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Pope: Being envious, mean-spirited may be human, but it’s not Christian

Pope: Being envious, mean-spirited may be human, but it’s not Christian

VATICAN, Aug. 27, 2014 (CNS) — Envy, jealousy and meanness are human instincts, but they are not Christian, since the division they cause among believers is the work of the devil, Pope Francis said. “Instead, God wants us to grow in the ability to come together, forgive each other and love each other in order [...]

Pope: Division is among greatest sins of Christian communities

VATICAN, Aug. 27, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- During his weekly general audience Pope Francis spoke on the unity and holiness of the Church, stating that despite the fact we are sinners, we are called to live as a community centered on Christ. “In a Christian community division is one of the most serious sins, because it [...]

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Pope Francis’ Korea visit ignites movement toward unity

VATICAN, Aug. 27, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- A South Korea-based U.S. missionary who frequently crosses the border to North Korea to bring medicine and support says that Pope Francis’ visit advanced efforts to heal a divided country. Father Gerard Hammond, an 81-year-old Maryknoll missionary, has lived in South Korea since 1960 and has made 51 trips [...]

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A refreshed Benedict XVI captivates students with homily

VATICAN, Aug. 26, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- Participants in the annual Ratzinger “schulerkreis” study group were overjoyed at seeing the retired pontiff in good health, noting that they were deeply moved by his homily on the triumph of God’s love. “The homily was very moving. It was the Gospel of the day about Cesarea of Philippi [...]

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Vatican spokesman: ISIS threat to Pope Francis unfounded

VATICAN, Aug. 26, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- In response to rumors that the Islamic State may be targeting Pope Francis, Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J. said there is no reason for concern. “There is nothing serious to this. There is no particular concern in the Vatican. This news has no foundation,” the spokesman told CNA Aug. 26. [...]

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VATICAN, Aug. 25, 2014 (CNS) — The Vatican denied covering up for a former papal ambassador accused of sexually abusing boys and suggested he might have to stand trial on the charges in the Dominican Republic. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, released a statement Aug. 25 in response to journalists’ questions about former [...]

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Vatican advisor: anti-Ebola effort needs international backup

VATICAN, Aug. 25, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- Though the Church and others are doing much to help Ebola victims, “extraordinary measures” are needed to halt the epidemic, a Vatican advisor on health issues has said. “For example, in a health care center with a capacity of 70 patients, there is need for at least 250 health [...]

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Pope Francis challenges with question: How is your faith?

VATICAN, Aug. 24, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- During his Angelus address Sunday Pope Francis reflected on the Gospel account of Saint Peter’s recognition of Jesus as the Lord, urging those present to honestly evaluate their own faith. “Brothers and sisters, what happened in a unique way in Saint Peter, also takes place in every Christian who [...]

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SEOUL, South Korea, Aug. 22, 2014 (CNS) — Since the end of the Korean War in 1953, no Catholic priest has resided in the North of this divided peninsula, where autonomous religious activity is effectively forbidden. And no enemy of the communist regime there is more detested or fiercely denounced than the United States. Nevertheless, [...]

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Papal envoy: Francis donated $1 million to Iraqi refugees

VATICAN, Aug. 22, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has given $1 million as a personal contribution to help Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq who have been forced from their homes, according to his personal envoy to the country. Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, visited Erbil as [...]

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NEW YORK, Aug. 21, 2014 (CNS) — Pope Francis phoned the bereaved family of James Foley, a U.S. journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Syria. In an Aug. 22 interview on NBC’s “Today” show, John and Diane Foley briefly described the previous day’s discussion with the pope, in which they spoke of shared grief [...]

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VATICAN,  Aug. 21, 2014 (CNS) — Human trafficking destroys the lives of millions of children, women and men each year, making it a real threat to peace, the Vatican said as it announced Pope Francis’ 2015 World Peace Day message would focus on the phenomenon. “Slaves no more, but brothers and sisters” will be the [...]

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Next World Day of Peace to address slavery, Vatican announces

VATICAN, Aug. 21, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- “Slaves no more, but brothers and sisters” is the title of the message Pope Francis will deliver for the 2015 World Day of Peace, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace stated Thursday. “Slavery is a terrible open wound on the contemporary social body, a fatal running sore on [...]

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Memory, hope, witness are Korea trip’s import, Pope reflects

VATICAN, Aug. 20, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis discussed his recent trip to South Korea in his General Audience address Wednesday, saying its significance is found in the three words memory, hope, and witness. In South Korea “the Church is the guardian of memory and of hope: and is a spiritual family in which adults [...]

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VATICAN, August 20, 2014 (CNS) — Pope Francis, in mourning for the deaths of his nephew’s wife and two small children, thanked people at his weekly general audience Aug. 20 for their prayers. After each of the priests who translate the pope’s words offered him condolences for the tragedy that struck his family, Pope Francis [...]

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Pope asks prayers after great nephews, their mother die in car crash

VATICA, August 19, 2014 (CNS) — Pope Francis asked people to join him in prayer Aug. 19 after he learned that two of his little great nephews and their mother had died in a car crash in Argentina and his nephew was in critical condition. The dead were identified as the wife and two young [...]

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