Pope Francis’ gift to Castro: a challenging message from Cuban leader’s old teacher

Havana, Cuba, Sep 20, 2015 / 04:56 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis met with Fidel Castro on Sunday and gave him a special gift: a book and two CDs with the homilies and songs of Father Amando Llorente, a Jesuit priest who was Castro’s school teacher. Before Father Llorente’s death, he publically asked for Castro’s conversion and repentance. Father Llorente was Castro’s teacher and mentor at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, where Castro studied until he was 16 years old. In … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis gifts Fidel Castro with copy of ‘Laudato Si’

Havana, Cuba, Sep 20, 2015 / 12:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis and former Cuban president Fidel Castro held a brief meeting after Sunday Mass and the Angelus today.Pope Francis, accompanied by a few other Vatican representatives including Apostolic Nuncio to Cuba, Archbishop Giorgio Lingua, traveled to Fidel Castro’s home where the two talked about the environment and “the great problems of the contemporary world."“Naturally, the … [Read more...]

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Colombian peace talks must not fail, Pope says during Cuba trip

Havana, Cuba, Sep 20, 2015 / 10:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis prayed for the ongoing negotiations between FARC rebels and the Colombian government happening in Cuba right now saying that “another failure” is not an option. “Please, we do not have the right to allow ourselves yet another failure on this path of peace and reconciliation,” he said following the Sept. 20 Sunday Angelus in Revolution Square. Since 1964, more than 200,000 people … [Read more...]

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Colombian peace talks must not fail, Pope says during Cuba trip

Havana, Cuba, Sep 20, 2015 / 10:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis prayed for the ongoing negotiations between FARC rebels and the Colombian government happening in Cuba right now saying that “another failure” is not an option. “Please, we do not have the right to allow ourselves yet another failure on this path of peace and reconciliation,” he said following the Sept. 20 Sunday Angelus in Revolution Square. Since 1964, more than 200,000 people … [Read more...]

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Pope in Cuba: Christians serve people, not ideology

Havana, Cuba, Sep 20, 2015 / 08:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his first Mass during apostolic trip to Cuba, Pope Francis centered his homily on the Christian call to service, which he said is never ideological, but involves putting our own interests aside for the sake of others. “Being a Christian entails promoting the dignity of our brothers and sisters, fighting for it, living for it,” the Pope said Sept. 20, addressing the tens of thousands of people gathered for Mass in … [Read more...]

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Surprise of heading Vatican Observatory reminds astronomer of God’s providence

Vatican City, Sep 19, 2015 / 05:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J. has spent more than 20 years – the majority of his life as a Jesuit – as an astronomer and planetary scientist at the Vatican Observatory. Now he’s taking the helm as its director. “I honestly did not expect the job, I completely didn’t, and I was surprised that most of the people in the observatory were telling me they were supporting me to be the new director,” Br. … [Read more...]

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Pope deeply moved by plight of Vatican-housed refugee family

Aboard the papal plane, Sep 19, 2015 / 04:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As he began his 10-day trip to Cuba and the United States, Pope Francis was seen off by a Syrian refugee family the Vatican is now housing through one of its parishes. The Pope described himself shortly after as “very moved.” “You could see the pain in their faces,” Pope Francis told journalists aboard the flight with him en route to Havana, Cuba on Sept. 19. They bade him farewell as he left the Vatican … [Read more...]

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