Let us be grateful witnesses of God’s mercy, Pope says

Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, Jul 9, 2015 / 03:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christ gave sight to a blind beggar whom others ignored. For Pope Francis, this bears an important lesson for Christians today. “We are witnesses not of an ideology, of a recipe, of a particular theology. We are witnesses to the healing and merciful love of Jesus,” the Pope said July 9 at a gathering with priests, religious, and seminarians at the Coliseo Don Bosco in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia's … [Read more...]

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Despite terror attack, Christians in Tunisia have reasons to remain hopeful

Tunis, Tunisia, Jul 9, 2015 / 01:51 pm (Aid to the Church in Need).- In the wake of a June 26 terrorist attack on tourists in Tunisia which killed 38 people, one of the country’s leading Catholic priests insisted that the majority of Tunisians are not extremists.  "The government also does not want an Islamic sharia state – on the contrary," said Father Sergio Perez, who is in charge of St. Vincent de Paul Cathedral in the capital city of Tunis, in an interview with … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis apparently not amused by ‘communist crucifix’ (Updated)

La Paz, Bolivia, Jul 9, 2015 / 10:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When leftist Bolivian president Evo Morales on Thursday presented Pope Francis with a “communist crucifix” – a carving of Christ crucified on the hammer of a hammer and sickle – the Pope appeared to say, “This is not ok,” while shaking his head. However, at a July 9 press briefing the Holy See press officer, Fr. Federico Lombardi, said that Pope Francis' remark likely expresed a sentiment of “I didnt' know”, rather than “This is not right … [Read more...]

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No one should be discarded – In Bolivia, Pope Francis advocates for the poor

Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, Jul 9, 2015 / 08:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Giving into despair when confronted with life’s difficulties only leads to an individualistic attitude that discards others, Pope Francis said Thursday, explaining that with Jesus, no one is ever left out or excluded. “A despairing heart finds it easy to succumb to a way of thinking which is becoming ever more widespread in our world. It is a mentality in which everything has a price, everything can be … [Read more...]

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What happens when clerks object to providing gay marriage licenses?

Washington D.C., Jul 9, 2015 / 03:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, some county clerks have voiced religious objections to issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Does legal protection for them exist? “Frankly, there’s no reason why they [the clerks] should have to resign,” Ken Connelly, legal counsel for the group Alliance Defending Freedom, told CNA. This is assuming that should some clerks recuse themselves from issuing … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis goes to Washington (and will reach an even bigger crowd than planned)

Washington D.C., Jul 9, 2015 / 12:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The setting for Pope Francis’ address to Congress in September just grew by giant proportions as the public will be able to watch the telecast from outside the U.S. Capitol building. Pope Francis also wishes to make a “brief appearance” on the West Front of the Capitol building after he addresses a joint meeting of Congress on September 24, House Speaker John Boehner’s office announced Wednesday morning. The … [Read more...]

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Don’t forget how Christianity shaped you, Pope tells Bolivia

La Paz, Bolivia, Jul 8, 2015 / 06:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a meeting at the Cathedral of La Paz in Bolivia, Pope Francis urged civil authorities to respect religious freedom in order to allow Christians to play their part in civil life. “Christianity has played an important role in shaping the identity of the Bolivian people,” the Holy Father said. “Religious freedom – a phrase we often encounter in civil discourse – also reminds us that faith cannot be … [Read more...]

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