New eparchy in US to serve Catholics with roots in ancient Indian Christianity

Elmont, N.Y., Jan 5, 2016 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Monday established a new eparchy for the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church in the United States and Canada, to serve several thousand Catholics of the India-based Church.The eparchy was created Jan. 4 by elevating an existing apostolic exarchate.The Pope named Bishop Thomas Mar Eusebius Naickamparambil as head of the Eparchy of St. Mary, Queen of Peace. Bishop Naickamparambil had been head of the preceding apostolic … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis makes surprise visit to birthplace of the Nativity scene

Vatican City, Jan 4, 2016 / 02:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis made a surprise visit Monday to the Italian hill town of Greccio where, centuries earlier, St. Francis created the first nativity scene.The Jan. 4 visit to the town included a stop at the Sanctuary of the manger scene (“Santuario del presepe”), where the Pope met with members of the Franciscan order. There, he prayed before a 15th century fresco depicting the nativity scene of Greccio on one side, and the nativity … [Read more...]

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Pope prays first Angelus of 2016 calling for vigilance against evil

Vatican City, Jan 3, 2016 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis lead the first Marian prayer of the new year with swarms of pilgrims gathered at the Vatican Sunday, urging an openness to Jesus in our hearts so that evil won't prevail in our lives.Speaking to a packed St. Peter's square Jan. 3, the Pope reflected on the day's reading from the first chapter of St. John's Gospel where “the Word” was “made flesh and dwelt among us.”But despite the … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Mary is the ‘mother of forgiveness’

Vatican City, Jan 1, 2016 / 12:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Reflecting particularly on Mary’s title as “mother of mercy,” Pope Francis opened the Holy Door at the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome on Jan. 1.“It is most fitting that on this day we invoke the Blessed Virgin Mary above all as ‘mother of mercy.’ The door we have opened is, in fact, a Door of Mercy,” Pope Francis said. “Those who cross its threshold are called to enter into the merciful … [Read more...]

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Mercy is stronger than violence and injustice, Pope says

Vatican City, Jan 1, 2016 / 05:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The miseries of the world are powerless against the mercy of God, whose entrance into history brought about a new era for humanity, Pope Francis said at the opening Mass of the new year.“History does not determine the birth of Christ; rather, his coming into the world enables history to attain its fullness,” the Pope said in his homily Friday morning in Saint Peter’s Basilica.“For this reason, the birth of the Son … [Read more...]

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Look for the presence of God in your life, Pope says on New Year’s

Vatican City, Dec 31, 2015 / 06:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As this year comes to an end, Pope Francis has encouraged faithful to look back at the events of 2015, telling them to be attentive to both the presence of God, and the signs he is giving.“Retracing the days of the past year can be done either as a memory of facts and events which bring moments of joy and sorrow, or by trying to understand if we have perceived the presence of God, who makes all things new and sustains them with his … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis to families: forgive each other and journey together towards God

Vatican City, Dec 27, 2015 / 10:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on the Feast of the Holy Family reflected on the power of forgiveness in families and compared everyday family life to an ongoing pilgrimage of prayer and love.“How important it is for our families to journey together towards a single goal! We know that we have a road to travel together; a road along which we encounter difficulties but also enjoy moments of joy and consolation,” the Pope said Dec. 27 in his … [Read more...]

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