Respect indigenous cultures, traditions, Pope asks in new prayer video

Vatican City, Jul 7, 2016 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has dedicated the month of July to praying for the world’s indigenous peoples, asking specifically in his new prayer video that their identity and cultural traditions be respected.“I want to be a spokesman for the deepest longings of indigenous peoples,” the Pope said in the video, released July 6.Speaking in his native Spanish, Francis said that “I want to add your voice to mine in a heartfelt prayer … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Sarah encourages priests to celebrate Mass facing east

London, England, Jul 6, 2016 / 03:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Robert Sarah on Tuesday appealed to priests throughout the world to begin saying Mass facing the same direction as the faithful, suggesting that the season of Advent would be an opportune time to do so.“I believe that it is very important that we return as soon as possible to a common orientation, of priests and the faithful turned together in the same direction – Eastwards or at least towards the apse – to … [Read more...]

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Homeless Jesus inspires 911 calls in North Dakota

Fargo, N.D., Jul 6, 2016 / 03:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Homeless Jesus statue is at it again.Since its installation in front of First Lutheran Church in downtown Fargo, N.D. last month, emergency crews have responded at least twice to calls from concerned residents who thought the statue was a real person.The Fargo Fire Department told a local news station that it treats every call as an emergency, even if they think they are being sent to the statue.“It’s not a common call. … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis tells poor they are ‘the treasures of the Church’

Vatican City, Jul 6, 2016 / 07:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Wednesday Pope Francis met with a group of poor and disabled pilgrims, calling them the “treasures off the Church,” and entrusting them with the special task of praying for the proud, greedy, vain and the hypocrites.“The treasures of the Church are the poor,” the Pope told a group of 200 poor, sick and disabled pilgrims from the French diocese of Lyon, and gave them a special mission. This mission, he said, is … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis tells poor they are ‘the treasures of the Church’

Vatican City, Jul 6, 2016 / 07:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Wednesday Pope Francis met with a group of poor and disabled pilgrims, calling them the “treasures off the Church,” and entrusting them with the special task of praying for the proud, greedy, vain and the hypocrites.“The treasures of the Church are the poor,” the Pope told a group of 200 poor, sick and disabled pilgrims from the French diocese of Lyon, and gave them a special mission. This mission, he said, is … [Read more...]

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Saint Maria Goretti calls us to be ‘witnesses of forgiveness’

Vatican City, Jul 6, 2016 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has marked the feast of the young martyr St. Maria Goretti by calling the faithful to follow her example and be forgiving to those who wrong them.The memory of Maria Goretti's example should “encourage you to commit yourselves, like the Saint you venerate, to being witnesses of forgiveness,” the Pope wrote in a letter for the July 6 feast of the  Italian who is known for having forgiven her attacker.The … [Read more...]

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Saint Maria Goretti calls us to be ‘witnesses of forgiveness’

Vatican City, Jul 6, 2016 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has marked the feast of the young martyr St. Maria Goretti by calling the faithful to follow her example and be forgiving to those who wrong them.The memory of Maria Goretti's example should “encourage you to commit yourselves, like the Saint you venerate, to being witnesses of forgiveness,” the Pope wrote in a letter for the July 6 feast of the  Italian who is known for having forgiven her attacker.The … [Read more...]

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