Vatican honors boy for courage during trachea transplant

Vatican City, Apr 12, 2013 / 11:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During the Second International Adult Stem Cell conference at the Vatican, a boy who had his windpipe replaced with one grown using his own stem cells won the “Pontifical Hero Award” for his courage. Ciaran Finn-Lynch, 14, was the second person to receive the award, and he made the trip from Northern Ireland to the Vatican to receive it. “Ciaran is a shining example of what this result has shown,” said his … [Read more...]

Pope personally thanks State department for overtime

Vatican City, Apr 12, 2013 / 09:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The last month of papal transition meant that the employees of the Vatican’s Secretariat of State worked long hours, so Pope Francis decided that he would offer his heartfelt thanks by making a personal visit. “Why am I here today? To thank you, because I know that these days - tomorrow marks one month - you have worked a lot more, many hours more, and that you are not paid for this, because you have worked with your heart … [Read more...]

Adult stem cells helping teen with ‘brittle bone disease’ grow

Vatican City, Apr 11, 2013 / 10:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A girl whose bones used to break every two months was awarded for her courage in successfully battling her disease during a stem cell research conference at the Vatican. “It feels amazing to win an award like this,” said Elizabeth Lobato, who was given the Pontifical Hero Award April 11 at the Second International Adult Stem Cell Conference in Vatican City. “I heard I was the first to get this award from Rome and … [Read more...]

Pope thanks foundation for fighting material, spiritual poverty

Vatican City, Apr 11, 2013 / 08:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told members of The Papal Foundation that their contributions are helping combat “the many forms of material and spiritual poverty” present throughout the world. “The needs of God’s people throughout the world are great, and your efforts to advance the Church’s mission are helping to fight the many forms of material and spiritual poverty present in our human family, and to contribute to the … [Read more...]

Pope thanks foundation for fighting material, spiritual poverty

Vatican City, Apr 11, 2013 / 08:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told members of The Papal Foundation that their contributions are helping combat “the many forms of material and spiritual poverty” present throughout the world. “The needs of God’s people throughout the world are great, and your efforts to advance the Church’s mission are helping to fight the many forms of material and spiritual poverty present in our human family, and to contribute to the … [Read more...]

Vatican spokesman denies report that Benedict XVI is ill

Vatican City, Apr 10, 2013 / 12:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi says that contrary to a report in the Spanish daily El Mundo, the Bishop-emeritus of Rome, Benedict XVI, is not suffering from any illness. The report in El Mundo by Rocio Galvan quotes statements made by Spanish Vaticanista Paloma Gomez-Borrero in Madrid during the presentation of her most recent book.   “Benedict XVI has something very serious. In 15 days his physical condition … [Read more...]

World misses God but it can see your joy, Pope tells audience

Vatican City, Apr 10, 2013 / 10:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis urged Catholics to serve humanity by showing “the joy of being children of God” to the world, since it “no longer seems able to lift its gaze towards God.” “Let us show the joy of being children of God, the freedom he gifts us to live in Christ … It is a precious service that we give to our world, which is often no longer able to lift its gaze upwards, it no longer seems able to lift its … [Read more...]


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