Vatican Secretary of State urges ‘quick response’ to crisis in Libya

Vatican City, Feb 18, 2015 / 08:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After a meeting with Italian officials on Tuesday, Cardinal Pietro Parolin told reporters that swift action is needed in Libya, where continual conflict since a 2011 revolution has resulted in rival governments and a foothold for Islamists. Amid the chaos in the north African nation, Islamic State affiliates beheaded 21 Egyptian Christians over the weekend. Cardinal Parolin said Feb. 17 the incident was “terrifying,” but … [Read more...]

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This Lent, ask God for the ‘gift of tears,’ Pope says

Vatican City, Feb 18, 2015 / 12:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Ash Wednesday homily, Pope Francis said the time of Lent is a call to leave hypocrisy behind and reconcile with God through fasting, charity and prayerful tears before our merciful Father. “I ask you a question: do I cry? Does the Pope cry? Do cardinals cry? Do bishops cry? Do consecrated men and women cry? Do priests cry?” the Pope said during his Feb. 18 Ash Wednesday Mass. Pope Francis focused during the Mass on … [Read more...]

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Siblings help you keep your eyes off yourself, Pope says

Vatican City, Feb 18, 2015 / 12:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In this week’s general audience, Pope Francis spoke on the role of siblings in family life, saying the fraternity we learn from them teaches us how to overcome barriers and leads to greater freedom. “With Jesus, this bond of brotherhood expands to overcome any difference of nation, language, culture or religion,” the Pope told pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square Feb. 18. There is no greater compliment than … [Read more...]

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New cardinals speak out on perils, potential of a globalized society

Vatican City, Feb 18, 2015 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis' newly elevated cardinals reflected on their roles as shepherds within a vast, multicultural Church – and the many challenges and opportunities of service the modern world poses to their peripheral dioceses. Cardinal Soane Patita Paini Mafi of Tonga said being named a cardinal is a “really big thing” for the small Pacific island nation, which has never had a cardinal before. He told CNA Feb. 14 that … [Read more...]

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Is there an end in sight to centuries-old sectarian divisions in Scotland?

Vatican City, Feb 17, 2015 / 02:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following an ecumenical meeting with Pope Francis on Monday, the moderator of the Church of Scotland said the gathering  was significant, and could signal the end of its tensions with the Catholic Church. The Church of Scotland is an ecclesial community in the Calvinist and Presbyterian tradition. As its moderator, John Chalmers serves as the ecclesial community's official representative. “Scotland too has suffered in … [Read more...]

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Is there an end in sight to centuries-old sectarian divisions in Scotland?

Vatican City, Feb 17, 2015 / 02:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following an ecumenical meeting with Pope Francis on Monday, the moderator of the Church of Scotland said the gathering  was significant, and could signal the end of its tensions with the Catholic Church. The Church of Scotland is an ecclesial community in the Calvinist and Presbyterian tradition. As its moderator, John Chalmers serves as the ecclesial community's official representative. “Scotland too has suffered in … [Read more...]

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Is there an end in sight to centuries-old sectarian divisions in Scotland?

Vatican City, Feb 17, 2015 / 02:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following an ecumenical meeting with Pope Francis on Monday, the moderator of the Church of Scotland said the gathering  was significant, and could signal the end of its tensions with the Catholic Church. The Church of Scotland is an ecclesial community in the Calvinist and Presbyterian tradition. As its moderator, John Chalmers serves as the ecclesial community's official representative. “Scotland too has suffered in … [Read more...]

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