Francis wishes Benedict XVI a good summer in Castel Gandolfo

Vatican City, Jun 30, 2015 / 11:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Before heading out for his two-week stay at the papal residence in Castel Gandolfo this summer, retired pontiff Benedict XVI received a 30 minute visit from Pope Francis, who wished him a pleasant stay. Francis popped by Benedict’s residence at the Mater Ecclesiae ex-convent around 10 a.m. this morning to greet the retired pope before he leaves today. The meeting lasted half an hour. Benedict will remain at the papal residence … [Read more...]

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Cuba, US set to be a busy trip for Pope Francis

Vatican City, Jun 30, 2015 / 09:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ itinerary while in Cuba and the United States confirms several highly anticipated events including a special U.N. Summit and the canonization of Bl. Junipero Serra. He is also set to meet with groups he frequently prioritizes: homeless, prisoners and migrants. On June 30, the Vatican issued a final schedule for Pope Francis’ upcoming 10-day trip to both Cuba and the United States of America. The schedule … [Read more...]

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Vatican’s communications secretariat prioritizes new media

Vatican City, Jun 30, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Internet content and and video production will assume a greater role in Vatican communications in the years to come, suggests the establishment and – particularly – the leadership of the newly established Secretariat for Communications. At the same time, traditional media, such as the Vatican's newspaper and radio, are likely to diminish in prominence. On June 27, Pope Francis established the new secretariat via a motu … [Read more...]

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Practice what you preach, Pope encourages new archbishops

Vatican City, Jun 29, 2015 / 12:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his Mass for the feast of Saints Peter and Paul on Monday, Pope Francis called on the Church's new archbishops to be courageous witnesses who are not ashamed of Christ, and who are convinced by what they themselves teach. “Kingdoms, peoples, cultures, nations, ideologies, powers have passed, but the Church, founded on Christ, notwithstanding the many storms and our many sins, remains ever faithful to the deposit of faith … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis’ answer to ‘What is faith?’

Vatican City, Jun 28, 2015 / 08:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope focused on the virtue of faith during his Sunday Angelus address, saying the whole gospel is written in its light. “Faith is this: to touch Jesus and to draw from him the grace which saves,” Pope Francis explained June 28 at St. Peter's Square, reflecting on the healing of a haemorrhaging woman in the day's Gospel reading. She believed that if she could but touch Christ's clothes, she would be … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis creates new secretariat overseeing all Vatican communications

Vatican City, Jun 27, 2015 / 02:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican’s nine communications offices will soon be consolidated under the authority of the newly-established Secretariat for Communications, per a Saturday directive of Pope Francis. The Roman Pontiff instituted the new secretariat with a motu proprio titled The current communication context, promulgated June 27.  The letter states that the new management body will take effect June 29. “The current communication … [Read more...]

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Catholics and Orthodox should meet, cooperate more often, Pope exhorts

Vatican City, Jun 27, 2015 / 11:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Greeting a delegation of the leader of Eastern Orthodoxy on Saturday, Pope Francis voiced hope that Catholics and Eastern Orthodox would encounter each other more often, so as to overcome prejudices. “I hope, therefore, that opportunities may increase for meeting each other, for exchange and cooperation among Catholic and Orthodox faithful, in such a way that as we deepen our knowledge and esteem for one another, we may be able to … [Read more...]

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