Here’s how Benedict XVI will celebrate his 65th anniversary as a priest

Vatican City, Jun 14, 2016 / 12:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On June 29 Benedict XVI will celebrate the 65th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood – a milestone he will commemorate in a special ceremony with Pope Francis inside the Vatican’s apostolic palace.Announced by the Ratzinger Foundation, the ceremony will take place at the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace June 28, the eve of the anniversary. Both Pope Francis and Benedict XVI, who rarely appears outside of the … [Read more...]

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Vatican insists new lay movements are nothing to be afraid of

Vatican City, Jun 14, 2016 / 06:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican’s doctrinal watchdog has issued a new document affirming that while some might be hesitant in the face of new lay movements in the Church, they are a “great gift” in ecclesial life.However, at the same time the document stressed that these movements must respect the authority of the Church’s hierarchy, both local and universal.Lay movements “are not to be considered optional in the life of the … [Read more...]

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The sacrifice of Chiara Corbella: ‘Yes, Enrico, the Cross is very sweet’

Vatican City, Jun 14, 2016 / 03:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a testimony at the Vatican’s Jubilee for the sick and disabled, the husband of the late Chiara Corbella Petrillo – who died after rejecting medical treatment in order to save her unborn child – spoke about his wife's joyful faith in the face of terminal illness.“Chiara was beautiful. She was bright. She was happy. She was already saying 'I love you' to everyone. She was happy to have lived a full and … [Read more...]

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Don’t become immune to poverty, Pope tells WFP

Vatican City, Jun 13, 2016 / 05:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a world where information is brought instantly to our fingertips, society is becoming increasingly anesthetized to the suffering brought about by poverty, Pope Francis told the United Nations's World Food Programme on Monday.“We are bombarded by so many images that we see pain, but do not touch it; we hear weeping, but do not comfort it; we see thirst but do not satisfy it,” the Pope said during the visit to the WFP … [Read more...]

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Pope horrified by deadly attack in Orlando

Vatican City, Jun 12, 2016 / 12:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has offered his prayers and compassion for those affected by Saturday night's shooting at a nightclub in Orlando.In a June 12 statement Fr. Federico Lombardi, the Holy See press officer, said the “terrible massacre,” which has left a “dreadfully high number of innocent victims, has caused in Pope Francis, and in all of us, the deepest feelings of horror and condemnation, of pain and turmoil before this … [Read more...]

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Pope: Disabled persons should be loved, not hidden from society

Vatican City, Jun 12, 2016 / 06:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday, Pope Francis denounced the increasingly prevalent mentality which claims that sick and disabled persons cannot be happy, and should be kept out of sight from society. In reality, he said, true happiness is achieved by our capacity to love.“In an age when care for one’s body has become an obsession and a big business, anything imperfect has to be hidden away, since it threatens the happiness and serenity of the … [Read more...]

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Behind Pope Francis’ diplomacy is a small school with a big impact

Vatican City, Jun 11, 2016 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The pontificate of Pope Francis has a diplomatic style of its own, and many of his diplomats share a common source: a college and a home for disadvantaged but talented young people on scholarship called the Istitutio Villa Nazareth.The institute’s impact can be seen in the fact that Pope Francis will likely make a private visit there June 18. The news has not been officially confirmed yet, but it has been floated in semi-official … [Read more...]

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