The best thing parents can give their children? Wisdom, Pope says

Vatican City, Feb 4, 2015 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis said the role of parents is to teach their children with patience, gentleness, firmness and encouragement. “Every family needs a father. A father who doesn't boast of having a child be like him, but is glad to learn righteousness and wisdom, which is the only thing that counts in life,” the Pope told pilgrims gathered in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall for his Feb. 4 general … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis urges end to scandal of ‘fratricidal’ violence in Ukraine

Vatican City, Feb 4, 2015 / 07:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the number of deaths in Ukraine continue to rise amid escalating violence, Pope Francis has called the war “a scandal,” and urged the international community to “make every effort” for peace. “My thoughts turn again to the beloved Ukrainian people. Unfortunately the situation is getting worse (as is) the grave opposition between parties,” the Pope told those present in the Vatican’s Paul VI … [Read more...]

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Sunday will be the first International Day of Prayer against Human Trafficking

Vatican City, Feb 3, 2015 / 02:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has organized the first-ever international day of prayer and reflection against human trafficking, in hopes that the world will join forces in putting this “plague” to an end. “Our awareness must expand and extend to the very depths of this evil and its farthest reaches – from awareness to prayer, from prayer to solidarity, and from solidarity to concerted action – until slavery and trafficking … [Read more...]

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Oscar Romero to be beatified: Pope Francis recognizes martyrdom

Vatican City, Feb 3, 2015 / 10:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Tuesday authorized the promulgation of decrees recognizing the martyrdom of Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero, paving the way for his beatification, as well as the martyrdom of three priests in Peru. The decision was the fruit of a Feb. 3 audience between the Pope and Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. The theologians of the congregation for saints had unanimously recognized … [Read more...]

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The Gospel is more important than soap operas or gossip, Pope says

Vatican City, Feb 3, 2015 / 05:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily Tuesday Pope Francis noted the importance of contemplating scripture, and urged faithful to read the Gospel for 10-15 minutes a day, rather than watching soap operas or exchanging gossip. “At home, 15 minutes, pick up the Gospel, a small passage, imagine what happened and talk with Jesus about it,” the Pope told those present in the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse for his Feb. 3 daily Mass. By reading … [Read more...]

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Consecrated life without sacrifice is a ‘caricature,’ Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Feb 2, 2015 / 03:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis warned consecrated men and women against reducing their religious live to a “caricature,” calling them to instead embrace a life of obedience, which in turn leads to wisdom. This was the central theme of the Pope's homily for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on Feb. 2, which coincides with the World Day for Consecrated Life. Addressing the congregation gathered in Saint Peter's Basilica on … [Read more...]

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Heroes amid a haunted past: Pope meets, praises Lithuania’s bishops

Vatican City, Feb 2, 2015 / 02:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis praised Lithuania's bishops for their courage in a nation marked by both a history of persecution against the Church as well as modern threats of secularism and relativism. “You are the heirs of this history, this patrimony of pastoral charity, and you demonstrate the energy of your action, the communion which you enliven, and the perseverance in pursuing the objectives which the Spirit shows you,” he … [Read more...]

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