Big families bring hope – not poverty, says Pope

Vatican City, Jan 21, 2015 / 11:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has rejected the “simplistic” belief that large families are among the causes of poverty, stressing that economic systems which create a culture of waste are to blame. “Families know they are essential to the life of society,” the Pope said Jan. 21 during his first weekly general audience since returning from his Jan. 12-19 tour of Sri Lanka and the Philippines. Speaking to the crowds gathered in … [Read more...]

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‘Given the new situation, a papal trip to Cuba would be hoped for’

Vatican City, Jan 20, 2015 / 12:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the Vatican-brokered restoration of relations between the US and Cuba, a visit of Pope Francis to the island should be “expected and welcomed,” according to the Vatican's emeritus Secretary of State. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, has had dealings with Cuba throughout the course of three pontificates. His most recent visit to the nation was Dec. 4-12, the week prior to the Dec. 18 announcement of the restoration of … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis’ curial reform: sending bishops home to dioceses

Vatican City, Jan 20, 2015 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The appointment of Bishop Mario Toso as head of the small Italian diocese of Faenza-Modigliana leaves vacant the post of secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, a Vatican office that will be involved in the larger process of Curia reform. Bishop Toso, a Salesian, had served as secretary of the pontifical council since 2009. He had previously been an advisor of the same dicastery. His appointment as Bishop of … [Read more...]

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Full text of Pope’s in-flight interview from Manila to Rome

Aboard the papal plane, Jan 19, 2015 / 03:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking to journalists aboard the Jan. 19 flight from Manila to Rome concluding his Asian pilgrimage, Pope Francis discussed what he learned from Filipinos; his upcoming trip to Philadelphia and other US cities; how one can be a responsible parent without resorting to birth control; the colonization of gender ideology; and the possibility of a papal trip to Africa. Below is a full transcript of the discussion between Pope … [Read more...]

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Kids in poor countries suffer when West pushes sex agenda, Pope says

Aboard the papal plane, Jan 19, 2015 / 12:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis cautioned on Monday that gender ideologies from the wealthy western world are being imposed on developing nations by tying them to foreign aid and education, in a form of "ideological colonization." "A people enters with an idea that has nothing nothing to do with the nation. … and they colonize the people with an idea that changes, or wants to change, a mentality or a structure," he said … [Read more...]

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Pope: ‘Responsible parenthood’ doesn’t mean birth control

Aboard the papal plane, Jan 19, 2015 / 12:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis backed Blessed Paul VI's teaching against birth control and urged openness to life, but reminded couples that “responsible parenthood” does not require them “to be like rabbits” in order to be good Catholics. "I believe that openness to life conditions the sacrament of matrimony. A man cannot give the sacrament to the woman, and the woman give it to him, if they are not in agreement … [Read more...]

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Africa, South America trips in Pope’s sights for next two years

Vatican City, Jan 19, 2015 / 12:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has revealed that he hopes to make extensive voyages to Africa and Latin America in the next two years. “The plan is to go to Central African Republic and Uganda. These two, this year,” Pope Francis said during a press conference Jan. 19 on his return flight to Rome from the Philippines. The Pope’s revelation comes in response to a French journalist aboard the flight. Pope Francis said the trip to … [Read more...]

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