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

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 [...]

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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Pope apologizes for priests’ sex abuse, promises strong response

VATICAN, April 11, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis called April 11 for an “even stronger” Catholic Church response to combat sexual abuse, saying he felt compelled to “personally ask forgiveness” for priests who have sexually abused children. “The Church is aware of this damage, it is personal, moral damage carried out by men of the [...]

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Vatican, civil authorities join forces against human trafficking

VATICAN, April 10, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- Gathered in Rome to discuss methods for the eradication of human slavery, both law enforcement and Vatican officials exchanged ideas on how to collaborate in combating the issue and caring for victims. “Human trafficking is an open wound on the body of contemporary society, a scourge upon the body [...]

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Pope Francis warns against the dictatorship of narrow thought

VATICAN, April 10, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis cautioned faithful against idealizing one’s own way of thinking and encouraged them to be vigilant in prayer, noting that a closed mind leaves no room for God. “Even today there is a dictatorship of a narrow line of thought” which kills “people’s freedom, [...]

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Pope mourns ‘brutal killing’ of priest, urges end to violence

VATICAN, April 9, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- In comments made following his general audience address, Pope Francis lamented the killing of a Jesuit priest in Syria, and appealed to the country’s leaders to foster peace and respect human dignity. “Please, silence your weapons, and end the violence! No more war! No more destruction!” the Pope exclaimed [...]

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Vatican announces logo, motto for papal trip to Korea

VATICAN, April 8, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See has released the official motto and logo for Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to South Korea, which is the first time a Roman Pontiff has traveled to the country in since John Paul II went 25 years ago. “Arise! Shine, for your light has come, the glory [...]

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Pope to say Mass of Lord’s Supper at rehab center for disabled persons

VATICAN, April 8, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- It was announced April 7 that Pope Francis will say the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday at a residential rehabilitation site for disabled persons in Rome. According to the Holy See press office, the April 17 Mass will be said at the St. Mary of Providence [...]

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Pope: Cross isn’t an ornament, Christianity isn’t a do-gooder’s guide

VATICAN, April 7, 2014 (CNS) — Christianity isn’t a philosophy or guide to survival, good behavior and peace, it’s a relationship with a real person who died on the cross for our sins, Pope Francis said. “Christianity can’t be understood without understanding this deep humiliation of the son of God, who abased himself, becoming a [...]

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Pope Francis reaffirms importance of Vatican bank’s mission

VATICAN, April 8, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis approved a proposal Monday on the future of the Institute for Religious Works, commonly known as the “Vatican bank,” affirming its importance for the good of the Church. “The IOR will continue to serve with prudence and provide specialized financial services to the Catholic Church worldwide,” read [...]

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University course highlights role of media in evangelization

VATICAN, April 7, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- Santa Croce University in Rome is offering a multifaceted communications course, emphasizing the importance of the field for evangelization, and preparing students for difficulties they may encounter. “I would say that if Jesus had lived in the 21st century, he would have certainly used television, Twitter, Internet to communicate [...]

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