Pope Francis: If men and women aren’t different, we have problems

Vatican City, Apr 15, 2015 / 09:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has warned against gender theories which seek to eradicate differences between man and woman, saying they perpetuate the very problems they are trying to solve. “Experience teaches us: to know each other well and grow in harmony, the human being requires the reciprocity of man and woman,” the pontiff said Wednesday to participants in his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square. In his Apr. 15 … [Read more...]

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Pope to Americas: working to build bridges is never in vain

Vatican City, Apr 14, 2015 / 10:03 am (CNA).- In a message for the 7th Summit of the Americas, Pope Francis called for dialogue, cooperation and the securing of human rights and basic life necessities. In the Apr. 10 message, entitled “Prosperity with Equity: the Challenge of Cooperation in the Americas,” the Pope called for “sincere dialogue” that leads to “mutual collaboration which unites efforts and exceeds the differences in the way toward the common … [Read more...]

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Vatican unveils a packed, diverse itinerary for Pope’s Sarajevo visit

Vatican City, Apr 14, 2015 / 06:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis will meet with a vast array of different groups during his daytrip to Bosnia, which is a visit Sarajevo’s cardinal says could help ease political and ethnic tensions after the country’s recent war. Francis announced his June 6 trip to Sarajevo during his Sunday Angelus address Feb. 1, asking pilgrims to pray so the visit would be “one of encouragement for the Catholic faithful, fosters seeds of good and … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Vocations are about quality, not quantity

Vatican City, Apr 14, 2015 / 12:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Well-formed vocations are more important than numerous vocations Pope Francis said in an address to religious formators on Saturday at the Vatican.“There is not a vocations crisis where there are consecrated people able to transmit the beauty of consecration with their own witness,” the pontiff said, according to Vatican Radio's translation.Even in the midst of declining numbers in some religious communities, the Pope … [Read more...]

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Evangelization isn’t a synonym for advertising, Pope says

Vatican City, Apr 13, 2015 / 02:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Giving witness to Jesus Christ is more than mere advertising, Pope Francis said: it's the act of courage in proclaiming the Gospel “with frankness” even to the point of martyrdom. Christians do not simply “advertise Jesus Christ” with the aim of increasing our numbers, the pontiff noted during his daily Mass homily on April 13. “This is not necessary.” “What the Christian does is to … [Read more...]

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Pope recalls slaughter of Armenians in ‘first genocide of the 20th century’

Rome, Italy, Apr 12, 2015 / 08:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis today referred to the mass killing of Armenians by the Ottoman Turks in 1915 as a “genocide,” prompting the Turkish government to summon the Vatican’s ambassador for questioning. “In the past century our human family has lived through three massive and unprecedented tragedies. The first, which is widely considered ‘the first genocide of the twentieth century,’ struck your own Armenian … [Read more...]

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Touch and be healed by the merciful wounds of Christ, Pope says

Rome, Italy, Apr 12, 2015 / 05:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily on Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Francis said that Jesus’ scars are full of mercy, and encouraged attendees to imitate the apostle Thomas in touching them and allowing their hearts to be converted. “The Lord shows us, through the Gospel, his wounds. They are wounds of mercy. It is true: the wounds of Jesus are wounds of mercy,” the Pope told attendees of his April 12 Mass on Divine Mercy Sunday. Jesus, he … [Read more...]

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