Pope gives flowers received in Albania to Blessed Mother

Vatican City, Sep 22, 2014 / 07:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In thanksgiving to the Blessed Mother for the success of his short but eventful trip to Albania, Pope Francis paid a visit on Monday morning to the Basilica of Saint Mary Major. Vatican spokesman Father  Federico Lombardi said the Pope spent time before the icon of Our Lady salus populi Romani – Protectress of the Roman people – and left the bouquet of flowers he had received Sunday during his meeting at the Betania Home … [Read more...]

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Catholic-Muslim spouses say Pope Francis is for everybody

Tirana, Albania, Sep 22, 2014 / 02:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Catholic-Muslim married couple who traveled three hours from Kosovo to take part in Pope Francis’ Albanian visit say that the Pope is “for everybody” regardless of religion. Valentin, 30, and Vanessa, 22, hail from the Kosovo town of Gjakova, where the mother of Mother Teresa lived. “We Catholics are just a few, but we really want the Pope to come to our small country,” Valentin said. “In the … [Read more...]

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Papal visit fosters Albanians’ hopes

Tirana, Albania, Sep 21, 2014 / 08:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ visit to Albania is a “gigantic event” for the religiously diverse country as it seeks a greater role in Europe, one leader at the country’s main Catholic university has said. “Catholics, Orthodox and Muslims are pursuing together the European dream. Pope Francis’ visit will foster this pursuit, and hopefully will accelerate the Albanian process to be a fully acknowledged European … [Read more...]

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Papal visit fosters Albanians’ hopes

Tirana, Albania, Sep 21, 2014 / 08:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ visit to Albania is a “gigantic event” for the religiously diverse country as it seeks a greater role in Europe, one leader at the country’s main Catholic university has said. “Catholics, Orthodox and Muslims are pursuing together the European dream. Pope Francis’ visit will foster this pursuit, and hopefully will accelerate the Albanian process to be a fully acknowledged European … [Read more...]

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Papal visit fosters Albanians’ hopes

Tirana, Albania, Sep 21, 2014 / 08:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ visit to Albania is a “gigantic event” for the religiously diverse country as it seeks a greater role in Europe, one leader at the country’s main Catholic university has said. “Catholics, Orthodox and Muslims are pursuing together the European dream. Pope Francis’ visit will foster this pursuit, and hopefully will accelerate the Albanian process to be a fully acknowledged European … [Read more...]

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Albanian martyrs knew God’s consolation, Pope says off-the-cuff

Tirana, Albania, Sep 21, 2014 / 03:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- God’s consolation for Albania’s martyrs and other persecuted Christians is a reminder for us all of the intimate consolation that God offers amid suffering, Pope Francis said in unscripted remarks at a Sunday vespers service. “The Lord consoled them because there were people in the Church, the people of God – the old ladies, holy and good, many cloistered sisters... who prayed for them. And this is the mystery … [Read more...]

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Faith brings light to hardship, Pope Francis says at Children’s center

Tirana, Albania, Sep 21, 2014 / 12:17 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis visited an Albanian center for abandoned children on Sunday, emphasizing in his remarks that Christian charity can help bring oneself and others closer to God. “This faith, working through charity, dislodges the mountains of indifference, of disbelief and of apathy, and opens hands and hearts to work for what is good and share this experience,” the Pope said in an evening speech Sept. 21. “Through humble … [Read more...]

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