Pope’s anti-abuse commission helps train new Catholic bishops

Vatican City, Sep 14, 2016 / 02:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors have been invited to address the trainings for new Catholic bishops held at the Vatican.Commission members would address the training sessions for new bishops held by the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and another training for new bishops held by the Congregation for Bishops, the commission said in a Sept. 12 press release.The anti-abuse commission will … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis calls murdered French priest blessed

Vatican City, Sep 14, 2016 / 11:09 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- On Wednesday Pope Francis said Fr. Jacques Hamel, who was killed by supporters of the Islamic State while saying Mass in July, “is blessed now,” according to Archbishop Dominique Lebrun of Rouen.The Archdiocese plans, without a doubt, to open a process of beatification for Fr. Hamel, said Archbishop Lebrun, according to Religious Information Service.Pope Francis' comments were made after he said Mass Sept. 14 … [Read more...]

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Trust in Jesus – not in things that don’t matter, Pope says

Vatican City, Sep 14, 2016 / 10:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Rather than trusting in ultimately unimportant things, place your hope in Jesus and you will not grow weary on the path of discipleship, Pope Francis said Wednesday.“Sometimes our fatigue is caused by having placed trust in things that are not essential, because we have moved away from what really counts in life,” the Pope told pilgrims at his general audience in St. Peter's square.“The Lord teaches us not to be … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: ‘killing in the name of God is satanic’

Vatican City, Sep 14, 2016 / 02:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Referencing the recent murder of French priest Fr. Jacques Hamel, Pope Francis said the persecution of Christians happening today, under any form, is a work of Satan.“This cruelty that asks for apostasy, let’s say the word, is satanic,” the Pope said in a homily Sept. 14.“Today in the church there are more Christian martyrs than in the first times. Today there are Christians who are assassinated, tortured, … [Read more...]

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What Pope Francis said about Communion for the divorced-and-remarried

Vatican City, Sep 13, 2016 / 03:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has written a private message approving the Buenos Aires bishops’ response to the divorced-and-remarried inspired by his apostolic exhortation on the family.The pastoral response said ministry to the divorced-and-remarried must never create confusion about Church teaching and the indissolubility of marriage, but may also allow access to the sacraments under specific limits. These may include specific situations when a … [Read more...]

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Want authenticity? Turn off your cell phone, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Sep 13, 2016 / 02:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Don’t let indifference stop you from an authentic encounter with another person, Pope Francis said Tuesday.“In our families, at the dinner table, how many times while eating, do people watch the TV or write messages on their cell phones. Each one is indifferent to that encounter. Even within the heart of society, which is the family, there is no encounter,” he lamented in his Sept. 13 homily at the chapel of the Santa … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: No sinner is ever beyond the love of God

Vatican City, Sep 11, 2016 / 08:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday Pope Francis said that God shows us, through parables, the merciful love of the Father, who rejoices over for every sinful person who returns to him.“The message of the Gospel today gives us great hope and we can summarize it thus: there is no sin into which we have fallen, from which, by the grace of God, we can not rise again; there is not an irretrievable individual, because God never ceases to want our good,” he … [Read more...]

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