 03:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On his return flight from Sarajevo to Rome Pope Francis told journalists a final decision on the highly debated Mejugorje apparitions could be close, and disclosed the “cancer” of consumerism as a theme in his coming encyclical on human ecology. Read CNA’s full English translation of the Pope’s inflight news conference below: Fr. Federico Lombardi: We saw you “scatenato” (Italian for … [Read more...]

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Pope tells Bosnians to be ‘tenacious’ workers for peace

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jun 6, 2015 / 07:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his daytrip to a country still marred by the effects of a recent war, Pope Francis said peace is not something that happens passively, but instead requires passionate action on the part of all. “(Jesus) does not say: ‘Blessed are the preachers of peace,’ since all are capable of proclaiming peace, even in a hypocritical, or indeed duplicitous, manner. No. He says: ‘Blessed are the … [Read more...]

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Twenty years after war, Bosnians working to reclaim first victim: trust

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jun 5, 2015 / 06:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A key Muslim figure in Bosnia said that “mutual trust” was the first victim of the country’s recent war – and is something each of their four main religious populations are still working to regain. In a June 4 interview with CNA, Ifet Mustafic stressed that “during (the) war, many bad things were done, and were even done from people with religious affiliations…now people are talking … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis pays for 120 of Rome’s poor to visit Shroud of Turin

Vatican City, Jun 4, 2015 / 11:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his latest act of papal charity, Pope Francis has donated funds for two busloads of homeless and sick pilgrims to visit the Shroud of Turin. They will stay in two charitable centers that offer shelter to the homeless during the winter. The trips will “prepare the way for the Pope’s visit which is scheduled to take place on June 21: his poor arrive before him,” the papal almoner, Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, told … [Read more...]

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War is the mother of poverty, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Jun 3, 2015 / 03:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis lamented the suffering inflicted on families already struggling from poverty in countries torn by the “great predator” of war. “Truly, war is the 'mother of all poverty,' the pontiff said Wednesday, addressing the crowds in Saint Peter’s Square. “War impoverishes the family,” he said. It is “a great predator of lives, of souls, and of the … [Read more...]

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