UK bishop steps down over ‘being unfaithful’ to vows

Vatican City, Sep 28, 2014 / 10:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Kieran Conry of the U.K. dioceses of Arundel and Brighton has announced his resignation after revealing he has been “unfaithful” to his “promises as a Catholic priest.” “I am sorry for the shame that I have brought on the diocese and the Church and I ask for your prayers and forgiveness,” he said in a brief statement, which has been read in all the Church's of the dioceses over the … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis calls Benedict XVI the ultimate ‘grandfather’

Vatican City, Sep 28, 2014 / 10:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Retired pontiff Benedict XVI joined some 50,000 pilgrims in Saint Peter's Square on Sunday, Sept. 28 for a meeting between Pope Francis and elderly people from around the world. Welcoming his predecessor, the Holy Father described Pope Benedict as the “grandfather of all grandfathers.” “I have said many times that it gives me great pleasure that he lives here in the Vatican, because it is like having a wise … [Read more...]

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Future depends on encounter between young and old, Pope says

Vatican City, Sep 28, 2014 / 09:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- There is no future without the encounter between generations, Pope Francis said –  addressing the tens of thousands of grandparents and elderly men and women gathered for Mass in Saint Peter's Square.The Sept. 28 Mass followed an international encounter with the Holy Father and the elderly earlier in the morning.  Pope Francis opened his homily with a reflection on the Gospel reading in which Mary was greeted by … [Read more...]

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Pope encourages Ghana bishops in Ebola aid, evangelization efforts

Vatican City, Sep 27, 2014 / 06:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Personal conversion is the key to the work and fruits of the Church, Pope Francis told bishops visiting Rome from Ghana, particularly noting the Church’s healthcare apostolate, due to the Ebola outbreak in several nearby countries. “From the grace of Christ experienced in our own converted hearts comes the spiritual strength which helps us promote virtue and holiness in our priests, men and women religious, and laity,” … [Read more...]

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Benedict XVI to attend meeting with elderly this weekend

Vatican City, Sep 26, 2014 / 10:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will be present at an encounter with Pope Francis and the elderly on Sunday morning in St. Peter's Square, the Vatican announced Friday. According to a Sept. 26 satement from the Holy See press office on, the encounter will precede a Mass said for grandparents and the elderly which will be said at 10:30 am. Benedict XVI, who is 87, will depart prior to the beginning of Mass. Some 40,000 seniors from … [Read more...]

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Life isn’t Christian without a cross, Pope Francis assures

Vatican City, Sep 26, 2014 / 10:03 am (CNA).- Christ as Redeemer cannot be understood save through a willingness to take up the cross, said Pope Francis during his homily for Mass on Friday morning. The Christian, he said Sept. 26, addressing the congregation gathered in the chapel of the Santa Martha residence, is like the “Cyrene” – referring here to Simon of Cyrene – who helped Christ carry his own Cross. On the other hand, those who do not take up the cross move … [Read more...]

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Francis highlights link between faith, God’s word, biblical scholar says

Vatican City, Sep 26, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a recent speech to the Italian Biblical Association, Pope Francis did not disclaim biblical studies but rather stressed the relation between faith and the scriptures, according to the group's secretary. “All of Pope Francis' speech is aimed at emphasizing the relationship between faith and the Word of God. In this sense, he is on the trail of Benedict XVI, who always emphasized the need for faith to fully interpret the … [Read more...]

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