Top Italian bishop throws punch at new civil unions law

Vatican City, May 18, 2016 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a powerful speech Tuesday at the opening of the Italian bishops' general assembly, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa decried the civil unions bill passed in the nation's parliament last week, emphasizing that Pope Francis himself always advocates for the natural family.The president of the Italian bishops' conference peppered his May 17 speech with several lengthy quotes from the Roman Pontiff, and lamented that the … [Read more...]

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You have the right to practice your faith, Pope Francis says in new interview

Vatican City, May 17, 2016 / 09:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a new interview focused heavily on migration and dialogue with Islam, Pope Francis touched on growing concerns surrounding the hot-button topic of religious freedom.While he admitted that secular governments espousing a separation of Church and state have shown more success throughout history, the Pope also stressed that such policies must be strict in ensuring religious freedom for all.“The right to conscientious objection … [Read more...]

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For Pope Francis, missionary work is ‘love without limits’

Vatican City, May 15, 2016 / 05:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Pentecost, Pope Francis praised missionary work as a massive work of mercy based on the desire for everyone to be saved and loved.The mission to the nations is “a great, immense work of mercy, both spiritual and material,” he said.The Church’s missionary mandate means that the Church “cares for those who do not know the Gospel, because she wants everyone to be saved and to experience the Lord’s … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: the Holy Spirit makes Jesus’ teaching come to life

Vatican City, May 15, 2016 / 04:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the solemnity of Pentecost Pope Francis said the Holy Spirit, rather than giving a new message, brings Jesus’ timeless teachings to life and helps us to both understand and live it throughout our lives.“The Holy Spirit exercises a role of teaching and memory...the Holy Spirit doesn't bring a different teaching, but makes that of Jesus alive and active, so that the time that the passage of time does not erase it or make … [Read more...]

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We were made to be God’s children, Pope says on Pentecost

Vatican City, May 15, 2016 / 02:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Although sin separates us from God, Pope Francis stressed on the feast of Pentecost that we haven’t been left as orphans, but that thanks to Jesus Christ and the gift of the Holy Spirit, we can reconcile with the Lord and continue to live as his children.“The central purpose of Jesus’ mission, which culminated in the gift of the Holy Spirit, was to renew our relationship with the Father, a relationship severed by sin, to … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: True piety inspires compassion for those in need

Vatican City, May 14, 2016 / 06:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his catechesis for this Saturday's Jubilee of Mercy audience, Pope Francis addressed the theme of piety, and how it manifests God's mercy through compassion for the suffering and afflicted.“The piety of which we speak is a manifestation of God's mercy,” the Pope told the rain-soaked crowds gathered in St. Peter's Square.The pontiff explained that piety, or “pietà”  – which in … [Read more...]

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Generate new models of economic progress, Pope urges business leaders

Vatican City, May 14, 2016 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Economic worldviews based only on material well-being cannot contribute to dignified labor and new models of economic progress are needed, Pope Francis told a gathering of business experts on Friday.“An economic vision geared to profit and material well-being alone is – as experience is daily showing us – incapable of contributing in a positive way to a globalization that favours the integral development of the … [Read more...]

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