Pope to visit Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan

Vatican City, Apr 9, 2016 / 06:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis will journey this summer to Armenia, and will visit Georgia and Azerbaijan later in the year, the Vatican announced Saturday.The visit to Armenia will take place June 24-26, following the invitation of Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, Karekin II, the nation's civil authorities, and the Catholic Church, according to the April 9 statement from the Holy See press office.Francis himself had expressed his … [Read more...]

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Pope to visit Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan

Vatican City, Apr 9, 2016 / 06:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis will journey this summer to Armenia, and will visit Georgia and Azerbaijan later in the year, the Vatican announced Saturday.The visit to Armenia will take place June 24-26, following the invitation of Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, Karekin II, the nation's civil authorities, and the Catholic Church, according to the April 9 statement from the Holy See press office.Francis himself had expressed his … [Read more...]

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Integration requires conversion: reflections on Amoris laetitia

Washington D.C., Apr 9, 2016 / 06:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Reflecting on Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on love in the family, two professors at the John Paul II Institute have emphasized the close ties between integration and conversion, as well as the importance of the Church's established teaching.Amoris laetitia, released April 8, is the conclusion of a two-year synod process discussing both the beauty and challenges of family life today.“Among the many pastoral … [Read more...]

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Pope: When giving to the poor, look them in the eyes

Vatican City, Apr 9, 2016 / 05:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In Saturday's address for the monthly Jubilee of Mercy general audience, Pope Francis said almsgiving is not just about the money; it is about being attentive to the actual needs of the person asking for help.“Almsgiving is a gesture of love which directs us toward those we meet,” the Pope said in his catechesis. “It is a gesture of sincere attention to those who come to us and ask our help.”“We should … [Read more...]

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US bishops: don’t rush in reading, interpreting Pope’s ‘love letter’ to families

Washington D.C., Apr 8, 2016 / 05:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The United States bishops are welcoming Pope Francis’s new apostolic exhortation, Amoris laetitia, praising the Pope’s call for careful encouragement and support of married life and engagement with families facing challenges.The bishops also echo the Holy Father’s call for a careful and considered reading of the text, urging understanding as Catholics seek to apply the Pope’s recommendations to their families and … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Schönborn praises ‘Amoris Laetitia’ stance on gay marriage

Vatican City, Apr 8, 2016 / 02:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis' new document on love in the family is welcome particularly for its steadfast adherence to Church teaching on homosexual acts and relationships, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna said.“There’s another point in which (Pope Francis) is very firm: speaking about gay couples or homosexual couples, he insists very clearly that only the union between a man and woman, open to new life, by principle, can be … [Read more...]

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Bernie Sanders, ‘a big fan’ of Pope Francis, to attend Vatican conference

Vatican City, Apr 8, 2016 / 12:25 pm (CNA).- Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has announced that he will attend a Vatican conference on social justice and the economy just before the New York primary election on April 19.“I was very moved by the invitation from the Vatican which was just made public today,” Sanders said April 8 during an interview on MSNBC's “Morning Joe.”The invitation was extended on behalf of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.The … [Read more...]

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