Heroic virtue of Ukrainian bishop who sheltered hundreds of Jews recognized

Vatican City, Jul 17, 2015 / 03:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Thursday, Pope Francis authorized a decree recognizing the heroic virtue of Archbishop Andrey Sheptytsky, who was head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church from 1900 to 1944, and who personally protected dozens of Jews from Nazi occupiers during World War II. The Pope's July 16 audience with the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints also recognized the heroic virtue of seven other potential saints, who will now be … [Read more...]

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To fight human trafficking – one of Pope Francis’ core commitments

Vatican City, Jul 16, 2015 / 06:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An upcoming conference being held at the Vatican examining the link between climate change and human trafficking is a reflection of the importance that ending modern slavery holds for Pope Francis, according to one of its organizers. Presenting the meeting on “Modern Slavery and Climate Change: The Commitment of the Cities,” Archbishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences, showed a … [Read more...]

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Slavery and climate – there’s more in common than you think, Vatican says

Vatican City, Jul 15, 2015 / 03:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The link between climate change and human slavery is the topic of an international conference to be hosted by the Vatican later this month, in which Pope Francis will take part along with the mayors of major cities from around the world. “These issues are intertwined: The objectification of people, and the objectification of the planet,” said Michael Shank, George Mason University fellow and media consultant for the … [Read more...]

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After a two-week vacation, Benedict XVI heads back to Rome

Vatican City, Jul 14, 2015 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With two restful weeks outside of the Vatican behind him and two honorary doctorates in hand, Benedict XVI has again returned to Rome, where he has a rare public event set for the summer. “Holiness, thank you very much for your unexpected and most welcome words, for the blessing that you have given to Castel Gandolfo and its inhabitants,” mayor Milvia Monachesi told the retired Pope as he left the city July 14. In addition … [Read more...]

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Vatican applauds Iran nuclear deal, calls for commitment to make it ‘bear fruit’

Vatican City, Jul 14, 2015 / 07:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After global powers reached an agreement with Iran Tuesday limiting the country’s nuclear activity, the Vatican said the deal was an important step and expressed their hope the fruits would spread to more than just the nuclear field. “The agreement on the Iranian nuclear program is viewed in a positive light by the Holy See,” Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi SJ said in a July 14 statement, shortly after the … [Read more...]

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Full text of Pope Francis’ in-flight interview from Paraguay to Rome

Aboard the papal plane, Jul 13, 2015 / 11:43 am (CNA).- In the course of his 64 minute in-flight press conference while en route to Rome, Pope Francis answered questions ranging from politics, his upcoming trip to the Unites States, and his feelings about taking selfies. The Pope responded in Italian to 14 questions posed by journalists during his July 12 overnight flight from Asuncion to Rome. Paraguay was the last of the three stops on the Pope's trip to South America. He visited … [Read more...]

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Pope calls ‘communist crucifix’ protest art, but says he wasn’t offended

Vatican City, Jul 13, 2015 / 09:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Responding to waves of controversy after receiving a “communist crucifix” – a carving of Christ crucified on a hammer and sickle – from Bolivian president Evo Morales, Pope Francis said he took no offense, but understands the work as “protest art.” “I would qualify it as protest art, which in some cases can be offensive,” the Pope said during an inflight news conference on his July 12 … [Read more...]

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