This nine year-old wants to meet Francis – oh, and be pope someday too

Denver, Colo., Sep 25, 2015 / 04:03 am (CNA).- Ever since he started attending Catholic schools three years ago, nine year-old Parker Langdon has wanted to be a priest. “He asked my mom to make him vestments, and he’d set up the altar, and get cups, and he wanted hosts, so he’s loved to do that with his cousins and for the neighbors,” said his mother, Jordan Langdon. When he’s visiting his grandparents, Parker also likes to invite people over and “say … [Read more...]

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Pope in NYC: I’m with you in recovering from the abuse scandal

New York City, N.Y., Sep 24, 2015 / 05:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his first address in New York, Pope Francis lamented the suffering caused by the sexual abuse scandal in the United States – not only for the trauma inflicted on the Church's most vulnerable members, but also for the shame it has brought to priests and religious in general. “I know that, as a presbyterate in the midst of God’s people, you suffered greatly in the not distant past by having to bear the shame … [Read more...]

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Full Text : Vespers with Pope Francis in New York City

Washington D.C., Sep 24, 2015 / 04:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Here's the full text of Pope Francis's address during Vespers at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City:“There is a cause for rejoicing here”, although “you may for a time have to suffer the distress of many trials” (1 Pet 1:6). These words of the Apostle remind us of something essential. Our vocation is to be lived in joy. This beautiful Cathedral of Saint Patrick, built up over many years … [Read more...]

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Our brother, the Pope – Bishop Conley on the papal visit thus far

Washington D.C., Sep 24, 2015 / 03:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop James Conley says that Pope Francis' mandate to go beyond the narrow confines of own worlds is a challenge, but not one without encouragement from their brotherly shepherd. Although the Pope has only been in the United States for two days, “he's coming to encourage us,” the bishop of Lincoln, Neb. told CNA Sept. 24. He said Pope Francis' audience with U.S. bishops yesterday was particularly … [Read more...]

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Watch this little girl defy security guards and get a hug from the Pope

Washington D.C., Sep 24, 2015 / 12:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Sophie Cruz travelled from Los Angeles, across the United States, with her father and two uncles to try to hand a letter Pope Francis this week. Her dream came true on Wednesday when the popemobile stopped for the child, and she was given the most tender embrace of the day. While Pope Francis paraded on his popemobile toward the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Sept. 23, Cruz, 5, jumped a security barrier and was soon stopped by … [Read more...]

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Jesus came into the world as a homeless person, Pope Francis says

Washington D.C., Sep 24, 2015 / 10:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- There is no social or moral justification for homelessness, but we can find solace and meaning in the Incarnation, Pope Francis said Thursday during a visit to Catholic Charities in Washington D.C. “The Son of God came into this world as a homeless person,” the Pope said. “The Son of God knew what it was to start life without a roof over his head.” “We can find no social or moral justification, no … [Read more...]

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Read the full text: Papal visit to St. Patrick’s Church and Homeless Shelter

Washington D.C., Sep 24, 2015 / 09:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Read the full text of the Pope's speech at St. Patrick Parish in Washington, D.C. here:Dear Friends, The first word I wish to say to you is “Thank you”. Thank you for welcoming me and for your efforts to make this meeting possible. Here I think of a person whom I love, someone who is, and has been, very important throughout my life. He has been a support and an inspiration. He is the one I go to whenever I am … [Read more...]

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