Shakespeare’s Hamlet swings by the Vatican

Vatican City, Apr 15, 2016 / 02:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- They’ve performed for school children in Cambodia and refugees in Jordan. They’ve visited nearly 200 countries in the last two years, and now, they’ve performed at the Vatican as well.It was the first known performance of an entire Shakespeare play on Vatican grounds, albeit in an extraterritorial Renaissance palace. The actors, who had already traveled much of the world, performed Hamlet for a small audience against the … [Read more...]

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Bernie Sanders didn’t meet Pope Francis. But he had high praise for Catholic social teaching.

Vatican City, Apr 15, 2016 / 01:51 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis didn’t attend U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (D-Vt.) speech at the Vatican, but the presidential candidate provided a long reflection on Catholic social teaching, as he saw it.Sanders spoke Friday at a conference celebrating the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s “Centesimus Annus.” The senator commented:“With the fall of Communism, Pope John Paul II gave a clarion call for human freedom in its … [Read more...]

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‘We too are living in a time of martyrdom’, Pope tells Scottish seminarians

Vatican City, Apr 14, 2016 / 02:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The world continues to be “hostile to the Gospel,” just as it was four centuries ago when St. John Ogilvie was martyred for his faith in Scotland, but continuing to witness to Christ will change the world, Pope Francis said on Thursday.This was the message of the Holy Father to seminarians studying at the Pontifical Scots College in Rome, which marks its 400th anniversary this year.“We too are living in a time of … [Read more...]

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Ahead of Greece trip, Pope Francis asks for prayers

Vatican City, Apr 13, 2016 / 05:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With a last-minute trip to Lesbos just days away, Pope Francis remembered the refugees and residents of the Greek island during his this week’s general audience, and asked for prayers ahead of his one-day journey.“Next Saturday I will go to the island of Lesbos, through which so many refugees have passed in recent months,” the Pope said at the conclusion of the April 13 audience.He asked pilgrims at the general … [Read more...]

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Persecution of Christians can have a polite disguise, Pope Francis warns

Vatican City, Apr 12, 2016 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Tuesday reflected on the “polite persecution” of Christians that takes away their freedom in the disguise of modernity and progress.“Persecution, I would say, is the daily bread of the Church. Jesus said so himself,” he said April 12.During his Mass at the chapel of Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican, the Pope reflected on the death of St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr.A Christian is … [Read more...]

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Persecution of Christians can have a polite disguise, Pope Francis warns

Vatican City, Apr 12, 2016 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Tuesday reflected on the “polite persecution” of Christians that takes away their freedom in the disguise of modernity and progress.“Persecution, I would say, is the daily bread of the Church. Jesus said so himself,” he said April 12.During his Mass at the chapel of Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican, the Pope reflected on the death of St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr.A Christian is … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis’ Instagram success: a model for Catholic social media?

Vatican City, Apr 12, 2016 / 06:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Social media can be a place for evangelization.The proof? The giant audience for Pope Francis’ new Instagram profile. More than 1 million people followed his “Franciscus” account in the first 12 hours after its March 19 launch. As of April 11, he has over 2.2 million followers on the photo-centered network.Reflecting on this success, and on what it means for the Church in the social media age, Monsignor Dario Edoardo … [Read more...]

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