Pope Francis: Europe must ensure peaceful coexistence after Brexit

Yerevan, Jun 24, 2016 / 07:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has said the result of the U.K.’s referendum to leave the European Union reflects the “will of the people” and that there is now a “great responsibility” to ensure the well being of people in the U.K. and peaceful coexistence on continental Europe.Addressing reporters on the papal plane to Armenia, the Holy Father said he had only read basic information about the result of the vote just before leaving … [Read more...]

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There’s no excuse for it: Pope Francis on the death penalty

Vatican City, Jun 22, 2016 / 04:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a video message sent Wednesday to a gathering of advocates for abolition of the death penalty, Pope Francis welcomed their efforts as a way to promote the right to life of all persons.“Nowadays the death penalty is unacceptable, however grave the crime of the convicted person,” the Pope said in his June 22 message to the Sixth World Congress against the Death Penalty, which is being held in Oslo this week. More than 1,000 … [Read more...]

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There’s no excuse for it: Pope Francis on the death penalty

Vatican City, Jun 22, 2016 / 04:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a video message sent Wednesday to a gathering of advocates for abolition of the death penalty, Pope Francis welcomed their efforts as a way to promote the right to life of all persons.“Nowadays the death penalty is unacceptable, however grave the crime of the convicted person,” the Pope said in his June 22 message to the Sixth World Congress against the Death Penalty, which is being held in Oslo this week. More than 1,000 … [Read more...]

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A martyr of the French revolution is almost a saint

Vatican City, Jun 22, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In just two days in early September of 1792, approximately 1,200 people were slaughtered by revolutionaries in France.Of the dead, approximately 200 were Roman Catholic priests and religious, most of whom were killed on Sept. 2 in the garden of a Carmelite monastery which had been captured and turned into a prison.On October 16, Pope Francis will canonize one of them – Blessed Solomon Leclercq.Blessed Solomon Leclercq was born … [Read more...]

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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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