Two years into papacy, Francis continues path set in first moments

Vatican City, Mar 13, 2015 / 04:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The infant moments of Francis’ papacy deeply signified what his future mission would be like, reflected Catholics who were present for his election two years ago. After white smoke wafted up from the Sistine Chapel signaling a new pope, the crowd in St. Peter’s Square was jubilant with expectation. “The Holy Spirit was palpably present,” related Kathryn Jean Lopez, founding director of Catholic Voices … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis says he wanted to enter US from Mexican border

Vatican City, Mar 13, 2015 / 02:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a lengthy interview with a Mexican multimedia group Pope Francis hit on several topics including his visit to the U.S., where he symbolically wanted to enter from the country’s border with Mexico. When asked by journalist Valentina Alazraki why he chose not to go to Mexico as part of his trip to the U.S. in September, Francis said that “I thought about doing it, because I wanted to enter the United States from the Mexican … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis declares Holy Year for Mercy

Rome, Italy, Mar 13, 2015 / 10:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his homily for a Lenten penitential service, Pope Francis announced an extraordinary Jubilee to start at the end of the year, which will be dedicated to a theme close to the pontiff’s heart: mercy. “Dear brothers and sisters, I have thought about how the Church can make clear its mission of being a witness of mercy,” the Pope told attendees of his March 13 penitential liturgy in St. Peter’s … [Read more...]

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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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