Watch this little girl defy security guards and get a hug from the Pope

Washington D.C., Sep 24, 2015 / 12:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Sophie Cruz travelled from Los Angeles, across the United States, with her father and two uncles to try to hand a letter Pope Francis this week. Her dream came true on Wednesday when the popemobile stopped for the child, and she was given the most tender embrace of the day. While Pope Francis paraded on his popemobile toward the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Sept. 23, Cruz, 5, jumped a security barrier and was soon stopped by … [Read more...]

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Jesus came into the world as a homeless person, Pope Francis says

Washington D.C., Sep 24, 2015 / 10:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- There is no social or moral justification for homelessness, but we can find solace and meaning in the Incarnation, Pope Francis said Thursday during a visit to Catholic Charities in Washington D.C. “The Son of God came into this world as a homeless person,” the Pope said. “The Son of God knew what it was to start life without a roof over his head.” “We can find no social or moral justification, no … [Read more...]

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Read the full text: Papal visit to St. Patrick’s Church and Homeless Shelter

Washington D.C., Sep 24, 2015 / 09:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Read the full text of the Pope's speech at St. Patrick Parish in Washington, D.C. here:Dear Friends, The first word I wish to say to you is “Thank you”. Thank you for welcoming me and for your efforts to make this meeting possible. Here I think of a person whom I love, someone who is, and has been, very important throughout my life. He has been a support and an inspiration. He is the one I go to whenever I am … [Read more...]

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Marriage and family are being threatened, Pope tells US Congress

Washington D.C., Sep 24, 2015 / 09:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his lengthy speech to the U.S. Congress on Thursday, Pope Francis said the family is being threatened today like never before, and praised American figures, including Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr., for their tireless efforts to defend freedom and values. The Pope also boldly condemned the death penalty and the arms trade, calling for their global abolition. “How essential the family has been to the building … [Read more...]

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Read the full text of Pope Francis’ address to US Congress

Washington D.C., Sep 24, 2015 / 05:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Please find below the full text of Pope Francis' Sept. 24 address to members of the United States Congress: Mr. Vice-President, Mr. Speaker, Honorable Members of Congress, Dear Friends,I am most grateful for your invitation to address this Joint Session of Congress in “the land of the free asnd the home of the brave”. I would like to think that the reason for this is that I too am a son of this great … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis made surprise stop at Little Sisters of the Poor to show support

Washington D.C., Sep 23, 2015 / 08:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis paid a short visit to the Little Sisters of the Poor community in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to support them in their court case over the contraception mandate, the Vatican's spokesman revealed. It was a “short visit that was not in the program,” Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, said at an evening press conference during the papal visit to the nation's … [Read more...]

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Care for environment is a moral duty, not a political football, bishop tells Americans

Washington D.C., Sep 23, 2015 / 06:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After Pope Francis insisted at the White House that the present moment is “critical” for addressing the threat of climate change, one bishop implored Americans to recognize environmental stewardship as a moral imperative. “It has been a very politicized topic,” Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces admitted to CNA Sept. 23 about the issues of environmental stewardship and climate change in the U.S. Bishop … [Read more...]

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