Sunday will be the first International Day of Prayer against Human Trafficking

Vatican City, Feb 3, 2015 / 02:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has organized the first-ever international day of prayer and reflection against human trafficking, in hopes that the world will join forces in putting this “plague” to an end. “Our awareness must expand and extend to the very depths of this evil and its farthest reaches – from awareness to prayer, from prayer to solidarity, and from solidarity to concerted action – until slavery and trafficking … [Read more...]

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Oscar Romero to be beatified: Pope Francis recognizes martyrdom

Vatican City, Feb 3, 2015 / 10:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Tuesday authorized the promulgation of decrees recognizing the martyrdom of Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero, paving the way for his beatification, as well as the martyrdom of three priests in Peru. The decision was the fruit of a Feb. 3 audience between the Pope and Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. The theologians of the congregation for saints had unanimously recognized … [Read more...]

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The Gospel is more important than soap operas or gossip, Pope says

Vatican City, Feb 3, 2015 / 05:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily Tuesday Pope Francis noted the importance of contemplating scripture, and urged faithful to read the Gospel for 10-15 minutes a day, rather than watching soap operas or exchanging gossip. “At home, 15 minutes, pick up the Gospel, a small passage, imagine what happened and talk with Jesus about it,” the Pope told those present in the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse for his Feb. 3 daily Mass. By reading … [Read more...]

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Consecrated life without sacrifice is a ‘caricature,’ Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Feb 2, 2015 / 03:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis warned consecrated men and women against reducing their religious live to a “caricature,” calling them to instead embrace a life of obedience, which in turn leads to wisdom. This was the central theme of the Pope's homily for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on Feb. 2, which coincides with the World Day for Consecrated Life. Addressing the congregation gathered in Saint Peter's Basilica on … [Read more...]

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Heroes amid a haunted past: Pope meets, praises Lithuania’s bishops

Vatican City, Feb 2, 2015 / 02:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis praised Lithuania's bishops for their courage in a nation marked by both a history of persecution against the Church as well as modern threats of secularism and relativism. “You are the heirs of this history, this patrimony of pastoral charity, and you demonstrate the energy of your action, the communion which you enliven, and the perseverance in pursuing the objectives which the Spirit shows you,” he … [Read more...]

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Vatican judiciary report highlights increased international cooperation

Vatican City, Feb 2, 2015 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican enhanced international cooperation following the reform of the state's penal code and its anti-money laundering laws, according to a Jan. 31 report presented by Gian Piero Milano,  Promoter of Justice at the Vatican tribunal. The report was presented at the opening of the Vatican Tribunal's new judicial year. The Vatican's public prosecutor underscored in his presentation that Vatican investigators made two … [Read more...]

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Pope: the Gospel doesn’t oppress, but frees those enslaved to evil

Vatican City, Feb 1, 2015 / 09:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis pointed to the authority with which Jesus preached, saying that his words in the Gospel aren’t aimed to limit, but rather liberate us from evil and worldly spirits. “The Gospel is the word of life: it does not oppress people, (but) on the contrary it frees those who are enslaved by so many evil spirits in this world: vanity, the attachment to money, pride, sensuality,” the Pope … [Read more...]

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