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Pope Francis: Drug addiction ‘new form of slavery’

Pope Francis: Drug addiction ‘new form of slavery’

VATICAN, Dec. 6, 2016– Drug addiction is a ‘new form of slavery’ and a ‘wound in our society’ which should be combatted with education and rehabilitation. That was Pope Francis’ message to a Vatican conference called ‘Narcotics: Problems and Solutions of this Global Issue’, which was hosted by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on November 23-24. [...]

Prepare for Christmas by conversion, Pope tells Advent Angelus crowd

VATICAN, Dec. 4, 2016– The proclamation of John the Baptist to “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand” is a joyful one that calls us to conversion, Pope Francis said today in his Angelus address on the second Sunday of Advent. Referring to the Gospel reading for the day from Matthew 3:1-12, the [...]

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Pope Francis’ letter to dying girl read aloud at her funeral

VATICAN, Dec. 3, 2016– Pope Francis has again captured the hearts of the world, with a tear-jerking letter to a young Italian girl dying from cancer, which was read aloud at the girl’s funeral once she passed away. “Dear Paolina, your photos are on my desk, because in your very special gaze I see the [...]

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Pope to global economic leaders: Remember the dignity of the human person

VATICAN, Dec. 3, 2016– In an unprecedented event, Fortune 500 CEOs, members of the Time 100 and non-profit, academic, religious and labor leaders from throughout the world met in Rome to address the need for a global economic system that both encourages growth and aids the poor. The two-day forum focused on the theme “The [...]

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Pope Francis meets U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the Vatican

VATICAN, Dec. 2, 2016– While he was in town for a global meeting on the crisis in the Mediterranean region, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stopped by the Vatican for a meeting with Pope Francis that likely centered largely on the challenges of migration. Kerry is currently in Rome for the three-day “Rome Med [...]

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Pope recognizes martyrdom of Oklahoma priest killed in Guatemala

VATICAN, Dec. 2, 2016– Pope Francis has recognized the martyrdom of Father Stanley Rother of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, making him the first martyr born in the United States. The Vatican made the announcement Dec. 2. The recognition of his martyrdom clears the way for his beatification. Father Rother, born March 27, 1935, on [...]

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VATICAN, Dec. 2, 2016– In his latest prayer video, which highlights his prayer intention for the month of December, Pope Francis focused on putting an end to the phenomenon of child-soldiers, which he called a “form of slavery.” The video, published Dec. 1, shows a soldier suiting up for battle in the dark, boots, gun [...]

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Why famed atheist Stephen Hawking is on a pontifical academy

VATICAN, Dec. 2, 2016– Stephen Hawking’s visit to the Vatican this week has raised curiosity, with some asking what exactly the famed astrophysicist and self-proclaimed atheist was doing in the heart of the Catholic Church. But for the Vatican, his visit was nothing out of the ordinary. Hawking is a member of the Pontifical Academy [...]

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Pope meets Martin Scorsese after director screens ‘Silence’ for Jesuits

VATICAN, Dec. 1, 2016– The morning after screening his film, “Silence,” for about 300 Jesuits, the U.S. director Martin Scorsese had a private audience with Pope Francis. During the 15-minute audience Nov. 30, Pope Francis told Scorsese that he had read Japanese author Shusaku Endo’s historical novel, “Silence,” which inspired the film. The book and [...]

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Pope Francis offers prayer, condolences after Colombia plane crash

VATICAN, Nov. 30, 2016– After a plane crash in Colombia claimed the lives of 71 people, including the majority of Brazil’s up and coming Chapecoense soccer team, Pope Francis has offered his prayer and solidarity for the victims and their families. “Deeply distressed to learn of the sad news of the serious plane accident which has [...]

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Here’s what Pope Francis is doing for Christmas

Vatican City, Nov 29, 2016 / 10:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While signs of bustling pilgrims who came for the Jubilee of Mercy are mostly gone, new signs of Christmas are springing up around St. Peter’s Basilica, including the construction of the large Nativity scene in the middle of the square, and the placement of a [...]

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Grace, not money, must guide financial choices of religious, pope says

VATICAN, Nov. 28, 2016– Just as “the habit does not make the monk,” taking a vow of poverty does not automatically mean a consecrated person lives with a detachment from material things and in solidarity with the poor, Pope Francis said. In fact, “the hypocrisy of consecrated men and women who live like the rich [...]

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Pope asks scientists to find solutions, declare rules to save planet

VATICAN, Nov. 28, 2016– Humanity does not own God’s gift of creation and has no right to pillage it, Pope Francis said. “We are not custodians of a museum and its masterpieces that we have to dust off every morning, but rather collaborators in the conservation and development of the existence and biodiversity of the [...]

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Papal Advent advice: Don’t be dominated by material things

VATICAN, Nov. 27, 2016– The season of Advent is a reminder to us to open our horizons and have concern for more than just material things, the Pope said Sunday during his Angelus address. Advent is an invitation “to sobriety, to not be dominated by the things of this world, to material reality, but rather [...]

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Fidel Castro, communist leader who met three Popes, dies at 90

VATICAN, Nov. 26, 2016– After hearing of the death of Fidel Castro, former president and leader communist revolution in Cuba, late Friday evening, Pope Francis sent a telegram offering his prayers for the deceased and the entire nation. “Upon receiving the sad news of the passing of your dear brother, His Excellency Fidel Alejandro Castro [...]

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Advancing relations core of meeting between Pope, Vietnam president

VATICAN, Nov. 24, 2016– On Wednesday Pope Francis met Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang at the Vatican for a meeting largely focused on collaboration between the Church and State, as well as how to move forward in cementing better relations. In the course of the “cordial talks,” specific mention was made of the “good relations [...]

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