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Don’t be bad Christians, people may think atheism is better, pope says

Don’t be bad Christians, people may think atheism is better, pope says

VATICAN, Oct. 29, 2014 (CNS) — The way Christians behave can either help and inspire others, or turn them away from ever following Jesus, Pope Francis said. “How many times we’ve heard in our neighborhoods, ‘Oh that person over there always goes to church, but he badmouths everyone, skins them alive.’ What a bad example [...]

Pope urges prayer, international action to fight Ebola virus

VATICAN, Oct. 29, 2014 (CNS) — Pope Francis pleaded for the international community to take stronger, coordinated steps to “annihilate” the Ebola virus and help the millions of people impacted by the disease. “As the Ebola virus epidemic worsens, I want to express my deep concern for this relentless illness that is spreading particularly on [...]

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Pope: Evolution, Big Bang do not push aside God, who set it in motion

VATICAN, Oct. 28, 2014 (CNS) — The Big Bang theory and evolution do not eliminate the existence of God, who remains the one who set all of creation into motion, Pope Francis told his own science academy. And God’s existence does not contradict the discoveries of science, he told members of the Pontifical Academy of [...]

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Are you Catholic? Then stay in the Church, Pope says

VATICAN, Oct. 28, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said that those waiting at the threshold of the Church without going inside are not true members of the Church which Jesus established and on whom it is built. “We are citizens, fellow citizens of this Church. If we do not enter into this temple to be [...]

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Asia Bibi to Pope Francis: Pray for me, your daughter

VATICAN, Oct. 28, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- A Catholic woman condemned to death in Pakistan for allegedly violating the country’s blasphemy law has asked Pope Francis for his prayers, saying that she trusts in God’s plan for her life. “Pope Francis, I am your daughter, Asia Bibi. I implore you: pray for me, for my salvation [...]

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Pope Francis says Pope Benedict was a ‘great pope’

VATICAN, Oct. 27, 2014 (CNS) — Retired Pope Benedict XVI is a perfect example of how intellectual knowledge and scientific curiosity do not lead a person further from God, but can strengthen their love for God and for his human creatures, Pope Francis said. “Benedict XVI was a great pope,” he said: “Great for the [...]

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You are hurting the Church if you’re lukewarm, Pope Francis warns

VATICAN, Oct. 27, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily for Mass celebrated at the Santa Marta residence Monday Pope Francis warned against the harm of “lukewarm” Christianity, calling on faithful instead to be “children of light.” The Lord has strong words towards Christian who avoid overstating their Christianity, the Pope told the congregation on Oct. [...]

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Pope calls for end to death penalty out of respect for human dignity

VATICAN, Oct. 27, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis called for the abolition of capital punishment during a speech on Thursday, as well as all forms of penal punishment which violate human dignity. In an Oct. 23 audience with delegates from the International Association of Penal Law, the Pope decried the “growing conviction” in recent decades [...]

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Pope Francis: God’s image is revealed in the face of our brothers

VATICAN, Oct. 26, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- The message Pope Francis sent during his Sunday Angelus address was that love of God and neighbor are inseparably united, and that we see God’s face most clearly in the weak and vulnerable. “In the middle of the thicket of rules and regulations – of the legalisms of yesterday [...]

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Beyond economics, youth unemployment a ‘problem of dignity,’ Pope says

VATICAN, Oct. 25, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has sent a message to young people affected by the “culture of waste,” calling on them to spread the hope of the Gospel amid these times of uncertainty. The Pope’s message, dated Oct. 16, was written to mark the Italian Bishops’ conference of Salerno’s national convention on [...]

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12 Iraqi priests, monks suspended for breaking vow of obedience

VATICAN, Oct. 26, 2014 (CNA).- Chaldean patriarch Louis Sako I has suspended a group of monks and priests who fled Iraq without consulting their superiors, saying a priest’s primary duty is to serve his flock wherever he is asked. “Before his ordination, the ‘Priest’ announces the offering of his whole life to God and the [...]

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Amid insurgency, Iraqi priest is guardian angel of ancient manuscripts

ROME, Oct. 24, 2014 (CNS) — Just as the so-called Monuments Men salvaged European masterpieces stolen by Nazi forces during World War II, a Dominican priest is protecting priceless manuscripts from falling into the hands of rampaging militants in northern Iraq. Islamic State militants have been sweeping across the northern Iraq region in their bid [...]

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Pope calls Christians to be ‘living stones’ of the Church

VATICAN, Oct. 24, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily for Mass at the Santa Marta residence on Oct. 24, Pope Francis reflected on the call of Christians to perpetuate unity in the Church by being “living stones” built upon the “cornerstone of Christ.” This creating of unity in the Church, the Pope said, recounting the [...]

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Pope Francis calls for abolishing death penalty and life imprisonment

VATICAN, Oct. 23, 2014 (CNS) — Pope Francis called for abolition of the death penalty as well as life imprisonment, and denounced what he called a “penal populism” that promises to solve society’s problems by punishing crime instead of pursuing social justice. “It is impossible to imagine that states today cannot make use of another [...]

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How do we praise God? Pray like Saint Paul, Pope Francis says

VATICAN, Oct. 23, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News)– In his homily on Thursday Pope Francis said that no one has the strength to be a Christian without the Holy Spirit, and encouraged attendees to imitate St. Paul in praying to him with praise and adoration. “This is a mystical experience of Paul and it teaches us the prayer [...]

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Ecumenical dialogue in the spotlight as Pope’s Turkey trip approaches

VATICAN, Oct. 22, 2014 (CNA).- The cardinal heading the Church’s council for Christian Unity has expressed his hope that Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Turkey will help strengthen existing Catholic-Orthodox relations. “The ecumenical vision of the patriarch is very helpful for me because we have some tendencies in the dialogue to avoid the theological questions [...]

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