Pope sets up group to allocate crisis funds in Ukraine

Vatican City, Jun 10, 2016 / 12:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After raising funds for humanitarian relief in Ukraine through a special collection in Europe, Pope Francis has established a committee to decipher the most urgent needs and get help to where it's most needed.According to a June 9 communique from the Vatican “the Pope has decided to establish a specific technical committee on-site, composed of a president and four members” to help with the distribution of the funds raised … [Read more...]

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Sick, disabled to take on main roles in jubilee Mass at Vatican

Vatican City, Jun 9, 2016 / 03:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The sick and disabled have always held a special place in Pope Francis’ heart, and have been the recipients of some of his most tender acts as Bishop of Rome. Now they will take on the prominent roles at a Mass for the Year of Mercy at the Vatican.Thousands of sick and disabled persons will journey to Rome with their families and caregivers this week for a special jubilee in their honor, culminating with a June 12 Mass said by Pope … [Read more...]

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Simplification, decentralization the keywords in ongoing curial reform

Vatican City, Jun 8, 2016 / 10:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- This week Pope Francis’ council of nine cardinals completed their 15th round of meetings on curial reform, tossing around suggestions on how to better harmonize and simplify the various Vatican departments.Some “required criteria” formed the framework of the cardinals’ discussions, according to a June 8 communique from Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ.These criteria, he said, included … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Want to celebrate well? Drink wine.

Vatican City, Jun 8, 2016 / 05:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an in-depth look at Jesus’ first miracle of turning water into wine at the wedding feast in Cana, Pope Francis pointed to several key moments in the scene that illuminate our understanding of Christ.One of these key moments, he said, comes with Mary’s observation that newlywed couple’s resources have depleted, and that at a certain point “they have no wine.”“How is it possible to celebrate the … [Read more...]

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Leprosy is still a problem…and these religious leaders are working to fight it

Vatican City, Jun 7, 2016 / 03:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While many in the developed world might consider leprosy a thing of the biblical past, the illness – officially called Hansen’s Disease – is still a problem for less-advanced nations coated with social stigma.In order to address the problem, representatives of the world’s major religions will gather in the Vatican to discuss ending the discrimination and marginalization of those infected with Hansen’s Disease, … [Read more...]

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A scooter from Pope Francis – elderly couple receives gift of mobility

Vatican City, Jun 6, 2016 / 12:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An elderly couple with disabilities on the outskirts of Rome now has an electric scooter, thanks to a gift from Pope Francis.Both the man and the woman suffer from many health problems, including high blood pressure and diabetes, Vatican Radio reports. The woman’s leg was recently amputated. Thanks to the new scooter, the couple can be more independent.The papal almoner Archbishop Konrad Krajewski sent the gift on behalf of Pope … [Read more...]

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Want to get close to Jesus? Be meek, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Jun 6, 2016 / 11:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Meekness of heart is not foolishness, Pope Francis said Monday, but rather “the capacity to be deep and to understand the greatness of God, and worship Him.”The Pope reflected during his homily Monday on the Beatitudes as steps that take us towards God.The Pope’s homily came during the June 6 Mass at the Casa Santa Martha residence, Vatican Radio reports. He reflected on the Sermon on the Mount and the Beatitudes as … [Read more...]

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