French imams, Vatican: ‘Without freedom of expression, the world is in danger’

Vatican City, Jan 8, 2015 / 11:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- French imams visiting the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue released Thursday a joint communique condemning the attack on Charlie Hebdo and calling for freedom of expression. “Without freedom of expression, the world is in danger,” the Jan 8. statement reads. It also asked that the media provide information which is “respectful of religions.” Signed by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the … [Read more...]

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Pope urges prayers for victims, assailants of ‘cruel’ Paris attack

Vatican City, Jan 8, 2015 / 09:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ first words at  Mass on Thursday were a prayer for the victims of yesterday’s attack on employees of a satirical newspaper in Paris, with a plea for the assailants’ conversion. “The attack yesterday in Paris makes us think of so much cruelty – human cruelty – so much terrorism, both isolated terrorism and terrorism of the state. Of how much cruelty is man capable!” the Roman … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis is all about the new evangelization, says expert

Vatican City, Jan 8, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With a style that meets the need for a new missionary zeal, Pope Francis is representative of the new evangelization, says one theologian and guest speaker for the upcoming annual gathering of Ratzinger's former students. “The new style represented by Pope Francis is the first to merit the title of new evangelization,” said Msgr. Tomas Halik in an interview with CNA. “If this progress, which has aroused so much … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis hails motherhood as the ‘antidote to individualism’

Vatican City, Jan 7, 2015 / 05:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his general audience Pope Francis lamented how mothers are often under-appreciated in their family role, and said they are key players in fighting against an individualistic, self-centered society. “To be a mother is a great treasure. Mothers, in their unconditional and sacrificial love for their children, are the antidote to individualism; they are the greatest enemies against war,” the pontiff told pilgrims during his … [Read more...]

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Attentive, tireless, courageous – this is Christian life, Pope says on Epiphany

Vatican City, Jan 6, 2015 / 05:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Like the Magi who followed the star from the East, Christians are called to follow the light of the Gospel attentively, tirelessly, and courageously, said Pope Francis during his Epiphany Angelus address. “The experience of the Magi evokes the journey of every man toward Christ,” the Pope said on Jan. 6 to the thousands gathered in Saint Peter's Square. Like that of the Magi, he said, our search for God also “means … [Read more...]

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Top Vatican Official: Washington, NYC likely stops on papal trip

Vatican City, Jan 6, 2015 / 05:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Although it’s still not official, the Vatican’s Secretary of State confirmed today that Pope Francis will most likely visit Washington D.C. and New York during his visit to the United States.   “I think the Pope will go to United Nations, everybody is speaking about that… but no official announcement has been delivered,” Cardinal Parolin told CNA Jan. 6. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s … [Read more...]

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True models of conversion: wise men believed in love, not worldly power

Vatican City, Jan 6, 2015 / 05:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the solemnity of the Epiphany, Pope Francis said that the journey of the three wise men reflects a path of conversion taken by each person, in which God breaks the norm of our human expectations. “The crib points us to a different path from the one cherished by the thinking of this world: it is the path of God’s self-abasement, his glory concealed in the manger of Bethlehem, on the cross upon Calvary, in each of our … [Read more...]

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