Beijing, Taipei, and the future of Vatican-Chinese relations

Vatican City, May 11, 2016 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new phase in relations between the Holy See and mainland China could begin with a new vacancy in the apostolic nunciature now based in Taiwan.The presence of an apostolic nunciature in Taiwan dates back to the Chinese Civil War; it has been a hurdle for diplomatic relations for decades.The People’s Republic of China (mainland China) has never acknowledged the existence of Taiwan as the Republic of China. It considers Taiwan a … [Read more...]

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We have a common witness, Pope Francis tells Coptic Orthodox patriarch

Vatican City, May 10, 2016 / 12:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Tuesday sent a message to Tawadros II to mark the “day of friendship” between Catholics and the Coptic Orthodox, acknowledging their common commitment to being witnesses of holiness and defending the dignity of human life.“Though we are still journeying towards the day when we will gather as one at the same eucharistic table, we are able even now to make visible the communion uniting us,” Pope … [Read more...]

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Don’t lock up the Holy Spirit in your heart, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, May 9, 2016 / 11:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy Spirit seems to be a “luxury prisoner” in many Christians’ hearts: someone who is welcomed to stay, but not allowed to act or move us forward, the Pope said during his homily at Mass on Monday.“We keep the Holy Spirit as a ‘luxury prisoner’ in our hearts: we do not allow the Spirit to push us forward, to move us. The Spirit does everything, knows everything, reminds us what Jesus said, can … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Be witnesses of the Gospel every day

Vatican City, May 8, 2016 / 07:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis commemorated the Feast of the Ascension of Jesus into Heaven by reminding the faithful of their duty to be witnesses of the Gospel every day of the week, in all areas of life – and not just on Sundays.“We must carry this witness every week: Christ is with us; Christ has gone up into Heaven, and is with us; Christ is alive!” the Pope said during his May 8 Regina Caeli address to the crowds gathered in St. … [Read more...]

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‘You are witnesses of Christ,’ Cardinal Parolin tells new Swiss Guards

Vatican City, May 6, 2016 / 02:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Every year on the Anniversary of the 1527 Sack of Rome, the new recruits for the Pontifical Swiss Guard swear an oath to protect and defend the Pope, with their lives if necessary. This year 23 young men joined their peers and predecessors in making that oath.“You are witnesses of Christ – here in Rome, in your homeland of Switzerland and wherever you go,” Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, told the new … [Read more...]

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Receiving Charlemagne Prize, Pope says ‘I have a dream’ for Europe

Vatican City, May 6, 2016 / 06:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As he received the prestigious Charlemagne Prize Friday, Pope Francis laid out his vision for a renewed European continent in what could easily be his own version of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s infamous “I Have a Dream” speech.In the May 6 address Francis said “I dream of a new European humanism” – one based on a fresh ideas and a revamped economy that promotes integration and respect for human … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis’ continuous appeal for a better Europe to be rewarded

Vatican City, May 5, 2016 / 01:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis is set to receive on Friday the prestigious Charlemagne Prize for his efforts in the unification of Europe, drawing major leaders on the continent such as the King of Spain to the celebration.Founded in 1950, the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen is “the oldest and best-known prize awarded for work done in the service of European unification,” according to the organization’s website.The announcement … [Read more...]

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