Pope urges UN leadership to resist ‘culture of death’

Vatican City, May 9, 2014 / 11:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with the secretary general and other leaders of the United Nations today, urging them to challenge both a “culture of death” and the “economy of exclusion.” In a meeting on May 9 with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and other executives at the U.N., Pope Francis said that the institution should work towards goals which include providing “appropriate protection for the family, which is an … [Read more...]

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We are ‘sinners in a Holy Church,’ preaches Pope

Vatican City, May 9, 2014 / 05:04 am (CNA).- In his homily on Friday morning, Pope Francis reminded the congregation of the holiness of the Church that at the same time contains sinful members. “We are sinners, everyone, here. And the Church is holy! We are sinners, but she is holy,” he emphasized to the congregation at the daily Mass on May 9 in the Santa Marta guesthouse chapel. The Pope stressed the living reality of the Church that is both heavenly but also present on … [Read more...]

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The ecumenism of martyrdom: Pope Francis’ way

Vatican City, May 9, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Martyrdom is a call to Church unity, Pope Francis observed to the head of the Armenian Apostolic Church, signalling his preference for a means of ecumenism favored by his representative for Christian unity. Cardinal Kurt Koch became president of Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity in February 2013, taking over from Cardinal Walter Kasper. In line with Pope Francis, he has returned to a focus on “ecumenism of … [Read more...]

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Vatican calls on Boko Haram to release kidnapped schoolgirls

Vatican City, May 8, 2014 / 05:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a May 8 statement, the Holy See condemned all gross violations of human rights, calling for an end to terrorism and a safe return for a group of more than 200 abducted Nigerian schoolgirls. “The denial of any kind of respect for life and for the dignity of the human person, even the most innocent, vulnerable and defenseless, calls for the strongest condemnation,” said Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See press … [Read more...]

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Vatican congregation approves miracle attributed to Paul VI

Vatican City, May 8, 2014 / 12:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The beatification cause of Pope Paul VI has advanced with the Congregation for the Causes of Saints giving unanimous approval to an unborn child’s miraculous healing attributed to his intercession. According to Vatican Insider, Pope Francis is expected to publish a decree soon that recognizes the miracle and officially sets a beatification date. The attributed miracle took place in the 1990s in California. The then-unborn child … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: grace is more important than bureaucracy

Vatican City, May 8, 2014 / 08:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily Mass Pope Francis reflected on attitudes necessary to evangelize, emphasizing the need to leave room for the grace of God instead of putting our own bureaucratic obstacles in the way. “Grace: Grace is more important than all the bureaucracy…Remember this” the Pope insisted in his May 8 daily homily. Addressing to those present for his Mass in the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse, the pontiff began … [Read more...]

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China’s youngest detainee decries torture of father

Vatican City, May 8, 2014 / 04:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Dubbed as “China’s youngest prisoner of conscience,” Zhang Anni and her sister Ruli have voiced their opposition to the government’s vicious treatment of their father, who resists the communist party. In her first interview given in English, Anni told CNA May 5 that if she could say something to the Chinese government, “(I would say) to release our father, because he didn’t do anything … [Read more...]

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