Full Text of Pope Francis’ in-flight interview from Lesbos to Rome

Aboard the papal plane, Apr 16, 2016 / 11:09 am (CNA).- Pope Francis: I thank you for your day of work, for me and also for you it was a bit powerful.Ines San Martin (Crux): Holy Father, what we’ve read… The first question is about the trip. This trip is happening just after an accord between the European Union and Turkey has come about … Do you think this is a political question in order save time? This morning, you met with the presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, at … [Read more...]

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Full Text of Pope Francis’ in-flight interview from Lesbos to Rome

Aboard the papal plane, Apr 16, 2016 / 11:09 am (CNA).- Pope Francis: I thank you for your day of work, for me and also for you it was a bit powerful.Ines San Martin (Crux): Holy Father, what we’ve read… The first question is about the trip. This trip is happening just after an accord between the European Union and Turkey has come about … Do you think this is a political question in order save time? This morning, you met with the presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, at … [Read more...]

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In Greece, Pope Francis tells migrants ‘you are not alone’

Vatican City, Apr 16, 2016 / 08:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis had simple message for the thousands of refugees now staying on the Greek island of Lesbos: you are not forgotten.“I have wanted to be with you today. I want to tell you that you are not alone,” Pope Francis told some 3,000 refugees during his April 16 visit.   “In these weeks and months, you have endured much suffering in your search for a better life,” he said. He explained that he and the other … [Read more...]

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As he leaves Greece, Pope Francis takes 12 refugees with him

Vatican City, Apr 16, 2016 / 06:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After traveling to the Greek island of Lesbos, a primary entry point for refugees seeking passage into Europe, Pope Francis decided to bring 12 of them on his plane back to the Vatican as an act of welcome and solidarity.“The Pope has desired to make a gesture of welcome regarding refugees, accompanying on his plane to Rome three families of refugees,” an April 16 communique from the Vatican read.Coming from Syria, all of … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis met briefly with Bernie Sanders before going to Greece

Vatican City, Apr 16, 2016 / 04:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After cancelling his planned visit to a Vatican conference hosting U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) due to schedule complications surrounding his visit to Lesbos, Pope Francis agreed to meet the senator before departing for the small Greek island.The meeting took place at 6a.m. at the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse as the Pope was on his way to the airport, Jeffrey Sachs told CNA shortly after the April 16 encounter. Sachs also … [Read more...]

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Pope: Humiliations can ‘open the heart’, as they did for Saint Paul

Vatican City, Apr 15, 2016 / 04:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Friday encouraged Christians to embrace the humiliations that God allows in our lives to draw us closer to him and open our hearts, just as Saul did after he was knocked down on the road to Damascus.During Mass at the chapel of Santa Marta House in the Vatican on April 15, the Holy Father focused his homily on the day’s first reading found in the Acts of the Apostles.The passage recounts the famous conversion story … [Read more...]

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Shakespeare’s Hamlet swings by the Vatican

Vatican City, Apr 15, 2016 / 02:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- They’ve performed for school children in Cambodia and refugees in Jordan. They’ve visited nearly 200 countries in the last two years, and now, they’ve performed at the Vatican as well.It was the first known performance of an entire Shakespeare play on Vatican grounds, albeit in an extraterritorial Renaissance palace. The actors, who had already traveled much of the world, performed Hamlet for a small audience against the … [Read more...]

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