Pope offers prayer, support for a Haiti devastated by hurricane Matthew

Vatican City, Oct 7, 2016 / 06:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After Hurricane Matthew killed more than 300 people and left thousands more homeless, Pope Francis has written a telegram assuring his prayer and spiritual closeness to all those affected by the disaster.“Learning of the devastation wrought by hurricane Matthew, which has caused numerous victims and considerable damage, His Holiness Pope Francis expresses his sadness and assures his prayer for all those who have lost a loved … [Read more...]

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Pope offers prayer, support for a Haiti devastated by hurricane Matthew

Vatican City, Oct 7, 2016 / 06:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After Hurricane Matthew killed more than 300 people and left thousands more homeless, Pope Francis has written a telegram assuring his prayer and spiritual closeness to all those affected by the disaster.“Learning of the devastation wrought by hurricane Matthew, which has caused numerous victims and considerable damage, His Holiness Pope Francis expresses his sadness and assures his prayer for all those who have lost a loved … [Read more...]

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For Pope Francis, legalism makes Christians stupid.

Vatican City, Oct 6, 2016 / 02:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy Spirit is the “great gift” of God the Father who helps us avoid the stupidities of a legalistic faith while leading us forward in Christian life, Pope Francis has said.“May the Lord give us this grace: to open ourselves to the Holy Spirit, so that we will not become stupid, bewitched men and women who sadden the Holy Spirit,” the Pope remarked in his homily at morning Mass at Casa Santa Martha Oct. 6.He … [Read more...]

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Youth, discernment Pope’s pick for next synod theme

Vatican City, Oct 6, 2016 / 09:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The theme for the 2018 Synod of Bishops has been released, and will focus on how to best teach the faith to young people and help them to discern God's will for their lives.Set to take place in October 2018, the 50th General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will discuss “Young People, the Faith and the Discernment of Vocation,” an Oct. 6 Vatican communique said.The theme, it explained, is in continuity with topics that … [Read more...]

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Despite hiccups, Pope Francis and Welby committed to unity

Vatican City, Oct 6, 2016 / 04:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis and Anglican Primate Archbishop Welby have signed a joint-declaration emphasizing that while topics such as homosexuality and the ordination of women still constitute points of division, they are committed to working together in their pursuit of full unity.“The declaration is a forward-looking commitment to doing everything we can together, and continuing to struggle without fear, but with determination for the things … [Read more...]

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Who benefits from sports? Everyone, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Oct 5, 2016 / 01:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The beauty and joy found in sports, whether playing or watching, is something that benefits and unites everyone, regardless of religion, ethnic group, nationality, or disability, Pope Francis said Wednesday.“Sport is a human activity of great value, able to enrich people's lives,” he said Oct. 5. “As far as the Catholic Church is concerned, she is working in the world of sport to bring the joy of the Gospel, the … [Read more...]

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The Church must be close to Caucuses nations, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Oct 5, 2016 / 06:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Wednesday Pope Francis gave a recap of his recent trip to Georgia and Azerbaijan, noting how this year both nations will celebrate the 25th anniversary of their independence from the Soviet regime.“Both of these countries have very ancient historic, cultural and religious roots, but at the same time are living a new phase,” the Pope said Oct. 5, noting that for “a good part of the 20th century” they were both … [Read more...]

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