Pope Francis embraces child writer in a wheelchair

Vatican City, Jun 3, 2016 / 12:03 am (CNA).- Thirteen-year-old Veronica Cantero Burroni fulfilled a dream on Wednesday, when she got to see Pope Francis, who offered her a warm embrace at the end of his general audience.Veronica, who turns 14 this month, lives in the Argentine city of Campana and gets around in a wheel chair due to a neurological disease. However, this has not stopped her from becoming a writer and publishing five books.One of them is entitled “The Thief of … [Read more...]

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What Pope Francis wants the world’s priests to know

Vatican City, Jun 2, 2016 / 03:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis spoke candidly to thousands of priests this week during a special retreat for the Year of Mercy. The upshot of what he told them? We as priests are sinners, and we need God's mercy as much as everyone else.The Pope encouraged them to look to the Prodigal Son as a way to overcome the scandal of sin and celebrate God’s mercy and forgiveness in their lives and their ministry.“If we start by thanking the Lord for … [Read more...]

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You have my gratitude, Pope Francis tells prison chaplains

Vatican City, Jun 1, 2016 / 11:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has sent a special message to support the work of prison chaplains during the Year of Mercy.“He especially wishes to assure all who are serving prison communities of his prayerful solidarity and deep gratitude for their efforts in upholding the human dignity of all those incarcerated,” Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, said to a European meeting of chaplains June 1.The Pope also thanked … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Pray to God, not to a mirror

Vatican City, Jun 1, 2016 / 06:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- One who prays with humility and awareness of his or her sin speaks to God, Pope Francis said on Wednesday, whereas one who prays with arrogance and self-righteousness is speaking to a mirror.“It is not enough to ask ourselves how often we pray,” the Pope said to the thousands of people gathered in St. Peter's Square for the weekly general audience. “We must also ask ourselves how we pray, or rather, how our heart … [Read more...]

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What Pope Francis wants us to learn from Mary’s Visitation

Vatican City, May 31, 2016 / 12:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily at daily Mass on Tuesday, Pope Francis pointed to Mary’s encounter with Elizabeth at the Visitation as a lesson in service and joy in the Christian life.“Serving others is a Christian sign,” he said during morning Mass in the Vatican’s Santa Marta residence, according to Vatican Radio.May 31 marks the Feast of the Visitation, commemorating how Mary, after learning that she is pregnant with … [Read more...]

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George Clooney among celebrities honored by Pope Francis

Vatican City, May 30, 2016 / 08:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday, Pope Francis praised Hollywood actors George Clooney, Salma Hayek, and Richard Gere at a conference promoting a Vatican education initiative that helps poor communities.Speaking in the Paul VI's Synod Hall, the Pope reminded the celebrities of their responsibility to “help the world recover the language of gestures.”During the gathering, the actors received the “Olive Medal” of peace, which were … [Read more...]

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How Benedict XVI’s resignation changed the papacy

Vatican City, May 30, 2016 / 06:32 am (CNA).- When Pope emeritus Benedict XVI resigned as pontiff three years ago, he added a new dimension to the papacy, said his personal secretary Archbishop Georg Ganswein.Archbishop Ganswein remains prefect of the Pontifical Household. He works closely with both Benedict and Pope Francis.The archbishop spoke about Benedict’s pontificate and its wake at a May 20 book presentation of “Oltre la crisi della Chiesa” (Beyond the … [Read more...]

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