Could Mother Teresa be canonized during the Holy Year for Mercy?

Vatican City, May 19, 2015 / 10:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi has said that Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta could be canonized during the upcoming Jubilee for Mercy, although he clarified that no concrete plans have been made. Fr. Lombardi told CNA May 19 that the possible canonization of Mother Teresa during the Holy Year is “a working hypothesis.” “There is no official date but you can say that the Congregation for the Causes of Saints is … [Read more...]

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For Pope Francis, the laity must be formed for their mission in the world

Vatican City, May 19, 2015 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking to the Italian bishops' general assembly on Monday, Pope Francis urged them to support the laity through Christian formation, so that they can assume their proper responsibilities in the public square. An “ecclesial and pastoral sensibility” is “reflected in reinforcing the indispensible role of the laity, who are disposed to take on their responsibilities,” the Pope said May 18 in the Vatican's … [Read more...]

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Beware of ‘white-gloved’ terrorism, Pope tells Middle East nuns

Vatican City, May 18, 2015 / 05:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- One day after canonizing the first two Palestinian saints since the early days of Christianity, Pope Francis met with a group of sisters from the Holy Land – urging them to pray for peace against “white-gloved terrorism” and persecution. Speaking of the newly canonized women, Saints Mariam Baouardy and Marie Alphonsine Danil Ghattas, the pontiff said: “I give you a mission: pray to the two new saints for peace in … [Read more...]

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For Arab Christianity, new women saints give encouraging example

Vatican City, May 17, 2015 / 06:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic Church’s celebration of the canonization of two new women saints from Palestine on Sunday helps recognize both women’s important role in Arab culture and Arabs’ important role in Christianity. “These two humble and simple women, consecrated women, give us also encouragement to pray for peace,” said Father Rifat Bader, general director of the Catholic Center for Studies and Media in Amman, … [Read more...]

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Pope appeals for peace in Burundi

Vatican City, May 17, 2015 / 01:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday morning, Pope Francis called for prayers for the people of Burundi, where violent clashes have broken out following a failed coup last week. “I also wish to invite you to pray for the dear people of Burundi, who are living in a delicate moment,” the pontiff said in his May 17 address ahead of the Regina Caeli prayers. “May the Lord help everyone flee the violence and act responsibly for the good of the … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis shares the secret of the saints: life in Christ’s love

Vatican City, May 17, 2015 / 10:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis canonized the Church’s four newest saints on Sunday, praising their loving witness to Jesus Christ’s Resurrection. He said “this is the secret of the saints: abiding in Christ, joined to him like branches to the vine, in order to bear much fruit.” The four newest saints showed how “to abide in God and in his love, and thus to proclaim by our words and our lives the Resurrection of Jesus, to … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis reminds Christians to have a festive faith

Vatican City, May 16, 2015 / 02:17 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking to vowed religious, Pope Francis said Christianity must be festive. He praised the special nourishing power of a nun’s smile. “The feast is a theological category of life. And you cannot live the consecrated life without this festive dimension. It's a party. But partying is not the same as making noise,” he said May 16. This festive dimension to life is “one of the things that we Christians … [Read more...]

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