Pope: the world desperately needs hope – and we are the messengers

Vatican City, Dec 14, 2016 / 04:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis Wednesday spoke about the hope that the Child Jesus brings at Christmastime, saying it is our duty to be the messengers that bring his message to the world – a world that is thirsting for goodness.“The message of the Good News entrusted to us is urgent,” he said Dec. 14. “We must also run like the messenger of the mountains, because the world cannot wait, humanity is hungry and thirsty for justice, for … [Read more...]

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In stressing error of clericalism, Francis calls for humble priests

Vatican City, Dec 13, 2016 / 04:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily at Mass Tuesday, Pope Francis spoke harshly about what he considers one of the great dangers of clericalism: that it alienates members of the Church by refusing to be close to them, and reinforces the belief that priests are above the laity.Of course, this isn’t the first time that Pope Francis has spoken out against clericalism – in fact, it could easily be considered one of the most frequently-repeated topics … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis sends condolences on death of Opus Dei leader

Vatican City, Dec 13, 2016 / 09:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On hearing of the Dec. 12 death of Bishop Javier Echevarría Rodríguez, the Prelate of Opus Dei, Pope Francis sent a telegram Tuesday expressing his deep sympathy to the members of the organization and to Msgr. Fernando Ocáriz Braña, auxiliary vicar.“I wish to make known to you and to all members of this prelature my deepest condolences,” the Pope wrote Dec. 13, “at the same time that I unite … [Read more...]

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Juneau bishop to head Dallas diocese

Vatican City, Dec 13, 2016 / 08:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After what was a very short vacancy for the Diocese of Dallas, the Vatican announced Tuesday that Bishop Edward J. Burns of Juneau will now take the reigns.He will replace Cardinal Kevin Farrell, who led the Dallas Diocese since 2007, but in September moved to Rome as the new head of the Vatican dicastery for Laity, Family and Life.Farrell was also one of three US bishops appointed cardinal during the latest Consistory, which took place … [Read more...]

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This is how Pope Francis will celebrate his 80th birthday

Vatican City, Dec 13, 2016 / 04:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Saturday, Dec. 17, Pope Francis will celebrate his 80th birthday, which he will spend doing what he normally does: offering Mass and meeting with various heads of State and members of the Roman Curia.However, as a novelty of this year’s papal birthday festivities, the Vatican has invited faithful from around the world to send their well-wishes to the Pope through a special email address in different languages.According to a … [Read more...]

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How India’s ‘unreached’ tribal areas are being evangelized

Vatican City, Dec 13, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Every day in the remote villages of Northeast India courageous priests and nuns are braving the elements of the wild – including tiger attacks and elephant stampedes – to bring the Good News to people who have yet to hear the name of Jesus.People in these “unreached” areas “are very attracted to a sense of relating in a very human way to a God who loves them and is present with them,” Msgr. John Kozar … [Read more...]

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Pope makes humanitarian appeal for Syria, as rebels lose Aleppo

Vatican City, Dec 12, 2016 / 02:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has sent a letter to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad appealing for peace and for humanitarian relief, as the Syrian government consolidates gains in Aleppo, where tens of thousands are beseiged.A Dec. 12 communique from the Holy See press office noted that in recently naming the apostolic nuncio to Syria, Archbishop Mario Zenari, a cardinal, “the Holy Father sought to show a particular sign of affection for the beloved … [Read more...]

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