Don’t blame God when someone dies – trust in the resurrection, Pope says

Vatican City, Jun 17, 2015 / 11:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Instead of blaming God when a parent loses a child – or vice versa – families should remember that because of Christ's resurrection death does not have the final say, Pope Francis said. “For parents, outliving their own children is especially devastating, (as it) goes against the basic nature of the relationship which gives meaning to the family itself,” the Pope said during his Wednesday general … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Receive new encyclical with ‘open heart’

Vatican City, Jun 17, 2015 / 10:18 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- Speaking one day before its official release to the public, Pope Francis is asking for people to have an “open heart” when they read his latest encyclical dedicated to the environment. “Our 'home' is being ruined, and this hurts everyone, especially the poorest among us,” the pontiff said at the conclusion of his weekly general audience on June 17. The Pope’s second encyclical will be … [Read more...]

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Benedict XVI’s summer plans – rare public events and a visit to Castel Gandolfo

Vatican City, Jun 16, 2015 / 11:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Benedict XVI’s summer is set to be the most active since he stepped down from the pontificate in 2013, with plans for participation in at least two public events and a two-week stay at the papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo. “Pope Francis invited Benedict XVI to spend some time in Castel Gandolfo in the month of July and Benedict accepted,” Fr. Lombardi told journalists on June 15. Benedict XVI is expected to be … [Read more...]

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What happens when an entire country becomes infested with demons?

Vatican City, Jun 16, 2015 / 03:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Can a country with deep Christian roots like Mexico find itself at the mercy of demons? Some in the Church fear so. And as a result, they called for a nation-wide exorcism of Mexico, carried out quietly last month in the cathedral of San Luis Potosí. High levels of violence, as well as drug cartels and abortion in the country, were the motivation behind the special rite of exorcism, known as “Exorcismo … [Read more...]

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In Vatican trial, former archbishop faces sex abuse charges

Vatican City, Jun 15, 2015 / 03:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Former papal nuncio Josef Wesolowski will be tried by the Vatican’s criminal court for sexual abuse of minors and for possession of child pornography. The Vatican has said that Pope Francis “wishes to address (the case) justly and rigorously.” Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, said last year that “from the very first moments that this case was made known to them, moved without delay … [Read more...]

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Is climate change natural or man-induced? For Pope Francis, it’s both

Vatican City, Jun 15, 2015 / 01:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- One of the most challenging scientific questions Pope Francis faces in his new encyclical on creation is that of climate change, which a source close to the document says the Pope addresses in a balanced perspective without taking sides.“The great novelty which emerges from the encyclical is that it comes from a shepherd who’s thinking of all those who are his,” a source familiar the encyclical has said."(It) … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis to parents: Do you believe in the beauty of love?

Vatican City, Jun 14, 2015 / 02:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In an address on Sunday, Pope Francis asked parents if they believed in the beauty of the love God gives to a man and a woman, and told them to make sure their children see this love in little signs of affection.“God calls men and women to be parents who believe in love, who believe in its beauty,” the Pope said June 14.“I want to ask you, do you believe in the beauty of love? Do you believe in the greatness of love? … [Read more...]

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