Pope Francis praises ‘nobility’ of work

Vatican City, May 29, 2014 / 02:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Work is “both a gift and a duty,” Pope Francis told a U.N. labor agency in a message calling for an end to human trafficking and for greater concern for migrants and the unemployed, especially the young. “At the dawn of creation, God made man the steward of his handiwork and charged him to cultivate and protect it,” the Pope said May 28 to the International Labor Conference. “Human labor is part of that … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis says Holy Land visit aided Christian unity

Vatican City, May 28, 2014 / 10:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Wednesday said his pilgrimage to the Holy Land fed the desire for Christian unity and he encouraged Catholics to pray that God may help “heal the wounds” that divide the faithful. “I give thanks to God. He led me to that blessed Land, that has seen the historical presence of Jesus and where events fundamental to Judaism, Christianity and Islam took place,” the Pope said in St. Peter's Square … [Read more...]

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Synod on family will have broad focus, Pope notes

Aboard the papal plane, May 27, 2014 / 05:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has said that the upcoming synod on the family will focus on the “vast” pastoral problems facing families – not specifically Communion for the divorced and remarried. “We know that today the family is facing a crisis, a global crisis, young people don’t want to marry or they live together. I wouldn’t like us to fall into this question: will it be possible for Communion to be … [Read more...]

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Sex abuse will not be tolerated, Pope Francis says

Aboard the papal plane, May 27, 2014 / 04:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis strongly denounced clerical sex abuse of children, saying that such abuse will not be tolerated and announcing a special Mass for abuse victims, as well as efforts to investigate offenders. “There will be no preferential treatment when it comes to child abuse,” the Pope said, declaring abuse a “very serious problem.” “A zero tolerance approach needs to be adopted with regards to … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis most open Pope to Jews in history, rabbi says

Jerusalem, Israel, May 26, 2014 / 10:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Jewish rabbi and historian has lauded Pope Francis’ visit to the tomb of an important Jewish personality, stating that he is the most accommodating Pope history has seen. Pope Francis has taken “certainly the most friendly, proactive, accommodating position of any Pope probably in history” toward the Jewish people, Rabbi Ken Spiro explained to CNA May 26. The fact that the Roman Pontiff has “gone … [Read more...]

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Meeting Pope a sign of the early Church, seminarian reflects

Jerusalem, Israel, May 26, 2014 / 05:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Dcn. Bernard Poggi, who is among the priests and religious slated to meet with Pope Francis in Jerusalem later today, stated that seeing the successor of Peter reminds him of the first apostles. “To have the successor of Peter in this land where Peter was and to have so many priests, religious and seminarians” present with him “is a reminder of the first Church” Dcn. Poggi told CNA May 26. It brings hope … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis lauds fraternal dialogue with Muslims, Jews

Jerusalem, Israel, May 26, 2014 / 04:48 am (CNA).- Pope Francis spent a large part of the third day of his pilgrimage to the Holy Land meeting with Muslim and Jewish leaders, praising the shared commitment to dialogue. “We are experiencing a fraternal dialogue and exchange which are able to restore us and offer us new strength to confront the common challenges before us,” the Pope told Muhammad Ahmad Hussein, Grand Mufti of Jerusalem on May 26. He met with the the Muslim leader … [Read more...]

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