Pope Francis: the most godlike people might not be who you expect

Vatican City, Oct 9, 2016 / 03:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At the close of the Marian Jubilee, Pope Francis said that it’s often strangers and even people from other religions who remind us of the Christian virtues of humility and thanksgiving, of which Mary is a prime model.“How many foreigners, including persons of other religions, give us an example of values that we sometimes forget or set aside,” the Pope said Oct. 9.People who live among us but might be “scorned and … [Read more...]

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Mary imitated God through service, Pope says

Rome, Italy, Oct 8, 2016 / 10:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a special Jubilee weekend dedicated to Mary, Pope Francis said Mary was not only Christ’s mother, but also his obedient disciple and a model of concrete service to others.“Throughout her life, Mary did everything that the Church is asked to do in perennial memory of Christ,” the Pope said Oct. 8.With her faith, “we learn to open our hearts to obey God; in her self-denial, we see the importance of tending to … [Read more...]

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Sistine Chapel Choir releases new album for Jubilee of Mercy

Vatican City, Oct 7, 2016 / 03:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For the second year in a row the Sistine Chapel Choir has recorded an album inside the chapel of its namesake, this year selecting pieces by Palestrina that focus on mercy in honor of the Jubilee.Created in partnership with the classical music label Deutsche Grammophon, the second album was released Oct. 7 and is titled “Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli/Motets.”Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, who lived from 1525-1594, is an … [Read more...]

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Charity is the heart of all missionary action, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Oct 7, 2016 / 07:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After electing their new General Superior, the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate had a meeting with Pope Francis, who told them that in the midst of a rapidly changing world, humanity needs missionaries filled love and zeal for the Gospel.“Today, every land is 'mission territory,' every dimension of the human being is mission territory, awaiting the announcement of the Gospel,” he said Oct. 6.“The field of … [Read more...]

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Pope offers prayer, support for a Haiti devastated by hurricane Matthew

Vatican City, Oct 7, 2016 / 06:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After Hurricane Matthew killed more than 300 people and left thousands more homeless, Pope Francis has written a telegram assuring his prayer and spiritual closeness to all those affected by the disaster.“Learning of the devastation wrought by hurricane Matthew, which has caused numerous victims and considerable damage, His Holiness Pope Francis expresses his sadness and assures his prayer for all those who have lost a loved … [Read more...]

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Pope offers prayer, support for a Haiti devastated by hurricane Matthew

Vatican City, Oct 7, 2016 / 06:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After Hurricane Matthew killed more than 300 people and left thousands more homeless, Pope Francis has written a telegram assuring his prayer and spiritual closeness to all those affected by the disaster.“Learning of the devastation wrought by hurricane Matthew, which has caused numerous victims and considerable damage, His Holiness Pope Francis expresses his sadness and assures his prayer for all those who have lost a loved … [Read more...]

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For Pope Francis, legalism makes Christians stupid.

Vatican City, Oct 6, 2016 / 02:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy Spirit is the “great gift” of God the Father who helps us avoid the stupidities of a legalistic faith while leading us forward in Christian life, Pope Francis has said.“May the Lord give us this grace: to open ourselves to the Holy Spirit, so that we will not become stupid, bewitched men and women who sadden the Holy Spirit,” the Pope remarked in his homily at morning Mass at Casa Santa Martha Oct. 6.He … [Read more...]

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