Pope Francis condemns ‘inexcusable violence’ in murder of Mexican priests

Vatican City, Sep 21, 2016 / 06:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After hearing of the murder of two priests in Mexico, Pope Francis sent a telegram to the country’s bishops condemning the violent act, offering his prayers as a sign of closeness to the community and their families affected.“Deeply distressed upon receiving the sad news of the assassination of Reverends Alejo Nabor Jimenez Juarez and Jose Alfredo Suarez de la Cruz…the Holy Father expresses his sincerest … [Read more...]

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Peace requires us to do more than ‘change the channel,’ Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Sep 20, 2016 / 11:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While in Assisi for an interreligious prayer gathering, Pope Francis cautioned against an indifference that ignores the suffering of others as easily as flipping through TV channels, stressing that peace only comes through action and solidarity.In the words “I thirst,” whispered by Jesus as he hangs on the Cross, “the voice of the suffering, the hidden cry of the little innocent ones to whom the light of this world is … [Read more...]

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Church unity with a global focus: lessons from ‘bishop school’

Vatican City, Sep 20, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican holds a special seminar series each year for new bishops to help them learn their new role.Among these new bishops was Bishop Ruben Tierrablanca Gonzalez, the vicar apostolic of Istanbul.For him, the seminar had a singular focus. It “teaches all of us bishops to look at the Church in its entirety,” he told CNA.   “The seminar mostly focuses on one, reiterated issue: we must understand that the Church … [Read more...]

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Papal ambassadors issue global appeal to step-up peace efforts

Vatican City, Sep 19, 2016 / 10:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After spending three days in Rome to celebrate the Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis’ diplomatic representatives throughout the world have called on government leaders to make greater efforts in ending conflict and promoting peace.According to a Sept. 19 communique from the Vatican, the papal ambassadors – called apostolic nuncios – issued “a pressing appeal” to the international community and to those with … [Read more...]

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Corruption is worst form of criminality, Pope tells Vatican police

Vatican City, Sep 18, 2016 / 03:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday Pope Francis celebrated the 200th anniversary of the Vatican Gendarme by thanking the security force for their tireless service, and warned against modern crimes linked to exploitation and corruption.“Crooks love the scam and hate honesty. Crooks love bribes, agreements done in the dark. This is worse than anything, because he believes he's being honest,” the Pope told members of the Vatican Gendarme Sept. … [Read more...]

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Corruption is worst form of criminality, Pope tells Vatican police

Vatican City, Sep 18, 2016 / 03:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday Pope Francis celebrated the 200th anniversary of the Vatican Gendarme by thanking the security force for their tireless service, and warned against modern crimes linked to exploitation and corruption.“Crooks love the scam and hate honesty. Crooks love bribes, agreements done in the dark. This is worse than anything, because he believes he's being honest,” the Pope told members of the Vatican Gendarme Sept. … [Read more...]

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Pope tells ambassadors to serve in humility, not get lost in politics

Vatican City, Sep 17, 2016 / 09:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a special Jubilee audience with nearly all of his 108 ambassadors around the world, Pope Francis thanked them for their dedication, and encouraged them to continue their work in humble service, without getting caught up in useless politics.“(You are) the link between the Successor of Peter and the different local Churches to whom you are bearers and artisans of that communion which is sap for the life of the Church and for the … [Read more...]

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