Pope Francis grieves over victims of Taiwan earthquake

Vatican City, Feb 8, 2016 / 02:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis sent his condolences to those affected by a deadly earthquake which struck the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan on Saturday, causing a building collapse that has killed dozens of people.“The Holy Father was saddened to learn of the suffering caused by the deadly earthquake which struck in Tainan, leaving many people dead or seriously injured,” reads Sunday's telegram, signed by Vatican Secretary of State, … [Read more...]

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Vatican financial reform aims to help the Church do its job better

Vatican City, Feb 7, 2016 / 04:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican’s recent financial reforms have the common good – not just efficiency – as their end, said an economist on the Holy See’s financial council.  “With a more efficient system, with the elimination of waste, we would be able to release more funds which can go for the poor and which can go for the marginalized to be able to build more hospitals, to build more educational facilities,” said … [Read more...]

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Abuse commission suspends British advocate

Rome, Italy, Feb 7, 2016 / 10:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Children has announced member Peter Saunders will take a leave of absence from his work with the commission.“Today’s meeting of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors discussed the direction and purpose of the Commission,” read a Feb. 6 press release from the Commission. “As the result of this discussion, it was decided that Mr. Peter Saunders would take … [Read more...]

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Pope appeals for ‘martyred country’ of Syria

Vatican City, Feb 7, 2016 / 08:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The plight of Syrian civilians involved in the nation's ongoing conflict was at the heart of Pope Francis' appeal to the international community on Sunday, in an address where he also called for a renewed commitment to the protection of life at all stages.“I follow with deep concern the dramatic fate of civilian populations involved in heavy fighting in their beloved Syria, and who are forced to leave everything behind in … [Read more...]

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Crippling disease brought this priest to the confessional – and then sainthood

Rome, Italy, Dec 19, 2016 / 06:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- St. Leopold Mandic may not be as recognizable as his Capuchin brother, St. Pio of Pietrelcina, but his life is a moving testament to perseverance and faith despite lifelong physical ailments.St. Leopold was born Bogdan in 1866 in Dalmatia, Croatia and he was the youngest of 12 children. From an early age, Bogdan suffered from a severe stutter and strong adnominal pains. Chronic arthritis gave him a stooped frame and gnarled hands. But, … [Read more...]

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Padre Pio was a true ‘servant of mercy,’ Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Feb 6, 2016 / 04:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Saturday Pope Francis said that St. Padre Pio is a key example of someone who has given their entire life in the service of God’s mercy, but cautioned that there is only one reason he was able to do so: prayer.“We can say that Padre Pio was a servant of mercy. He did so full-time, practicing, at times in exhaustion, the apostolate of listening,” the Pope said Feb. 6.Through his ministry in the confessional, where he … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis announces second soccer ‘Match for Peace’

Vatican City, Feb 5, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Sitting alongside soccer stars such as Ronaldinho and Bryan Ruiz on Wednesday, Pope Francis announced that a second edition of his 2014 interreligious match for peace will take place in May.“I invite you all to the Match for Peace. It will be here in Rome May 29,” the Pope said Feb. 3 at an event organized by the Pontifical Foundation Scholas Occurrentes.The soccer match is aimed at demonstrating “that we are capable of … [Read more...]

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