What Pope Francis said about Communion for the divorced-and-remarried

Vatican City, Sep 13, 2016 / 03:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has written a private message approving the Buenos Aires bishops’ response to the divorced-and-remarried inspired by his apostolic exhortation on the family.The pastoral response said ministry to the divorced-and-remarried must never create confusion about Church teaching and the indissolubility of marriage, but may also allow access to the sacraments under specific limits. These may include specific situations when a … [Read more...]

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Want authenticity? Turn off your cell phone, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Sep 13, 2016 / 02:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Don’t let indifference stop you from an authentic encounter with another person, Pope Francis said Tuesday.“In our families, at the dinner table, how many times while eating, do people watch the TV or write messages on their cell phones. Each one is indifferent to that encounter. Even within the heart of society, which is the family, there is no encounter,” he lamented in his Sept. 13 homily at the chapel of the Santa … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: No sinner is ever beyond the love of God

Vatican City, Sep 11, 2016 / 08:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday Pope Francis said that God shows us, through parables, the merciful love of the Father, who rejoices over for every sinful person who returns to him.“The message of the Gospel today gives us great hope and we can summarize it thus: there is no sin into which we have fallen, from which, by the grace of God, we can not rise again; there is not an irretrievable individual, because God never ceases to want our good,” he … [Read more...]

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It’s Jesus who radically sets us free, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Sep 10, 2016 / 11:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Christ took on our sins so that we might have true freedom, Pope Francis said Saturday during a special audience in St. Peter's Square, where he gave confirmation to a young man in a wheelchair.“The word 'redemption' is little used, yet it is important because it indicates the most radical liberation that God could perform for us, for all of humanity and the entire creation,” Francis said.Often, the Pope said, we … [Read more...]

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Pope blesses picture of Mother Angelica for EWTN Germany

Vatican City, Sep 9, 2016 / 09:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During the general audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis blessed a framed picture of Mother Angelica, the foundress of EWTN.“She's up there (in heaven) because she was a great woman,” the Holy Father said Sept. 7 to the EWTN employees who will now take the picture to their new offices to be opened in Cologne.The director of EWTN in Germany, Martin Rothweiler, commenting on the meeting with the Pope, said that he blessed the … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Gossip is the devil’s weapon against the Church

Vatican City, Sep 9, 2016 / 03:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Church unity is endangered especially by certain tactics of division favored by the devil himself, Pope Francis told bishops of mission territories on Friday.“Division is the weapon the devil employs most to destroy the Church from within,” the Pope said Sept. 9.“He has two weapons, but the main one is division: the other is money. The devil enters through our pockets and destroys with the tongue, with idle chatter that … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Don’t use God to defend your own interests

Vatican City, Sep 7, 2016 / 08:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Wednesday, Pope Francis warned against making Jesus into the person we want him to be, and thus creating obstacles to a true relationship with Christ and his mercy.“The admonition of Jesus is always present: even today man constructs images of God that prevent him from enjoying his real presence,” the Pope said during the general audience Sept. 7.“Some carve out a 'do it yourself' faith that reduces God in … [Read more...]

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