Pope’s retreat reflects on the Gospel’s ‘raw’ questions

Vatican City, Mar 7, 2016 / 10:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis and members of the Curia embarked Sunday on their annual Lenten retreat, which this year centers on the theme: “Le nude domande del vangelo” – “The raw questions of the Gospel.”The March 6-10 reflections, led by Fr. Ermes Ronchi of the Servants of Mary, are centering on 10 key questions from the Gospel, including: "Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?" (Mark 4:40) and “Woman, … [Read more...]

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Pope: murdered missionaries of charity are martyrs of indifference

Vatican City, Mar 6, 2016 / 05:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday Pope Francis lamented the world’s indifference to the recent killing of four Missionaries of Charity, calling them the ‘martyrs of today’ and asking that Bl. Mother Teresa intercede in bringing peace. “I express my closeness to the Missionaries of Charity for the great loss that affected them two days ago with the killing of four religious in Aden, Yemen, where they assisted the elderly,” the … [Read more...]

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How do you defend life? Show its beauty, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Mar 4, 2016 / 04:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cultural trends and hardened hearts can obscure the value of human life. But true virtues, compassion and beauty are the way for Christians to overcome this, Pope Francis in a recent talk at the Vatican.“In our time, some cultural orientations no longer acknowledge the imprint of divine wisdom either in the created reality, or in mankind,” the Pope said March 3.“Human nature is thus reduced to mere matter that may be … [Read more...]

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God did not create us to remain crushed by sin, Pope says

Vatican City, Mar 4, 2016 / 01:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Leading his annual penitential service on Friday, Pope Francis told attendees to stand tall and be open to forgiveness, and not to let themselves remain under the heavy burden of sin.“Let us cast off...all that prevents us from racing towards him, unafraid of leaving behind those things which make us feel safe and to which we are attached,” the Pope said March 4.He told attendees not to “remain sedentary, but let us get … [Read more...]

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Vatican: the Church has been anything but indifferent to clerical abuse

Vatican City, Mar 4, 2016 / 10:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi cautioned Friday that the recent Oscar-win for “Spotlight” and the lengthy deposition of a top Vatican official on institutional responses to clerical sex abuse could paint a false picture of how the Church has responded to the issue.“The sensationalistic presentation of these two events has meant that, for much of the public, especially if less informed or of short memory – … [Read more...]

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What the Church has done about sex abuse

Vatican City, Mar 4, 2016 / 06:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The movie Spotlight’s Best Picture win at the Academy Awards has brought renewed attention to the Catholic sex abuse scandals that broke in 2002. But while the Church’s failures are well-known, it is also true that the Catholic Church has made more progress than any other body on this issue.There are several marks of progress: the removal and canonical punishment of clergy who commit sex abuse, especially high-level churchmen … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis will hear confessions on Friday at St. Peter’s

Vatican City, Mar 2, 2016 / 02:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The office of Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations has announced that Pope Francis will hear confessions from the faithful at St. Peter’s Basilica on Friday, March 4.At 5:00 p.m., the Holy Father will preside over the Rite of Reconciliation with individual confession and absolution of penitents, the Vatican office said.The Pope's participation at the penitential celebration is part of a “24 Hours of Reconciliation” … [Read more...]

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