Pope tells ambassadors to serve in humility, not get lost in politics

Vatican City, Sep 17, 2016 / 09:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a special Jubilee audience with nearly all of his 108 ambassadors around the world, Pope Francis thanked them for their dedication, and encouraged them to continue their work in humble service, without getting caught up in useless politics.“(You are) the link between the Successor of Peter and the different local Churches to whom you are bearers and artisans of that communion which is sap for the life of the Church and for the … [Read more...]

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Man rams car through police barrier into St. Peter’s Square

Vatican City, Sep 17, 2016 / 08:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A mentally ill man rammed his car through a police checkpoint at St. Peter’s Square on Friday evening, demanding to meet with Pope Francis.The 64-year-old Italian man was immediately stopped by police officers. No one was injured in the incident, according to the Italian publication Il Messaggero.       The man entered the area of the colonnade near the Paul VI Hall. After breaking through the security barriers, … [Read more...]

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The world needs a merciful response to refugees, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Sep 17, 2016 / 05:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a world marked by increasing war and conflict, Pope Francis said a generous and merciful response to those fleeing violence is needed in order to combat hatred and foster a greater sense of fraternity and solidarity.“At this place and time in history, there is great need for men and women who hear the cry of the poor and respond with mercy and generosity,” the Pope told a group of Jesuit alumni Sept. 17.He noted how there … [Read more...]

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Bring people Christ’s mercy, Pope Francis tells new bishops

Vatican City, Sep 16, 2016 / 01:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Like the Good Samaritan in the parable, you have been called to show the mercy of God to the men and women God has placed in your path, Pope Francis said to a group of new bishops on Friday.“Be bishops with a heart wounded by such a mercy and so tireless in the humble task of accompanying the man who 'by chance' God has put in your way,” the Pope encouraged.The Roman Pontiff's Sept. 16 audience was with the … [Read more...]

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Cooperating in abortion is always an impediment to ordination, Pope affirms

Vatican City, Sep 16, 2016 / 12:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has confirmed that the impediments preventing one from being ordained – such as homicide, abortion, or attempted suicide – apply whether or not the man was Catholic at the time the act occurred.As the law is written, a doubt existed that the “irregularities,” as they are called, applied only to those who were Catholic – and thus those who were under the law – at the time they were … [Read more...]

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Pope visits neonatal unit, hospice to highlight respect for life

Vatican City, Sep 16, 2016 / 11:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Friday, Pope Francis visited a neonatal hospital unit and a hospice for the terminally ill, stressing the dignity of human life from conception to natural death.The Sept. 16 visit is the latest in the Pope’s “Mercy Friday” initiatives, to spend time with various groups each month during the Jubilee of Mercy.In previous trips, he has made surprise stops at places including an elderly home, a drug and alcohol rehab … [Read more...]

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For Eastern Catholics, Pope makes changes to Latin Church’s law

Vatican City, Sep 15, 2016 / 05:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has issued new changes to canon law that modify Latin Church code with an eye towards clarifying ministry to Eastern Catholics.The Pope cited concern for harmony between the different codes. The name of the Pope’s apostolic letter, “De Concordia inter Codices,” in fact means “Concerning harmony between laws.” It is dated May 31 and was released Sept. 15.The changes concern topics like baptism, … [Read more...]

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