Homeless persons find a spiritual father in Pope Francis

Vatican City, Nov 14, 2016 / 12:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Always close to his heart, around 3,600 homeless men and women were given the chance to be also physically near the Pope this weekend – and near the heart of the Church – as they participated in the Jubilee of Mercy.From 22 countries around Europe, the men and women came at the invitation of Pope Francis, who has called the poor the “treasures of the Church,” to participate in the European Festival of Joy and Mercy … [Read more...]

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Help for the poor, dialogue with Trump – Archbishop Kurtz’s parting vision

Baltimore, Md., Nov 14, 2016 / 11:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Concrete outreach to those in need should be the focus of the U.S. bishops going forward, as well as “respectful dialogue” with the Trump administration, the bishops’ conference president said Monday.“United with Pope Francis, we are confident and we are hopeful, as we hear once again the echo of the words of Jesus: what you did for one of my least, you did for me,” Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville … [Read more...]

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In wake of elections, Archbishop Gómez calls for peace amid protests

Los Angeles, Calif., Nov 14, 2016 / 10:03 am (CNA).- Archbishop José H. Gomez called for mercy and an end to deportations during an interfaith prayer service Nov. 10 for peace, solidarity and unity at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.“In this country, we need to start building bridges and bringing people together,” he said. “We need to reach out to those who are hurting. Now is the time to build unity and heal communities, through our love for our neighbor and … [Read more...]

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In wake of elections, Archbishop Gómez calls for peace amid protests

Los Angeles, Calif., Nov 14, 2016 / 10:03 am (CNA).- Archbishop José H. Gomez called for mercy and an end to deportations during an interfaith prayer service Nov. 10 for peace, solidarity and unity at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.“In this country, we need to start building bridges and bringing people together,” he said. “We need to reach out to those who are hurting. Now is the time to build unity and heal communities, through our love for our neighbor and … [Read more...]

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These four cardinals asked Pope Francis to clarify ‘Amoris laetitia’

Vatican City, Nov 14, 2016 / 01:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Citing conflicting interpretations of Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on love in the family, four prominent cardinals wrote a letter to him in September requesting that he “resolve the uncertainties and bring clarity.”The full text of the letter was published in an English translation by the National Catholic Register Nov. 14.“We the undersigned, but also many Bishops and Priests, have received numerous … [Read more...]

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As Year of Mercy ends, Holy Doors close around the world

Vatican City, Nov 13, 2016 / 01:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As Holy Doors close in churches and basilicas around the world, including in Rome, it is estimated that over 20 million people participated in the Church’s Jubilee Year of Mercy at the Vatican – and a billion people may have participated in churches worldwide.According to Msgr. Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, it is estimated that 20.4 million people attended … [Read more...]

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What’s most important? God and our neighbor, Pope says

Vatican City, Nov 13, 2016 / 09:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The reality that everything in this world is passing shouldn’t frighten us, Pope Francis said, but instead it should strengthen us to place our trust completely in Christ, recognizing that what is truly important endures: the Lord and our neighbor.The readings for the day, he said, “remind us that almost everything in this world is passing away, like running water. But there are treasured realities that remain, like a precious … [Read more...]

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