Help youth be brave in opting for marriage and family, Pope tells bishops

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 27, 2015 / 08:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told bishops Sunday that a widespread consumerism and desire to follow new fads has rendered youth fearful of commitments, and said that as pastors they must encourage youth to be brave in going against the tide. He began his speech, however, with an impromptu reflection on the clergy sex abuse crisis, mentioning that he had met earlier with victims and their families. He said the victims “have become true heralds … [Read more...]

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‘God cries’ for victims of abuse, Pope says after meeting survivors

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 27, 2015 / 07:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis this morning met with 5 survivors of sexual abuse during his visit to Philadelphia, telling bishops afterward that the evil acts can no longer remain in silence, and promised his personal vigilance in protecting minors. “The stories of suffering and pain of minors who were sexually abused by priests have aggravated my heart,” Pope Francis told bishops participating in the World Meeting of Families Sept. … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis off-the-cuff: Family is the most beautiful thing God made

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 26, 2015 / 08:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A visibly moved Pope Francis ditched his prepared remarks in speaking to thousands of families gathered in Philadelphia Saturday night – giving an impromptu reflection on the beauty and dire importance of family life. “The most beautiful thing that God did, the Bible says, was the family,” he said Sept. 26 at the celebration for families on the streets of Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The Pope voiced his thanks at … [Read more...]

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Full text of Pope Francis’ prepared remarks at the Festival of Families

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 26, 2015 / 04:30 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis put aside his prepared remarks for the World Meeting of Families' "Festival of Families" Sept. 26, at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. Here is the full text of the prepared remarks he did not give:Dear Brothers and Sisters, Dear Families, First of all, I want to thank the families who were willing to share their life stories with us. Thank you for your witness! It is always a gift to listen to … [Read more...]

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For Pope Francis, it’s imperative: religious liberty is a gift from God. Defend it.

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 26, 2015 / 03:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a Philadelphia moment laden with symbolism, Pope Francis on Saturday encouraged all Americans and all religions to unite against efforts that would limit religious freedom. “May this country and each of you be renewed in gratitude for the many blessings and freedoms that you enjoy. And may you defend these rights, especially your religious freedom, for it has been given to you by God himself,” the Pope said Sept. … [Read more...]

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For Pope Francis, it’s imperative: religious liberty is a gift from God. Defend it.

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 26, 2015 / 03:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a Philadelphia moment laden with symbolism, Pope Francis on Saturday encouraged all Americans and all religions to unite against efforts that would limit religious freedom. “May this country and each of you be renewed in gratitude for the many blessings and freedoms that you enjoy. And may you defend these rights, especially your religious freedom, for it has been given to you by God himself,” the Pope said Sept. … [Read more...]

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The most important part of the Pope’s trip is still to come

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 26, 2015 / 03:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While the Pope’s speeches to Congress and the United Nations have drawn much attention, the upcoming weekend is the main focus of the Holy Father’s trip to the U.S., said the director of the Holy See press office. Pope Francis’ Sept. 26 arrival in Philadelphia marks the last stretch of his nine-day trip, which also included Cuba, Washington, D.C., and New York City. But while Philadelphia is the final part … [Read more...]

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