Pope calls for peace in Ukraine ahead of Independence Day

Vatican City, Aug 23, 2015 / 07:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday the Holy Father again pleaded for peace in Ukraine as the nation faces ongoing cease-fire violations in a conflict that has claimed thousands of lives since early last year.“With concern, I am following the conflict in eastern Ukraine, which has again worsened in recent weeks,” the pontiff said Aug. 23 during his weekly Angelus address.“I renew my appeal that the commitments undertaken to bring about peace … [Read more...]

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Eleven cardinals join forces to tackle marriage prep, family issues in pre-synod book

Vatican City, Aug 20, 2015 / 04:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With the Synod of Bishops rapidly approaching, 11 cardinals have contributed to a small but important book offering a pastoral perspective of the issues at stake, while reaffirming the truth of the Gospel on family and marriage issues. The book is titled “Eleven cardinals speak on marriage and family,” and will be published in English by Ignatius Press. An Italian edition will also be published. It is edited by Fr. … [Read more...]

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Our limits remind us that we are made for great things – Pope Francis

Vatican City, Aug 20, 2015 / 03:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a message sent on behalf of Pope Francis to the Rimini Meeting, an annual gathering organized by the lay movement Communion and Liberation, Cardinal Pietro Parolin said humanity's limitations point to the greatness to which we are called. “Life is not an absurd desire, lack is not a sign that we were born 'wrongly', but on the contrary is the bell which alerts us that our nature is made for great things,” the … [Read more...]

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When it comes to work, don’t feed off the backs of others, Pope says

Vatican City, Aug 19, 2015 / 11:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said Wednesday that work is something sacred, and called out those who abuse it by either contributing to the unemployment crisis, or refusing to work in order to feed off the system. “Work is precisely from the human being. It expresses his dignity of being created in the image of God. Therefore it is said that work is sacred,” the Pope said Aug. 19. Because of this, he added, managing employment “is a … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis assures his prayers, solidarity after deadly Bangkok attacks

Vatican City, Aug 19, 2015 / 07:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After two bombings this week in the Thai capital of Bangkok left several dead, injured and fearful of other attacks, Pope Francis offered his condolences and prayers to the victims and their families. “His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the injury and loss of life caused by the attack at the Erawan Hindu Shrine and of the threat to life and property caused by the bombing at the Sathorn Pier,” said an … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis mourns death of Hungarian Cardinal Laszlo Paskai

Vatican City, Aug 18, 2015 / 07:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a letter of condolence Pope Francis has offered his comfort and prayer to the Church of Hungary following the recent death of Cardinal Laszlo Paskai, archbishop emeritus of Budapest. “I was saddened to learn the news of the death of His Eminence Cardinal Laszlo Paskai, OFM,” the Pope said in an Aug. 18 letter, written in English and addressed to the current archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest, Cardinal Peter Erdo. “I … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: let yourself be transformed by the Eucharist

Vatican City, Aug 16, 2015 / 05:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday Pope Francis said that the Eucharist is no mere symbol, but is in fact the true body and blood of Jesus Christ, which has the ability to transform our hearts and minds to be more like him. “The Eucharist is Jesus who gives himself entirely to us. To nourish ourselves with him and abide in him through Holy Communion, if we do it with faith, transforms our life into a gift to God and to our brothers,” the Pope said … [Read more...]

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