Vatican confirms papal trip to Turkey in November

Vatican City, Sep 12, 2014 / 09:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A statement released by the Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis will visit Turkey in November, where he is expected to participate in celebrations surrounding the orthodox feast of St. Andrew. “This morning the Holy See received the official letter of invitation from the part of the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for a trip of Pope Francis to the country,” the Sept. 12 statement, signed by Vatican spokesman … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: correction without charity is ‘a slap in the face’

Vatican City, Sep 12, 2014 / 06:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily Mass on Friday Pope Francis spoke about fraternal correction, explaining that it heals and builds up the body of Christ, but only when done out of love. “Gossip hurts; gossip is a slap in the face of a person’s reputation, it is an attack on the heart of a person,” the Pope told those present in the Santa Marta residence on Sept. 12. “Sure, when they tell you the truth it’s not nice to hear, … [Read more...]

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Pope’s appointment may signal advances in new abuse office

Vatican City, Sep 12, 2014 / 12:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ latest appointment to a commission designed to fight sexual abuse of minors may have an effect in shaping the upcoming Vatican office also dedicated to combatting abuse. “Delicta Graviora” are serious crimes in the Church, and they include grave offenses against morality: the sexual abuse of a minor by a cleric, or the acquisition, possession, or distribution of child pornography by a cleric. A Delicta … [Read more...]

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Francis encourages us as did Don Bosco, Lateran rector says

Vatican City, Sep 11, 2014 / 03:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the bicentenary of the birth of St. John Bosco approaches, a Salesian who is rector of the Pontifical Lateran University has said that Pope Francis is close to the saint, as both view education not as a job but as a way life. Bishop Enrico dal Covolo, S.D.B., told CNA Sept. 9 that a phrase of Pope Francis' “very close to my heart is this: 'educating is not a job; it is an approach, a way of living,” and said this … [Read more...]

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Christian life is not navel-gazing – it’s self-giving, Pope says

Vatican City, Sep 11, 2014 / 10:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his homily at daily Mass on Thursday Pope Francis focused on authentic Christian love, stressing that it’s not selfish, but freely and mercifully gives itself to others. The Pope drew from the day's Gospel reading from Luke chapter six, where Jesus tells his disciples to love their enemies and “do good” to those who hate them. “Be merciful as your Father is merciful. Only with a merciful heart can we … [Read more...]

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Pope ‘deeply saddened’ by brutal killing of missionary nuns

Vatican City, Sep 11, 2014 / 02:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has expressed his condolences following the brutal murder of three Italian nuns in Burundi over the weekend, assuring the community of his closeness. “The Holy Father begs the Lord to welcome into his kingdom of peace and light these three faithful and devout nuns,” reads Sept. 8 a telegram addressed to Archbishop Evariste Ngoyagoye of Bujumbura, Burundi, where the sisters were serving in the parish of Saint … [Read more...]

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Italian prime minister meets with Vatican Secretary of State

Vatican City, Sep 11, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The newly created Italian cardinals lunched Tuesday with Matteo Renzi, prime minister of Italy, discussing with him and his associates persecuted Christians, immigration, and employment challenges. The Sept. 9 lunch also set the basis for an official meeting between Renzi and Pope Francis. Renzi, who assumed office Feb. 22, has yet to pay the Pope an official state visit, though he and his family did meet with him in private, for … [Read more...]

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