Ahead of Greece trip, Pope Francis asks for prayers

Vatican City, Apr 13, 2016 / 05:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With a last-minute trip to Lesbos just days away, Pope Francis remembered the refugees and residents of the Greek island during his this week’s general audience, and asked for prayers ahead of his one-day journey.“Next Saturday I will go to the island of Lesbos, through which so many refugees have passed in recent months,” the Pope said at the conclusion of the April 13 audience.He asked pilgrims at the general … [Read more...]

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Persecution of Christians can have a polite disguise, Pope Francis warns

Vatican City, Apr 12, 2016 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Tuesday reflected on the “polite persecution” of Christians that takes away their freedom in the disguise of modernity and progress.“Persecution, I would say, is the daily bread of the Church. Jesus said so himself,” he said April 12.During his Mass at the chapel of Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican, the Pope reflected on the death of St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr.A Christian is … [Read more...]

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Persecution of Christians can have a polite disguise, Pope Francis warns

Vatican City, Apr 12, 2016 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Tuesday reflected on the “polite persecution” of Christians that takes away their freedom in the disguise of modernity and progress.“Persecution, I would say, is the daily bread of the Church. Jesus said so himself,” he said April 12.During his Mass at the chapel of Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican, the Pope reflected on the death of St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr.A Christian is … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis’ Instagram success: a model for Catholic social media?

Vatican City, Apr 12, 2016 / 06:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Social media can be a place for evangelization.The proof? The giant audience for Pope Francis’ new Instagram profile. More than 1 million people followed his “Franciscus” account in the first 12 hours after its March 19 launch. As of April 11, he has over 2.2 million followers on the photo-centered network.Reflecting on this success, and on what it means for the Church in the social media age, Monsignor Dario Edoardo … [Read more...]

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Pope appoints new Vatican ambassador to the U.S.

Vatican City, Apr 12, 2016 / 05:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has appointed French-born Archbishop Christophe Pierre as the Vatican ambassador to the U.S., replacing Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the Holy See press office announced Tuesday.The appointment of the new Vatican ambassador – known as an apostolic nuncio – comes after Archbishop Viganò reached the retirement age of 75 on Jan. 16 of this year. The Italian prelate had served as apostolic nuncio to the … [Read more...]

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Pope: It’s not enough to follow the letter of the law with a closed heart

Vatican City, Apr 11, 2016 / 10:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking at morning Mass at the Santa Marta residence, Pope Francis decried those who close themselves to God's truth, and condemn repentant sinners and the innocent alike in the name of following the “letter of the law.”“The heart is closed to God's Word, it is closed to truth, and it is closed to God’s messenger who brings the prophecy so that God’s people may go forward,” the Pope said in his … [Read more...]

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Pope sends condolences after deadly fire in India

Vatican City, Apr 10, 2016 / 08:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has sent his condolences to the victims and relatives of a fireworks accident on Sunday that killed at least 100 people and injured hundreds of others in India's Kerala state during celebrations of the local Hindu new year.The Pope was “saddened to learn of the tragic fire at the Puttingal temple complex in Paravur,” said the telegram which was addressed to the victims of the blaze, and was signed by Vatican … [Read more...]

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