Airport evangelization: Pope talks mercy, migrants, ministry in the air

Vatican City, Jun 12, 2015 / 10:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told a group of airport chaplains that their call is to be a sign of unity and mercy for the many different faces and cultures that come through airports, including undocumented migrants and asylum seekers. “The airport is a place of encounter for many people who travel, for work, for tourism, for other reasons; they are also points of transit for migrants and refugees, children and elderly, who need special care and … [Read more...]

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Cardinal: Divorced, remarried Catholics need support for conversion, not changes on communion

Vatican City, Jun 11, 2015 / 05:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics who have divorced and remarried need help for the “difficult climb” of conversion and spiritual growth, not a change in Church practice on the reception of Holy Communion, a prominent cardinal said. Cardinal Ennio Antonelli summarized the advice of Pope John Paul II, who encouraged pastors “not to lower the mountain, but instead help believers to climb it by leading the way.” “For their part, … [Read more...]

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Days before encyclical’s release, Pope condemns culture of waste

Vatican City, Jun 11, 2015 / 01:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After revealing that the topic of consumerism will be a key theme in his upcoming encyclical, Pope Francis today delivered a speech condemning food waste and the indifference of states when confronted with the topic of hunger. “Statistics on waste are very concerning: a third of food products end up under this heading,” the Pope told members of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in a June 11 … [Read more...]

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US joins forces with Holy See in fighting tax fraud

Vatican City, Jun 11, 2015 / 12:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Wednesday, the Holy See and the United States signed a joint agreement to promote the prevention of tax evasion at the international level. In the first accord of its kind between the U.S. and the Holy See, the two States agreed to share tax information per the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). One high-ranking Vatican official said that with the agreement, the friendships and cooperation between the two has reached … [Read more...]

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Ukraine crisis the focal point in Pope’s discussion with Putin

Vatican City, Jun 10, 2015 / 01:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the second meeting between Pope Francis and Russian president Vladimir Putin, held on Wednesday at the Vatican, the discussion focused on the current crises in both Ukraine and the Middle East. Under Putin, Russia has annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine; and according to the Ukrainian government and Western nations, Russian arms and soldiers are fighting alongside pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country. Putin has … [Read more...]

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When you care for a sick family member, you are a ‘hidden hero,’ Pope says

Vatican City, Jun 10, 2015 / 10:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his weekly general audience, Pope Francis lauded families for the “hidden heroism” of caring for a sick loved one. “These are the heroes. This is heroism of the family!” the pontiff said during his June 6 catechesis. The Pope spoke of men and women who come to work, sleep-deprived after having cared for a sick family member. “This hidden heroism is done with tenderness and with courage when … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis approves greater bishop accountability in abuse cases

Vatican City, Jun 10, 2015 / 09:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop accountability in the mishandling of abuse cases and abuse allegations were key themes in the Vatican’s latest round of meetings on Curial reform, which also addressed the reform of Vatican media and finances. In approving a new set of proposals dealing with the protection of minors, Pope Francis has established a new judicial entity to deal specifically with bishop accountability in the Vatican congregation tasked with … [Read more...]

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