Pope Francis will likely meet Fidel Castro during Cuba visit

Vatican City, Sep 15, 2015 / 06:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While Pope Francis is in Cuba next week chances are high that he will meet with former president Fidel Castro, though no specific time has been set, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi has announced. Anticipating questions on whether a meeting between the Pope and the former Cuban president would happen, Fr. Lombardi said that “in all likelihood it's very predictable that it will happen, clearly during the day in … [Read more...]

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As the cross is lifted high, we must bring ourselves low, Pope says

Vatican City, Sep 14, 2015 / 03:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Today’s feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross reminds us that the way of Christ and his followers is one of humble surrender, Pope Francis said in his homily on Monday. “(I)f a Christian wants to make progress on the path of the Christian life, he must lower himself, as Jesus lowered himself: this is the path of humility,” the Holy Father said during his Sept. 14 Mass at the chapel of the Saint Martha guesthouse in … [Read more...]

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Full Text of Pope Francis’ interview with Portuguese radio station

Vatican City, Sep 14, 2015 / 04:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a new, wide-ranging interview Pope Francis touched on a variety of serious and lighthearted topics, such as the current refugee crisis, youth unemployment and how often the he goes to confession. Aired for the first time Sept. 14, the interview was conducted by Vatican journalist Aura Miguel with Portugal-based Radio Renascença (Renaissance) Sept. 8. The questions were posed in Portuguese and the responses were given by Pope … [Read more...]

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Refuse to have kids? Then make room for migrants, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Sep 14, 2015 / 03:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a new, wide-ranging interview Pope Francis spoke at length of the European refugee crisis – saying that incoming migrants are now filling the void left by a sterile continent that refuses to have children. “The migrant phenomenon is a reality…when there is an empty space, people look to fill it. If a country doesn't have children, migrants come to occupy that place,” the Pope said in a recent interview … [Read more...]

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Jesus shows us the path to freedom, not success, Pope says

Vatican City, Sep 13, 2015 / 05:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The path Jesus takes as a humble servant isn’t easy, Pope Francis has said, explaining that to follow him doesn’t guarantee earthly success or honor, but rather true freedom and unity with God. “Following Jesus means taking up one's own cross to accompany him on his path, an uncomfortable path that is not one of success or earthly glory, but which leads to true freedom, the freedom from selfishness and sin,” … [Read more...]

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How do you become a saint? Pope Francis gives a hint

Vatican City, Sep 12, 2015 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Find someone who has never spoken ill of another person, someone who has never judged another – and they would qualify for immediate canonization, Pope Francis said. The Pope celebrated Mass in the Santa Marta residence on Friday, stressing during his homily the importance of the Christian values of humility, forgiveness, and mercy. His words followed a meditation from St. Paul – “do not judge and you will not be … [Read more...]

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You need to work toward an honest economy, Pope tells bankers

Vatican City, Sep 12, 2015 / 09:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis Saturday met with members of Italy's largest credit union, encouraging them to promote an economy that is rooted in honesty, and to promote a “globalization of solidarity.” “Concern yourself with the relationship between economy and social justice, keeping the dignity and value of the person at the center,” the pontiff said to representatives of the Banca di Credito Cooperativo (BCC) of … [Read more...]

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