Full text: Pope Francis’ in-flight presser from Sweden

Aboard the papal plane, Nov 1, 2016 / 11:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his flight from Sweden to Rome on Tuesday, Pope Francis gave a press conference to the journalists assembled aboard the papal plane. He reflected on refugees, the ordination of women, ecumenism, and the crisis in Venezuela.He also addressed secularization, human trafficking, and his possible international trips in the coming year.Please find below the full text of the Nov. 1 press conference, translated by Catholic News … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis reiterates a strong ‘no’ to women priests

Aboard the papal plane, Nov 1, 2016 / 10:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a press conference Tuesday aboard the papal plane from Sweden to Rome, Pope Francis said the issue of women priests has been clearly decided, while also clarifying the essential role of women in the Catholic Church.“On the ordination of women in the Catholic Church, the final word is clear, it was said by St. John Paul II and this remains,” Pope Francis told journalists Nov. 1.The question concerning women … [Read more...]

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The saints stand out – because they’re happy, Pope Francis says

Lund, Sweden, Nov 1, 2016 / 04:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The saints of the Church have many different qualities, but one thing that unites them all is a sense of joy, Pope Francis said in his All Saints Day Mass in Sweden.“If there is one thing typical of the saints, it is that they are genuinely happy,” the Pope said in his homily Nov. 1, All Saints Day.The saints, he said, “found the secret of authentic happiness, which lies deep within the soul and has its source in the … [Read more...]

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Successor appointed for Guam archbishop accused of abuse

Hagatna, Guam, Oct 31, 2016 / 03:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Monday appointed Bishop Michael Byrnes as the successor to Guam's archbishop, who has been accused of sexual abuse of minors.Bishop Byrnes has until now served as an auxiliary bishop in Detroit. His apointment as coadjutor comes with special faculties.As Coadjutor Archbishop of Agaña, Bishop Byrnes possesses the right of succession and will automatically be appointed Archbishop of Agaña when it's … [Read more...]

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What’s unpopular with voters? Taxpayer funding of abortion.

Washington D.C., Oct 31, 2016 / 03:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has backed an end to the Hyde Amendment, which bans most federally-funded Medicaid payments for abortion.However, only about 36 percent of likely voters want an end to the ban on taxpayer-funded abortion, Politico reports.About 57 percent of Clinton voters backed an end to the Hyde Amendment. But among likely Trump voters, 77 percent support the Hyde Amendment policy, while only 19 … [Read more...]

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Election year got you down? Don’t despair, Minnesota bishop urges

Minneapolis, Minn., Oct 31, 2016 / 02:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- When Bishop Andrew Cozzens was recently filling up his gas tank, a stranger approached him and said, “Father, I hope you are praying for this country!”“His sentiment captured what many of us feel about our country, especially regarding the upcoming election. For conscientious Christians, many of us find our nation in a state of crisis,” Bishop Cozzens of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota said in an Oct. … [Read more...]

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Make unity a priority, Pope Francis says at Reformation anniversary

Lund, Sweden, Oct 31, 2016 / 12:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While in Sweden to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Pope Francis heard moving testimonies from both Lutherans and Catholics working to better society, giving thanks for their witness and praying for greater unity.“We remember this anniversary with a renewed spirit and in the recognition that Christian unity is a priority, because we realize that much more unites us than separates us,” the Pope said at an … [Read more...]

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