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Pope Francis shoutout to March for Life: ‘Every Life is a Gift’

Pope Francis shoutout to March for Life: ‘Every Life is a Gift’

VATICAN CITY, Jan 22, 2015–As massive crowds of pro-life advocates gathered for the March for Life in Washington, D.C., Pope Francis on Thursday tweeted a short message of support. “Every Life is a Gift,” he said Jan. 22, using the hashtag “#marchforlife.” The message went out to over 5.3 million Twitter followers on his English-language [...]

Financial appointment at Vatican signals continuity in reform, transparency

VATICAN CITY, Jan 21, 2015–Tommaso Di Ruzza was appointed Wednesday as the new director of the Vatican’s Authority for Financial Information, filling the post left vacant Nov. 19, when the previous director, René Bruelhart, was made president of the Authority’s board of directors. Di Ruzza’s appointment indicates continuity in the advancement of financial reforms that [...]

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Big families bring hope – not poverty, says Pope

VATICAN CITY, Jan 21, 2015–Pope Francis has rejected the “simplistic” belief that large families are among the causes of poverty, stressing that economic systems which create a culture of waste are to blame. “Families know they are essential to the life of society,” the Pope said Jan. 21 during his first weekly general audience since [...]

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Pope Francis: Philippines’ 500 years of Christianity can inspire more good

MANILA, Philippines, Jan 15, 2015–Pope Francis praised Philippines Catholics’ strong faith and challenged them to continue to let the Christian message bear fruit, noting the upcoming 500th anniversary of Christianity’s arrival in Philippines. “It is my hope that this important anniversary will point to its continuing fruitfulness and its potential to inspire a society worthy [...]

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French imams, Vatican: ‘Without freedom of expression, the world is in danger’

VATICAN CITY, Jan 8, 2015–French imams visiting the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue released Thursday a joint communique condemning the attack on Charlie Hebdo and calling for freedom of expression. “Without freedom of expression, the world is in danger,” the Jan 8. statement reads. It also asked that the media provide information which is “respectful [...]

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Pope Francis’ new cardinals shed light on Church’s minorities

VATICAN CITY, Jan 4, 2015–In his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis announced the names of the 15 bishops to be created cardinal electors in February, many of whom hail from small dioceses which have never before had a cardinal. “As was already announced, next February 14 I will have the joy of holding a Consistory, [...]

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Without the Church, Jesus ‘is at the mercy of our imagination,’ Pope says

VATICAN CITY, Jan 1, 2015–In his homily on New Year’s Day, Pope Francis said that Jesus and his mother Mary are “inseparable,” just like Jesus and the Church, who is the mother of all humanity that guides her children to God. “To separate Jesus from the Church would introduce an ‘absurd dichotomy,’” the Pope told [...]

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VATICAN CITY, Jan 1, 2015–Denouncing modern slavery as a “scourge,” Pope Francis on New Year’s Day called for concrete action and the “globalization of fraternity” to combat slavery and human trafficking. “Whenever sin corrupts the human heart and distances us from our Creator and our neighbors, the latter are no longer regarded as beings of [...]

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Pope: This New Year’s, embrace gratitude, reject slavery of sin

VATICAN CITY, Dec 31, 2014–At the year’s end, Pope Francis reflected on Christ’s saving presence within time, cautioning against nostalgia for the slavery of sin, and encouraging gratitude that leads to repentance. The theme of time was central to Pope Francis’ off-the-cuff homily, delivered during evening Vespers in Saint Peter’s Basilica Dec. 31. “The significance [...]

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Vatican news highlights of 2014

VATICAN, Dec. 29, 2014 (CNS) — Controversy over family issues and the ongoing search for peace in the Middle East dominated Vatican news in 2014. Here are the highlights at a glance: – Jan. 16: Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican observer to U.N. agencies in Geneva, testifies before the U.N. Committee on the Rights of [...]

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Large families are schools of solidarity and sharing, Francis affirms

VATICAN, Dec. 29, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- In an address on Sunday to Italy’s National Numerous Family Association, Pope Francis thanked the members of large families for their cultivation of virtues that benefit society at large, as well as themselves. “The fact of having brothers and sisters is good for you,” he said Dec. 28 to [...]

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Pope Francis prays for ongoing AirAsia search

ROME, Dec. 29, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Angelus address on Sunday, Pope Francis promised his prayers for families affected by the disappearance of an AirAsia jet carrying 162 people. The Pope said his “thoughts are with those on board this missing AirAsia plane” as well as families and loved ones undergoing “these difficult situations [...]

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Embrace, be amazed by God’s great gift of children, pope says

VATICAN, Dec. 29, 2014 (CNS) — Becoming a mother or father is a gift from God, but women and men have a duty to embrace that gift and be astonished by its beauty, Pope Francis said. When people recognize that every child is unique and wanted by God, they will be “amazed by what a [...]

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Saint’s martyrdom strips Christmas of false ‘saccharine-sweetness’

VATICAN, Dec. 26, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis marked the feast day of Saint Stephen on Dec. 26, noting that the martyrdom of the early Church saint helps prevent the Christmas season from being reduced to a trivial celebration. “The Gospel of this feast gives a part of Jesus’ discourse to his disciples in the [...]

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The Pope’s Christmas prayer – deliver children who suffer due to violence

VATICAN CITY, Dec 25, 2014–In his Christmas “Urbi et Orbi” blessing Pope Francis prayed for all affected by war and conflict, asking that the salvation of the infant Jesus be given above all to children who suffer. “The Child Jesus. My thoughts turn to all those children today who are killed and ill-treated, be they [...]

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VATICAN CITY, Dec 24, 2014–The birth of Jesus – a light that shattered the world’s darkness on Christmas night – witnesses to God’s love for mankind amid a history marked by “violence, wars, hatred and oppression,” Pope Francis said. “Through the course of history, the light that shatters the darkness reveals to us that God [...]

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