Move over Donald Trump – Pope Francis’ approval ratings are much higher

Washington D.C., Sep 21, 2015 / 03:49 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis can look forward to a warm welcome in the United States this week, from both Catholic and non-Catholic Americans.   A new Rasmussen Reports poll of 1,000 Americans has the Holy Father’s total approval rating at 60 percent, half of which viewed him “Very Favorably.” The news comes just one day before his scheduled arrival in Washington, D.C. The rating is even higher among American Catholics, who gave him a … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis prays for new Assyrian Christian leader amid Middle East tragedy

Erbil, Iraq, Sep 21, 2015 / 02:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid the sufferings of Christians in the Middle East, Pope Francis on Monday sent his prayers to the new head of the Assyrian Church of the East, Catholicos-elect Gewargis III.  (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, … [Read more...]

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Here’s what Pope Francis is likely to tell the US Congress

Washington D.C., Sep 21, 2015 / 10:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Thursday Pope Francis will become the first Bishop of Rome to address a joint session of the US Senate and House of Representatives. During his speech he will tackle the misinterpretation of his words on economics and politics. That expectation is according to a source who saw the first drafts of the speech, and who spoke with CNA Sept. 18. “Pope Francis will likely use the speech to Congress to clarify his position on … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Do you believe that Christ can transform you?

Havana, Cuba, Sep 21, 2015 / 09:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis Monday celebrated his second public Mass during his papal visit to Cuba, reflecting that an encounter with Christ has the power to transform even the most rejected sinners into missionaries. “The gaze of Jesus gives rise to missionary activity, service, self-giving,” the Pope said, drawing his inspiration from the conversion of St. Matthew, whose feast is celebrated Sept. 21. “Jesus' love heals our … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis unplugged: The Holy Father speaks from the heart to young Cubans

Havana, Cuba, Sep 20, 2015 / 07:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis set aside his prepared remarks to respond to the dreams and hopes of young people who spoke to him in Cuba on Sunday evening. “I took notes,” he told a Sept. 20 youth meeting at the Father Felix Varela Cultural Center near Havana’s Cathedral. “The word that hit me hard: dream,” Pope Francis said. “A Latin American writer used to say: ‘People have two eyes, one made of flesh and … [Read more...]

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Let poverty be your mother, Pope Francis tells religious in Cuba

Havana, Cuba, Sep 20, 2015 / 06:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Sunday spoke from the heart about the importance of spiritual poverty, the danger of worldly wealth, and the universal need for mercy. He made his impromptu remarks to Cuban priests, consecrated religious and seminarians at Havana’s cathedral. “The spirit of the world does not love the way of the Son of God, who emptied himself and became poor. He became nothing - he humiliated himself in order to be one of … [Read more...]

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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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