Full transcript of Pope Francis’ inflight interview from Philadelphia to Rome

Vatican City, Sep 28, 2015 / 08:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a 47 minute Q&A with journalists on his way back to Rome Pope Francis touched on sensitive topics such as forgiving abusers and conscientious objection, as well as the upcoming synod of bishops and women’s ordination. The Pope answered 11 questions posed in English, Spanish and Italian Sept. 27 while on board his American Airlines overnight flight from Philadelphia to Rome. Among the themes addressed were the new, … [Read more...]

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I can forgive an abuser, but understand those who can’t, Pope says

Vatican City, Sep 28, 2015 / 05:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his wide-ranging press briefing en route from the United States to Rome, Pope Francis spoke on the difficult subject of forgiving priests who have molested minors, saying that the strength to forgive, and to be forgiven, can only come from God. Francis also told journalists that while he is willing to forgive clergy who have abused children and young people, he understands why there are some who find this difficult. “We must … [Read more...]

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Pope: Communion for divorced, remarried isn’t the only synod issue

Vatican City, Sep 28, 2015 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told journalists on board his flight to Rome that giving communion to divorced and remarried Catholics is a “simplistic” solution to the issue, and stressed that there are also other problems that need to be discussed.   “(It) seems a bit simplistic to me to say that the synod, that the solution for these people is that they can receive communion. That's not the only solution (asked … [Read more...]

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‘God cries’ for victims of abuse, Pope says after meeting survivors

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 27, 2015 / 07:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis this morning met with 5 survivors of sexual abuse during his visit to Philadelphia, telling bishops afterward that the evil acts can no longer remain in silence, and promised his personal vigilance in protecting minors. “The stories of suffering and pain of minors who were sexually abused by priests have aggravated my heart,” Pope Francis told bishops participating in the World Meeting of Families Sept. … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis gifts Fidel Castro with copy of ‘Laudato Si’

Havana, Cuba, Sep 20, 2015 / 12:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis and former Cuban president Fidel Castro held a brief meeting after Sunday Mass and the Angelus today.Pope Francis, accompanied by a few other Vatican representatives including Apostolic Nuncio to Cuba, Archbishop Giorgio Lingua, traveled to Fidel Castro’s home where the two talked about the environment and “the great problems of the contemporary world."“Naturally, the … [Read more...]

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Colombian peace talks must not fail, Pope says during Cuba trip

Havana, Cuba, Sep 20, 2015 / 10:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis prayed for the ongoing negotiations between FARC rebels and the Colombian government happening in Cuba right now saying that “another failure” is not an option. “Please, we do not have the right to allow ourselves yet another failure on this path of peace and reconciliation,” he said following the Sept. 20 Sunday Angelus in Revolution Square. Since 1964, more than 200,000 people … [Read more...]

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Colombian peace talks must not fail, Pope says during Cuba trip

Havana, Cuba, Sep 20, 2015 / 10:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis prayed for the ongoing negotiations between FARC rebels and the Colombian government happening in Cuba right now saying that “another failure” is not an option. “Please, we do not have the right to allow ourselves yet another failure on this path of peace and reconciliation,” he said following the Sept. 20 Sunday Angelus in Revolution Square. Since 1964, more than 200,000 people … [Read more...]

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