Pope: Authentic conversion only comes from Christ

Vatican City, Jun 18, 2016 / 06:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Recognizing the needs of others is a sign of genuine conversion, which only happens when the heart is ready to be changed by Jesus, Pope Francis said Saturday.“True conversion happens when we welcome the gift of grace,” the Pope said during his catechesis for this month’s Jubilee Year of Mercy audience in St. Peter's Square. “A clear sign of its authenticity is that we recognize the needs of our brothers and … [Read more...]

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For Pope Francis, the Catholic laity can transform the world

Vatican City, Jun 18, 2016 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church should always value the transformative power of faith-filled laity who are willing to serve the Gospel, Pope Francis said Friday.“We need well-formed lay people, animated by a sincere and clear faith, whose life has been touched by the personal and merciful love of Christ Jesus,” the Pope told a plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Laity June 17.“We need lay people who take risks, who get their … [Read more...]

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For Pope Francis, the Catholic laity can transform the world

Vatican City, Jun 18, 2016 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church should always value the transformative power of faith-filled laity who are willing to serve the Gospel, Pope Francis said Friday.“We need well-formed lay people, animated by a sincere and clear faith, whose life has been touched by the personal and merciful love of Christ Jesus,” the Pope told a plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Laity June 17.“We need lay people who take risks, who get their … [Read more...]

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Pan-Orthodox Council still a go – spokesman for Ecumenical Patriarch

Heraklion, Greece, Jun 17, 2016 / 06:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite last-minute defections by representatives of four Orthodox Patriarchates, a spokesman for the Ecumenical Patriarch insists that the Council of the Orthodox Churches will still speak for all of Eastern Orthodoxy and will foster Orthodox unity as well.“The Holy and Great Council may not have all Churches in attendance, but I find it very difficult not to call it ‘Pan-Orthodox’,” Father John Chryssavgis … [Read more...]

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What actually makes a marriage invalid?

Washington D.C., Jun 17, 2016 / 03:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A virtual brouhaha erupted Thursday after Pope Francis said in unscripted remarks that “the great majority” of marriages today are null, due to a “provisional” culture in which people do not understand permanent commitment.Although his comment was later revised to say that “a portion” of marriages are null, the question remains: What exactly makes a marriage invalid?“It’s certainly in … [Read more...]

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Priests in Rome get a surprise visit from Pope Francis

Rome, Italy, Jun 17, 2016 / 12:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Friday afternoon Pope Francis visited two communities of priests in Rome as part of his “Mercy Friday” initiative to spend time with various groups each month during the Jubilee of Mercy.“This afternoon, continuing the series of ‘Mercy Friday’ jubilee initiatives, Pope Francis decided to turn his attention to priests,” Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, said in a June 17 communique.The … [Read more...]

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Priests in Rome get a surprise visit from Pope Francis

Rome, Italy, Jun 17, 2016 / 12:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Friday afternoon Pope Francis visited two communities of priests in Rome as part of his “Mercy Friday” initiative to spend time with various groups each month during the Jubilee of Mercy.“This afternoon, continuing the series of ‘Mercy Friday’ jubilee initiatives, Pope Francis decided to turn his attention to priests,” Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, said in a June 17 communique.The … [Read more...]

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