Pope Francis’ match for peace thrills with positive message

Rome, Italy, Sep 2, 2014 / 01:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Players, singers and sponsors who participated in Pope Francis' interreligious match for peace have praised him for the idea, stating that it promotes good values important for youth today. “Soccer is a motivation of example, it’s a marvelous sport in which hundreds of millions of young people are aware,” Marco Tronchetti Provera told journalists Sept. 1 during halftime. “To transmit these values I believe is … [Read more...]

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Christian identity comes from Holy Spirit, not ‘theology degrees’

Vatican City, Sep 2, 2014 / 09:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Christian earns his ability to speak with authority from the Holy Spirit, not from a theology degree, Pope Francis said during his daily Mass at the Vatican's Saint Martha Residence Sept. 2. Reflecting on the Gospel reading for the day, the Pope noted how those who heard Jesus were amazed by his teaching because his word “had authority.” Jesus was not a “commonplace preacher,” the Holy Father said, because … [Read more...]

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Interfaith women’s group begs UN to act in Middle East

Lahore, Pakistan, Sep 1, 2014 / 04:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An inter-religious women’s group in Pakistan has appealed to the United Nations to offer support and protection for those suffering in Iraq and Gaza. Organized under the patronage of the Council for Interfaith Dialogue in the Archdiocese of Lahore, Pakistan, an inter-faith group of more than 50 women - including lay and religious - gathered Aug. 26 for a special prayer service, offered for the deceased Christians and Muslims in … [Read more...]

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Hundreds flock to conference looking to revive parish life

Denver, Colo., Sep 1, 2014 / 12:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Some 500 Catholic leaders and their pastors from across the United States met recently at the first-ever Amazing Parish conference in Denver to brainstorm and swap ideas about improving parish life. The newly-founded Amazing Parish movement seeks to provide resources to pastors and parish leaders so they can create a thriving parish life. The conference, held Aug. 27-28 at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center, featured Catholic speakers … [Read more...]

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Faith is rooted in God – not human approval, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Sep 1, 2014 / 10:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Faith is not founded upon human wisdom, but on the power of God, as made manifest in the Gospel. This was one of the main themes of Pope Francis' homily on Monday morning, resuming daily Mass at the Santa Marta residence following the summer holidays. Addressing the congregation, the Pope said that we do not read the Gospel simply to learn, but to find Jesus. This is “because Jesus is truly in His Word, in His … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis to Iraqi priest: I’ll never leave or forget you

Vatican City, Sep 1, 2014 / 09:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After sending a letter to Pope Francis on the plight Iraqi refugees fleeing ISIS violence, Fr. Behnam Benoka received a phone call from the pontiff who gave his blessing and assured of his prayers.   “'I read your letter,' said the Pope. He said he was very sorry for everything that was happening to us and he said, 'Know that I am with you in prayer always. I never forget you,'” Fr. Benoka told CNA Aug. … [Read more...]

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Ebola outbreak worsens amid more pleas for aid

Geneva, Switzerland, Aug 31, 2014 / 04:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The continuing spread of the Ebola outbreak in Africa is putting more lives at risk, while containment efforts and the flight of vital workers have endangered food supplies and medical care even for those without the disease. “What we are seeing today in contrast to previous Ebola outbreaks (are) multiple hotspots within these countries, not a single remote forested area, the kind of environments in which it has been tackled … [Read more...]

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