For Pope Francis, when we receive Christ’s mercy we must share it

Vatican City, Aug 10, 2016 / 12:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Each of us must respond to the gift of mercy in our hearts by getting up and putting mercy into action, Pope Francis said Wednesday.Speaking about a bishop who had in his cathedral one Holy Door of mercy for entering and one for exiting, Pope Francis said: “Let us also do the same with the journey that goes from the heart to the hands.”“Let us enter the church through the door of mercy, to receive the forgiveness of … [Read more...]

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Brazilian priest mentioned in ‘Spotlight’ film commits suicide

Vatican City, Aug 10, 2016 / 11:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Fr. Bonifacio Buzzi, a Brazilian priest convicted of child abuse and who was mentioned in the Oscar-winning film ‘Spotlight,’ committed suicide in his prison cell over the weekend.According to Reuters, Fr. Buzzi, 57, hung himself with a sheet inside his jail cell in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais Aug. 7 after having been arrested Friday.In 1995 the priest was found guilty of abusing several youth in a mental hospital, … [Read more...]

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Pope offers message of prayer amid violent storms in Mexico

Vatican City, Aug 9, 2016 / 01:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After Tropical Storm Javier and Hurricane Earl ravaged parts of Mexico over the weekend, Pope Francis offered his prayers and closeness to all those affected by the storms.   “In the face of the grave damage caused by the hurricane which affected several areas of the country – causing numerous victims and extensive material damage – the Holy Father expresses his affection for the beloved Mexican people,” Vatican … [Read more...]

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Pope sends condolences to victims of Pakistan hospital attack

Vatican City, Aug 9, 2016 / 04:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis offered his condolences to those affected by the “senseless and brutal” attack against a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, which left dozens dead and over a hundred injured.The Pope was “deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life” from Monday's attack, according to the telegram which was signed by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin.In the message, the pontiff sent his … [Read more...]

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Pope: It’s ‘unacceptable’ that civilians must pay the price of Syrian conflict

Vatican City, Aug 7, 2016 / 03:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday, Pope Francis lamented at how many defenseless civilians are forced to “pay the price” of the ongoing Syrian crisis, and he expressed his solidarity for those affected.“Sadly, news of civilian victims of war continues to arrive from Syria, especially from Aleppo,” the Pope said during his weekly post-Angelus address, delivered to the crowds in St. Peter's Square from the Apostolic palace.“It is … [Read more...]

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What Pope Francis has to say to this year’s Olympic athletes

Vatican City, Aug 3, 2016 / 09:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Just two days before the Opening Ceremonies for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Pope Francis offered a message to those who will be competing in the international games.“In a world thirsting for peace, tolerance, and reconciliation, I hope that the spirit of the Olympic Games inspires all – participants and spectators – to ‘fight the good fight’ and finish the race together,” he said.The … [Read more...]

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Pope creates commission to study women deacons

Vatican City, Aug 2, 2016 / 05:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has instituted a new commission for the study of women deacons, the Vatican announced Tuesday.The decision comes several months after a papal audience with a group of religious sisters, during which Pope expressed his willingness to consider forming a commission to study women deacons, such as they existed in the early Church.According to the Aug. 2 press release, the pontiff came to the decision after a period of … [Read more...]

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