This Saint Bernard just met Pope Francis

Vatican City, May 18, 2016 / 12:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While Pope Francis might have chastised animal-lovers who treat their pets better than people in last week’s general audience, that didn’t stop him from giving a good pat on the head to Magnum – the Saint Bernard with VIP access to today’s audience.Magnum is quite literally a “Great Saint Bernard.” Bred by an order of priests known as Augustinian Canons, he was born on the Great Saint Bernard Pass, one … [Read more...]

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‘To ignore the poor is to despise God,’ Pope Francis says

Vatican City, May 18, 2016 / 08:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- If we don’t show mercy to others we shouldn’t expect to get it from God, Pope Francis has said, stressing that while turning a blind eye to the poor might make life on earth easier, the eternal result will be much different.“To ignore the poor is to despise God! We must learn this well: to ignore the poor is the despise God,” the Pope said May 18.He spoke to the thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s … [Read more...]

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Top Italian bishop throws punch at new civil unions law

Vatican City, May 18, 2016 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a powerful speech Tuesday at the opening of the Italian bishops' general assembly, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa decried the civil unions bill passed in the nation's parliament last week, emphasizing that Pope Francis himself always advocates for the natural family.The president of the Italian bishops' conference peppered his May 17 speech with several lengthy quotes from the Roman Pontiff, and lamented that the … [Read more...]

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You have the right to practice your faith, Pope Francis says in new interview

Vatican City, May 17, 2016 / 09:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a new interview focused heavily on migration and dialogue with Islam, Pope Francis touched on growing concerns surrounding the hot-button topic of religious freedom.While he admitted that secular governments espousing a separation of Church and state have shown more success throughout history, the Pope also stressed that such policies must be strict in ensuring religious freedom for all.“The right to conscientious objection … [Read more...]

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For Pope Francis, missionary work is ‘love without limits’

Vatican City, May 15, 2016 / 05:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Pentecost, Pope Francis praised missionary work as a massive work of mercy based on the desire for everyone to be saved and loved.The mission to the nations is “a great, immense work of mercy, both spiritual and material,” he said.The Church’s missionary mandate means that the Church “cares for those who do not know the Gospel, because she wants everyone to be saved and to experience the Lord’s … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: the Holy Spirit makes Jesus’ teaching come to life

Vatican City, May 15, 2016 / 04:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the solemnity of Pentecost Pope Francis said the Holy Spirit, rather than giving a new message, brings Jesus’ timeless teachings to life and helps us to both understand and live it throughout our lives.“The Holy Spirit exercises a role of teaching and memory...the Holy Spirit doesn't bring a different teaching, but makes that of Jesus alive and active, so that the time that the passage of time does not erase it or make … [Read more...]

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We were made to be God’s children, Pope says on Pentecost

Vatican City, May 15, 2016 / 02:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Although sin separates us from God, Pope Francis stressed on the feast of Pentecost that we haven’t been left as orphans, but that thanks to Jesus Christ and the gift of the Holy Spirit, we can reconcile with the Lord and continue to live as his children.“The central purpose of Jesus’ mission, which culminated in the gift of the Holy Spirit, was to renew our relationship with the Father, a relationship severed by sin, to … [Read more...]

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