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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Pope Francis spends his Friday with people in drug, alcohol recovery

Vatican City, Feb 26, 2016 / 11:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Continuing his knack for surprises, Pope Francis made an unscheduled stop at a rehabilitation center for those addicted to drugs and alcohol as part of monthly works of mercy, which he carries out on Fridays during the Jubilee Year of Mercy.He traveled to the Fr. Mario Picchi Italian Center for Solidarity on Friday afternoon for the surprise visit, where he spoke with the 60 guests receiving treatment, and offered words of hope.The … [Read more...]

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God’s love is the ‘beating heart’ of the Church, Pope Francis says

Venice, Fla., Feb 26, 2016 / 05:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis marked the 10th anniversary of Benedict XVI’s encyclical “Deus Caritas Est” by telling participants in a conference commemorating the document that not only is love God’s identity, but it’s also the very heart and life of the Church.“God does not simply have the desire or capacity to love; God is love: charity is his essence, it is his nature,” the Pope said Feb. 26.He said that … [Read more...]

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Did Pope Francis like to dance? And other questions from kids

Vatican City, Feb 26, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his first children's book Pope Francis touches on a variety of both lighthearted and sensitive topics from war and solving the world’s conflicts, to Sunday school, miracles and his preference for tango.When asked by 6-year-old Prajla from Albania if he liked to dance as a child, the Pope said he liked it “a lot! I liked to be together with other children, playing...dancing our typical dances from Argentina. I had a lot … [Read more...]

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