Pope mourns ‘tragic loss of life’ after attack in Turkey

Vatican City, Mar 14, 2016 / 10:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis sent his condolences to the president of Turkey where a terrorist attack Sunday left dozens dead.“Deeply saddened to learn of the injury and tragic loss of life caused by the bombing in Ankara, His Holiness Pope Francis assures the Turkish people of his spiritual closeness and solidarity,” reads the telegram, addressed to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and signed by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro … [Read more...]

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Pope praises grandparents who transmit the faith

Vatican City, Mar 13, 2016 / 07:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of elderly persons and the “grandparents of Rome” distributed copies of Luke’s Gospel at the Vatican on Sunday after Pope Francis delivered his Angelus address, which touched on the human dignity of the sinner.“How deserving grandfathers and grandmothers who transmit the faith to their grandchildren!”, the Pope said as he introduced the elderly men and women, who were assisted by volunteers of the … [Read more...]

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Vatican releases papal schedule for World Youth Day in Poland

Vatican City, Mar 12, 2016 / 11:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Saturday the Vatican released a provisional schedule of Pope Francis' visit to Poland for World Youth Day. He will be in the central European nation July 27-31.The Pope will arrive at Krakow-Balice airport July 27. He will meet with president Andrzej Duda and the nation's bishops. Later in the day, he will meet with Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow and greet the crowds from a window used often by St. John Paul II.On July … [Read more...]

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Vatican releases papal schedule for World Youth Day in Poland

Vatican City, Mar 12, 2016 / 11:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Saturday the Vatican released a provisional schedule of Pope Francis' visit to Poland for World Youth Day. He will be in the central European nation July 27-31.The Pope will arrive at Krakow-Balice airport July 27. He will meet with president Andrzej Duda and the nation's bishops. Later in the day, he will meet with Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow and greet the crowds from a window used often by St. John Paul II.On July … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis’ new prayer video focuses on needy families

Vatican City, Mar 12, 2016 / 10:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his newest prayer video Pope Francis focuses his monthly intention on families in difficulty, praying that they receive the help they need and that children can grow up in a healthy environment.“The family is one of the most precious assets of humanity. But is it not perhaps one of the most vulnerable?” the Pope said in his newest video of prayer intentions, published March 10.When families are exposed to economic, … [Read more...]

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How a change in Vatican protocol reflects outreach to the divorced-and-remarried

Vatican City, Mar 12, 2016 / 08:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With an eye toward divorced-and-remarried Catholics, Pope Francis has recently changed protocol for heads of state who are visiting the Pope at the Vatican.Catholic heads of state who are in an irregular marital situation may now take part in an official visit to the Pope as a couple, accompanied by their irregular spouse.The Pope made the change in February. By chance, the first to benefit from the new protocol was Argentina’s … [Read more...]

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How a change in Vatican protocol reflects outreach to the divorced-and-remarried

Vatican City, Mar 12, 2016 / 08:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With an eye toward divorced-and-remarried Catholics, Pope Francis has recently changed protocol for heads of state who are visiting the Pope at the Vatican.Catholic heads of state who are in an irregular marital situation may now take part in an official visit to the Pope as a couple, accompanied by their irregular spouse.The Pope made the change in February. By chance, the first to benefit from the new protocol was Argentina’s … [Read more...]

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