Pope’s trip to Holy Land a historic milestone, ambassador says

Vatican City, May 13, 2014 / 05:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a press briefing on Pope Francis’ upcoming trip to the Holy Land, the Israeli Ambassador to the Holy See explained that the visit marks an important historical moment both spiritually and politically. “It will be another milestone of historical importance not only in the relations between Israel and the Holy See, but also between the Catholic Church and the Jewish people,” Dr. Zion Evrony observed in his May 13 … [Read more...]

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Gossip is the plague of community life, Pope tells seminarians

Vatican City, May 13, 2014 / 12:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a meeting with all of Rome’s seminarians, Pope Francis spoke frankly of the challenges of community life, including the temptation to gossip and the importance of prayer. “Seminary life, that is, community life, is very important. Community life is not paradise: rather, it’s purgatory,” he admitted as nearly 6,000 seminarians and priests laughed and cheered in agreement. “Gossip is the plague of a … [Read more...]

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Holy Spirit is what keeps the Church going, Pope reflects

Vatican City, May 12, 2014 / 09:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis recalled the conversion of the first pagans to Christianity, explaining that the Holy Spirit brings us beyond our natural limits, and we should not block him with our own plans. “To use a word of St. John XXIII: it is the Holy Spirit that updates the Church: Really, he really updates it and keeps it going,” the Pope observed in his May 12 daily Mass. Addressing those present in the … [Read more...]

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Couple leaves everything to begin pro-life movement in Romania

Vatican City, May 12, 2014 / 05:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Founders of the pro-life organization Life Nation were present in Rome for Italy’s recent March for Life, and spoke of their decision to return to their native Romania to fill the gap where a pro-life presence was lacking. “Romania has some of the highest abortion rates not just in Europe but in the world, and the pro-life movement is virtually nonexistent” Dan Calinescu told CNA May 3. However his wife, Julia, … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis affirms Ethiopian, Eritrean bishops as model of unity

Vatican City, May 12, 2014 / 03:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Addressing the bishops of the northeast African nations Ethiopia and Eritrea at their ad limina visit to Rome on May 9, Pope Francis thanked them for their witness to Christian unity. “Though you are from different countries and belong to different rites, each with its own particular richness, your mission in service of Christ and his Church is the same: to proclaim the Gospel and to build up the faithful in holiness, unity and … [Read more...]

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Pope to newly ordained: always be merciful

Vatican City, May 11, 2014 / 06:38 am (CNA).- In his homily at an ordination Mass this morning, Pope Francis urged those becoming priests to follow Christ’s example of mercy in the sacrament of Confession. “Never grow tired of being merciful! Please! You have the capacity to forgive as did the Lord, who did not come to condemn, but to forgive! Have mercy, a lot!” he urged the 13 men being ordained to the priesthood in St. Peter’s Basilica on May 11. “If you … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis celebrates with Italian schoolchildren

Vatican City, May 10, 2014 / 11:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Nearly 300,000 students, teachers, and parents packed St. Peter’s Square and the surrounding streets for a celebratory audience with Pope Francis on Saturday. “One sees that this demonstration is not ‘against,’ it’s ‘for’! It’s not a lament, it’s a festival! A festival for school,” the Roman Pontiff said to the crowd May 10. The event was sponsored by the Italian … [Read more...]

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