Pope’s message to youth: have courage to swim against the tide

Vatican City, Jan 14, 2016 / 05:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has sent a special message to the youth who will participate in the Jubilee of Boys and Girls in April, telling them the Holy Year is an opportunity to grow in holiness and mercy, so that they become Christians capable of making courageous decisions.“Remain steadfast in the journey of faith, with firm hope in the Lord. This is the secret of our journey! He gives us the courage to swim against the tide,” the Pope … [Read more...]

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A ‘gay lobby’ at the Vatican? One cardinal says it’s real, and Pope Francis is responding

Vatican City, Jan 13, 2016 / 04:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The influential Cardinal Oscar Maradiaga has acknowledged the presence of a “gay lobby” in the Vatican. In a new interview, he says that Pope Francis has adopted a gradual approach to address it – and that Catholic teaching won’t change.The Honduran newspaper El Heraldo asked the cardinal whether there actually was an attempted or successful “infiltration of the gay community in the Vatican.”Cardinal … [Read more...]

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What Pope Francis’ book could tell us about the upcoming synod doc

Vatican City, Jan 13, 2016 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As things are picking up around the Vatican in the new year, anticipation is buzzing over the release of Pope Francis’ document on the conclusions of the 2014 and 2015 synod of bishops on the family.Expectations are soaring as to how the Pope will address the major, hot-button issues brought up in the two-year discussion, the biggest of were access to communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, as well as a change in the … [Read more...]

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Nothing can stop God’s mercy – not even sin, Pope says

Vatican City, Jan 13, 2016 / 04:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Wednesday Pope Francis launched a new series of catechesis on mercy for his general audiences, telling pilgrims that the love and forgiveness of God can’t be overcome by anything, including our sin.“In the Book of Exodus, God defines himself as the God of mercy.  This is his name, through which he reveals to us his face and his heart,” the Pope said in his Jan 13 general audience.The description of God as being … [Read more...]

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How a prostitute’s story taught Pope Francis the meaning of mercy

Vatican City, Jan 13, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When Pope Francis was a parish priest in Argentina, he met a mother with young children who had been abandoned by her husband.She had no steady income. When odd jobs were scarce, she would prostitute herself in order to feed her children and provide for her family. During that time, she would visit the local parish, which tried to help her by offering food and material goods.One day during the Christmas season the mother visited and … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis might travel to Armenia this year. Here’s why.

Vatican City, Jan 13, 2016 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis could make two additional international trips in 2016, including a possible trip to Armenia.This possibility is suggested by gaps in the papal events schedule published on the website of the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household. The prefecture coordinates and prepares all the Pope’s audiences and visits in the Vatican and oversees the arrangements for the Pope’s pastoral visits to Rome and to Italy.The … [Read more...]

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All the faithful can receive God’s love in confession – Pope Francis

Vatican City, Jan 13, 2016 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- God's love is offered to everyone who goes to the sacrament of confession, Pope Francis said in his new book on mercy – even those who are not able to receive absolution from their sins.“I feel compelled to say to confessors: talk, listen with patience, and above all tell people that God loves them,” the Pope said in The Name of God is Mercy, a book-length interview of Pope Francis by Italian journalist Andrea … [Read more...]

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