Theme for upcoming World Day of Families announced

Vatican City, May 14, 2014 / 08:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a press conference held in Philadelphia, USA Vatican officials announced the theme for the 2015 World Day of Families, which will center on humanity’s universal vocation to love. “Ladies and gentleman, the theme for the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 is, ‘Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive,’” Archbishop Charles J. Chaput revealed during the May 13 press … [Read more...]

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Pope: gift of fortitude not just for ‘extraordinary circumstances’

Vatican City, May 14, 2014 / 05:14 am (CNA).- During his General Audience address Wednesday, Pope Francis spoke on the gift of fortitude, explaining that it helps us to remain faithful not only with the big things, but also in our daily activities. “We shouldn't think this gift is only for extraordinary circumstances,” the Pope noted in his May 14 audience, because “For most of us, the gift of fortitude is exercised in our patient pursuit of holiness in the circumstances … [Read more...]

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Pope warns against closed-mindedness of ‘intellectual aristocracy’

Vatican City, May 13, 2014 / 06:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily Mass Pope Francis cautioned against those who seek to understand the faith only with the intellect, explaining this attitude closes one to the Holy Spirit and prevents him from acting in our lives. “You do not believe because you are not part of my sheep! You do not believe because you are not of the people of Israel. You have left the people. You are in intellectual aristocracy,” the Pope stated in his May 13 … [Read more...]

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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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