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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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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Pope Francis to author new book answering teens’ questions

Vatican City, May 29, 2016 / 11:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After becoming the first Pope to author a children's book earlier this year, Pope Francis will soon come out with another, based on his responses to questions posed by youth through a new online platform.Speaking at the May 27-29 World Encounter of the Directors of Scholas Occurrentes, Italian journalist and author Tiziana Lupi explained the idea behind the new book, which she said seeks to “open a door” to dialogue with … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis asks kids to join Syrian children in praying for peace

Vatican City, May 29, 2016 / 06:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Millions of children have either been killed, displaced or orphaned as a result of Syria’s ongoing, bloody civil war.Some have witnessed bombings, the death of friends and loved ones, and have been forced to leave their homes and villages, seeking refuge in places where soldiers and gunfire don’t wake them up at night.Hundreds of Syrian children, scarred by five years of civil war, will now be the … [Read more...]

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Want to be a good servant? Be generous, Pope Francis tells deacons

Vatican City, May 29, 2016 / 03:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday Pope Francis celebrated a special jubilee for deacons, telling them that a good servant is one who forgets themselves, letting go of their own plans and humbly placing their lives at the disposal of those to whom they are called to minister.One of the first steps in becoming “a good and faithful” servant is that “we are asked to be available. A servant daily learns detachment from doing everything his own way … [Read more...]

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