Muslims must speak out against terrorism, violence, Pope insists

Vatican City, Nov 30, 2014 / 05:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On his in-flight press conference returning from a three-day trip to Turkey, Pope Francis said that Muslim leaders around the world must speak out against violence and terrorism carried out in the name of Islam. “I believe sincerely that it can’t be said that all Muslims are terrorists. You can’t say that. Just as you can’t say that all Christians are fundamentalists because we have them too, eh. In all religions, … [Read more...]

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Pope opens Year for Consecrated Life with call to joyful witness

Vatican City, Nov 30, 2014 / 03:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At the opening of the Year for Consecrated Life, Pope Francis issued a challenge to consecrated men and women, inviting them to lives of courage, communion, and joy. Nearly 50 years after Vatican II's decree on the Adaption and Renewal of Religious Life, Perfectae Caritatis, Pope Francis convoked the Year with the aim of expressing the “beauty and preciousness of this unique form” of Christian discipleship. The Year … [Read more...]

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Pope opens Year for Consecrated Life with call to joyful witness

Vatican City, Nov 30, 2014 / 03:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At the opening of the Year for Consecrated Life, Pope Francis issued a challenge to consecrated men and women, inviting them to lives of courage, communion, and joy. Nearly 50 years after Vatican II's decree on the Adaption and Renewal of Religious Life, Perfectae Caritatis, Pope Francis convoked the Year with the aim of expressing the “beauty and preciousness of this unique form” of Christian discipleship. The Year … [Read more...]

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God never forgets his children, Pope Francis tells young refugees

Istanbul, Turkey, Nov 30, 2014 / 08:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- “Dear young people, do not be discouraged.” Pope Francis made this appeal during an encounter with young refugees in Istanbul, urging them to remember that God never forgets his children. The Pope met with the refugees in the Salesian Oratory of Istanbul on Nov. 30, the third and final day of his Apostolic Journey to Turkey. The youth refugees taking part in the encounter were predominantly from Africa and the Middle … [Read more...]

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Patriarch to Francis: ‘You preach with words, but above all with love’

Istanbul, Turkey, Nov 30, 2014 / 06:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Head of the Eastern Orthodox Church Patriarch Bartholomew I lauded the humble manner in which Pope Francis exercises his Petrine ministry, and urged their churches to focus on the future of dialogue. “Your Holiness, your hitherto brief tenure at the helm of Your Church has already manifested you in people’s conscience today as a herald of love, peace and reconciliation,” the patriarch told the Pope on Nov. … [Read more...]

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Second joint declaration signals new step in path toward unity

Vatican City, Nov 30, 2014 / 03:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the second joint declaration they have signed since May, Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew reaffirmed their shared desire for full Christian unity, as well as their concerns for the Middle East. “We, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, express our profound gratitude to God for the gift of this new encounter,” the declaration, signed by the two on Nov. 30, read. In addition, the two expressed their … [Read more...]

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A kiss of peace: Pope Francis receives symbolic gesture from patriarch

Vatican City, Nov 29, 2014 / 01:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a fraternal gesture Pope Francis asked for the blessing of Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, who marked a historic moment in ecumenical dialogue by kissing the head of the Bishop of Rome. “At the end the Pope asked the patriarch to bless him, and the Patriarch kissed him,” Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi recounted to journalists in a Nov. 29 press briefing. “It’s not the first time, I … [Read more...]

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