Pope Francis observes moment of silence for Belgium attack victims

Vatican City, Mar 23, 2016 / 07:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his general audience the day after terrorist attacks in Belgium claimed the lives of at least 30 people and injured 230 more, Pope Francis led pilgrims in a moment of silent prayer for the victims and their families.“With a sorrowful heart I have followed the sad news of the terrorist attacks which took place yesterday in Brussels, and which caused numerous victims and wounded,” the Pope said March 23.Assuring his prayer … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis to wash the feet of migrants on Holy Thursday

Vatican City, Mar 22, 2016 / 12:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After spending previous years washing the feet of inmates and disabled persons on Holy Thursday, this year Pope Francis will celebrate the liturgy in a welcoming center for migrants and refugees.The Pope will say a Chrism Mass at the Vatican before heading to the Reception Center for Asylum Seekers, or CARA, in Castelnuovo di Porto, just over 18 miles outside of Rome, on the afternoon of March 24.He will arrive to the center around 5 … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis grieves Belgium attacks, condemns ‘blind violence’

Vatican City, Mar 22, 2016 / 08:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Tuesday Pope Francis offered prayers for the victims of attacks at an airport and metro in Belgium, condemning the acts as “blind violence” and praying for peace.“Upon learning of the attacks in Brussels, which have affected many people, His Holiness Pope Francis entrusted to the mercy of God the people who have lost their lives and joins those close to them in prayer for the death of their relatives,” said … [Read more...]

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Pope prays for victims of Russian plane crash, Istanbul bombing

Vatican City, Mar 21, 2016 / 10:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis offered prayers over the weekend for victims of both a plane crash in Russia and a suicide bombing in Istanbul.“His Holiness Pope Francis was saddened to learn of the tragic air accident in Rostov-on-Don and he sends his sincere condolences to the relatives and friends of the victims,” said a telegram from Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin.“His Holiness commends the souls of the dead to … [Read more...]

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Humility is the epitome of redemption, Pope says on Palm Sunday

Vatican City, Mar 20, 2016 / 05:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Palm Sunday Pope Francis said the path toward salvation can be summed up by humility and service, and encouraged pilgrims to contemplate Jesus’ shameful Passion and Death throughout Holy Week.“Today’s liturgy teaches us that the Lord has not saved us by his triumphal entry or by means of powerful miracles,” the Pope said March 20.Instead, in the day’s second reading from St. Paul to the Philippians, the … [Read more...]

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Pope’s Instagram launches with appeal for prayer

Vatican City, Mar 19, 2016 / 03:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The official Instagram account of Pope Francis launched on Saturday with a simple request for his followers: “Pray for me.”The inaugural post, which was translated into nine languages, features a photo of the Pope reverently kneeling in prayer.The post was made after noon under the handle @Franciscus – which is Latin for Francis. Within 30 minutes of going live, the account had more than ten thousand … [Read more...]

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The Church is our mother, Pope Francis explains to Neocatechumenal Way

Vatican City, Mar 18, 2016 / 01:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told members of the Neocatechumenal Way that they have received a great charism to maintain. On Friday he spoke with them about Church unity, how to engage the world, and the difference between worldly and divine glory.“You have accepted the call to evangelize: I bless the Lord for this, for the gift of the Way and for the gift of each of you,” he said March 18 at the Vatican's Paul VI hall.The Church is not … [Read more...]

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