Benedict XVI responds to Mother Angelica’s death

Vatican City, Mar 28, 2016 / 02:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Benedict XVI had a special response to Mother Angelica’s death falling on Easter Sunday: “it’s a gift.”Archbishop Georg Ganswein, Benedict’s personal secretary, told CNA about the Pope emeritus’ comment March 28.Mother Angelica, an Ohio-born Poor Clare nun, founded EWTN Global Catholic Network in Alabama in 1981. It has since become the largest religious media network in the world. She passed away … [Read more...]

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Benedict XVI responds to Mother Angelica’s death

Vatican City, Mar 28, 2016 / 02:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Benedict XVI had a special response to Mother Angelica’s death falling on Easter Sunday: “it’s a gift.”Archbishop Georg Ganswein, Benedict’s personal secretary, told CNA about the Pope emeritus’ comment March 28.Mother Angelica, an Ohio-born Poor Clare nun, founded EWTN Global Catholic Network in Alabama in 1981. It has since become the largest religious media network in the world. She passed away … [Read more...]

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Pope condemns ‘cowardly’ attack on Pakistani Christians

Vatican City, Mar 28, 2016 / 04:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Monday mourned the loss of life in Pakistan, where more than 70 people – mostly women and children -- were killed Sunday after a suicide attack on Christians who were celebrating Easter at a public park.Speaking during his Regina Caeli address for Easter Monday, the Pope expressed his “closeness to those affected by this cowardly and senseless crime,” and called those present to to pray for the victims … [Read more...]

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Pope prays for victims of terror strike at Iraq football stadium

Vatican City, Mar 27, 2016 / 06:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has sent a his condolences following the suicide attack against a football stadium in Iskanderiyah, Iraq which killed more than 30 people last week, many of them young boys.The Pope was “saddened by the news of the great loss of life” caused by the attack, said the message which was addressed to Archbishop, Alberto Ortega Martín Apostolic Nuncio to Iraq, and signed by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal … [Read more...]

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Pope: Easter message brings hope to victims of terrorism, persecution

Vatican City, Mar 27, 2016 / 05:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Urbi et Orbi message for Easter, Pope Francis encouraged victims of terrorism and Christian persecution to find hope in the Lord’s resurrection.By rising from the dead, Jesus has “triumphed over evil and sin,” the Pope said to the crowds which filled St. Peter’s Square. “May he draw us closer on this Easter feast to the victims of terrorism, that blind and brutal form of violence which continues to … [Read more...]

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Let yourselves be moved by hope, Pope says at Easter Vigil

Vatican City, Mar 26, 2016 / 03:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During the Easter Vigil, Pope Francis told attendees not to be overcome by sadness in the face of life’s difficulties, but to be open to hope, which is not the absence of problems, but is a gift from God when we allow him to enter our lives.“We, like Peter and the women, cannot discover life by being sad, bereft of hope,” the Pope said March 26.He urged the faithful not to “stay imprisoned within ourselves, but … [Read more...]

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Mercy will save the world: papal preacher’s Good Friday meditation

Vatican City, Mar 25, 2016 / 11:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Remembering this week's deadly terror attack in Brussels, the papal preacher centered his Good Friday reflection on mercy's role in saving the world.“The opposite of mercy is not justice but vengeance,” said Father Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap, in his sermon for the Celebration of Our Lord's Passion in St. Peter's Basilica March 25.“The hate and the brutality of the terrorist attacks this week in … [Read more...]

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