Evangelization isn’t a synonym for advertising, Pope says

Vatican City, Apr 13, 2015 / 02:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Giving witness to Jesus Christ is more than mere advertising, Pope Francis said: it's the act of courage in proclaiming the Gospel “with frankness” even to the point of martyrdom. Christians do not simply “advertise Jesus Christ” with the aim of increasing our numbers, the pontiff noted during his daily Mass homily on April 13. “This is not necessary.” “What the Christian does is to … [Read more...]

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Kenyan bishop laments terrorism, calls for unity

Nairobi, Kenya, Apr 13, 2015 / 10:48 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- In the wake of the recent massacre of 148 people – mainly Christians – at a university in the Kenyan city of Garissa, Cardinal John Njue, the Roman Catholic archbishop of the capital Nairobi, has called on all citizens for a spirit of unity. Cardinal Njue read a declaration April 8 at Nairobi’s Chiromo mortuary, where the bodies of the victims had been collected. In his statement – a copy of which … [Read more...]

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Pope recalls slaughter of Armenians in ‘first genocide of the 20th century’

Rome, Italy, Apr 12, 2015 / 08:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis today referred to the mass killing of Armenians by the Ottoman Turks in 1915 as a “genocide,” prompting the Turkish government to summon the Vatican’s ambassador for questioning. “In the past century our human family has lived through three massive and unprecedented tragedies. The first, which is widely considered ‘the first genocide of the twentieth century,’ struck your own Armenian … [Read more...]

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Touch and be healed by the merciful wounds of Christ, Pope says

Rome, Italy, Apr 12, 2015 / 05:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily on Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Francis said that Jesus’ scars are full of mercy, and encouraged attendees to imitate the apostle Thomas in touching them and allowing their hearts to be converted. “The Lord shows us, through the Gospel, his wounds. They are wounds of mercy. It is true: the wounds of Jesus are wounds of mercy,” the Pope told attendees of his April 12 Mass on Divine Mercy Sunday. Jesus, he … [Read more...]

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Mercy inseparable from life, mission of the Church, says Pope

Vatican City, Apr 11, 2015 / 01:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis officially proclaimed the upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy by reminding the faithful that mercy cannot be separated from the life and ministry of the Church. “Mercy is the very foundation of the Church’s life,” Pope Francis wrote in the official declaration, released April 11. “All of her pastoral activity should be caught up in the tenderness she makes present to believers; nothing in her preaching and … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Now is the time for mercy

Vatican City, Apr 11, 2015 / 11:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a world marked by suffering and fierce persecution – especially of Christians – now “is the time for mercy,” Pope Francis said, speaking at the vigil for the Feast of Divine Mercy. Reflecting on the ongoing persecution faced by Christians, the Pope said, “our prayer is all the more intense and becomes a cry for help to the Father, who is rich in mercy, that he may sustain the faith of our many brothers … [Read more...]

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Is there a light in the dark for Turkey’s invisible Christians?

Rome, Italy, Apr 11, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite Turkey's claim of religious freedom, Christians there have faced ongoing hostility, including  government oppression and murder – but a new legal status ignites hope that things will improve. As far as the Turkish government is concerned, “Islam is the only possibility,” said Nikos Tzoikos, analyst of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. Tzoikos spoke with CNA in November of 2014 before Pope … [Read more...]

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