Pope calls on Paraguay’s women to build the future

Caacupé, Paraguay, Jul 11, 2015 / 09:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Saying Mass at the Marian shrine of Caacupé on Saturday, Pope Francis reflected that it is the task of the “women, wives and mothers” of Paraguay to keep alive their nation’s faith and heritage. The Roman Pontiff said July 11 at the shrine that they are the “keepers of the memory, the lifeblood of those who rebuilt the life, faith and dignity of your people.” Centering his homily on the … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis tells sick children of Paraguay they are close to Jesus

Asunción, Paraguay, Jul 11, 2015 / 08:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- There is one way to annoy Jesus, Pope Francis said on Saturday: Keep the children from coming to him. The Roman Pontiff was speaking July 11 as part a question and answer session with a group of children receiving treatment at the “Niños de Acosta Ñu” pediatric hospital in Ascuncion, the Paraguayan capital. The visit was the first stop on his first full day in the South American nation. “Dear … [Read more...]

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Francis lauds strength of Paraguay women amid nation’s bloody history

Asunción, Paraguay, Jul 10, 2015 / 05:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Arriving in Paraguay on Friday, Pope Francis recognized the particular contribution of women in the nation’s warn-torn past.   The Pope said that he would “like to acknowledge with profound admiration the role played by the women of Paraguay in those dramatic historical moments.” “As mothers, wives and widows, they shouldered the heaviest burdens; they found a way to move their families and their … [Read more...]

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Burger King turned into sacristy for Pope’s outdoor Mass in Bolivia

Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Jul 10, 2015 / 01:44 pm (CNA).- The organizers for Pope Francis' visit to Bolivia made use of a local Burger King as a sacristy for the Pope and the 60 bishops that participated in the only outdoor Mass held in the country. The restaurant of the popular fast food chain is located adjacent to Christ the Redeemer Plaza in Santa Cruz. Organizers asked the company if they could use one of their locations near the altar that was set up in the plaza. An estimated million … [Read more...]

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Controversial HHS mandate accommodation now finalized

Washington D.C., Jul 10, 2015 / 01:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In its latest update to the federal contraception mandate, the Obama administration on Friday finalized a set of proposed rules which the U.S. bishops have previously said still violate religious freedom. A statement released Friday by Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia M. Burwell said that the measures balance the government’s goal of providing free contraceptives to women with “respecting religious … [Read more...]

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From one sinner to another, Pope asks for prayers during prison visit

Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, Jul 10, 2015 / 09:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Friday told Bolivian inmates that he too is a sinner who has experienced the merciful love of God, and encouraged them not to fall into despair but to accept forgiveness and to sustain themselves with prayer. “You may be asking yourselves: Who is this man standing before us?’” the Pope reflected with prisoners during his July 10 visit to Bolivia’s Palmasola Rehabilitation Center … [Read more...]

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Considering WYD 2016 in Poland? Here’s what one bishop wants you to know

Washington D.C., Jul 10, 2015 / 03:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For those pilgrims thinking about participating in World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland, Bishop Frank Caggiano has a message: It will be worth the sacrifice. The Bridgeport prelate, who is serving as World Youth Day Liason for the U.S. bishops, acknowledged that attending the global gathering in Poland next summer will have a cost – not only in money, but also in time and the hardships of traveling to a foreign … [Read more...]

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