Africa is for the young – and Pope Francis knows it

Vatican City, Feb 11, 2015 / 10:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has encouraged African bishops to focus efforts on young people, suggesting education can help them counter new forms of colonization that tempt them to bad ways of life. “Above all, it is the youth who need your witness. In Africa, the future is in the hands of the young, who need to be protected from new and unscrupulous forms of ‘colonization’ such as the pursuit of success, riches, and power at all … [Read more...]

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‘Surrounded by children’ – Pope Francis’ take on a thriving society

Vatican City, Feb 11, 2015 / 08:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his general audience address Pope Francis said that children are gift to parents and society, and that there is no future for a civilization which views them as merely an inconvenience. “A society that is not surrounded by children, that considers them a problem, a burden, has no future,” the Pope told pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his Feb. 11 general audience address. Children, he said, “are … [Read more...]

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Vatican: rumor of assassination attempt on Pope Francis ‘unreliable’

Vatican City, Feb 11, 2015 / 06:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi told journalists Tuesday that rumors circulating about a possible assassination attempt on Pope Francis during his visit to the Philippines are unfounded. “In the last few days there's been talk of this hypothesis of an assassination attempt during the trip to the Philippines. Cardinal (Luis Antonio) Tagle, who has his good sources, said the information is unreliable,” the spokesman … [Read more...]

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The story behind Pope Francis’ surprise visit to a Rome shantytown

Vatican City, Feb 10, 2015 / 05:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis made a surprise stop at a shantytown on his way to celebrate Mass at a Roman parish Feb. 8 – a “secret” plan that only the pontiff knew about and which prompted tears of joy from residents. “We forgot that we can cry also for joy. We cry for shame and for suffering. Today, we remembered that we can pray for joy. This was the best day of our lives.”   According to Gianna Iasilli, who spoke … [Read more...]

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In Ukraine, Pope Francis backs effort for peace – not any particular party

Vatican City, Feb 10, 2015 / 05:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following mixed interpretations of Pope Francis’ words on the crisis in Ukraine, the director of the Holy See press office said on Tuesday that the Holy See's overarching interest is in peace and negotiation. Pope Francis “has always wished to address all the interested parties, trusting in the sincere efforts of each one to implement agreements reached by common consent and invoking the principle of international law, to … [Read more...]

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German bishop appointed to catechetical post in Vatican

Vatican City, Feb 10, 2015 / 04:17 pm (National Catholic Register).- Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, the former bishop of Limburg, near Frankfurt, Germany, is to begin a new appointment in March as a delegate on catechesis at the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, the National Catholic Register has learned. An official at the Pontifical Council confirmed on Monday that Bishop Tebartz-van Elst was appointed in December on behalf of Pope Francis through the Secretary … [Read more...]

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God isn’t found on a computer screen but in restless hearts, Pope says

Vatican City, Feb 10, 2015 / 01:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily Tuesday, Pope Francis said that Christians must have a certain “restlessness” if they want to know God, who is not found by staring at a computer, but rather by going outside of oneself. “Sedentary Christians, lethargic Christians will not know the face of God: They do not know Him,” the Pope told attendees of his Feb. 10 daily Mass, which took place in the chapel of the Vatican’s Saint Martha … [Read more...]

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