What does Pope Francis miss most? Walking in the streets, eating pizza at restaurants

Vatican City, May 25, 2015 / 02:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a recent interview with an Argentine newspaper, Pope Francis said he misses the “tranquillity of walking in the streets” and that he's always been “callejero” – a man of the city. The interview was published May 24, and is the result of a 45 minute meeting between the pontiff and a journalist and photographer from “La voz del Pueblo.” They spoke in the Vatican's Saint Martha residence … [Read more...]

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Thousands of people are trapped in the ocean right now – here is Pope Francis’ response

Vatican City, May 25, 2015 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has strongly called on the international community to help the scores of migrants who are currently trapped after attempting to cross the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. While around three thousand migrants have managed to make their way to Indonesia, Malaysia, or Thailand, thousands more are believed to be stranded in the middle of the ocean. “I continue to follow with great concern and suffering in my heart the … [Read more...]

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Respect creation – this is a must for every single Christian, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, May 24, 2015 / 10:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis used Sunday's feast of Pentecost – the descent of the Holy Spirit – as an occasion to remind Christians of their duty to care for and respect the earth. “The Holy Spirit whom Christ sent from the Father, and the Creator Spirit who gives life to all things, are one and the same,” the Pope said. “Respect for creation, then, is a requirement of our faith: the 'garden' in which we … [Read more...]

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Pope: Oscar Romero was a martyr who fought violence with love

Vatican City, May 23, 2015 / 07:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the day of Oscar Romero’s beatification in San Salvador, Pope Francis sent a letter to the current archbishop, praising the martyr for his courageous service to the poor amid widespread national violence. “On this day of celebration for the Salvadoran nation, and also for the beautiful Latin American countries, we give thanks to God because he granted a martyr bishop the ability to see and hear the suffering of his … [Read more...]

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Want to empower women? Support mothers, politician argues

Vatican City, May 22, 2015 / 09:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ahead of a conference discussing the presence of women in the 2015 development agenda, organizers said goals fall short of addressing issues such as attacks on motherhood and surrogacy. “Today we live, at least in western society, in an abortive society. It doesn’t welcome life. If a second child comes they ask you ‘but do you want it?’ So maternity is not welcomed…today whoever has more children is … [Read more...]

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Pope’s visit to Vatican departments a ‘beautiful experience,’ official says

Vatican City, May 22, 2015 / 07:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Friday Pope Francis began making stops at different departments of the Roman Curia – the first in a series of visits. Today’s rounds included four different offices.   A Vatican official from one of the departments the Pope stopped in to during his May 22 round of visits told CNA afterward that the pontiff gave them “general reflections about what our work entails.”   Francis also responded to some … [Read more...]

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Fr. Timothy Radcliffe: Controversial thinker and new Vatican consultant

Vatican City, May 21, 2015 / 11:10 am (CNA).- Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, a Dominican priest who led his order for ten years and has stirred controversy in the past for his stance on certain ecclesial issues, was appointed May 16 as a consultor of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Consultors to the pontifical councils are officially appointed by the Pope, and while it is not formally acknowledged, such appointments are typically made at the suggestion of the heads of the councils. With … [Read more...]

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