Pope to newly ordained: always be merciful

Vatican City, May 11, 2014 / 06:38 am (CNA).- In his homily at an ordination Mass this morning, Pope Francis urged those becoming priests to follow Christ’s example of mercy in the sacrament of Confession. “Never grow tired of being merciful! Please! You have the capacity to forgive as did the Lord, who did not come to condemn, but to forgive! Have mercy, a lot!” he urged the 13 men being ordained to the priesthood in St. Peter’s Basilica on May 11. “If you … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis celebrates with Italian schoolchildren

Vatican City, May 10, 2014 / 11:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Nearly 300,000 students, teachers, and parents packed St. Peter’s Square and the surrounding streets for a celebratory audience with Pope Francis on Saturday. “One sees that this demonstration is not ‘against,’ it’s ‘for’! It’s not a lament, it’s a festival! A festival for school,” the Roman Pontiff said to the crowd May 10. The event was sponsored by the Italian … [Read more...]

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Experts in business, economy, consider Popes’ call to solidarity

Vatican City, May 10, 2014 / 01:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Business leaders, economic analysts and  theologians gathered at the Vatican this week to consider, in light of Catholic social teaching, the place of solidarity and fraternity in making business decisions. Referencing the Popes' continual call for greater global solidarity, Domingo Sugranyes Bickel, president of the Centesimus Annus – Pro Pontifice Foundation, said, “we are trying to find answers that make sense for … [Read more...]

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Paul VI to be beatified at close of synod on family

Vatican City, May 10, 2014 / 05:17 am (CNA).- The Vatican has announced that Pope Paul VI will be beatified this October at the conclusion of the synod of bishops on the family. A statement from the Holy See’s press office on May 10 read, “the Holy Father has authorised the dicastery to communicate that the rite of beatification of the Venerable Servant of God Paul VI will take place, in the Vatican, on October 19, 2014.” The beatification ceremony will take place just as … [Read more...]

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See world through believer’s eyes, Pope tells Vatican diplomats

Vatican City, May 9, 2014 / 03:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis visited some of the Holy See’s future diplomats on May 2, advising them that their diplomatic work must rest on a Christian worldview. “In order to understand reality, the present must be read with the eyes of a believer,” Pope Francis said at the Vatican’s Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, according to L’Osservatore Romano. “It is an illusion to think we can read reality while … [Read more...]

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Pope urges UN leadership to resist ‘culture of death’

Vatican City, May 9, 2014 / 11:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with the secretary general and other leaders of the United Nations today, urging them to challenge both a “culture of death” and the “economy of exclusion.” In a meeting on May 9 with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and other executives at the U.N., Pope Francis said that the institution should work towards goals which include providing “appropriate protection for the family, which is an … [Read more...]

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We are ‘sinners in a Holy Church,’ preaches Pope

Vatican City, May 9, 2014 / 05:04 am (CNA).- In his homily on Friday morning, Pope Francis reminded the congregation of the holiness of the Church that at the same time contains sinful members. “We are sinners, everyone, here. And the Church is holy! We are sinners, but she is holy,” he emphasized to the congregation at the daily Mass on May 9 in the Santa Marta guesthouse chapel. The Pope stressed the living reality of the Church that is both heavenly but also present on … [Read more...]

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