Who benefits from sports? Everyone, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Oct 5, 2016 / 01:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The beauty and joy found in sports, whether playing or watching, is something that benefits and unites everyone, regardless of religion, ethnic group, nationality, or disability, Pope Francis said Wednesday.“Sport is a human activity of great value, able to enrich people's lives,” he said Oct. 5. “As far as the Catholic Church is concerned, she is working in the world of sport to bring the joy of the Gospel, the … [Read more...]

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The Church must be close to Caucuses nations, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Oct 5, 2016 / 06:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Wednesday Pope Francis gave a recap of his recent trip to Georgia and Azerbaijan, noting how this year both nations will celebrate the 25th anniversary of their independence from the Soviet regime.“Both of these countries have very ancient historic, cultural and religious roots, but at the same time are living a new phase,” the Pope said Oct. 5, noting that for “a good part of the 20th century” they were both … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis and China – attempts for a thaw?

Vatican City, Oct 5, 2016 / 03:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Improved Holy See relations with China are a major effort of this papacy, with an ongoing focus on disputes appointment of bishops and diplomatic recognition of neighboring Taiwan.But environmental issues may be the roundabout back way to a better future.The Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences and the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace organized a Sept. 28 consultation on Pope Francis' 2015 encyclical on care for creation, … [Read more...]

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The Pope’s latest prayer intention? That journalists be truthful

Vatican City, Oct 4, 2016 / 09:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his latest prayer video Pope Francis dedicates the month of October to praying for journalists – specifically that their work would always be motivated by strong ethics and respect for the truth.The video, released Oct. 4, opens showing scenes of a television studio, recording studio, writing desks and satellites, which flash across the screen as the Pope speaks.Addressing viewers in his native Spanish, the Pope says he often … [Read more...]

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Dioceses of Anchorage, Arlington get new bishop from Pope Francis

Vatican City, Oct 4, 2016 / 05:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has tapped two active bishops to head new dioceses, naming Bishop Paul D. Etienne of Cheyenne as the new Archbishop of Anchorage, and Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Raleigh as Bishop of Arlington.Announced in an Oct. 4 communique from the Vatican, the appointments came as the former bishops of Anchorage and Arlington go into retirement, after having reached the age limit.Archbishop-elect Paul D. Etienne, 57, is an Indiana … [Read more...]

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Pope makes surprise visit to Amatrice to pray for earthquake victims

Amatrice, Italy, Oct 4, 2016 / 03:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Tuesday Pope Francis made an unannounced private visit to the small Italian city of Amatrice to offer support  areas devastated by a massive earthquake in August, where he offered a message of comfort and hope.“I let a bit of time pass, so that some things could be repaired such as the school, but from the first moment I felt that I had to come to you. Simply for nothing more than to pray. I pray for you,” the Pope … [Read more...]

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Full text: Pope Francis’ in-flight press conference from Azerbaijan

Aboard the papal plane, Oct 2, 2016 / 06:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his flight from Baku, Azerbaijan to Rome on Sunday, Pope Francis gave a press conference to the journalists aboard the the papal plane. He reflected on his trip to Georgia and Azerbaijan, marriage and divorce, and homosexuality and gender identity.He also addressed the next consistory of cardinals, the Nobel Peace Prize, and St. John Paul II.Please find below the full text of the press conference, translated by Catholic … [Read more...]

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