Pope reiterates lessons from Korea in meeting with nation’s bishops

Vatican City, Mar 12, 2015 / 09:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- His trip last August to South Korea was on Pope Francis' mind Thursday when he met with the nation's bishops, who are visiting Rome for their ad limina meeting. “Your presence today brings to mind fond memories of my recent visit to Korea, where I experienced first-hand the goodness of the Korean people, who so generously received me and shared with me the joys and sorrows of their lives,” Pope Francis wrote in his … [Read more...]

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When it comes to faith, there’s no room for compromise, Pope says

Vatican City, Mar 12, 2015 / 02:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- It is the saints – not the hypocrites – who carry the Church forward, Pope Francis said Thursday, cautioning that there is no middle ground on the path to heaven. “Jesus says: ‘Whoever is not with me is against me.’ And there is no compromising. You are either on the path of love or on the path of hypocrisy,” the Pope told attendees of his March 13 daily Mass, held in the Vatican’s Saint Martha … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis names new bishops for Spokane, Lexington dioceses

Rome, Italy, Mar 12, 2015 / 06:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Thursday the Vatican announced that Bishop Thomas Anthony Daly has been tapped to lead Spokane’s Catholic population, while Fr. John Stowe O.F.M., Conv. will take the reins in Lexington. Bishop Daly was born in San Francisco, Cali., in 1960 and until now has served as auxiliary bishop for the diocese of San Jose. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of San Francisco in 1982, and completed his … [Read more...]

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Curia reform may include an office for negotiations in the Secretariat of State

Vatican City, Mar 11, 2015 / 06:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican Secretary of State suggested Wednesday that an ‘office for pontifical mediation’ may established within the ranks of the Secretariat of State, in order to function as a link between the on-the-ground commitment of papal diplomacy and its commitment within international institutions. Cardinal Pietro Parolin said March 11 that “facing an increase of armed conflicts – both internal and external – … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Romero, Salvadoran martyr, to be beatified May 23

Vatican City, Mar 11, 2015 / 12:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- May 23 will be the beatification date for El Salvador’s Archbishop Oscar Romero, an outspoken advocate for the poor and repressed who was martyred in 1980 while celebrating Mass. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the postulator of Archbishop Romero’s cause, was expected to announce the beatification date on Wednesday, according to Avvenire, the newspaper of the Italian bishops’ conference. Pope Francis approved the … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis carries his late grandma’s words with him every day

Rome, Italy, Mar 11, 2015 / 08:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said Wednesday that the elderly play a key role in the lives of the youth, and revealed that he still keeps the letter his grandmother wrote him for his ordination in his daily prayer book. “I still treasure the words my grandmother wrote to me on the day of my ordination. I carry them with me to this day inside my breviary,” the Pope told pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his March 11 general … [Read more...]

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Economic progress for Syria’s women proves a silver lining amid war

Vatican City, Mar 11, 2015 / 04:32 am (CNA).- The destruction of Syria’s ongoing war has unearthed an unexpected jewel in the refugee camps of Lebanon: the chance for women to gain an education and the tools for rebuilding their homeland. “We're empowering women,” Syrian refugee Reem Alhaswan told CNA March 8, so that when they return to their home country, “they can build their society in a better way.” The war and subsequent refugee crisis can be seen as … [Read more...]

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