Using God as a cover for injustice is no trifling matter, Pope says

Rome, Italy, Feb 20, 2015 / 08:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily Friday, Pope Francis said that love of God and of neighbor are inseparable, and castigated the actions of those who give to the Church, but at the same time exploit and mistreat others. Although many claim to practice charity because they write a check to the Church every month, “at your home, within your own Church, are you generous and are you fair with those who are your dependents – be they your children, … [Read more...]

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VIP treatment for LGBT group at the Vatican? Not really.

Vatican City, Feb 19, 2015 / 05:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican sources have cast doubt on reports of VIP treatment for New Ways Ministry, an American LGBT activist group that rejects Catholic teaching, at Pope Francis’ most recent general audience. A source in the Prefecture for the Pontifical Household told CNA that “no requests are rejected” for the general audience seating in the so-called “reparto speciale,” which has a capacity of about 500 people. While … [Read more...]

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Not endorsement, but understanding – Pope Francis and married priests

Vatican City, Feb 19, 2015 / 04:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While addressing the priests of the Diocese of Rome on Thursday, Pope Francis also responded to a question about married priests, underscoring that the Church has great concern for priests who leave ministry to get married and later want to return, but that on the other hand he does not know if the Church can find a way for this to happen. The Bishop of Rome traditionally meets with the priests of his diocese during Lent, and the Feb. 19 … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis’ daily challenge: Who will you follow – God or the world?

Rome, Italy, Feb 19, 2015 / 05:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily Thursday, Pope Francis said that every day we are faced with choices between good and evil, and stressed that God is always there to help us when the right decision is hard to make. “The choice is between God and other gods who do not have the power to give us anything other than trivial, pithy little things that pass,” the Pope told Mass attendees Feb. 19. He recognized that “it is not easy” to … [Read more...]

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Vatican Secretary of State urges ‘quick response’ to crisis in Libya

Vatican City, Feb 18, 2015 / 08:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After a meeting with Italian officials on Tuesday, Cardinal Pietro Parolin told reporters that swift action is needed in Libya, where continual conflict since a 2011 revolution has resulted in rival governments and a foothold for Islamists. Amid the chaos in the north African nation, Islamic State affiliates beheaded 21 Egyptian Christians over the weekend. Cardinal Parolin said Feb. 17 the incident was “terrifying,” but … [Read more...]

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This Lent, ask God for the ‘gift of tears,’ Pope says

Vatican City, Feb 18, 2015 / 12:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Ash Wednesday homily, Pope Francis said the time of Lent is a call to leave hypocrisy behind and reconcile with God through fasting, charity and prayerful tears before our merciful Father. “I ask you a question: do I cry? Does the Pope cry? Do cardinals cry? Do bishops cry? Do consecrated men and women cry? Do priests cry?” the Pope said during his Feb. 18 Ash Wednesday Mass. Pope Francis focused during the Mass on … [Read more...]

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Siblings help you keep your eyes off yourself, Pope says

Vatican City, Feb 18, 2015 / 12:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In this week’s general audience, Pope Francis spoke on the role of siblings in family life, saying the fraternity we learn from them teaches us how to overcome barriers and leads to greater freedom. “With Jesus, this bond of brotherhood expands to overcome any difference of nation, language, culture or religion,” the Pope told pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square Feb. 18. There is no greater compliment than … [Read more...]

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