God never forgets his children, Pope Francis tells young refugees

Istanbul, Turkey, Nov 30, 2014 / 08:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- “Dear young people, do not be discouraged.” Pope Francis made this appeal during an encounter with young refugees in Istanbul, urging them to remember that God never forgets his children. The Pope met with the refugees in the Salesian Oratory of Istanbul on Nov. 30, the third and final day of his Apostolic Journey to Turkey. The youth refugees taking part in the encounter were predominantly from Africa and the Middle … [Read more...]

Patriarch to Francis: ‘You preach with words, but above all with love’

Istanbul, Turkey, Nov 30, 2014 / 06:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Head of the Eastern Orthodox Church Patriarch Bartholomew I lauded the humble manner in which Pope Francis exercises his Petrine ministry, and urged their churches to focus on the future of dialogue. “Your Holiness, your hitherto brief tenure at the helm of Your Church has already manifested you in people’s conscience today as a herald of love, peace and reconciliation,” the patriarch told the Pope on Nov. … [Read more...]

Second joint declaration signals new step in path toward unity

Vatican City, Nov 30, 2014 / 03:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the second joint declaration they have signed since May, Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew reaffirmed their shared desire for full Christian unity, as well as their concerns for the Middle East. “We, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, express our profound gratitude to God for the gift of this new encounter,” the declaration, signed by the two on Nov. 30, read. In addition, the two expressed their … [Read more...]

A kiss of peace: Pope Francis receives symbolic gesture from patriarch

Vatican City, Nov 29, 2014 / 01:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a fraternal gesture Pope Francis asked for the blessing of Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, who marked a historic moment in ecumenical dialogue by kissing the head of the Bishop of Rome. “At the end the Pope asked the patriarch to bless him, and the Patriarch kissed him,” Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi recounted to journalists in a Nov. 29 press briefing. “It’s not the first time, I … [Read more...]

Pope Francis to consecrated men, women: Leave your nests!

Vatican City, Nov 29, 2014 / 01:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious men and women are called to leave their “nest” and bring the Gospel to the peripheries, said Pope Francis in a video message marking the vigil of the Year for Consecrated Life. The Holy Father used the occasion to give thanks to God for the “precious gift of the consecrated life to the Church and the world.” The video message was delivered on Nov. 29 to members of the Congregation for the Institutes … [Read more...]

Pope Francis’ prayer at Blue Mosque ‘exactly the same’ as Benedict XVI

Vatican City, Nov 29, 2014 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During Pope Francis’ visit to Istanbul’s Blue Mosque, he paused for a moment of prayer alongside Ankara’s Grand Mufti – a moment of “interreligious dialogue” which mirrored that of his predecessor.      “When they were under the Dome, the Pope insisted: ‘not only must we praise and glorify him, but we must adore him,’” Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J. … [Read more...]

Pope authorizes plenary indulgence for Year of Consecrated Life

Vatican City, Nov 28, 2014 / 03:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On the occasion of the Year of Consecrated Life that begins this weekend, Pope Francis has allowed the faithful to receive plenary indulgences, under the normal conditions. “The Holy Father, on the occasion of the Year of Consecrated Life, will concede plenary indulgences, with the customary conditions, to all members of the institutes of consecrated life and other truly repentant faithful moved by a spirit of charity,” a … [Read more...]