The Church is more than ‘a university of religion,’ Pope insists

Vatican City, May 6, 2014 / 07:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily Mass Pope Francis recounted the death of St. Stephen, the Church’s first martyr, explaining that being a Christian means giving witness rather than remaining sterile within ourselves. “You cannot understand a Christian without witness,” the Pope stated in his May 6 daily homily, adding that “we are not a university of religion, a 'religion' of ideas,” or “of pure theology, beautiful … [Read more...]

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Women conceived in rape seek to inspire others in choosing life

Vatican City, May 6, 2014 / 03:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During Italy’s fourth annual March for Life, two women shared testimonies of being conceived in rape, and expressed hope that they can offer light to women who are pregnant through similar circumstances. Speaking of women who become pregnant as a result of rape, Rebecca Keissling and Mary Rathke told CNA May 4 that they wish to “give them hope, and that they wouldn’t feel alone.” The women were present in Rome … [Read more...]

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Pope calls on Church in Sri Lanka to be leaven for reconciliation

Vatican City, May 5, 2014 / 07:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his ad limina address Saturday, Pope Francis urged the bishops of Sri Lanka to continue their role in reconciliation of the nation, which emerged in 2009 from a 26-year civil war. “Our vocation is to be a ‘leaven in the midst of humanity’,” Pope Francis said May 3. “Sri Lanka particularly needs this leaven.” “After many years of fighting and bloodshed, the war in your country has finally … [Read more...]

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Pope: follow God for pure intentions rather than personal gain

Vatican City, May 5, 2014 / 07:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his daily Mass Pope Francis warned against those who use their faith vainly in order to obtain power or money, and prayed that all might have the grace to follow the Lord out of love. “In the Church there are climbers, people driven by ambition! There are many of them!” the Pope stated in his May 5 daily homily, “But if you like climbing go to the mountains and climb them: it is healthier!” Addressing … [Read more...]

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Francis will not be prisoner to public opinion, analyst says

Vatican City, May 4, 2014 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican observer Sandro Magister has said that Pope Francis’ “formidable praise” for Paul VI’s “Humanae Vitae” is key to understanding his papacy’s alternating emphases of both clear doctrine and pastoral mercy. Magister, writing in his May 1 column at L'Espresso, noted that the renewed controversy over communion for divorced and remarried Catholics has created “formidable … [Read more...]

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Pope: Jesus journeys with us in the Eucharist

Vatican City, May 4, 2014 / 06:03 am (CNA).- In his Sunday homily delivered at a Polish parish in Rome, Pope Francis meditated on the presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist as a source of strength for Christians. The Pope reflected on the gospel account of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus who failed to recognize the risen Jesus Christ until he “broke bread” with them. Pope Francis said that the two became “witnesses of the hope that is Christ! Because they met him, … [Read more...]

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Open parish doors to evangelize, urges Pope

Rome, Italy, May 3, 2014 / 12:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a meeting with nearly 7,000 members of the Italian lay movement Catholic Action, Pope Francis spoke of the need for parishes to be open and outgoing. “It’s a matter of opening the doors and allowing Jesus to be able to go outside. Many times we have Jesus closed inside the parish with us, and we don’t go outside and we don’t let him go out!” said the Pope on May 3. “Open the doors because He goes, at … [Read more...]

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