Pope prays for migrants killed in Mediterranean boat tragedy

Vatican City, Feb 12, 2015 / 12:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his weekly general audience, Pope Francis said he was following “with concern” the news of hundreds of immigrants who perished in the Mediterranean Sea this week. “I wish to assure you of my prayers for the victims, and encourage once again solidarity in order that no one lacks the necessary relief,” the Pope said Feb. 11. The United Nations' refugee agency, UNHCR, says that some 300 migrants are … [Read more...]

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Natural family planning, theology of the body – the Church’s ‘best-kept secrets’

Denver, Colo., Feb 11, 2015 / 05:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- If you ask Archbishop Aquila, theology of the body and natural family planning – both practical resources on human sexuality – may be the Church’s best-kept secrets. “The truth is, the Church has many positive things to say about the gift of our sexuality,” Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver said Feb. 8 at a dinner for teachers of natural family planning. 'Theology of the Body' is the corpus of … [Read more...]

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Could a new charity department lead a reformed Roman Curia?

Vatican City, Feb 11, 2015 / 01:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The secretary of the Council of Cardinals will present tomorrow at the consistory a proposal for curial reform based on the pivotal notion of charity, according to a source who has seen the latest draft of the proposal. The nine-member Council of Cardinals met Feb. 9-11 with Pope Francis at the Vatican's St. Martha house, continuing their discussion on the reform of the Roman Curia. The meeting precedes a Feb. 12-13 consistory also … [Read more...]

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Two years into retirement, the legacy of Father Benedict endures

Vatican City, Feb 11, 2015 / 12:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two years to the day since Pope Benedict XVI told the world of his historic decision to step down from the papal office, those impacted by his pontificate say that his legacy is still burning bright. “Pope Benedict's legacy is really very massive,” said Archbishop Arthur Roche, secretary for the congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. “His teaching, his balance, his ability to get to … [Read more...]

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Africa is for the young – and Pope Francis knows it

Vatican City, Feb 11, 2015 / 10:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has encouraged African bishops to focus efforts on young people, suggesting education can help them counter new forms of colonization that tempt them to bad ways of life. “Above all, it is the youth who need your witness. In Africa, the future is in the hands of the young, who need to be protected from new and unscrupulous forms of ‘colonization’ such as the pursuit of success, riches, and power at all … [Read more...]

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‘Surrounded by children’ – Pope Francis’ take on a thriving society

Vatican City, Feb 11, 2015 / 08:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his general audience address Pope Francis said that children are gift to parents and society, and that there is no future for a civilization which views them as merely an inconvenience. “A society that is not surrounded by children, that considers them a problem, a burden, has no future,” the Pope told pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his Feb. 11 general audience address. Children, he said, “are … [Read more...]

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Vatican: rumor of assassination attempt on Pope Francis ‘unreliable’

Vatican City, Feb 11, 2015 / 06:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi told journalists Tuesday that rumors circulating about a possible assassination attempt on Pope Francis during his visit to the Philippines are unfounded. “In the last few days there's been talk of this hypothesis of an assassination attempt during the trip to the Philippines. Cardinal (Luis Antonio) Tagle, who has his good sources, said the information is unreliable,” the spokesman … [Read more...]

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