Pope Francis baptizes infants, says faith is their ‘greatest inheritance’

Vatican City, Jan 10, 2016 / 03:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday Pope Francis baptized 26 babies in the Sistine Chapel, telling parents to nurture the faith in the lives of their children, because it is the greatest inheritance they can give.“Don’t forget that the greatest inheritance you can give to your children is the faith. Try to see that it is not lost, nurture it and leave it as an inheritance,” the Pope said Jan. 10.Francis celebrated Mass for the feast of the … [Read more...]

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What’s the plan for reforming Vatican communications?

Vatican City, Jan 9, 2016 / 06:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid the lengthy process of reforming Vatican communications, the Secretariat of State has stated that the Holy See press office's administrative and human resources branches are to be handed over to the new Secretariat for Communications.The announcement came in a Dec. 21, 2015 letter signed by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State.The letter also noted that the press office's Bollettino, used to deliver official … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: when you say ‘love,’ do you really know what it means?

Vatican City, Jan 8, 2016 / 05:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Love was the center of Pope Francis’ second daily homily after taking a break for Christmas - he said the word has become so casual that we no longer know exactly what we mean when we say it.“This word ‘love’ is a word that is used so many times and when we use it we don’t know exactly what it means. What is love?” the Pope said during his Jan. 8 daily Mass in the Vatican’s Saint Martha … [Read more...]

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Vatican paper blasts Charlie Hebdo cover as ‘insulting’ to all faiths

Vatican City, Jan 7, 2016 / 10:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- One year after the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris that left 12 dead, the Vatican daily newspaper has condemned the French satirical paper’s anniversary cover which depicts God as an armed terrorist.The illustration on the paper’s front cover “is insulting toward faithful of all religions,” Anouar Kbibech, President of the Conseil français du culte musulman said in a Jan. 7 article in the Vatican newspaper … [Read more...]

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In first prayer video, Pope stresses interfaith unity: ‘We are all children of God’

Vatican City, Jan 7, 2016 / 04:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope’s first-ever video message on his monthly prayer intentions was released Tuesday, highlighting the importance of interreligious dialogue and the beliefs different faith traditions hold in common, such as the figure of God and love.“Many think differently, feel differently, seeking God or meeting God in different ways. In this crowd, in this range of religions, there is only one certainty that we have for all: we are … [Read more...]

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Pope: Humanity seeks God, and the Magi show us where to find him

Vatican City, Jan 6, 2016 / 04:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a restless age when humanity fails to find the answer to its continuous searching, the Magi who go out looking for Christ only to find him in a humble stable in Bethlehem are a key example of where to turn, Pope Francis said.“Like the Magi, countless people, in our own day, have a restless heart which continues to seek without finding sure answers,” the Pope said in his Jan. 6 homily for the Feast of the Epiphany. … [Read more...]

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Missionaries of Mercy to be sent out under the gaze of Padre Pio

Vatican City, Jan 6, 2016 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The body of Padre Pio will be on display for veneration at next month’s Ash Wednesday Mass in the Vatican, where a group of priests will be sent  out as “Missionaries of Mercy” for the Jubilee Year.Pope Francis “has expressed his keen desire” for the relics of the Capuchin saint to be exposed during the Feb. 10 Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, said Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the … [Read more...]

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