For Pope Francis, achieving peace means overcoming indifference

Vatican City, Aug 11, 2015 / 07:59 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- The Vatican announced Tuesday that the theme for 2016’s World Day of Peace will focus on a topic Pope Francis has spoken out against relentlessly since the beginning of his pontificate: indifference. “Indifference in regard to the scourges of our time is one of the fundamental causes of the lack of peace,” an Aug. 11 statement from the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace read. The statement coincided … [Read more...]

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In ecumenical move, Pope Francis establishes World Day of Prayer for Creation

Vatican City, Aug 10, 2015 / 11:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has instituted a new day of prayer and celebration for the Church entitled the “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation,” to be celebrated on September 1 each year. The day of prayer is in keeping with the theme of the Holy Father’s newest environmental encyclical “Laudato Si.” It is also seen as a sign of unity with the Orthodox Church, which established September 1 as a day to celebrate … [Read more...]

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The Pope’s new doctor is an expert in liver disease, surgical medicine

Vatican City, Aug 9, 2015 / 12:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican announced Saturday that Pope Francis has selected Professor Fabrizio Soccorsi – an expert in liver diseases and surgical medicine – as his new personal doctor, who will accompany Francis on his upcoming trip to the United States and Cuba. The Pope’s choice comes after he decided at the end of May not to renew the term of his former doctor – Patrizio Polisca – as papal doctor and head of the … [Read more...]

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‘No to war!’ – Pope pushes for nuclear disarmament on atomic bomb anniversary

Vatican City, Aug 9, 2015 / 06:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday Pope Francis said the “horrific” atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are the icon of man’s destructive misuse of scientific progress, and called for an end to all nuclear arms and weapons of mass destruction. The “tremendous” atomic bombing of the two Japanese cities, which took place Aug. 6 and Aug. 9, 1945, “still arouses horror and repulsion,” the Pope said in his Aug. 9 Sunday … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Cupich will attend synod, Vatican source says

Vatican City, Aug 7, 2015 / 12:35 pm (CNA).- Originally selected as an alternate synod delegate, Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago will in fact be an attendee at the Vatican gathering on the family this fall, a Vatican source told CNA. The source also said that another American bishop will likely be chosen to attend as well, bringing the total U.S. delegation of bishops up to six. The Synod on the Family, which will be held at the Vatican in October, will bring together bishops from … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Beware the ‘false peace’ that comes from the devil

Vatican City, Aug 7, 2015 / 07:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Friday told a group of youth that the greatest challenge in his vocation so far has been finding true peace, and encouraged them to learn how to discern between this peace and the one offered by the devil. “I would say finding peace in the Lord. That peace that only Jesus can give, in work and chores,” the Pope said Aug. 7. in response to the question, posed by one of the youth he met with in audience that … [Read more...]

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What’s Pope Francis’ biggest challenge: finding true peace

Vatican City, Aug 6, 2015 / 07:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Friday told a group of youth that the greatest challenge in his vocation so far has been finding true peace, and encouraged them to learn how to discern between this peace and the one offered by the devil. “I would say finding peace in the Lord. That peace that only Jesus can give, in work and chores” the Pope said Aug. 7. in response to the question, posed by one of the youth he met with in audience that … [Read more...]

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