Kids in poor countries suffer when West pushes sex agenda, Pope says

Aboard the papal plane, Jan 19, 2015 / 12:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis cautioned on Monday that gender ideologies from the wealthy western world are being imposed on developing nations by tying them to foreign aid and education, in a form of "ideological colonization." "A people enters with an idea that has nothing nothing to do with the nation. … and they colonize the people with an idea that changes, or wants to change, a mentality or a structure," he said … [Read more...]

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Pope: ‘Responsible parenthood’ doesn’t mean birth control

Aboard the papal plane, Jan 19, 2015 / 12:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis backed Blessed Paul VI's teaching against birth control and urged openness to life, but reminded couples that “responsible parenthood” does not require them “to be like rabbits” in order to be good Catholics. "I believe that openness to life conditions the sacrament of matrimony. A man cannot give the sacrament to the woman, and the woman give it to him, if they are not in agreement … [Read more...]

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Africa, South America trips in Pope’s sights for next two years

Vatican City, Jan 19, 2015 / 12:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has revealed that he hopes to make extensive voyages to Africa and Latin America in the next two years. “The plan is to go to Central African Republic and Uganda. These two, this year,” Pope Francis said during a press conference Jan. 19 on his return flight to Rome from the Philippines. The Pope’s revelation comes in response to a French journalist aboard the flight. Pope Francis said the trip to … [Read more...]

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Pope confirms three US stops in September, no Mexico for now

Aboard the papal plane, Jan 19, 2015 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his in-flight press conference from Manila to Rome, Pope Francis confirmed he plans stops in Philadelphia, New York City and Washington D.C. during his visit to the United States this autumn. "The three cities are Philadelphia for the meeting of families, New York … for the visit to the UN, and Washington. It is these three," the Pope told journalists during his Jan. 19 return flight to Rome from the … [Read more...]

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Exclusive: Details of the proposal for Pope Francis’ US visit revealed

Manila, Philippines, Jan 18, 2015 / 12:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Bernardito Auza – a member of the organizing committee for Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the U.S. – has revealed details of the proposed schedule, which includes visits to three cities. “He would arrive on the 22nd and he would leave the evening of the 27th. It’s really a full six days, plus the travel, so it’s really one week,” Archbishop Auza told CNA in Manila on Jan. … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Those who give must also learn to receive

Manila, Philippines, Jan 18, 2015 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Everyone who helps the poor should consider whether they know how to ask for help in areas where they themselves are poor, Pope Francis suggested to a young engineer who helped Typhoon Haiyan victims.“Do you feel self-sufficient, and only offer something and think you have no need of anything? Do you know that you, too, are poor? Do you know the need to receive? Do you let yourselves be evangelized by the ones you … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis’ heartfelt words for typhoon survivors: Jesus is there for you!

Manila, Philippines, Jan 16, 2015 / 07:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Saturday spoke to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in an impromptu homily, voicing compassion for their plight and encouraging them to look to the love of Jesus Christ on the Cross.“I’m here to be with you,” he said. “A little bit late, I have to say. But I’m here. I’ve come to tell you that Jesus is Lord. That Jesus never lets us down.”The Pope acknowledged the plight and … [Read more...]

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