A warm Sri Lanka welcome – Pope greeted by 40 elephants

Colombo, Sri Lanka, Jan 13, 2015 / 02:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In all, there were 40 elephants that the Sri Lankan authorities decided to include in Pope Francis’ welcome ceremony upon his first visit to the Asian nation. The elephants came from the Buddhist temples of Colombo, where they were extravagantly dressed up for the occasion and were among the first to greet the Pope when he came out of the open-air Pope Mobile. Elephants have been an important part of the Sri Lankan armory … [Read more...]

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Amid schedule delays, Pope cancels meeting with Sri Lanka bishops

Colombo, Sri Lanka, Jan 13, 2015 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis decided to forego a scheduled meeting with the bishops of Sri Lanka Jan. 13 after delays in arriving at the apostolic nunciature in the country. Media representatives on the papal trip told CNA that traveling from the airport to the nunciature took longer than expected. The Holy Father greeted many people along the way, and the trip fell behind schedule. Therefore, the Pope decided to stay at the nunciature and … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Sri Lankans can learn to live as one family

Colombo, Sri Lanka, Jan 12, 2015 / 09:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has begun his visit to Sri Lanka, voicing hopes for “days of friendship, dialogue and solidarity.” “It is my hope that Sri Lanka’s political, religious and cultural leaders, by measuring their every word and action by the good and the healing it will bring, will make a lasting contribution to the material and spiritual progress of the Sri Lankan people,” the Pope said during a welcoming … [Read more...]

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Haiti’s hope is in its people five years after quake

Port au Prince, Haiti, Jan 12, 2015 / 07:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Five years ago today, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake decimated St. Francois de Sales Hospital in the heart of Port-au-Prince. Now, the more than 100-year-old hospital is preparing to reopen its doors for the first time since the disaster – thanks, in part, to the work of Catholic Relief Services. Catholic Relief Services partnered with the Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince and the Catholic Health Association to … [Read more...]

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Nigerian bishop hopes for solidarity, as thousands already killed in the new year

Jos, Nigeria, Jan 12, 2015 / 02:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Boko Haram having killed as many as 2,000 in an attack on the town of Baga last week, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos hopes that Nigeria will see demonstrations of solidarity and unity in the face of such violence. “I am thinking about the big demonstration which took place in Paris against the killings in France,” Archbishop Kaigama told Fides Jan. 12. “I hope even here a great demonstration of national unity will … [Read more...]

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New Orleans receives a native son for new auxiliary bishop

New Orleans, La., Jan 12, 2015 / 01:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Fr. Fernand Joseph Cheri III, O.F.M., was appointed on Monday by Pope Francis as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, his hometown. “I look forward to just, working with the people of New Orleans again,” Fr. Cheri said Jan. 12 at a press conference announcing his appointment. “I never left New Orleans, it's always a part of me: wherever I go, I bring New Orleans, so it's gonna be great … [Read more...]

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For Pope Francis, loving concern for the poor is not communism

Vatican City, Jan 12, 2015 / 11:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As Pope Francis stated in a recent interview that love for the poor is not communism, but the Gospel, one of the interview's co-authors asks if the current economic system is “the best possible,” and encourages a discussion of the question. Andrea Tornielli and Giacomo Galeazzi’s interview with Pope Francis was published at the end of their book “Papa Francesco: questa economia uccide” (‘Pope … [Read more...]

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