Vatican launches global campaign to fight ‘scandal’ of hunger

Vatican City, Dec 10, 2013 / 05:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Caritas International has initiated their first global campaign to eradicate hunger, promoting the basic human right to food, and encouraging fraternal solidarity in ensuring that everyone has enough.In a video message for the Dec. 10 press conference announcing the launching of the campaign, Pope Francis stated that “I am happy to announce to you the launch of a campaign against global hunger by our very own ‘Caritas … [Read more...]

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Priest lauds Pope’s commitment to protection of children

Vatican City, Dec 9, 2013 / 02:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The founder of a new center aiding victims of abuse and their families praised the “courageous” actions of Pope Francis in facing the issue, stressing also the importance of helping victims to heal. Discussing a new commission authorized by Pope Francis last which seeks to increase efforts preventing the abuse of minors, Father Fortunato Di Noto stated that “the commission is a proof” of the Pope's … [Read more...]

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Pope urges Egyptian Christians to ‘Be strong, do not fear!’

Vatican City, Dec 9, 2013 / 06:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis concelebrated his daily Mass this morning with the Coptic Catholic Patriarch of Alexandria, offering prayers for peace, and renewing his call for religious freedom throughout the Middle East.“‘Be strong, do not fear!’ Here are the consoling words that find their confirmation in fraternal solidarity,” the Pope stated during his Dec. 9 homily, adding that “I am thankful to God for this encounter … [Read more...]

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On Marian feast, Pope Francis prays for holiness

Rome, Italy, Dec 8, 2013 / 11:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On a day dedicated to celebrating the Mother of God, Pope Francis made a special trip in Rome to pray before a traditional statue of Mary.“Enkindle in all of us a renewed desire for holiness: may our words glow with the splendor of truth, may our works resound with the song of charity, may purity and chastity live in our bodies and in our hearts, may our lives express the presence of all the beauty of the gospel,” he prayed on … [Read more...]

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Pope says Mary’s whole existence is ‘yes’ to God

Vatican City, Dec 8, 2013 / 09:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis focused his Sunday Angelus message on the importance of Mary as a model for the Christian life.“The Virgin Mary is not far from this love (of God): all of her life, all of her being is a ‘yes’ to God,” he said to the crowds filling St. Peter’s Square Dec. 8.“Let us look at her, and let us look to her,” encouraged Pope Francis, … [Read more...]

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Pope says caring for sick brings ‘the smile of God’

Vatican City, Dec 7, 2013 / 05:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis released his message for the World Day of the Sick Dec. 7, emphasizing the important role of hope both for those who suffer and for their caregivers.“When we come together, with tenderness, with those who have need of care, we carry the hope and the smile of God in contradiction to the world,” said the Pope’s message.Because of Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection, Pope Francis explained, … [Read more...]

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Pope: Neglect of human dignity causes ‘practical atheism’

Vatican City, Dec 7, 2013 / 02:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Saturday afternoon Pope Francis met with members of an international organization that promotes human dignity, warning them against a “false model” of humanity.“Unfortunately, in our time, so full of so many hopes and achievements, there are powers and forces that end up producing a ‘throw-away culture’; and this tends to become a common mentality,”  said the pontiff on Dec. 7. “The … [Read more...]

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