Pope Francis: Now is the time for mercy

Vatican City, Apr 11, 2015 / 11:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a world marked by suffering and fierce persecution – especially of Christians – now “is the time for mercy,” Pope Francis said, speaking at the vigil for the Feast of Divine Mercy. Reflecting on the ongoing persecution faced by Christians, the Pope said, “our prayer is all the more intense and becomes a cry for help to the Father, who is rich in mercy, that he may sustain the faith of our many brothers … [Read more...]

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Practical help for the demon-possessed: Vatican rolls out new exorcism course

Vatican City, Apr 10, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- This month the Vatican will gather a wide range experts in the field of exorcism with the aim of shedding light on demonic possession from both theological and scientific perspectives. The annual course, “Exorcism and Prayer of Liberation,” is designed for priests and lay persons interested in learning how to recognize a case of demonic possession when they see one – and what to do about it. This year's session … [Read more...]

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Kasper is not the ‘Pope’s theologian,’ says leading African cardinal

Vatican City, Apr 9, 2015 / 05:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A top African cardinal says that German cardinal Walter Kasper – who's stirred controversy over his views promoting Communion for the divorced and remarried – does not necessarily represent Pope Francis' theological stance. He also rejected efforts to claim the Pope for either side of the debate ahead of the upcoming synod on the family. South Africa's Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier dismissed a news report's … [Read more...]

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The Vatican considers – what does vocational formation look like in the modern age?

Vatican City, Apr 9, 2015 / 01:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious formators gathered in Rome for a seminar on fashioning new vocations in contemporary society – a task the Vatican’s point man for consecrated life says is not easy, but still full of hope. Consecrated life is rooted in “the action of God, in the Holy Spirit, (who) calls some people to follow Christ closely, to transmit the Gospel in a specific way of life, to read the signs of the times with eyes of faith, to … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis brings down hammer, says ‘Don’t mess with children’

Rome, Italy, Apr 8, 2015 / 06:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said Wednesday that children are never a mistake, and called adults out for building faulty systems that leave children exploited and abandoned, rather than treated as the blessings they are. “Brothers and sisters, think about this well: you don't mess with children,” the Pope told pilgrims present in St. Peter’s Square for his April 8 general audience. He spoke in reference to the difficult … [Read more...]

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How the Holy See is using diplomacy to aid Christians in the Middle East

Vatican City, Apr 8, 2015 / 02:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the face of increased persecution of Christians in the Middle East, the Holy See's diplomatic arm is developing a strategy to shed light on Christian martyrs, helping those remaining to stay in their homeland and to foster interreligous dialogue. A visible effect of this commitment is a joint statement issued by the United Nations Human Rights Council March 13, which was drafted by the Holy See together with Lebanon and … [Read more...]

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Pope’s Easter message: In this violent world, what we need is Christ’s resurrection

Vatican City, Apr 5, 2015 / 11:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis reminded Christians this Easter of the strength which comes from Christ’s death and resurrection, calling them to be witnesses of peace and justice, especially for those suffering today in regions of extreme violence and persecution. “From the risen Lord we ask the grace not to succumb to the pride which fuels violence and war, but to have the humble courage of pardon and peace,” the pontiff said to tens of … [Read more...]

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