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Pope: Easter invites return to our first encounter with Jesus

Pope: Easter invites return to our first encounter with Jesus

VATICAN, April 19, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily for the Easter Vigil Pope Francis encouraged those present to remember the moment they first felt the love of God, saying that Jesus’ resurrection is a time to relive this experience anew. “Returning to Galilee means treasuring in my heart the living memory of that call, [...]

Rome prepares for influx ahead of canonizations

VATICAN, April 18, 2014 (CNS) — Just over a week before Pope Francis canonizes two of his predecessors in a ceremony in St. Peter’s Square, Romans are bracing for the arrival of as many as 3 million outsiders. Nineteen heads of state, 24 prime ministers and 23 government ministers from various countries are due in [...]

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Papal preacher slams ‘curse’ of money-driven corruption

VATICAN, April 18, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily for Good Friday’s Passion liturgy, papal preacher Raniero Cantalamessa decried the poisonous actions of those who exploit others for financial gain, urging all to repent of their sin. “’The love of money,’ Scripture says, ‘is the root of all evil,’ Cantalamessa said in his April 18 [...]

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Jesus wants everyone to serve others with love, pope says

VATICAN, April 17, 2014 (CNS) — In the humble act of washing his disciples’ feet, Jesus is showing all Christians how he wants them to serve others with love, Pope Francis said. “This is the legacy that Jesus leaves us,” and he wants it to be passed down through people’s loving service to others, he [...]

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Imitate Jesus’ humility, thank him for it during Holy Week, pope says

VATICAN, April 16, 2014 (CNS) — Jesus’ resurrection “isn’t the happy ending of a beautiful fairytale, it isn’t the happy ending of a film,” but is the result of the loving intervention of God, who wanted to give humanity hope and salvation, Pope Francis said. In the middle of Holy Week, Pope Francis encouraged people [...]

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John Paul II: A man indispensable to the fall of the Soviet Union

VATICAN, April 16, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- Bl. John Paul II’s key role in the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact can be attributed to his vision of the human being, informed by personalism and the Catholic faith. The foundations for his role as Vicar of Christ in the fall of Soviet communism [...]

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Vatican to launch webpage detailing work of Popes on women

VATICAN, April 16, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- Leading up to the canonizations of Bl. John Paul II and John XXIII, the Pontifical Council for the Laity will publish a new webpage highlighting the emphasis both pontiffs placed on the role of women. Referring to the upcoming canonizations, Ana Christiana Villa, a consecrated laywoman of the Marian [...]

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Priests on front line in Italy’s battle against Mafia

VATICAN, April 25, 2014 (CNS) — Pope Francis’ dramatic appearance at a March prayer vigil with the families of Mafia victims, where he said he would plead on bended knee with Mafia bosses to “stop doing evil,” has highlighted the Catholic Church’s role in combatting Italian organized crime. “Pope Francis awakens consciences. Many who were [...]

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‘I can’t leave my people’: Priest killed in Syria hailed as martyr

VATICAN, Apr 15, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- Days after Dutch priest Fr. Frans van der Lugt S.J. was murdered in Syria, a close young friend recalled his saintly life, noting both his personal holiness and extraordinary advances in Christian-Muslim relations. Wael Salibi, 26, recalled how when the Christian area in Homs was taken over by rebels, [...]

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Pope: During Holy Week, ask which Gospel character you resemble

VATICAN, April 14, 2014 (CNS) — Preceded by young people and clergy waving tall palm branches, Pope Francis began his Holy Week liturgies by encouraging people to ask themselves which personality in the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection they resemble most. “Where is my heart? Which of these people do I resemble [...]

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Greatest fruit of WYD has been vocations, organizer says

VATICAN, April 14, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- At a recent gathering discussing preparations for World Youth Day in Krakow, a coordinator for the event emphasized how each year many youths receive the courage to answer their vocational call. “Year after year, the first thing we’ve seen is vocations. There are a lot of people who feel [...]

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Blossoming religious order in France sees global impact

VATICAN, April 14, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- A missionary order founded in the middle Ages in France is sending their burgeoning number of vocations from Asia and especially South Korea to evangelize countries throughout the world. “Our congregation has about 4,200 sisters, and we are serving 37 countries and we will expand 3 countries more this [...]

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One victim of trafficking is too many, cardinal emphasizes

VATICAN, April 13, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- Following a Vatican conference on human trafficking, Cardinal Vincent Nichols lamented the millions of victims and spoke of initiatives that provide an opportunity for them to come forward. In an April 10 interview with CNA, the cardinal said that although it is difficult to give an exact number of [...]

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Human life sacred and inviolable, Pope Francis affirms

VATICAN, April 12, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- At a meeting with Italy’s Pro-Life Movement, Pope Francis thanked members for their work to defend the right to life and promote the dignity of all human beings, from conception to natural death. “Human life is sacred and inviolable. Every civil law is based on the recognition of the [...]

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Medical care must consider whole person, Pope urges surgeons

VATICAN, April 12, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- In his audience with surgeons who treat cancer patients, Pope Francis encouraged the physicians to view the person as an integral whole of body and soul. On April 12, the Holy Father spoke of the need for “comprehensive care that considers the whole person and unites also human, psychological [...]

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Pope to pro-life activists: Defend the unborn, support pregnant women

VATICAN, April 11, 2014 (CNS) — Pope Francis said Christians must defend life at all stages, especially before birth, and he praised efforts to assist pregnant women in difficulty and prevent the destruction of human embryos. “It is necessary to reassert the strongest opposition to every direct attack on life, especially innocent and defenseless life, [...]

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