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Jesus is the great treasure, Pope teaches

Jesus is the great treasure, Pope teaches

VATICAN, July 27, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday Pope Francis stressed the priceless value of encountering Jesus, noting that Jesus’ parables speak of those who are willing to trade everything for the Kingdom of God. “He who knows Jesus, who encounters him personally, remains fascinated and attracted by so much kindness, so much truth, so [...]

Give primacy to God, Pope says

ROME, July 26, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Saturday visited the Italian city of Caserta, encouraging the people of the region to place God at the center of their lives. “Giving primacy to God means having the courage to say no to evil, violence, oppression; to live a life of service to others and [...]

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Pope Francis lunches with Vatican employees by surprise

VATICAN, Julu 25, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican’s blue-collar employees were surprised by a lunch guest on Friday, when their ‘boss’ and bishop, Pope Francis, turned up at at their cafeteria. “Pope Francis acted as the humblest of the workers,” Franco Paini, chef of the Vatican cafeteria, told Vatican Radio July 25. “He got here, he took [...]

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Meriam Ibrahim lands in Rome, meets with Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY, July 25, 2014–A Sudanese woman spared of a death sentence for refusing to renounce her Christian faith arrived in Rome with her family Thursday, where they met with Pope Francis a few hours after landing. “Pope Francis was very tender with her, her husband, who was in prison, and thanked her for her [...]

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VATICAN CITY, July 23, 2014–During his upcoming apostolic voyage to South Korea Pope Francis is slated to meet with 20 Asian youth during the 2014 Asia Youth Day, including Korean pop-star BoA. According to the Korean Times, representatives from 17 Asian countries will attend a luncheon with the Roman Pontiff Aug. 15, following his visit [...]

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VATICAN CITY, July 25, 2014–Church law has procedures and penalties for effectively dealing with allegations of clerical sexual abuse, but the Vatican is working to revise a section of the Code of Canon Law to make those norms and procedures clearer and, therefore, more effective, said the president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts. [...]

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GENEVA, Switzerland, July 24, 2014–In a statement issued during a special session of the Human Rights Council, the Holy See urged an immediate ceasefire and the start of negotiations aimed at a lasting peace between Israel and Palestine. “The Delegation of the Holy See reiterates its view that violence never pays. Violence will only lead [...]

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VATICAN CITY, July 24, 2014–Pope Francis has sent his condolences to the families of the victims of the plane crash that took place yesterday in Taiwan, at Magong airport on the Penghu archipelago. With a telegram addressed to the Archbishop of Taipei, Msgr. John Hung, signed by the Secretary of State, Cardinal. Pietro Parolin, the [...]

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VATICAN CITY, July 22, 2014–According an Italian Catholic new organization, Pope Francis made a phone call to Patriarch Ignatius Youssef III Younan over the weekend to reassure him of his continued prayers for Iraqi Christians. Following the July 19 burning down of the Episcopal palace of Syrian-Catholics in Mosul, Italian Catholic news organization SIR reports [...]

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VATICAN CITY, July 23, 2014–According an Italian Catholic new organization, Pope Francis made a phone call to Patriarch Ignatius Youssef III Younan over the weekend to reassure him of his continued prayers for Iraqi Christians. Following the July 19 burning down of the Episcopal palace of Syrian-Catholics in Mosul, Italian Catholic news organization SIR reports [...]

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Vatican lauds wide reach of #PAUSEforPeace campaign

VATICAN CITY, July 16, 2014–In wake of the Vatican’s viral campaign urging faithful worldwide to pause for a moment of silence during the World Cup final, officials have expressed their hope that the fruits will continue to grow. “For me it has been a true surprise to see how a tweet launched with such a [...]

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Pope denounces ‘racist, xenophobic’ attitudes toward immigrants

VATICAN CITY, July 15, 2014–In his message for the Mexico-Holy See Colloquium on Migration and Development Pope Francis called for a change in the way migrants are viewed, giving particular emphasis to unaccompanied children. “Many people forced to emigrate suffer, and often, die tragically; many of their rights are violated, they are obliged to separate [...]

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VATICAN CITY, July 14, 2014–Organizers for the first-ever audience to be held between a pope and the elderly population have revealed that a central reflection will be the active vocation of the aged in the Church and in society. “We have given 20 years of life to old people now (in Western countries), but 20 [...]

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VATICAN CITY, JulY 13, 2014–The Vatican spokesperson said that the Pope’s words as reported in the Italian newspaper “La Repubblica” cannot be considered with certainty to be Pope Francis’ actual words. Fr. Federico Lombardi of the Holy See Press Office questioned whether there is an “explicit acknowledgment” in the interview of “a manipulation of naive [...]

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Vatican’s new UN observer to face key challenges

VATICAN CITY, JulY 11, 2014–Archbishop Bernardito Cleopas Auza, the new head of the Holy See’s Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations, served on the front lines in response to Haiti’s disastrous 2010 earthquake. Now he will have to tackle key international issues like restricting the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Archbishop Auza, 55, hails from [...]

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Vatican Vatican backs a ‘Pause for Peace’ during World Cup final

VATICAN CITY, Jul 10, 2014–The Pontifical Council for Culture launched an effort designed to unite the world in asking for peace in warring countries by observing a moment of silence during the final game of the World Cup. “Sports were born around religious festivities. Sporting events were moments of peace when wars ceased, as for [...]

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