Pope Francis: Christ’s birth more powerful than history of sin

Vatican City, Dec 24, 2014 / 02:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The birth of Jesus – a light that shattered the world's darkness on Christmas night – witnesses to God's love for mankind amid a history marked by “violence, wars, hatred and oppression,” Pope Francis said. “Through the course of history, the light that shatters the darkness reveals to us that God is Father and that his patient fidelity is stronger than darkness and corruption,” he emphasized. … [Read more...]

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You are not ‘lords of the manor’: Pope Francis’ tough words to curia

Vatican City, Dec 24, 2014 / 11:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis issued a strong message to members of the curia this week, warning them against careerism and urging them to live the reality of the priesthood – as servants. “Sometimes,” the Pope said Dec. 22, curia members “feel themselves 'lords of the manor' – superior to everyone and everything,” forgetting that their lives should be rooted in humility and generosity.The pontiff made his … [Read more...]

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Australians celebrate episcopal consecration of two Melbourne bishops

Melbourne, Australia, Dec 23, 2014 / 03:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Jubilation marked the episcopal concration of Terence Curtin and Mark Edwards as auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of Melbourne, which took place last Wednesday. The two had been appointed auxiliary bishops of Melbourne by Pope Francis on Nov. 7, and were consecrated at St. Patrick's Cathedral on Dec. 17. Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne was principal consecrator, joined by Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Apostolic Nuncio … [Read more...]

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A Christmas with tears – Pope Francis’ words to Middle East

Vatican City, Dec 23, 2014 / 10:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a Christmas message to Christians of the Middle East, Pope Francis grieved the violence that has ravaged and displaced many of the region's faithful. But the birth of Jesus, he insisted, gives us the ultimate consolation – God has come in the flesh to save us. “I write to you just before Christmas, knowing that for many of you the music of your Christmas hymns will also be accompanied by tears and sighs,” Pope … [Read more...]

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How the Church has helped fight AIDS in Uganda, Malawi

Kampala, Uganda, Dec 23, 2014 / 09:35 am (CNA).- Catholic leaders in Uganda and Malawi have issued largely positive informal progress reports on local Church efforts to combat HIV/AIDS in the African nations. A report from the Uganda Episcopal Conference that was provided to CANAA (Catholic News Agency for Africa) stressed “the contributions that the Catholic Church has made through one of its currently running projects to the Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of … [Read more...]

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Don’t give up hope, Cardinal Dolan encourages after NYPD shooting

New York City, N.Y., Dec 22, 2014 / 09:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite the violence, darkness and confusion of the world, we can find hope and peace in the promise of Christ, said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York in response to the killing of two police officers. “Never is the hope of the good news of God’s promise and fulfillment erased for a believer, and the more it is tested the stronger it gets,” said Cardinal Dolan in a Dec. 21 homily during Mass at St. … [Read more...]

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Typhoon can’t budge faith of Catholics in the Philippines

Manila, Philippines, Dec 22, 2014 / 03:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church in the Philippines has stepped up round the clock rehabilitation and relief measures for the  population affected by the country's most recent typhoon, Hagupit, which struck earlier this month. Hagupit, locally known as “Ruby”, ripped through the archipelago’s central belt Dec. 7 with heavy rains and wind that left 21 dead and over 900 injured, besides leaving thousands of people displaced on … [Read more...]

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