Make the mercy jubilee a ‘revolution of tenderness’, Pope urges

Vatican City, Dec 2, 2015 / 02:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has granted an interview to the official website for the Jubilee of Mercy, in which he expresses his intention that the year be an occasion to encounter God's tenderness in a world rife with cruelty and atrocities. “The revolution of tenderness is that which, today, we must cultivate as a fruit of this year of mercy: the tenderness of God toward each one of us,” the Pope told the official Jubilee publication … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis to youth: Have you thought about being a missionary?

Vatican City, Dec 2, 2015 / 07:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ recent trip to Africa was the focal point of his general audience today, during which he emphasized the key role that missionaries play on the continent, and asked youth to consider it as an option for their future. “To the youth: think about what you want to do with your life. It's the moment to think and to ask the Lord to make his will known to you,” the Pope said Dec. 2. Recalling the many … [Read more...]

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Full text of Pope’s in-flight interview from Africa to Rome

Vatican City, Nov 30, 2015 / 02:17 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a Q&A with journalists on his way from Africa back to Rome, Pope Francis answered questions posed by journalists from across the world. He touched on inter-religious relations, the role of the media, and his favorite memories from Africa. Please read below for the full English transcription of the Q&A: Fr. Lombardi: Holy Father, welcome to this encounter, which by now is a tradition we all wait for. We are … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis to journalist’s condom question: the problem is much bigger

Vatican City, Nov 30, 2015 / 12:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On a Nov. 30 in-flight press conference returning from his trip to Africa, Pope Francis said that efforts to push the Church to allow condom use to prevent HIV are too narrow and do not see the whole picture. A journalist asked the Pope about HIV in Africa, saying, “We know that prevention is key. We know that condoms are not the only method of solving the epidemic, but it’s an important part of the answer. Is it not … [Read more...]

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Pope calls Central African Christians, Muslims to unite against violence

Bangui, Central African Republic, Nov 30, 2015 / 03:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians and Muslims must unite against acts which “disfigure the Face of God” by promoting peace, Pope Francis told Islamic representatives on the final day of his visit the war-torn Central African Republic (CAR). “Those who claim to believe in God must also be men and women of peace,” the Pope said at the Nov. 30 encounter at the Mosque of Koudoukou in the CAR capital Bangui, recalling the … [Read more...]

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Pope to Central African Christians: Be artisans of renewal in your country

Bangui, Central African Republic, Nov 30, 2015 / 03:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During the final Mass of his first visit to Africa, Pope Francis called the Christians of the Central African Republic (CAR) to be missionaries in their nation, bringing renewal amid suffering, and hope for eternal life. “Christians of Central Africa, each of you are called to be, through perseverance in faith and missionary commitment, artisans of the human and spiritual renewal of your country,” the Pope … [Read more...]

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Pope advocates for peace, unity in Central African Republic

Bangui, Central African Republic, Nov 29, 2015 / 04:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After landing in the war-torn Central African Republic, Pope Francis urged the country’s leaders to work for peace and reconciliation, particularly through disarmament and a stable administration. “As the Central African Republic progressively moves, in spite of difficulties, towards the normalization of its social and political life…I come as a pilgrim of peace and an apostle of hope,” the … [Read more...]

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