Pope Francis: Abortion is evil, not the solution to Zika virus

Vatican City, Feb 18, 2016 / 10:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On his return flight from Mexico, Pope Francis strongly rejected abortion as a response to the fears surrounding the Zika virus outbreak. “Abortion is not the lesser of two evils. It is a crime. It is to throw someone out in order to save another. That’s what the Mafia does. It is a crime, an absolute evil,” the Pope said Feb. 18.A journalist had asked the Pope about authorities’ proposals to respond to the … [Read more...]

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If Trump builds walls he’s not Christian, Pope Francis says

Aboard the papal plane, Feb 18, 2016 / 10:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his inflight news conference en route from Juarez to Rome, Pope Francis responded to recent criticism from Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump, who called the Pope “political” and has threatened to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border.“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not in the Gospel,” … [Read more...]

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Those letters between John Paul II and a woman? Not so secret, actually.

Vatican City, Feb 15, 2016 / 05:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Experts and friends of Pope St. John Paul II responded quickly to a BBC promotion of a documentary about his friendship with Polish-born female philosopher Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka – questioning some of the portrayals of their friendship and outright dismissing others.“John Paul II's friendship with her was neither secret nor extraordinary,” Poland's national library, which hosts Tymieniecka's letters from the … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis names new Permanent Observer to the UN in Geneva

Vatican City, Feb 14, 2016 / 06:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Slovenia-born Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic will be the Holy See’s next Permanent Observer to the United Nations in Geneva, a significant appointment given his experience in diplomacy.Archbishop Jurkovic has served as nuncio to Russia and Uzbekistan since 2011. The announcement of his new role came on Feb. 13, just one day after Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill met in Cuba for the historic first encounter of a Pope and … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis has a new book for kids

Vatican City, Feb 13, 2016 / 07:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Already in his brief, three-year pontificate Pope Francis has a track record of papal firsts, but in March he will add yet another to his list: authoring a children's book.“This book could be useful to the entire family. The questions are deep, fresh, sharp – involving desires of understanding, but also tough feelings and experiences to be faced and lived,” Fr. Antonio Spadaro SJ told CNA Feb. 9.“Ultimately I … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis has a new book for kids

Vatican City, Feb 13, 2016 / 07:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Already in his brief, three-year pontificate Pope Francis has a track record of papal firsts, but in March he will add yet another to his list: authoring a children's book.“This book could be useful to the entire family. The questions are deep, fresh, sharp – involving desires of understanding, but also tough feelings and experiences to be faced and lived,” Fr. Antonio Spadaro SJ told CNA Feb. 9.“Ultimately I … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis sends airborne blessing to Mother Angelica

Vatican City, Feb 12, 2016 / 09:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While on board the plane taking him to Cuba and then Mexico, Pope Francis took a moment to send a special blessing to EWTN’s foundress Mother Angelica, and to ask her for her prayers.“To Mother Angelica with my blessing. And I ask you to pray for me, I need it. God bless you Mother Angelica!”Pope Francis, speaking in English, paused to record the brief video message while greeting journalists on his Feb. 12 flight to … [Read more...]

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