Pope Francis says Mother Angelica was ‘a holy woman’

Vatican City, Jul 3, 2016 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After speaking to Catholic News Agency about how he recently helped his elderly mother to meet Pope Francis, Msgr. Anthony Figueiredo was able to show the Pope himself a few clips of the interview.Francis’ response after seeing the video? “He was visibly happy and asked who did it,” Msgr. Figueiredo told CNA July 2, adding that when he told the Pope it was EWTN, Francis immediately replied, “Mother Angelica. A holy … [Read more...]

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Pope prays for victims of recent attacks in Baghdad and Dhaka

Vatican City, Jul 3, 2016 / 04:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday, Pope Francis remembered the victims of attacks in Iraq and Bangladesh over the weekend, and prayed for the conversion of persons “blinded by hate” who commit such acts of violence.“I express my closeness to the families of the victims and the wounded in yesterday's attack in Dhaka, and also of that which took place in Baghdad,” the Pope said during his weekly post-Angelus in St. Peter's … [Read more...]

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Bangladesh attack an offense against God, humanity, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Jul 2, 2016 / 08:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has again voiced his sorrow for another “barbarous” terrorist attack, offering his prayers for the families and victims of a July 1 a siege on a restaurant in Bangladesh left 20 people dead.“Deeply saddened by the senseless violence perpetrated against innocent victims in Dhaka, His Holiness Pope Francis expresses heartfelt condolences and condemns such barbarous acts as offences against God and … [Read more...]

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Benedict XVI talks resignation, Pope Francis in new book-length interview

Vatican City, Sep 9, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Though he has rarely spoken since resigning from the papacy, Benedict XVI granted several lengthy interviews to German journalist Peter Seewald shortly after stepping down - conversations that touched on themes such as the reform of the Curia, his resignation and his thoughts on Pope Francis.The interviews, conducted a few months after Benedict’s Feb. 28, 2013, resignation, were released as a book in several languages Sept. … [Read more...]

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How to understand Pope Francis’ ‘apology’ to the gay community

Vatican City, Jun 30, 2016 / 09:35 am (CNA).- As Pope Francis on Sunday backed the idea of apologizing to gay individuals who may feel marginalized by the Church, discussion has once again broken out over how to interpret the pontiff’s words.Debate flared up overnight after the Pope responded to a question about recent comments made by Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who said the Church must apologize to homosexual persons for having “marginalized” them.While Pope Francis did not … [Read more...]

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Mercy without works is dead, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Jun 30, 2016 / 05:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Jubilee general audience for the month of June, Pope Francis focused his speech on the works of mercy and how to put them into action. He also gave thanks for his recent visit to Armenia, and spoke of his coming trips to Georgia and Azerbaijan.“Mercy without works is dead,” the Pope said June 30, quoting St. James. What brings mercy to life, he said, is “it’s constant dynamism for going to meet the needy and … [Read more...]

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What do Catholics and Eastern Orthodox disagree about, anyway?

Vatican City, Jun 30, 2016 / 03:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With the Eastern Orthodox wrapping up their “pan-Orthodox Council” this past weekend, it might be a good time to take a look at the factors that separate Catholics from their sister Churches in the east.The main issues of disagreement are the primacy of the Bishop of Rome and elements of Trinitarian teaching, although conflict also exists over the Immaculate Conception, purgatory and other doctrines.For 1,000 years after … [Read more...]

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