Pope: Evangelizing isn’t about big talk – it’s about joy

Quito, Ecuador, Jul 7, 2015 / 10:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his second homily while visiting Ecuador, Pope Francis spoke on Tuesday of the importance of fostering unity through evangelization, which he said is not done by preaching at people, but rather by being a joyful witness to the Gospel we have received. “We evangelize not with grand words, or complicated concepts, but with the joy of the Gospel, which fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus,” the Pope said … [Read more...]

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Pope: Evangelizing isn’t about big talk – it’s about joy

Quito, Ecuador, Jul 7, 2015 / 10:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his second homily while visiting Ecuador, Pope Francis spoke on Tuesday of the importance of fostering unity through evangelization, which he said is not done by preaching at people, but rather by being a joyful witness to the Gospel we have received. “We evangelize not with grand words, or complicated concepts, but with the joy of the Gospel, which fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus,” the Pope said … [Read more...]

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Franciscans asks prayers for kidnapped priest in Syria

Latakia, Syria, Jul 7, 2015 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The organizations of Franciscan missionaries serving in the Holy Land have requested prayers for the safe return of Father Dhiya Aziz, who was abducted by militants in Syria on Saturday. The Custody of the Holy Land have stated that they lost contact with Fr. Aziz on July 4. He is a Franciscan priest of the organization, and was parish priest at Yacubiyeh, a village in Syria's Idlib province, more than 56 miles northeast of … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis visits an old friend in Ecuador

Guayaquil, Ecuador, Jul 7, 2015 / 12:32 am (CNA).- “Why in the world is the Vicar of Christ coming to me?” said Father Paquito, when asked how he would receive Pope Francis when he visits him in Guayaquil, Ecuador. The Jesuit priest who in a few days will be 91, was very excited about his get together with his old friend. Fr. Francisco Cortés, better known as Paquito, was born in Malaga, Spain, July 10, 1924 and came to Ecuador in 1963, serving since then at the Javier … [Read more...]

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Pray that the family synod will deepen the Church’s spiritual discernment, Pope asks

Guayaquil, Ecuador, Jul 6, 2015 / 12:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During a Mass said on Monday, the first full day of his visit to Ecuador, Pope Francis called for prayers that the upcoming Synod on the Family might discern the needs of the family, an institution irreplaceable to society.   “The Church will celebrate the Ordinary Synod devoted to the family, deepen her spiritual discernment and consider concrete solutions to the many difficult and significant challenges facing families … [Read more...]

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Pakistani police save Christian couple from ‘anti-blasphemy’ mob attack

Lahore, Pakistan, Jul 6, 2015 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Police last week saved a Christian couple from a mob in Pakistan that attempted to kill them for allegedly committing blasphemy, the latest such violent incident in the country. “Muslims of the town gathered there and dragged the poor couple who didn't know what they had done. They were being beaten to death,” local police chief Sohail Zafar Chattha said, according to Agence France Presse. The attack took place in … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis’ visit will stir up people’s faith, Bolivian priest at Vatican expects

Vatican City, Jul 6, 2015 / 10:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Wednesday Pope Francis will set foot on Bolivian soil, beginning a three-day visit to the country which one of its priests, who works in the Vatican, expects will strengthen the faith of its Catholics. Father Ariel Beramendi, the sole Bolivian priest working at the Vatican, told CNA he expects that Pope Francis' trip to his homeland will “revive and stir up the faith of Catholics” there. Pope Francis is currently in … [Read more...]

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