Pope: murdered missionaries of charity are martyrs of indifference

Vatican City, Mar 6, 2016 / 05:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday Pope Francis lamented the world’s indifference to the recent killing of four Missionaries of Charity, calling them the ‘martyrs of today’ and asking that Bl. Mother Teresa intercede in bringing peace. “I express my closeness to the Missionaries of Charity for the great loss that affected them two days ago with the killing of four religious in Aden, Yemen, where they assisted the elderly,” the … [Read more...]

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How Pope Francis changed the life of a California teen inmate

Los Angeles, Calif., Mar 5, 2016 / 04:10 pm (CNA).- When a juvenile inmate in a California prison wrote to Pope Francis, he did not expect a response. But he received one, in the form a Jan. 21 letter from the Holy Father, inviting him to take advantage of the Holy Year of Mercy.“Know that the Holy Father is thinking of you and praying for you. And please remember to pray for me, because I greatly need your prayers,” the Pope said in his letter.Carlos Adrian Vazquez Jr., … [Read more...]

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Time is running out for Christians to be named genocide victims

Washington D.C., Mar 5, 2016 / 06:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pressure is mounting for the U.S. State Department to declare Christians as genocide victims at the hands of the Islamic State (ISIS).On Wednesday, the House Foreign Affairs Committee passed a genocide resolution, becoming the latest body to call for a formal recognition of ISIS’ actions as genocide. “ISIS commits mass murder, beheadings, crucifixions, rape, torture, enslavement, and the kidnaping of children, among … [Read more...]

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How do you defend life? Show its beauty, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Mar 4, 2016 / 04:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cultural trends and hardened hearts can obscure the value of human life. But true virtues, compassion and beauty are the way for Christians to overcome this, Pope Francis in a recent talk at the Vatican.“In our time, some cultural orientations no longer acknowledge the imprint of divine wisdom either in the created reality, or in mankind,” the Pope said March 3.“Human nature is thus reduced to mere matter that may be … [Read more...]

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Four sisters dead in attack on Missionaries of Charity home in Yemen

Aden, Yemen, Mar 4, 2016 / 04:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At least 16 people are dead after two gunmen attacked a Missionaries of Charity convent and nursing home for elderly and disabled persons in Aden, the provisional capital of Yemen, on Friday.Four of the victims were sisters of the Missionaries of Charity, the community founded by Blessed Mother Teresa. They have been identified by the Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia as Sr. Anselm from India, Sr. Margherite from Rwanda, Sr. Reginette … [Read more...]

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God did not create us to remain crushed by sin, Pope says

Vatican City, Mar 4, 2016 / 01:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Leading his annual penitential service on Friday, Pope Francis told attendees to stand tall and be open to forgiveness, and not to let themselves remain under the heavy burden of sin.“Let us cast off...all that prevents us from racing towards him, unafraid of leaving behind those things which make us feel safe and to which we are attached,” the Pope said March 4.He told attendees not to “remain sedentary, but let us get … [Read more...]

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Vatican: the Church has been anything but indifferent to clerical abuse

Vatican City, Mar 4, 2016 / 10:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi cautioned Friday that the recent Oscar-win for “Spotlight” and the lengthy deposition of a top Vatican official on institutional responses to clerical sex abuse could paint a false picture of how the Church has responded to the issue.“The sensationalistic presentation of these two events has meant that, for much of the public, especially if less informed or of short memory – … [Read more...]

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