New Swiss Guards swear oath to defend, protect Pope Francis

Vatican City, May 6, 2015 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Wednesday 32 new Swiss Guards swore an oath of allegiance to Pope Francis, who told them their role is one of courageously imitating Christ which ought to be rooted in prayer. In an audience with the new guards and their families earlier in the week, Pope Francis said it was an occasion “to nurture a meaningful friendship, because you work so close to me.” The friendship of the Pontifical Swiss Guard is special, he said, … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis to meet with Raul Castro May 10

Vatican City, May 6, 2015 / 12:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis will receive Cuban president Raul Castro Sunday morning May 10, in a “strictly private” audience, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi announced. The meeting will take place in the Pope’s studio in the Paul VI Audience Hall. “As we know, President Raul Castro has publicly thanked the Pope for the role he played in the rapprochement between Cuba and the United States, and the Pope will be going to … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis on marriage: It’s not about the dress or photos. It’s about the mission.

Vatican City, May 6, 2015 / 10:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Marriage is more than the wedding ceremony, the flowers, the dress, the photos, Pope Francis said in his weekly general audience: it is a participation in the Church's mission. “Men and women, courageous enough to carry this treasure in the 'earthen vessels' of our humanity... are an essential resource for the Church, as well as for the whole world!” Speaking to the crowds gathered in Saint Peter's Square … [Read more...]

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Will Cardinal Tagle be the next president of international Caritas?

Vatican City, May 5, 2015 / 06:02 pm (CNA).- Two sources who work in Vatican charities told CNA on Tuesday that Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila will likely be elected next week as head of Caritas Internationalis, a confederation of worldwide Catholic charities. Caritas is due to elect a new president and a secretary general during its 20th general assembly, being held May 12-17 in Rome. The assembly is to include a Mass with Pope Francis in St. Peter's Basilica on its opening … [Read more...]

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Pope to Lutherans: In Christian unity, don’t be afraid of the tough issues

Vatican City, May 5, 2015 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians in pursuit of unity should not be afraid to broach potential areas of disagreement such as marriage, family, and sexuality, Pope Francis said in a meeting with the head of Sweden's Lutheran church. “All Catholic faithful” are invited “to take up, recognize the signs of the times, the way of unity for overcoming divisions among Christians,” the pontiff said during the private audience with Lutheran … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: A Bishop of Rome with a heart for Argentina

Vatican City, May 5, 2015 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Vicar of Christ to the entire world, yet still a son of his homeland: Pope Francis continues to be attentive to Argentina, as shown by the news that the Vatican may open its fileson the country's military dictatorship, as well as the possible advancement of the cause of beatification of an Argentine entrepreneur. That the Vatican would open its files on Argentina’s military dictatorships was revealed a week ago by Msgr. … [Read more...]

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Want to help families? Evangelize them, Pope says

Vatican City, May 4, 2015 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking to the bishops from the Republic of the Congo on Monday, Pope Francis encouraged them in their ministry to families, urging the need for evangelization of peoples and cultures alongside inculturation. Mentioning the importance of forming the laity for their apostolate in the socio-political sphere, Pope Francis said May 4 in the Vatican that “family pastoral ministry is an integral part of this … [Read more...]

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