Pope tells nuns that they are like Mary, opening heaven

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Aug 16, 2013 / 12:07 am (CNA).- While visiting a convent of Poor Clare nuns yesterday, Pope Francis said that “a consecrated woman is a little like the Virgin Mary,” one of the nuns related to Vatican Radio.“Mary stands behind the door of Paradise. When the sinners get there, Saint Peter is not always opening the doors. Mary suffers, and remains there,” Sister Maria Concetta said, recounting Pope Francis' words to the nuns of the Immaculate … [Read more...]

Pope, religious freedom advocates lament Egyptian violence

Vatican City, Aug 15, 2013 / 04:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis joined proponents of religious liberty in voicing grief at the “painful news” of more than 600 deaths and numerous attacks on Christian churches in a recent wave of violence in Egypt.“I wish to ensure my prayers for all the victims and their families, the injured and all those who are suffering,” the Pope said before the Angelus prayer Aug. 15. “Let us pray together for peace, dialogue and … [Read more...]

Pope celebrates Mass with hosts made by Argentine prisoner

Vatican City, Aug 15, 2013 / 04:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Since July 18, Pope Francis has been celebrating Mass each day in the chapel at St. Martha's Residence with hosts made by a woman in prison in Argentina.Pope Francis sent a letter to the woman, known as “Gaby C,” thanking her for a previous letter that she had sent him.“I thank you for confiding in me...and for the hosts,” the Holy Father wrote on July 17. “Starting tomorrow I will celebrate Mass with … [Read more...]

Pope donates 100,000 euros to poor dioceses in Argentina

Vatican City, Aug 15, 2013 / 12:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has sent a message to Catholics in Argentina encouraging them to “unceasingly” reach out to help those in need by participating in a national collection on Sunday, Sept. 8.However, the Pontiff not only exhorted the faithful in his home country to be generous, he was the first to offer his own contribution by donating 100,000 euros to the special collection for dioceses in need.The Pope's donation was drawn … [Read more...]

Mary is with us in our struggles, Pope Francis teaches

Vatican City, Aug 15, 2013 / 11:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his homily for the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Pope Francis said that this feast helps us reflect on the Christian themes of struggle, resurrection, and hope.“Mary … has of course already entered, once and for all, into heavenly glory. But this does not mean that she is distant or detached from us,” the Pope preached Aug. 15 during a Mass said at the Piazza of Liberty in Castel … [Read more...]

Suspended Vatican accountant linked to suspect spiritual group

Vatican City, Aug 15, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA).- The Vatican accountant who was recently suspended for allegedly trying to smuggle $26 million had been part of a group known as “The Flock,” which has supposed Mafia connections.Monsignor Nunzio Scarano is currently under arrest in Italy for an alleged plan to transfer 20 million Euro from Switzerland to Italy aboard an Italian government airplane.Italian newspaper “Il Mattino” reports that Msgr. Scarano was entrusted … [Read more...]

Pope to consecrate world to Mary’s Immaculate Heart

Vatican City, Aug 14, 2013 / 12:03 am (CNA).- Pope Francis will consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary this Oct. 13 as part of the Marian Day celebration that will involve the statue of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima.“The Holy Father strongly desires that the Marian Day may have present, as a special sign, one of the most significant Marian icons for Christians throughout the world and, for that reason, we thought of the beloved original Statue of Our Lady of … [Read more...]


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