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Cuba, US set to be a busy trip for Pope Francis

Cuba, US set to be a busy trip for Pope Francis

VATICAN, June 30, 2015 (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ itinerary while in Cuba and the United States confirms several highly anticipated events including a special U.N. Summit and the canonization of Bl. Junipero Serra. He is also set to meet with groups he frequently prioritizes: homeless, prisoners and migrants. On June 30, the Vatican issued a [...]

Francis wishes Benedict XVI a good summer in Castel Gandolfo

VATICAN, June 30, 2015 (CNA/EWTN News).- Before heading out for his two-week stay at the papal residence in Castel Gandolfo this summer, retired pontiff Benedict XVI received a 30 minute visit from Pope Francis, who wished him a pleasant stay. Francis popped by Benedict’s residence at the Mater Ecclesiae ex-convent around 10 a.m. this morning [...]

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Will the Vatican’s new communications department prioritize new media?

VATICAN, June 30, 2015 (CNA/EWTN News).- Internet content and and video production will assume a greater role in Vatican communications in the years to come, suggests the establishment and – particularly – the leadership of the newly established Secretariat for Communications. At the same time, traditional media, such as the Vatican’s newspaper and radio, are [...]

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Practice what you preach, Pope encourages new archbishops

VATICAN, June 29, 2015 (CNA/EWTN News).- During his Mass for the feast of Saints Peter and Paul on Monday, Pope Francis called on the Church’s new archbishops to be courageous witnesses who are not ashamed of Christ, and who are convinced by what they themselves teach. “Kingdoms, peoples, cultures, nations, ideologies, powers have passed, but [...]

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VATICAN, June 29, 2015 (CNS) — In an effort to render the Vatican more effective in today’s digital world, Pope Francis established a new Secretariat for Communications, whose aim is to coordinate and streamline the Holy See’s multiple communications outlets. The development of digital media, with its converging technologies and interactive capabilities, “requires a rethinking [...]

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Pope Francis’ answer to ‘What is faith?’

VATICAN, June 28, 2015– The Pope focused on the virtue of faith during his Sunday Angelus address, saying the whole gospel is written in its light. “Faith is this: to touch Jesus and to draw from him the grace which saves,” Pope Francis explained June 28 at St. Peter’s Square, reflecting on the healing of [...]

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Pope Francis creates new secretariat overseeing all Vatican communications

VATICAN CITY, Jun 27, 2015–The Vatican’s nine communications offices will soon be consolidated under the authority of the newly-established Secretariat for Communications, per a Saturday directive of Pope Francis. The Roman Pontiff instituted the new secretariat with a motu proprio titled The current communication context, promulgated June 27. The letter states that the new management [...]

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Educate girls to the ‘beauty and grandeur of their vocation’ – Pope Francis

VATICAN, June 26, 2015 (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Friday praised Catholic girl scout leaders’ “absolutely crucial” role in educating women for their vocation and responsibilities in a world of ideologies that work against God and treat women as inferior. “Today it is very important that womanhood be properly appreciated … we are in a [...]

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A hope for peace: Vatican, Palestine sign treaty protecting religious liberty

VATICAN, June 26, 2015 (CNA/EWTN News).- The comprehensive agreement signed on Friday by the Holy See and the State of Palestine may serve the twofold goal of stimulating peace in the Middle East and providing a model for similar treaties with other Middle East countries. The text of the treaty was agreed upon May 13, [...]

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Pope exhorts future Vatican diplomats to bring Christ’s face to the world

VATICANm, June 25, 2015 (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told the graduating class of Holy See ambassadors on Thursday that their main mission is to be Christ’s representatives to the world. “It is not possible to represent someone without reflecting their features, without evoking their face,” he said June 25 at the Vatican’s Consistory Hall. What [...]

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For Archbishop Chaput, Vatican synod, Philly family meeting providentially linked

VATICAN, June 25, 2015 (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia sees a providential link between September’s World Meeting of Families and October’s Synod on the Family. As a participant in both, he says the fresh experience from Philadelphia will be on his mind as he enters the Vatican Synod hall mere weeks later. “I’m [...]

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VATICAN, June 25, 2015 (CNS) — More than 1.5 million people are expected for the Mass with Pope Francis in Philadelphia this September, said organizers of the next World Meeting of Families. A high-level delegation from Philadelphia, led by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, was in Rome as of June 22 to meet with Vatican officials, [...]

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Cardinal sends Ramadan wishes to suffering Muslims, rebukes religious violence

VATICAN, June 25, 2015 (CNA/EWTN News).- In an oblique rebuke to the Islamic State and other militants, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran has wished Muslims a peaceful and joyful Ramadan and acknowledged the pain of those who have suffered or died because of violence. “With Pope Francis, we wish you that the fruits of Ramadan and the [...]

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Synod on the Family’s working document sets the stage for spirited discussion

VATICAN, June 24, 2015 (CNA/EWTN News).- That the discussion at October’s Synod on the Family is going to be a lively one is indicated by the fact that the most controversial paragraphs of the final report from last year’s synod are included in the working document which was released Tuesday. At a June 23 press [...]

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VATICAN, June 24, 2015 (CNA/EWTN News).- Family wounds that aren’t dealt with in a healthy and timely manner can have devastating effects on both spouses and children, Pope Francis has said, and encouraged wounded families to work toward healing without letting bitterness build up. “We know well that every family on occasion suffers moments when [...]

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VATICAN, June 23, 2015 (CNS) — The deep hurts that spouses inflict on each other cause great suffering to their children and, in some cases, lead to a separation that is “morally necessary” to protect spouses and children from more serious forms of violence, Pope Francis said during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square [...]

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