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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‘Drinking with the Saints’ – new book encourages Catholic fellowship, good spirits

Waco, Texas, May 6, 2015 / 04:25 am (CNA).- “I should like a great lake of beer for the King of Kings. I should like the angels of Heaven to be drinking it through time eternal.” While that might not exactly sound like a quote from a Catholic nun, it is actually an excerpt from a poem attributed to St. Brigid of Ireland, who founded several convents in her lifetime. Some people might find the intersection of saints and alcohol surprising, but not Michael Foley, author of the … [Read more...]

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‘Little Boy’ filmmaker to audiences: don’t let critics tell you what to think

Hollywood, Calif., May 6, 2015 / 02:47 am (CNA).- Following a string of negative reviews for his latest film, “Little Boy,” award-winning director and screenwriter Alejandro Monteverde said audiences should see the movie and draw their own conclusions about the film. While the movie has won the overwhelming approval of audiences, it has drawn criticism from reviewers. “‘Little Boy’ is a victim of labeling. It was labeled as a faith-based film and it is not a … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis blesses image of children killed in Maryland fire

Rome, Italy, May 6, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After reading a letter while visiting Rome’s North American Seminary detailing the death of two young girls in a house fire, Pope Francis blessed their picture and a small statue to be given to their parents. “The Holy Father read the story about what happened and he was very moved by it. He prayed for the family and for the girls, and in fact he even put his hand on their picture as a sign of his affection for them,” Father Aaron Qureshi tol … [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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Ahead of National Police Week, DC cardinal honors fallen officers

Washington D.C., May 5, 2015 / 05:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington called on Tuesday for gratitude to be given to the law enforcement officials who are protecting the order of communities nationwide. “Enormous gratitude” is owed to police such as the late Officer Brian Moore of the New York Police Department, the cardinal said in his May 5 homily. “By all accounts he [Moore] was killed simply because he was a police officer.” Moore was … [Read more...]

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