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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If you’re looking for the truth, you’ll find the Resurrection Pope says

Rome, Italy, Apr 4, 2015 / 12:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his homily for the Easter Vigil Pope Francis said that the Resurrection of Jesus is a mystery we can only enter by going out of ourselves and looking for the truth. “To enter into the mystery demands that we not be afraid of reality: that we not be locked into ourselves, that we not flee from what we fail to understand, that we not close our eyes to problems or deny them, that we not dismiss our questions,” the … [Read more...]

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True martyrs die in prayer – not with clenched fists, papal preacher says

Vatican City, Apr 3, 2015 / 11:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily for the celebration of the Passion of Our Lord on Good Friday, papal preacher Father Raniero Cantalamessa called for a spirit of forgiveness amid rising persecutions in the world. “True martyrs for Christ do not die with clenched fists but with their hands joined in prayer,” Fr. Cantelamessa said, according to the English translation published by Vatican Radio. His remarks come as news of 147 Christians … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis to inmates: ‘I too need to be washed by the Lord’

Rome, Italy, Apr 2, 2015 / 12:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Holy Thursday told inmates of a Rome prison that God’s love is personal and endless, emphasizing that he too needs forgiveness and purification. “Today I will wash the feet of 12 of you, but among these brothers and sisters are all of you, all of you, all--all that live here. You represent them,” the Pope told inmates of the Rebibbia New Complex Prison at the April 2 Mass of the Lord’s Supper. However, Pope Francis stressed t … [Read more...]

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