Want to stop fearing death? Trust in God, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Nov 22, 2016 / 11:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Death and God’s judgment should be on everyone’s mind, but faithfulness to God will conquer our fears, Pope Francis has said.“Fidelity to the Lord does not disappoint. If each one of us is faithful to the Lord, when death comes, we will say like Francis (of Assisi) 'come sister death...' we won't be afraid,” the Pope said Nov. 22.“And when the day of judgement comes, we will look at the Lord: … [Read more...]

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After Krakow, Mary at heart of next World Youth Day gathering

Vatican City, Nov 22, 2016 / 07:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Tuesday the Vatican announced the themes for the next three World Youth Day encounters, which are focused on Mary and form the basis of a spiritual journey culminating in the next global encounter in Panama in 2019.A Nov. 22 Vatican communique revealed that the themes for 2017 and 2018 diocesan-level events as well as the international gathering in 2019 will all be taken from Chapter 1 of the Gospel of Luke, centering on Mary in the … [Read more...]

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Pope extends Jubilee mandate on abortion, SSPX confession

Rome, Italy, Nov 21, 2016 / 04:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Although the Jubilee of Mercy has ended, Pope Francis has decided that some of the novelties he applied to the Church during the Holy Year will continue.He is allowing all priests to absolve the sin of abortion from here on out, while SSPX priests will be able to continue hearing confessions validly.In addition, he has indefinitely extended the mandate of the Missionaries of Mercy and has decided to institute the World Day for the Poor, … [Read more...]

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How an ex-prostitute’s horrific suffering moved Pope Francis

Vatican City, Nov 20, 2016 / 09:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis still remembers his meeting with a former prostitute who had suffered much.In a new interview, the Pope recalled the time he met with a young pregnant woman from Africa who was “beautiful, young (and) exploited.”In telling her story, the woman said she was forced to work until she was nine months pregnant. She ended up giving birth “in the winter on the street. Alone. By myself,” Francis recalled her … [Read more...]

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At close of Jubilee, Pope Francis says it’s a reminder of what’s essential

Vatican City, Nov 20, 2016 / 03:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday Pope Francis closed the Holy Door in St. Peter’s Basilica, officially marking the end of the Jubilee of Mercy, which he said is a reminder that love is at the core of God’s attitude, rather than power and prestige.“This Year of Mercy invites us to rediscover the core, to return to what is essential,” the Pope said Nov. 20, the Feast of Christ the King.The “time of mercy” lived during the … [Read more...]

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Why Bangladesh’s new cardinal thinks the papal visit will be great

Vatican City, Nov 19, 2016 / 07:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After becoming the first prelate from Bangladesh to ever get a red hat, newly-elevated Cardinal Patrick D'Rozario said his country is waiting for the Pope’s visit in 2017, which will not only rejuvenate the Church, but will help strengthen interfaith ties.Pope Francis’ visit to Bangladesh will be “a great event for the whole Church in the country, especially for interreligious harmony, the rights of government … [Read more...]

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As Pope warns against polarization, new cardinals reflect

Vatican City, Nov 19, 2016 / 02:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- When Pope Francis spoke out sharply against the “virus of polarization,” three new American cardinals saw a chance for a serious examination of conscience.“I thought it was very timely, what the Holy Father said,” Cardinal Joseph Tobin told journalists Nov. 19.He said that for him, the first thing to do in response is “to examine ourselves in the Church, to see whether we have unconsciously appropriated … [Read more...]

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