Have souls in Purgatory visited people on earth?

Vatican City, Dec 31, 2016 / 03:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Nestled in Rome just outside the Vatican, a small unassuming museum dedicated to the souls in Purgatory displays simple items such as prayer books and clothing.Nothing too unusual, until you realize that each allegedly show the marks of the deceased – such as inexplicably burned fingerprints – when they appeared to loved ones asking for prayers from Purgatory.The Museum of the Souls in Purgatory is located inside of the … [Read more...]

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Prisoners to be Pope Francis’ special guests at Mass in St. Peter’s

Vatican City, Nov 3, 2016 / 07:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Nov. 6 a special Jubilee for Prisoners will be celebrated at the Vatican, drawing detainees and their families from around Italy and beyond to St. Peter’s Basilica for Mass with Pope Francis and a special reception after. “For the first time it will be possible for a large number of detainees from different parts of Italy and other countries to be present in St. Peter's Basilica to live the Jubilee with Pope … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis calls on religions to condemn acts of terrorism

Vatican City, Nov 3, 2016 / 06:03 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- Pope Francis spoke to representatives of different religions Thursday, telling them that acts of terrorism and violence must be very clearly condemned, while love and mercy – the heart of authentic religion – must be promoted.“Sadly, not a day passes that we do not hear of acts of violence, conflict, kidnapping, terrorist attacks, killings and destruction,” Pope Francis said, adding that “it is … [Read more...]

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What can Vatican-China relations learn from Vietnam?

Vatican City, Nov 3, 2016 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid reports of a possible agreement concerning the appointment of Chinese bishops, it is useful to look at the Church’s relations with Vietnam as a possible model for the development of relations between China and the Holy See.The agreement will likely be based on Cardinal Pietro Parolin’s model implemented in Vietnam back in 1996: the Holy See proposes a set of three bishops to the Hanoi government, and Hanoi makes its … [Read more...]

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Full text: Pope Francis’ in-flight presser from Sweden

Aboard the papal plane, Nov 1, 2016 / 11:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his flight from Sweden to Rome on Tuesday, Pope Francis gave a press conference to the journalists assembled aboard the papal plane. He reflected on refugees, the ordination of women, ecumenism, and the crisis in Venezuela.He also addressed secularization, human trafficking, and his possible international trips in the coming year.Please find below the full text of the Nov. 1 press conference, translated by Catholic News … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis reiterates a strong ‘no’ to women priests

Aboard the papal plane, Nov 1, 2016 / 10:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a press conference Tuesday aboard the papal plane from Sweden to Rome, Pope Francis said the issue of women priests has been clearly decided, while also clarifying the essential role of women in the Catholic Church.“On the ordination of women in the Catholic Church, the final word is clear, it was said by St. John Paul II and this remains,” Pope Francis told journalists Nov. 1.The question concerning women … [Read more...]

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With God alone Christian unity is possible, Pope says in Sweden

Vatican City, Oct 31, 2016 / 11:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Hours after landing in Sweden Pope Francis said that without God we can do nothing, but with him Catholics and Lutherans can work toward greater unity – not in order to forget the past, but to heal it so all Christians can be better witnesses of God’s mercy.“Jesus reminds us: ‘Apart from me, you can do nothing.’ He is the one who sustains us and spurs us on to find ways to make our unity ever more … [Read more...]

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