Holy Trinity calls us to solidarity with others, Pope says

Vatican City, May 22, 2016 / 08:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The feast of the Holy Trinity is an invitation for us to commit to enriching our everyday relationships by promoting communion, consolation, and mercy, Pope Francis said during his weekly Sunday Angelus address."Our being created in the image and likeness of God-communion calls us to understand ourselves as beings-in-relation, and to live interpersonal relationships in solidarity and reciprocal love," the Pope told the pilgrims … [Read more...]

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Vatican: recent stories about Benedict XVI and Fatima secrets are ‘absolutely untrue’

Vatican City, May 21, 2016 / 09:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican announced today that recent articles claiming that Pope emeritus Benedict XVI said that the Third Secret of Fatima was not released in its entirety back in 2000 are “pure inventions” and “absolutely untrue.”The Holy See Press Office released a statement May 21 responding to recent blog posts that, during his time as Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis clarifies question on diocesan religious institutes

Vatican City, May 20, 2016 / 04:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis issued a binding clarification of a question regarding Canon Law and the establishment of new diocesan Institutes of Consecrated Life on Friday.Specifically, the Holy Father confirmed that a local Ordinary (diocesan bishop) who wishes to establish a new Institute of Consecrated Life within his own diocese under his own authority must first consult with the Holy See before deciding to establish the new Institute.The … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis offers prayers following EgyptAir plane crash

Vatican City, May 20, 2016 / 09:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has voiced his prayers and condolences to all those affected by the apparent crash of an EgyptAir plane in the Mediterranean Sea Thursday morning.“Having learned with sadness of the tragic crash of the Egyptian passenger airliner, Pope Francis wishes to assure you of his prayers and solidarity at this difficult time,” said a telegram from Vatican secretary of state Cardinal Pietro Parolin to Egyptian president … [Read more...]

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Exploiting workers is a form of trafficking, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, May 19, 2016 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his Mass on Thursday, Pope Francis preached a warning to the rich who oppress the poor, focusing on employers who accumulate wealth by misusing those who work for them.“We consider this drama of today: the exploitation of the people, the blood of these people who become slaves, the traffickers of people – and not just those who deal in prostitutes and children for child labour,” Pope Francis said May 19 during his … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis to meet top Sunni imam at the Vatican

Vatican City, May 19, 2016 / 09:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An official meeting between Pope Francis and Imam Ahmed al Tayyeb will take place Monday at the Vatican, signaling a new step in Catholic-Muslim relations.“An audience between the Pope and the Great Imam of al Azhar is being prepared for Monday,” Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi told journalists May 19.He said the schedule for the visit “still has to be defined,” but confirmed that the meeting will take … [Read more...]

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Your job is to give voice to the suffering, Pope tells new ambassadors

Vatican City, May 19, 2016 / 07:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As six new ambassadors to the Holy See presented Pope Francis with their credentials, the pontiff stressed that as representatives of their people, they must be the voice of those suffering tragedies such as violence and forced migration.“For those suffering the tragedy of violence and forced migration, we must be resolute in making their plight known to the world community,” the Pope told a group of six new ambassadors to the … [Read more...]

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