Pope Francis to meet top Sunni imam at the Vatican

Vatican City, May 19, 2016 / 09:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An official meeting between Pope Francis and Imam Ahmed al Tayyeb will take place Monday at the Vatican, signaling a new step in Catholic-Muslim relations.“An audience between the Pope and the Great Imam of al Azhar is being prepared for Monday,” Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi told journalists May 19.He said the schedule for the visit “still has to be defined,” but confirmed that the meeting will take … [Read more...]

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Your job is to give voice to the suffering, Pope tells new ambassadors

Vatican City, May 19, 2016 / 07:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As six new ambassadors to the Holy See presented Pope Francis with their credentials, the pontiff stressed that as representatives of their people, they must be the voice of those suffering tragedies such as violence and forced migration.“For those suffering the tragedy of violence and forced migration, we must be resolute in making their plight known to the world community,” the Pope told a group of six new ambassadors to the … [Read more...]

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This Saint Bernard just met Pope Francis

Vatican City, May 18, 2016 / 12:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While Pope Francis might have chastised animal-lovers who treat their pets better than people in last week’s general audience, that didn’t stop him from giving a good pat on the head to Magnum – the Saint Bernard with VIP access to today’s audience.Magnum is quite literally a “Great Saint Bernard.” Bred by an order of priests known as Augustinian Canons, he was born on the Great Saint Bernard Pass, one … [Read more...]

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‘To ignore the poor is to despise God,’ Pope Francis says

Vatican City, May 18, 2016 / 08:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- If we don’t show mercy to others we shouldn’t expect to get it from God, Pope Francis has said, stressing that while turning a blind eye to the poor might make life on earth easier, the eternal result will be much different.“To ignore the poor is to despise God! We must learn this well: to ignore the poor is the despise God,” the Pope said May 18.He spoke to the thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s … [Read more...]

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Top Italian bishop throws punch at new civil unions law

Vatican City, May 18, 2016 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a powerful speech Tuesday at the opening of the Italian bishops' general assembly, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa decried the civil unions bill passed in the nation's parliament last week, emphasizing that Pope Francis himself always advocates for the natural family.The president of the Italian bishops' conference peppered his May 17 speech with several lengthy quotes from the Roman Pontiff, and lamented that the … [Read more...]

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You have the right to practice your faith, Pope Francis says in new interview

Vatican City, May 17, 2016 / 09:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a new interview focused heavily on migration and dialogue with Islam, Pope Francis touched on growing concerns surrounding the hot-button topic of religious freedom.While he admitted that secular governments espousing a separation of Church and state have shown more success throughout history, the Pope also stressed that such policies must be strict in ensuring religious freedom for all.“The right to conscientious objection … [Read more...]

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For Pope Francis, missionary work is ‘love without limits’

Vatican City, May 15, 2016 / 05:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Pentecost, Pope Francis praised missionary work as a massive work of mercy based on the desire for everyone to be saved and loved.The mission to the nations is “a great, immense work of mercy, both spiritual and material,” he said.The Church’s missionary mandate means that the Church “cares for those who do not know the Gospel, because she wants everyone to be saved and to experience the Lord’s … [Read more...]

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