Don’t be held back: Pope calls Christians to be set ablaze by the Holy Spirit

Vatican City, Aug 14, 2016 / 03:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church does not need “cold or lukewarm Christians” who are held back by fear, Pope Francis said Sunday; it needs Christians who are on fire with the Holy Spirit and committed to proclaiming the Gospel, even if it costs them their lives.The Church needs “passionate missionaries, consumed by zeal to bring the consoling Word of Jesus and his grace to everyone,” the Pope said during his weekly Angelus … [Read more...]

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Former prostitutes get special visit from Pope Francis

Vatican City, Aug 12, 2016 / 11:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has visited a special community for women freed from prostitution and violent abuse as his latest ‘Mercy Friday’ initiative during the Jubilee.On Aug. 12 he met the 20 women, all of whom have suffered severe physical violence and live under protection, who are cared for at the “Pope John XXIII Community” in Rome. Pope Francis has met with members of the community at the Vatican on several … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis invites 21 Syrian refugees to lunch

Vatican City, Aug 11, 2016 / 09:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Thursday Pope Francis invited 21 Syrian refugees to join him for lunch at his residence in the Vatican’s Casa Santa Marta, exchanging gifts, toys and drawings with the children.The Syrian families were those brought by Pope Francis after his day-trip to Lesbos, Greece in April. Pope Francis brought the first group back to Rome with him on his flight April 16, and the second group arrived to Rome in mid-June.During the meal, … [Read more...]

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For Pope Francis, when we receive Christ’s mercy we must share it

Vatican City, Aug 10, 2016 / 12:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Each of us must respond to the gift of mercy in our hearts by getting up and putting mercy into action, Pope Francis said Wednesday.Speaking about a bishop who had in his cathedral one Holy Door of mercy for entering and one for exiting, Pope Francis said: “Let us also do the same with the journey that goes from the heart to the hands.”“Let us enter the church through the door of mercy, to receive the forgiveness of … [Read more...]

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Brazilian priest mentioned in ‘Spotlight’ film commits suicide

Vatican City, Aug 10, 2016 / 11:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Fr. Bonifacio Buzzi, a Brazilian priest convicted of child abuse and who was mentioned in the Oscar-winning film ‘Spotlight,’ committed suicide in his prison cell over the weekend.According to Reuters, Fr. Buzzi, 57, hung himself with a sheet inside his jail cell in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais Aug. 7 after having been arrested Friday.In 1995 the priest was found guilty of abusing several youth in a mental hospital, … [Read more...]

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Pope offers message of prayer amid violent storms in Mexico

Vatican City, Aug 9, 2016 / 01:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After Tropical Storm Javier and Hurricane Earl ravaged parts of Mexico over the weekend, Pope Francis offered his prayers and closeness to all those affected by the storms.   “In the face of the grave damage caused by the hurricane which affected several areas of the country – causing numerous victims and extensive material damage – the Holy Father expresses his affection for the beloved Mexican people,” Vatican … [Read more...]

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Pope sends condolences to victims of Pakistan hospital attack

Vatican City, Aug 9, 2016 / 04:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis offered his condolences to those affected by the “senseless and brutal” attack against a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, which left dozens dead and over a hundred injured.The Pope was “deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life” from Monday's attack, according to the telegram which was signed by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin.In the message, the pontiff sent his … [Read more...]

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