Archbishop Gomez: The Pope’s focus is human suffering, not Donald Trump

Los Angeles, Calif., Feb 19, 2016 / 04:20 pm (CNA).- The controversy surrounding Pope Francis’ off-the-cuff statements on his return flight from Mexico – and Donald Trump’s response – should not overshadow the underlying reason for the papal visit, said Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles.The archbishop said that Pope Francis’ Feb. 12-17 Mexico visit was “a very emotional week” that tried “to bring a word of hope and mercy to some of the poorest … [Read more...]

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These pop-singing nuns rocked Pope Francis’ Juarez Mass

Juarez, Mexico, Feb 19, 2016 / 02:06 pm (CNA).- After taking the Internet by storm last fall with their hit “Confia en Dios,” this group of singing sisters was invited to perform at Pope Francis’ U.S.-Mexico border Mass in Juarez earlier this week.“We are very happy…we never imagined that we would receive an invitation,” Sister Mónica Nobl told CNA Feb. 17.One of the leaders of the musical group “The Siervas,” meaning … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Pell strikes back at allegations of child abuse

Vatican City, Feb 19, 2016 / 10:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Friday Cardinal George Pell forcefully denied an alleged police investigation's claim of “multiple offenses” of child sexual abuse, calling the accusations patently untrue.“The allegations are without foundation and utterly false,” a Feb. 19 statement from Cardinal Pell’s office read.The timing of the media leak on the alleged investigation “is clearly designed to do maximum damage to the … [Read more...]

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EWTN disappointed but hopeful after latest HHS mandate ruling

Washington D.C., Feb 18, 2016 / 02:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a 2-1 decision delivered Feb. 18, a federal court ruled against the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) in its challenge to the federal contraception mandate.“We are disappointed in the Court’s refusal to protect our religious freedom,” EWTN chairman and CEO Michael Warsaw said.“We simply want to continue to practice the same faith we preach to the world every day,” he said in a Feb. 18 statement. … [Read more...]

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This little girl only has half a heart, but she’s full of joy for Pope Francis

Mexico City, Mexico, Feb 18, 2016 / 02:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Sabrina Puig is eight years old. Due to a rare condition, she only has half a heart. But when Pope Francis passed by, she ran to him.Sabrina and her mother, Karla Robles, were behind the crowd barrier outside the apostolic nunciature in Mexico City when the Pope visited there Sunday.  When the Pope left the nunciature, the people began to push forward. Sabrina saw her chance.“Then she began to run towards the … [Read more...]

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What did Pope Francis actually say about contraception?

Vatican City, Feb 18, 2016 / 02:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite a rush of headlines claiming Pope Francis is softening the Church's stance on contraception, a closer look at his recent remarks could suggest otherwise.During an in-flight press conference on his way back from Mexico, Pope Francis was asked by a reporter about the threat of Zika virus in many Latin American countries.Noting that the virus may be linked to birth defects when transmitted from a pregnant woman to her … [Read more...]

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Full text of Pope Francis’ in-flight interview from Mexico to Rome

Vatican City, Feb 18, 2016 / 11:00 am (CNA).- In his hour-long inflight news conference on his way from Juarez to Rome, Pope Francis touched on a wide range of hot-button topics, including immigration, pedophilia, the spread of the Zika virus and his meeting with Patriarch Kirill.In the 60 minute interview, the Pope answered 12 questions posed in English, Spanish and Italian while on his overnight flight from Mexico’s Ciudad Juarez to Rome.Among the more salient themes of the interview … [Read more...]

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