Pope Francis: Confession is encounter with God’s ‘re-creating mercy’

Vatican City, Aug 22, 2016 / 12:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis commended the sacrament of confession as the prime means of encountering God's mercy in his message sent Monday to Italy's National Liturgical Week, which is being held in Gubbio.In Confession “there is fulfilled the encounter with the re-creating mercy of God whence come new women and men who announce the good life of the Gospel by a life which is reconciled and reconciling,” the Pope said in a message … [Read more...]

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Benedict XVI’s memoir to be published in English in November

Vatican City, Aug 22, 2016 / 11:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Benedict XVI's new memoir, a lengthy interview with German journalist Peter Seewald, is being translated into English and will be released this November.Letzte Gespräche is being translated as Last Testament by Jacob Phillips, a lecturer in theology at St. Mary's University, Twickenham. It will be published by Bloomsbury.The work is the fruit of several interviews conducted by Seewald a few months after Benedict resigned … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis names American as new Vatican ambassador to Guinea Bissau

Vatican City, Aug 22, 2016 / 04:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Monday Pope Francis appointed U.S. Archbishop Michael W. Banach as Apostolic Nuncio to Guinea Bissau, marking the latest in a string of American nuncio appointments so far this year.The announcement that Archbishop Banach, previously nuncio to several other countries, will now be overseeing the Holy See’s relations with Guinea Bissau came in an Aug. 22 communique from the Vatican.Designated Titular Archbishop of Memphis in … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis dedicates Olympic month to praying for sports

Vatican City, Aug 21, 2016 / 08:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While Pope Francis has often spoken about sports as a means of fellowship and fraternity, the message has a special resonance in his August prayer intention, which coincided with the Rio Summer Olympics.Released Aug. 2, just a few days before Rio 2016 began, the Pope’s prayer video for the month shows athletes displaying their skills at different sports, while the Pope, sitting at his desk, offers his prayer that sports would … [Read more...]

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Pope prays for victims of ‘bloody’ attack at a wedding in Turkey

Vatican City, Aug 21, 2016 / 05:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After an explosion in southern Turkey lit up a wedding ceremony, killing 50 people and wounding nearly 100 more, Pope Francis offered his prayers for the victims, and asked for peace to be given to all.“Dear brothers and sisters, I have heard of the sad news of the bloody attack yesterday which struck the beloved Turkey,” the Pope said Aug. 21, after leading pilgrims in praying the traditional Angelus prayer.He offered his … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis to visit Assisi again for interreligious summit

Vatican City, Aug 19, 2016 / 10:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In September Pope Francis will make his second visit to Assisi in just two months for an interreligious summit for peace, where he will pray and meet alongside major Islamic and Orthodox leaders.The visit will take place Sept. 20, which marks the 30th anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Peace that St. John Paul II convoked in Assisi 1986.St. John Paul II went back to Assisi for successive events 1993 and 2002. The last day of … [Read more...]

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Benedict XVI’s students to discuss spiritual crisis in Europe at annual meeting

Vatican City, Aug 19, 2016 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The annual meeting of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's former students will discuss Europe's spiritual crisis during their gathering later this month, according to the group's organizer.The Ratzinger Schuelerkreis has gathered to discuss topics in theology and the life of the Church since 1978, shortly after their mentor was pulled from academia to become a bishop.The theme of spiritual crisis in Europe was approved by Benedict … [Read more...]

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