Pope to Oriental Orthodox leader: Ecumenism of martyrs calls us to unity

Vatican City, Feb 29, 2016 / 01:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Today's martyrs have become “the seed of Christian unity,” Pope Francis said Monday during an audience with the leader of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church and his delegation.“The ecumenism of the martyrs is a summons to us, here and now, to advance on the path to ever greater unity,” the Pope said at the Feb. 29 meeting at the Vatican with Abune Mathias, Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox.“Just … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Pell: I was not a part of Church’s ‘indefensible’ cover up

Vatican City, Feb 29, 2016 / 09:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the first day of his video testimony to Australia's Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sex abuse cases, Cardinal George Pell said that while the Church has made “enormous mistakes” in the handling of abuse cases, he had no role in covering them up.“Let me just say this as an initial clarification: I'm not here to defend the indefensible,” Cardinal Pell said during the … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: It’s never too late for conversion

Vatican City, Feb 28, 2016 / 06:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- God's patience towards sinners is without limit, yet the time for conversion is now, Pope Francis said during his Sunday Angelus address at the Vatican.“It is never too late to convert, but it is urgent, it is now! Let us begin today,” said the Pope Feb. 28 to the crowds in St. Peter's Square.Delivering his remarks before leading those present in the Marian prayer, the Pope spoke on Jesus' “invincible … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis prayed at Vatican employee’s coffin before meeting new president of Argentina

Vatican City, Feb 27, 2016 / 10:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Before meeting with the president of Argentina Saturday, Pope Francis stopped by the funeral of Miriam Wuolou, a Vatican employee who died last week along with her unborn child, to pray and leave a bouquet of white roses.“Before the celebration the Holy Father went into the church to stand in prayer and in memory of the deceased, demonstrating his affection and his respect,” Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi SJ said Feb. … [Read more...]

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Is a Catholic concept of mercy at the heart of true Islam?

Vatican City, Feb 27, 2016 / 09:23 am (CNA).- Professor Saeed Khan, an expert in Islam, has said that mercy is central to the Muslim faith – a mercy with roots in Catholicism and which is opposed to the misguided, fundamentalist interpretations of some extremist groups. Mercy is “the core of Islam,” Saeed Khan told CNA in a Feb. 25 interview, adding that the Muslim concept of mercy “is actually an expansion of Catholic notions of mercy.”While the … [Read more...]

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Vatican media guru brings digital perspective to new post

Vatican City, Feb 26, 2016 / 03:25 pm (CNA).- There's probably very few people understand Church communications better than Msgr. Paul Tighe.For the better part of a decade, he has been the top Irishman and go-to man in the Vatican when it comes to media – an experience he hopes to incorporate into his new position as adjunct-secretary to the Pontifical Council for Culture.“A lot of my work in communications was looking at how digital culture is changing our world, and to see … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis meets with CEO of Instagram

Vatican City, Feb 26, 2016 / 01:57 pm (CNA).- The CEO and co-founder of Instagram, Kevin Systrom, was received in a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican's Apostolic Palace today.The Pope and Systrom spoke about the power of images "to overcome cultural, geographic or generational barriers," according to a Vatican source.Systrom has posted an image of his encounter with the Holy Father in his Instagram profile: “Today I had the honor of meeting Pope … [Read more...]

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