We were made to be God’s children, Pope says on Pentecost

Vatican City, May 15, 2016 / 02:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Although sin separates us from God, Pope Francis stressed on the feast of Pentecost that we haven’t been left as orphans, but that thanks to Jesus Christ and the gift of the Holy Spirit, we can reconcile with the Lord and continue to live as his children.“The central purpose of Jesus’ mission, which culminated in the gift of the Holy Spirit, was to renew our relationship with the Father, a relationship severed by sin, to … [Read more...]

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Everything can be taken from you – except your conscience, says former political prisoner

New York City, N.Y., May 14, 2016 / 05:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Everyone must be true to their own conscience, a religious freedom advocate and former political prisoner told a gala audience on Thursday.“Even when we have nothing, each person and only that person possesses the key to his or her own conscience, his or her own sacred castle,” Armando Valladares, a former prisoner of conscience in Cuban prisons, said upon reception of the 2016 Canterbury Medal bestowed by the Becket … [Read more...]

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Nearing 50 years of legal abortion, U.K. pro-lifers take a stand

Birmingham, England, May 14, 2016 / 03:50 pm (CNA).- Thousands of men, women, and children took to the streets of Birmingham on Saturday to take a stand for the unborn and to reach out to their community.“At the very heart of this is the life of the unborn, and the protection of that life,” Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham told CNA ahead of this year’s March for Life U.K.“Alongside that is the Church’s concern for the mother, for those who are advising, … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: True piety inspires compassion for those in need

Vatican City, May 14, 2016 / 06:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his catechesis for this Saturday's Jubilee of Mercy audience, Pope Francis addressed the theme of piety, and how it manifests God's mercy through compassion for the suffering and afflicted.“The piety of which we speak is a manifestation of God's mercy,” the Pope told the rain-soaked crowds gathered in St. Peter's Square.The pontiff explained that piety, or “pietà”  – which in … [Read more...]

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Generate new models of economic progress, Pope urges business leaders

Vatican City, May 14, 2016 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Economic worldviews based only on material well-being cannot contribute to dignified labor and new models of economic progress are needed, Pope Francis told a gathering of business experts on Friday.“An economic vision geared to profit and material well-being alone is – as experience is daily showing us – incapable of contributing in a positive way to a globalization that favours the integral development of the … [Read more...]

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Generate new models of economic progress, Pope urges business leaders

Vatican City, May 14, 2016 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Economic worldviews based only on material well-being cannot contribute to dignified labor and new models of economic progress are needed, Pope Francis told a gathering of business experts on Friday.“An economic vision geared to profit and material well-being alone is – as experience is daily showing us – incapable of contributing in a positive way to a globalization that favours the integral development of the … [Read more...]

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Why Pope Francis’ visit matters to Armenians

Vatican City, May 13, 2016 / 04:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ visit to Armenia this summer comes at a poignant time in the country’s history.The Holy Father’s June 24-26 visit comes just after the close of the 100-year anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and during the Year of Mercy, a significance not lost on the Armenian people, said Mikayel Minasyan, Armenian Ambassador to the Holy See.The Armenian people have learned to be strong because of their history, … [Read more...]

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