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Nothing can stop God’s mercy – not even sin, Pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) – On Wednesday Pope Francis launched a new series of catechesis on mercy for his general audiences, telling pilgrims that the love and forgiveness of God can’t be overcome by anything, including our sin. “In the Book of Exodus, God defines himself as the God of mercy.  This is his name, through which he reveals to us …

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Only God can overcome ‘monstrous’ evil in the world, Pope says on Christmas

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) – In his annual Christmas “Urbi et Orbi” blessing Pope Francis prayed for all those affected by violence, conflict and poverty throughout the world, asking that they rejoice in salvation offered by the birth of Christ. “Only God’s mercy can free humanity from the many forms of evil, at times monstrous evil, which selfishness spawns in our …

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It’s official! Mother Teresa is going to be canonized

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) – After months of anticipation, the miracle allowing for the canonization of Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta has officially been approved by the Vatican, though as of now no specific date for the event has been given. Rumors of the canonization have been building for months. However, the Vatican made it official in a Dec. 18 communique, …

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Confronting the porn epidemic: a major goal for the US bishops

BALTIMORE CNA/EWTN News) – In a historic statement outlining the challenges pornography poses to the family and individuals as well as the tools available within the Church and society to combat its negative effects, the U.S. bishops say they have created a resource for healing and mercy. Read the document “Create in Me a Clean Heart”>>> “Our statement is not meant to …

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Using God’s name to justify violence is ‘blasphemy,’ Pope Francis says

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) – On Sunday Pope Francis again expressed shock and sorrow for Friday’s terror attacks in Paris, condemning the acts as an “affront to human dignity,” and encouraging attendees to find hope in Jesus. “I wish to express my deep sorrow for the terrorist attacks which on Friday evening covered France in blood,” the Pope said in his …

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Final synod document strongly backs Church teaching, beauty of family life

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) – With a two-thirds majority vote, the more than 200 bishops gathered for the Vatican’s synod on the family supported Church teaching on hot-button issues such as homosexuality and communion for divorced and remarried persons. The Vatican’s synod on the family was opened by Pope Francis Oct. 4, and it will close Oct. 25. This year’s event …

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Pope Francis off-the-cuff: Family is the most beautiful thing God made

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (CNA/EWTN News) – A visibly moved Pope Francis ditched his prepared remarks in speaking to thousands of families gathered in Philadelphia Saturday night – giving an impromptu reflection on the beauty and dire importance of family life. “The most beautiful thing that God did, the Bible says, was the family,” he said Sept. 26 at the celebration for …

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Pope Francis hailed for transcending liberal/conservative divide

WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNA/EWTN News) – Pope Francis rose above party politics and challenged lawmakers to a higher standard in his Thursday address to a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress, Catholic members said. Just “his mere presence” commanded the respect of Congress, said. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.). “The fact that he is the successor of St. Peter validates the dignity of …

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Leave ideology behind and care for the human person, Pope tells UN

NEW YORK CITY (CNA/EWTN News) – On Friday Pope Francis told members of the United Nations that there is no room for “ideological colonization” in their agenda, and stressed the need to go beyond policies to concrete solutions in caring for the poor and vulnerable, as well as the environment. In his Sept. 25 speech to a U.N. General Assembly Special …

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Marriage and family are being threatened, Pope tells US Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNA/EWTN News) – In his lengthy speech to the U.S. Congress on Thursday, Pope Francis said the family is being threatened today like never before, and praised American figures, including Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr., for their tireless efforts to defend freedom and values. The Pope also boldly condemned the death penalty and the arms trade, …

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