How does God show mercy to us? Through the Church, Pope says

Vatican City, Dec 16, 2015 / 10:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church is the “living sign” of God's love and mercy in the world, Pope Francis said during his Wednesday general audience. He reflected on the universality of communion as demonstrated by the global scale of the Jubilee of Mercy.“May this ecclesial communion become more and more intense, because the Church is in the world the living sign of the love and mercy of the Father,” the Pope said in his Dec. 16 … [Read more...]

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Vatican finances get a positive report card from European watchdog

Vatican City, Dec 16, 2015 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Council of Europe's second progress report on the reform of Vatican finances, released Tuesday, found that the Holy See has addressed many of the deficiencies in its financial system, while continuing to urge that it ramp up money laundering prosecutions.The Dec. 15 report was released by Moneyval, the Council of Europe’s anti-money laundering committee.According to a Moneyval statement, the Holy See “has addressed … [Read more...]

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Coming soon: A new American saint?

Vatican City, Dec 15, 2015 / 04:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis yesterday authorized the Heroic Virtue of Brother William Gagnon, giving him the title of Venerable and launching him on the first step on the potential path to sainthood. Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, presented Brother Gagnon’s name to the Holy Father along with a list of others at an audience Dec. 14.  Born to French-Canadian parents in Dover, New … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis ups effort to make annulments more accessible

Vatican City, Dec 15, 2015 / 03:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Friday Pope Francis clarified a few points in his streamlined marriage annulment process and restored power to the Vatican’s main marriage court in order to prevent unnecessary procedural delays.One of the key clarifications the Pope made was to reiterate that the new rules trump everything that came before them, including changes made during the pontificates of Pope Pius XI and John Paul II.First announced in September, the … [Read more...]

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To obtain peace, we have to fight indifference with mercy, Pope says

Vatican City, Dec 15, 2015 / 04:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ message for 2016’s World Day of Peace is packed with bold pastoral and practical advice for both the Church as well as international leaders.In it, he focused on the need to work for peace by overcoming the attitude of indifference and fostering a greater sense of solidarity, mercy and compassion.He advocated for concrete acts of mercy on the part of families, individuals and political leaders, such as the … [Read more...]

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There’s no ‘vocation to laziness’, Pope Francis tells young people

Vatican City, Dec 14, 2015 / 11:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Monday met with an Italian initiative aimed at offering support to unemployed and underemployed youth, saying their responsibility is to help young people rediscover the “vocation” of work in the context of their human dignity. The task at hand is to help young people find, not just a job, but “a responsibility of evangelisation through the sanctifying value of work,” the Pope said during the Dec. … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis urges action after Paris climate agreement reached

Vatican City, Dec 13, 2015 / 06:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis commended world leaders for reaching an agreement in the recently-concluded Paris climate talks, urging the international community promptly put it into action. “The conference on climate has just concluded in Paris with the adoption of an agreement, defined by many as historic,” the Pope said Dec. 13. Implementing the plan, he said, will require “a concerted and generous … [Read more...]

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