A scooter from Pope Francis – elderly couple receives gift of mobility

Vatican City, Jun 6, 2016 / 12:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An elderly couple with disabilities on the outskirts of Rome now has an electric scooter, thanks to a gift from Pope Francis.Both the man and the woman suffer from many health problems, including high blood pressure and diabetes, Vatican Radio reports. The woman’s leg was recently amputated. Thanks to the new scooter, the couple can be more independent.The papal almoner Archbishop Konrad Krajewski sent the gift on behalf of Pope … [Read more...]

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Want to get close to Jesus? Be meek, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Jun 6, 2016 / 11:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Meekness of heart is not foolishness, Pope Francis said Monday, but rather “the capacity to be deep and to understand the greatness of God, and worship Him.”The Pope reflected during his homily Monday on the Beatitudes as steps that take us towards God.The Pope’s homily came during the June 6 Mass at the Casa Santa Martha residence, Vatican Radio reports. He reflected on the Sermon on the Mount and the Beatitudes as … [Read more...]

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What Catholics are doing to help victims of predatory loans

Washington D.C., Jun 5, 2016 / 04:44 pm (CNA).- As the federal government considers regulating the infamous “payday loan” industry, Catholics are already acting to help borrowers saddled with loan debt.“I think that, from a social justice standpoint, we have the ability to speak for an entire group of people who are being marginalized and taken advantage of,” Stacy Ehrlich, executive director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul for the Diocesan Council of Austin, told … [Read more...]

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Francis pleas for solidarity with elderly, marginalized in latest prayer video

Vatican City, Jun 5, 2016 / 11:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For Pope Francis, June is a month dedicated to praying for a demographic he frequently brings up in his speeches and homilies: the elderly, sick and marginalized, particularly for solidarity for those in big cities.“In our cities the elderly and sick are neglected. Can we ignore it?” the Pope asks in the video, published June 2.Our cities, he said, “should be characterized above all by solidarity, which entails not only … [Read more...]

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New saints show the power of Jesus’ resurrection, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Jun 5, 2016 / 04:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- St. Stanislaus of Jesus and Mary and St. Maria Elizabeth Hesselblad are key examples of how to unite oneself to Jesus’ Passion and death, as well as the power of his resurrection, Pope Francis said Sunday, after canonizing the two.“In the Passion of Christ, we find God’s response to the desperate and at times indignant cry that the experience of pain and death evokes in us,” the Pope said June 5.Jesus, he said, … [Read more...]

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Military chaplains help traumatized soldiers, but who helps them?

Washington D.C., Jun 5, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As military veterans and victims of violence are treated for psychological trauma, the emotional wounds of missionaries and military chaplains might be overlooked, but are just as present.And with mass shootings, suicides, and acts of terrorism on the rise, more and more first responders like policemen, firemen, hospital workers, and clergy will “continually bear the brunt” of experiencing these horrors.That's … [Read more...]

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Victims always come first, Pope tells trafficking summit

Vatican City, Jun 5, 2016 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis asked judges, prosecutors and magistrates gathered at the Vatican for a summit on human trafficking this week to remember that the victims always come first.“The victims are the first who need to be rehabilitated and reintegrated into society — and their traffickers and executioners must be given no quarter and pursued,” the Holy Father said in his address to the judges on June 3.“Victims can recover … [Read more...]

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