Caring for creation is a duty for all, Pope says ahead of encyclical launch

Vatican City, Jun 14, 2015 / 06:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said Sunday that his coming encyclical on the care of creation is not just for some, but is addressed to all, and serves as an invitation to pay more attention to environmental destruction and recovery. In his comments to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his June 14 Angelus address, Pope Francis noted how his upcoming encyclical on the care of creation, “Laudato Si: On the Care of the Common … [Read more...]

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For Pakistan Catholics, Mary is protector and bridge for dialogue

Lahore, Pakistan, Jun 13, 2015 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Thousands of faithful gathered to crown Mary at a parish of the Lahore archdiocese last month, bringing prayers for peace, forgiveness and restored cultural harmony in a region where some churches have suffered violent attacks. Archbishop Sebastian Francis Shaw of Lahore presided at the May 30 Coronation Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in the city of Gujranwala, about 50 miles west of … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Judges should protect human dignity, not violate it

Vatican City, Jun 13, 2015 / 10:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Saturday, Pope Francis spoke to members of an Italian judiciary council about their responsibility to protect man's dignity, and said a culture rooted in Christian values is necessary for keeping crimes and corruption at bay.“Globalization itself,” the pontiff said, “carries with it aspects of possible confusion and disorientation, such as when it becomes a vehicle for introducing customs, ideas, even standards, … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Judges should protect human dignity, not violate it

Vatican City, Jun 13, 2015 / 09:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Saturday, Pope Francis spoke to members of an Italian judiciary council about their responsibility to protect man's dignity, and said a culture rooted in Christian values is necessary for keeping crimes and corruption at bay.“Globalization itself,” the pontiff said, “carries with it aspects of possible confusion and disorientation, such as when it becomes a vehicle for introducing customs, ideas, even standards, … [Read more...]

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Mosul archbishop’s plea to the West: Save us from ISIS

New York City, N.Y., Jun 13, 2015 / 07:43 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- A leading Iraqi prelate has called on world governments to increase their efforts to defeat ISIS and restore land and property to some 120,000 exiled Iraqi Christians. Marking the first anniversary of ISIS’s capture of Mosul, Syrian Catholic Archbishop Yohanna Mouche called on “people who have the responsibility” to come to the rescue of the ousted Christian communities, whose people, he added, long … [Read more...]

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Stewardship for God’s creation: the Christian landscape behind Pope Francis’ new encyclical

Vatican City, Jun 12, 2015 / 04:16 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis’ upcoming encyclical on ecology will draw from decades of Catholic social thought on God’s creation in light of new perspectives on environmental problems, a prominent magazine has said ahead of the encyclical’s release. “Believers have an additional reason to be good stewards of the gift of creation, because they know that it is a gift from God,” the Rome-based magazine La Civilta Cattolica said in an … [Read more...]

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Pope confirms plans to visit Central African Republic, Uganda in November

Vatican City, Jun 12, 2015 / 11:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said today that he is planning to travel to Africa in November, specifically to the Central African Republic, Uganda, and possibly Kenya. During a meeting with hundreds of priests from around the world participating in the Third World Priests Retreat in the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the Pope responded to the question from an African priest asking when he planned to come to Africa. “God willing, I will be in … [Read more...]

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