What the Pope wasn’t able to say in the Philippines

Manila, Philippines, Jan 17, 2015 / 12:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Jan. 17, Pope Francis visited the Philippine city of Tacloban, which is still recovering from the devastating effects of 2013’s Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Yolanda. More than 7,000 people died in that storm, and an estimated 1 million people remain homeless. Among the Pope’s scheduled activities was an address to priests, religious, seminarians and families at the Cathedral of Our Lord’s Transfiguration … [Read more...]

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Rain during papal Mass a small sacrifice compared to Typhoon Haiyan

Manila, Philippines, Jan 16, 2015 / 10:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Hundreds of thousands of people put up with the rain and the wind to attend an outdoor Mass with Pope Francis on Jan. 17 on the Philippine island of Leyte--“ground zero” of the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan disaster.Nearly all in attendance, including the Pope, sported yellow ponchos. Some wiped tears as the Holy Father expressed his heartfelt desire to be close to the survivors of the storm.“I’m here to be with … [Read more...]

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Inbound typhoon cuts short Pope Francis’ visit to Leyte

Manila, Philippines, Jan 16, 2015 / 10:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis regretfully announced his early departure from the Philippines island of Leyte, leading people in prayers for protection against an inbound typhoon.“I apologize to you all,” the Pope said Jan. 17 at Palo’s Cathedral of Our Lord’s Transfiguration. “I am truly saddened because I had something prepared especially for you.”He led the congregation in praying an Our Father and a Hail … [Read more...]

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‘We will always be grateful,’ Filipino archbishop tells Pope Francis

Manila, Philippines, Jan 16, 2015 / 09:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Although Tacloban was “ground zero” of the Typhoon Haiyan disaster that brought fear, suffering, and death, a Philippines bishop has told Pope Francis that the Christian faith and the papal visit have consoled the Filipino people.“Your visit strengthens and consoles us; may your humble presence among the poor and among us who have suffered the tragedy of a Super Typhoon ever lead us to the restful waters of … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis’ heartfelt words for typhoon survivors: Jesus is there for you!

Manila, Philippines, Jan 16, 2015 / 07:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Saturday spoke to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in an impromptu homily, voicing compassion for their plight and encouraging them to look to the love of Jesus Christ on the Cross.“I’m here to be with you,” he said. “A little bit late, I have to say. But I’m here. I’ve come to tell you that Jesus is Lord. That Jesus never lets us down.”The Pope acknowledged the plight and … [Read more...]

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Ahead of Synod, UK Catholics to venerate relics of St Therese’s parents

Portsmouth, England, Jan 16, 2015 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics in the Diocese of Portsmouth will have an invaluable opportunity this May to venerate the relics of St. Therese of Lisieux’s parents, a saintly married couple, ahead of the upcoming Synod on the Family. “To focus our prayers in the lead-up to the Synod, I have invited to the Diocese the relics of Blessed Louis and Blessed Zélie Martin, one of the first married couples ever to be beatified,” wrote … [Read more...]

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As political leaders look abroad, bishops insist on religious liberty in US

Washington D.C., Jan 16, 2015 / 04:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious and political leaders insisted that religious freedom is necessary for service and peace worldwide on Jan. 16, observed as National Religious Freedom Day in the US. “On National Religious Freedom Day, we pray for the freedom to bear witness to the truth in love by our service to others,” the U.S. Bishops’ Conference stated on Friday. Every year since 1993, the President of the United States has declared … [Read more...]

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