Pope Francis recommends ‘spiritual medicine’

Vatican City, Nov 17, 2013 / 10:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At the close of his Angelus address today, Pope Francis encouraged those in St. Peter’s Square to pick up a little box of spiritual medicine on their way out. “I would like now to all of you to consider a medicine. But some may think, ‘the Pope is being a pharmacist now?’ It is a special medicine to make the fruit of the Year of Faith that is coming to a close more concrete,” said Pope Francis Nov. 17, as he … [Read more...]

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Vatican removes ‘La Repubblica’ interview from its website

Vatican City, Nov 17, 2013 / 08:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See's press officer announced Nov. 15 that the Vatican had chosen to take down the text of Pope Francis' interview in La Repubblica, which had been featured among his speeches, from it's website. “The information in the interview is reliable on a general level but not on the level of each individual point analyzed: this is why it was decided the text should not be available for consultation on the Holy See … [Read more...]

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God a ‘relentless warrior’ for our salvation, says Pope Francis

Vatican City, Nov 16, 2013 / 12:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Preaching his homily during Mass at the chapel of Santa Marta in the Vatican, the Pope stressed God's unwavering dedication to redeeming mankind. “When the Lord takes up the defense of his people it is like this: he is a relentless warrior and saves his people,” Pope Francis said Nov. 16. God “saves (and) renews everything: ‘All creation was made anew in its nature as before.’ ‘The Red Sea … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis cancels meetings due to having a cold

Vatican City, Nov 15, 2013 / 09:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- It was announced earlier today that Pope Francis cancelled all of his morning meetings due to a cold, but still presided over a scheduled Mass in which he ordained a bishop in the afternoon. In a statement issued to journalists on Nov. 15, Vatican Spokesman Father Federico Lombardi noted that although the Pope had four audiences scheduled with various heads of dicasteries within the Curia, he decided to postpone them because the … [Read more...]

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Bishops’ pilgrimage to Marian shrine seeks to foster unity

Vatican City, Nov 15, 2013 / 07:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Numerous clergy and lay people from across the world will gather together at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe to discuss common concerns, and to help forge stronger bonds between continents.“We go as pilgrims to pray with existence, as Pope Francis says. Pray to Our Lady with existence, Our Lady who is the alliance of life between people and who listens to her pilgrims,” said Prof. Guzman Carriquiry in a Nov. 11 interview … [Read more...]

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Vatican intervenes to clarify marriage teaching in Germany

Vatican City, Nov 14, 2013 / 01:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of the Vatican’s doctrine office has written to the archbishop emeritus of Freiburg in Breisgau, reaffirming that Catholics in irregular marital unions after divorce may not receive Communion.“Pastoral paths must all agree with the teaching of the Church,” Archbishop Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, wrote in an Oct. 21 letter to Archbishop Robert Zollitsch.The … [Read more...]

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Filipino priest returns home to aid in relief efforts

Vatican City, Nov 14, 2013 / 08:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A priest from the coastal city in the Philippines which was recently devastated by a typhoon, has decided to come back to his hometown in order to assist his family and those in need.“I have my congregation and my parents on my mind,” Fr. Erwin Balagapo said in a Nov. 13 interview with Rome Reports.Fr. Balagapo is currently studying in Rome, and is originally from Tacloban, one of the cities along the coast of the … [Read more...]

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