Unexpected friendships bloom as Vatican rolls out haircuts for homeless

Vatican City, Feb 17, 2015 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As homeless men and women line up under the massive arms of Saint Peter's colonnade waiting to take advantage of the Vatican's newly-christened showers and barbershop, volunteers who assist them say they are deeply moved by their encounter with a population often rejected by society. “Initially when they offered me this (job) I thought I would find myself confronted with grouchy, perhaps mean people,” said volunteer … [Read more...]

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Pope condemns beheading of Egyptian Christians, says blood ‘cries out to be heard’

Vatican City, Feb 16, 2015 / 10:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis mourned the 21 Egyptian Christians beheaded by the Islamic State, calling them martyrs that “belong to all Christians.” “The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a testimony which cries out to be heard,” the Pope said. “Their only words were: 'Jesus, help me!'” Pope Francis made these off-the-cuff remarks in his native Spanish on Monday, one day after the release of a … [Read more...]

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Jesus has no ‘proxy’– he touches our wounds with his hands, Pope says

Vatican City, Feb 15, 2015 / 09:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis focused on mercy, noting how Jesus heals not by giving lectures, but by going close to those who suffer and curing the “leprosy” of our sin. “The hand of Jesus touched the leper. He isn't placed at a distance and he doesn't act through a proxy, but is exposed directly to the contagion of our evil; so our own evil becomes the place of contact,” the Pope told … [Read more...]

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Take the red hat, but leave your ‘spiritual box’ behind, Pope tells cardinals

Vatican City, Feb 15, 2015 / 04:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After elevating 20 new cardinals, Pope Francis reminded them that true honor is found in service, and urged them to follow Jesus in breaking rigid ways of thinking and touching society’s marginalized. “Jesus is not afraid of scandal! He does not think of the closed-minded who are scandalized even by a work of healing, scandalized before any kind of openness, by any action outside of their mental and spiritual boxes,” … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis’ call to new cardinals: be captivated by truth

Vatican City, Feb 14, 2015 / 09:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis welcomed the Catholic Church’s newest cardinals on Saturday, encouraging them to center themselves in Jesus Christ as they lead the faithful in patience, justice, and docility to the Holy Spirit. “The man of God is someone captivated by truth, one who encounters it fully in the word and flesh of Jesus Christ, the inexhaustible source of our joy,” the Pope said in Saint Peter’s Basilica at a ceremony … [Read more...]

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At the consistory, a strong dedication to Vatican reforms

Vatican City, Feb 13, 2015 / 02:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Reform was the watchword as cardinals met at the Vatican for briefings about the state of Vatican finances and about the work of a pontifical commission that protects minors.Cardinal Christoph Schonborn of Vienna spoke with CNA about the extraordinary consistory of cardinals, reporting that “we are in the middle of a discussion, there are things to be refined, but there is a strong papal will to carry forward the reforms, and I can … [Read more...]

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Three countries will be represented in College of Cardinals for first time

Vatican City, Feb 13, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The different cultures represented by bishops who will be created cardinals this weekend demonstrate the Church's universality, thereby enriching the College of Cardinals, says the prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. Referring to those countries never before represented by a red hat, Cardinal Fernando Filoni told CNA their presence “is also making the Church very universal, not only in name but also … [Read more...]

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