Pope delivers weekly catechesis alongside his ‘brother’ refugees

Vatican City, Jun 22, 2016 / 05:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Joined closely by just over a dozen refugees at his weekly public audience, Pope Francis said that in following Jesus’ example, the Christian excludes no one.“Jesus teaches us not to be afraid of touching the poor and the excluded, because he is in them,” said the Pope during his Wednesday audience catechesis in St. Peter’s Square.Just minutes prior to the pontiff’s arrival, after making the rounds in the … [Read more...]

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The world needs Christ more than ever, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Jun 19, 2016 / 05:12 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- On Sunday Pope Francis said that with a growing sense of emptiness and insecurity gripping the world, Jesus Christ is needed more than ever before, since he alone knows how to answer humanity’s deepest questions.“The world needs Christ more than ever, needs his salvation and his merciful love,” the Pope said June 19.“Many people sense a void around and inside of them. Perhaps some of us too,” he … [Read more...]

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Christian persecution extends beyond genocide, Pope says

Rome, Italy, Jun 18, 2016 / 06:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).-  In a wide-ranging question and answer session on Saturday, Pope Francis said it is “reductionism” to describe the violence against Christians in the world; the correct word, he said, is persecution.“I want to say clearly, I do not like it when one speaks of a genocide of Christians, for instance in the Middle East,” the Pope said. “This is reductionism! The truth is a persecution which leads … [Read more...]

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Pope: Authentic conversion only comes from Christ

Vatican City, Jun 18, 2016 / 06:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Recognizing the needs of others is a sign of genuine conversion, which only happens when the heart is ready to be changed by Jesus, Pope Francis said Saturday.“True conversion happens when we welcome the gift of grace,” the Pope said during his catechesis for this month’s Jubilee Year of Mercy audience in St. Peter's Square. “A clear sign of its authenticity is that we recognize the needs of our brothers and … [Read more...]

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For Pope Francis, the Catholic laity can transform the world

Vatican City, Jun 18, 2016 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church should always value the transformative power of faith-filled laity who are willing to serve the Gospel, Pope Francis said Friday.“We need well-formed lay people, animated by a sincere and clear faith, whose life has been touched by the personal and merciful love of Christ Jesus,” the Pope told a plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Laity June 17.“We need lay people who take risks, who get their … [Read more...]

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For Pope Francis, the Catholic laity can transform the world

Vatican City, Jun 18, 2016 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church should always value the transformative power of faith-filled laity who are willing to serve the Gospel, Pope Francis said Friday.“We need well-formed lay people, animated by a sincere and clear faith, whose life has been touched by the personal and merciful love of Christ Jesus,” the Pope told a plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Laity June 17.“We need lay people who take risks, who get their … [Read more...]

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Vatican lends hand in welcoming new group of Syrian refugees to Rome

Vatican City, Jun 17, 2016 / 08:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Since 2015, when the refugee crisis reached a fever pitch in Europe, five Syrian families fleeing civil war have found refuge in Italy with the help of the Vatican. As of Thursday, nine more people have been added to that list.“Following the visit of the Holy Father to the Island of Lesvos, in Greece, when he accompanied three families of refugees back to Rome, a second group of nine refugees, including two Christians, arrived in … [Read more...]

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