Pope tells diplomats to work for peace amid a world rife with conflict

Vatican City, Jan 12, 2015 / 07:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told Vatican diplomats that peace – which is a communal responsibility – is the only solution to global issues like war, terrorism and social problems such as unemployment and slavery. “Today I wish to repeat a word quite dear to us: peace!” the Pope told the diplomats on Jan. 12. He said that peace is a common theme we think about during Christmas, but cautioned that the holiday also makes us … [Read more...]

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How a crucifix restoration in Rome offers hope to the poor

Rome, Italy, Jan 11, 2015 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After receiving inspiration from an aged crucifix, Cardinal James Stafford commissioned it to be restored as a sign of compassion for Rome’s suffering poor and unemployed population. Cardinal Stafford told CNA Jan. 9 that the cross has been restored “out of a hermeneutics of compassion and to rediscover compassion, to help the poor rediscover the fact that there is a compassionate world (out) there.” The restoration … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis baptizes babies, says God’s word helps faith grow

Vatican City, Jan 11, 2015 / 02:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis baptized 33 babies at the Sistine Chapel on Sunday, advising families to set an example for their children through reading the Gospels.He said the Word of God is like a mother’s nourishing milk. “God, like a good father and a good mother, wants to give good gifts to his children,” and wants to give his children “substantial food,” the Pope said in his homily at the Jan. 11 Sistine Chapel … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Jesus’ baptism opened the heavens

Vatican City, Jan 11, 2015 / 11:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis encouraged Christians to remember their baptism with “joy,” as he reflected on the role of Jesus Christ’s baptism by John the Baptist in God’s saving mission for humanity. The Pope said the opening of the heavens when John the Baptist baptized Jesus “ended the time of the ‘closed heavens’ which indicate the separation between God and man, the consequence of sin.” “The … [Read more...]

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Among Christian refugees in Kurdistan, ‘no one is angry at God’

Erbil, Iraq, Jan 11, 2015 / 06:01 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- “Thank you, thank you, thank you:” Suheila, an elderly Christian woman from Mosul was effusive in expressing her gratitude to a group of European visitors. "May God make things easy for you in your lives." Home for Suheila is the Sports Club Center in Ankawa, where more than 200 Christian families from Bakhdida (Qaraqosh) have found shelter in mobile homes: "This is really a big improvement. I'm … [Read more...]

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One family under God: Archbishop Gomez addresses immigration reform

Los Angeles, Calif., Jan 10, 2015 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, if the Church is a family, then the faithful are all brothers and sisters. This familial attitude is especially true when it comes to migration, Archbishop Gomez notes in his Jan. 9 column for Angelus News. “We are all family. And family has to stick together and help one another. If one member of the family is suffering, we are called to help,” the archbishop … [Read more...]

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Haitian welder turned amputee soccer star: ‘It’s the best life’

Vatican City, Jan 10, 2015 / 02:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After losing a leg during Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake, Wilfrid Macena became a prosthetic technician and founded an amputee soccer team--and says his life can’t be topped years after the disaster. “The process has really helped me because I was only welding before the earthquake. I never could have believed that I would be a technician making prosthetics and helping the children in Haiti,” Macena told CNA … [Read more...]

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