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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Vatican child protection commission seeks global reach

Vatican City, May 3, 2014 / 10:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ new advisory commission on the protection of minors is expanding its membership to include representatives from around the world to improve sex abuse prevention and to better care for victims. The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors recently held discussions “focused on the commission's nature and purpose and on expanding the membership to include people from other geographical areas and other … [Read more...]

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Holy See warns against ideological agenda in UN torture hearing

Vatican City, May 2, 2014 / 12:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Ahead of a report to the U.N. on an anti-torture agreement next week, the Holy See has emphasized its commitment against torture, and warned against the hearing being reduced to a “tool of ideological pressure.” “The Holy See also proposes important teaching with regard to matters of torture and cruel and inhuman treatment, which is of great importance for the diffusion of the principles inspiring the Convention and for … [Read more...]

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Pope offers encouragement to new Council for the Economy

Vatican City, May 2, 2014 / 11:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis gave words of encouragement to the Vatican’s new Council for the Economy, stressing concern for the poor and commitment to the Gospel. He told the group that its mission will be difficult, but important, urging them to embrace it bravely, according to Vatican Radio. The Pope had formed the Council and the Secretariat for the Economy in February. The council held its first meeting May 2, discussing its statues and … [Read more...]

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Pope: I cried over reports of crucified Christians

Vatican City, May 2, 2014 / 09:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily on May 2, Pope Francis said that he wept over recent news of Christians allegedly being crucified, reflecting that there are still many martyrs in today’s world. “I cried when I saw reports on the news of Christians crucified in a certain country, that is not Christian,” the Pope said, according to Vatican Radio, during morning Mass in the chapel of his residence. In recent weeks, media groups have … [Read more...]

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Holy Spirit’s gift of understanding enlightens minds, Pope says

Vatican City, Apr 30, 2014 / 11:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis explained that the Holy Spirit’s gift of understanding allows Christians to obtain “intimacy with God” and helps them understand things “as God understands them.” “When the Holy Spirit dwells in our hearts and enlightens our minds, he makes us grow day by day in the understanding of what the Lord has said and accomplished,” the Pope said at the Wednesday General Audience April … [Read more...]

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Pope urges Christian communities to be ones of peace

Vatican City, Apr 29, 2014 / 09:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Returning to his usual daily Mass schedule, Pope Francis reflected today that our contemporary faith communities ought to reflect that of the first Christians, who were united in “heart and mind.” “They had one heart and mind,” the Pope said in his April 29 daily Mass, quoting the day’s first reading, emphasizing that they were a “community in peace.” Taking his launching point from the … [Read more...]

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