Pope slams mafia as ‘adorers of evil’

Vatican City, Jun 21, 2014 / 11:03 am (CNA).- In his homily at the Saturday evening anticipated Mass during his day trip to Italy’s Calabria region, Pope Francis denounced the dishonesty and violence perpetrated by members of the local mafia. “When adoration of the Lord is substituted by adoration of money, the road to sin opens to personal interest ... When one does not adore the Lord, one becomes an adorer of evil, like those who live by dishonesty and violence,” Pope … [Read more...]

God is a ‘master of reintegration,’ Pope assures prisoners

Vatican City, Jun 21, 2014 / 06:53 am (CNA).- In the first major meeting of his 12-hour pastoral visit to the Calabria region of southern Italy today, Pope Francis spoke to the inmates and staff of the district prison about the importance of re-integration, accomplished through both human and divine action. “A true and full reintegration of the person does not happen as the end of a solely human path. On this journey, the meeting with God also comes into it, the capacity to let … [Read more...]

Pope encourages priests to work in joy, brotherhood

Vatican City, Jun 21, 2014 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his one day his visit to Italian town Cassano all'Jonio, Pope Francis met with the priests of the diocese, speaking of the joy of the priesthood, but also of the dangers of an individualistic culture. “I would first of all like to share with you the joy of being priests. The ever new surprise of having been called by the Lord Jesus. Called to follow him, to be with him, to go to others bringing him, his word, his … [Read more...]

Pope Francis decries persecution of Christians

Vatican City, Jun 20, 2014 / 02:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Friday lamented continued persecution against Christians and other religious believers, encouraging scholars and governments to defend religious liberty. “Nowadays, persecution against Christians is stronger than it was in the first centuries of the Church, and there are more Christian martyrs than in that time,” the Pope said June 20 in the Vatican's consistory hall will participants of the conference … [Read more...]

Pope warns against false securities of wealth, vanity, power

Vatican City, Jun 20, 2014 / 11:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily at Friday's Mass, Pope Francis cautioned attendees not to place their security in false treasures which enslave and weigh us down, but rather in the treasures of heaven that lead to freedom. “Here is the message of Jesus: ‘if your treasure is in wealth, in vanity, in power, in pride, your heart will be chained there! Your heart will be enslaved by wealth, vanity, pride,” the Pope explained in his June … [Read more...]

Pope: problem of drug use is not solved by other drugs

Vatican City, Jun 20, 2014 / 08:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a message for an international conference on enforcing drug laws, Pope Francis denounced the trend of offering addicts narcotics as a substitute for hard drugs, stating that it only worsens the problem. “Let me state this in the clearest terms possible: the problem of drug use is not solved with drugs! Drug addiction is an evil, and with evil there can be no yielding or compromise” the Pope declared in his June 20 message … [Read more...]

Bosnian school seeks to strengthen interethnic relations

Vatican City, Jun 20, 2014 / 06:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Catholic school founded in Sarajevo, Bosnia during the country’s recent war has made it their goal to teach children to embrace ethnic differences, without letting them hinder interpersonal relations. “During such terrible times the Catholic Church opened and established the St. Joseph Catholic School Center just to show, not by empty words and proclamations, that it’s possible to cherish your own identity and at the … [Read more...]


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