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Pope Francis: If men and women aren’t different, we have problems

Pope Francis: If men and women aren’t different, we have problems

VATICAN CITY, Apr 15, 2015–Pope Francis has warned against gender theories which seek to eradicate differences between man and woman, saying they perpetuate the very problems they are trying to solve. “Experience teaches us: to know each other well and grow in harmony, the human being requires the reciprocity of man and woman,” the pontiff [...]

A dark, tense history: behind Turkey’s protest of the Holy See

ROME, Italy, Apr 14, 2015–Pope Francis’ comments on the extermination of Armenian Christians in early 20th century Turkey prompted a strongly worded criticism from the Turkish Foreign Ministry and led to the withdrawal of Turkey’s ambassador to the Holy See. But what’s the full story? As the April 24 centenary commemoration of the Armenian genocide [...]

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Evangelization isn’t a synonym for advertising, Pope says

VATICAN CITY, Apr 13, 2015–Giving witness to Jesus Christ is more than mere advertising, Pope Francis said: it’s the act of courage in proclaiming the Gospel “with frankness” even to the point of martyrdom. Christians do not simply “advertise Jesus Christ” with the aim of increasing our numbers, the pontiff noted during his daily Mass [...]

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Pope recalls slaughter of Armenians in ‘first genocide of the 20th century’

ROME, Italy, April 12, 2015–Pope Francis today referred to the mass killing of Armenians by the Ottoman Turks in 1915 as a “genocide,” prompting the Turkish government to summon the Vatican’s ambassador for questioning. “In the past century our human family has lived through three massive and unprecedented tragedies. The first, which is widely considered [...]

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Pope says Year of Mercy will be time to heal, to help, to forgive

VATICAN CITY, April 11, 2016–Mercy is what makes God perfect and all-powerful, Pope Francis said in his document officially proclaiming the 2015-2016 extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy. “If God limited himself to only justice, he would cease to be God, and would instead be like human beings who ask merely that the law be respected,” [...]

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Mercy inseparable from life, mission of the Church, says Pope

VATICAN CITY, Apr 11, 2015–Pope Francis officially proclaimed the upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy by reminding the faithful that mercy cannot be separated from the life and ministry of the Church. “Mercy is the very foundation of the Church’s life,” Pope Francis wrote in the official declaration, released April 11. “All of her pastoral activity [...]

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Practical help for the demon-possessed: Vatican rolls out new exorcism course

VATICAN, April 10, 2015 (CNA/EWTN News).- This month the Vatican will gather a wide range experts in the field of exorcism with the aim of shedding light on demonic possession from both theological and scientific perspectives. The annual course, “Exorcism and Prayer of Liberation,” is designed for priests and lay persons interested in learning how [...]

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VATICAN, April 19, 2015 (CNS) — Having so much world-famous art housed in Rome’s churches and chapels has risked turning the city’s sacred spaces into sightseer circuses. A hushed prayerful atmosphere for the faithful is often broken by clicking cameras and tourists exchanging guidebook details. But one Rome attraction has managed to hold on to [...]

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Kasper is not the ‘Pope’s theologian,’ says leading African cardinal

VATICAN, April 9, 2015 (CNA/EWTN News).- A top African cardinal says that German cardinal Walter Kasper – who’s stirred controversy over his views promoting Communion for the divorced and remarried – does not necessarily represent Pope Francis’ theological stance. He also rejected efforts to claim the Pope for either side of the debate ahead of [...]

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The Vatican considers – what does vocational formation look like in the modern age?

VATICAN, April 9, 2015 (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious formators gathered in Rome for a seminar on fashioning new vocations in contemporary society – a task the Vatican’s point man for consecrated life says is not easy, but still full of hope. Consecrated life is rooted in “the action of God, in the Holy Spirit, (who) calls [...]

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How the Holy See is using diplomacy to aid Christians in the Middle East

VATICAN, 8 April 2015 (CNA/EWTN News).- In the face of increased persecution of Christians in the Middle East, the Holy See’s diplomatic arm is developing a strategy to shed light on Christian martyrs, helping those remaining to stay in their homeland and to foster interreligous dialogue. A visible effect of this commitment is a joint [...]

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Pope’s Easter message: In this violent world, what we need is Christ’s resurrection

VATICAN, April 5, 2015 (CNA/EWTN News)– Pope Francis reminded Christians this Easter of the strength which comes from Christ’s death and resurrection, calling them to be witnesses of peace and justice, especially for those suffering today in regions of extreme violence and persecution. “From the risen Lord we ask the grace not to succumb to [...]

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If you’re looking for the truth, you’ll find the Resurrection Pope says

VATICAN, 4 April 2015 (CNA/EWTN News)– During his homily for the Easter Vigil Pope Francis said that the Resurrection of Jesus is a mystery we can only enter by going out of ourselves and looking for the truth. “To enter into the mystery demands that we not be afraid of reality: that we not be [...]

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For Pope Francis, Good Friday shrouded in grief over persecuted Christians

ROME, AprIL 3, 2015 (CNA/EWTN News).- Both Pope Francis’ Good Friday service at the Vatican and the Stations of the Cross held at the Colosseum later in the day zeroed-in on the plight of persecuted Christians around the world. “In you, Divine Love, we see again today our persecuted brethren: beheaded, crucified, for their faith [...]

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True martyrs die in prayer – not with clenched fists, papal preacher says

VATICAN, April 3, 2015 (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily for the celebration of the Passion of Our Lord on Good Friday, papal preacher Father Raniero Cantalamessa called for a spirit of forgiveness amid rising persecutions in the world. “True martyrs for Christ do not die with clenched fists but with their hands joined in prayer,” [...]

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Pope Francis to inmates: ‘I too need to be washed by the Lord’

ROME, April 2, 2015 (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Holy Thursday told inmates of a Rome prison that God’s love is personal and endless, emphasizing that he too needs forgiveness and purification. “Today I will wash the feet of 12 of you, but among these brothers and sisters are all of you, all of you, [...]

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