Pope Francis

Pope Francis pleads for end to ‘homicidal madness’ of terrorism

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) – What are being called two major acts of terrorism in just the past 24 hours have prompted Pope Francis to again beg for an even stronger commitment to putting such bloody attacks, which have marred many parts of the world over the past 18 months, to an end. “Pope Francis unites to all men and women …

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At close of Jubilee, Pope Francis says it’s a reminder of what’s essential

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) – On Sunday Pope Francis closed the Holy Door in St. Peter’s Basilica, officially marking the end of the Jubilee of Mercy, which he said is a reminder that love is at the core of God’s attitude, rather than power and prestige. “This Year of Mercy invites us to rediscover the core, to return to what is …

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Pope warns new cardinals against falling into polemics, division

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) – On Saturday Pope Francis handed a red hat to 17 new cardinals, warning them against the danger of falling into polemics and animosity and encouraging them to be close to their people, imitating God’s mercy. “Ours is an age of grave global problems and issues. We live at a time in which polarization and exclusion …

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Francis canonizes seven new saints, stresses prayer

ROME (CNA/EWTN News) – On Sunday, Pope Francis canonized seven new saints in the Catholic Church, saying that prayer isn’t always a smooth path, but that like the saints, Christ supports us even when it is difficult. “The saints are men and women who enter fully into the mystery of prayer. Men and women who struggle with prayer, letting the Holy …

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Pope to young people: Not one of you is insignificant

KRAKOW (CNA/EWTN News) – Our true identity cannot be lived out in glum negativity, but only in the knowledge that, in God’s eyes, our value cannot be measured; no one is insignificant. Pope Francis made these remarks on Sunday to at least 1.5 million young people gathered in Krakow for the final Mass of World Youth Day (WYD). “God loves …

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En route to Krakow, Pope says world is at war, but it’s not a war of religions

ON BOARD PAPAL FLIGHT (CNA/EWTN News) – On the flight to Poland for World Youth Day, Pope Francis on Wednesday responded to recent violence across the globe by saying that the world is at war. “When I speak of war, I talk about it seriously, but it’s not a war of religion. It’s a war for money, for resources, for nature, …

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No doctrine change from Pope Francis – but a call for better pastoral care

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) – Catholics who have divorced-and-remarried need the fullness of Church teaching. They also need a wise pastoral and community response to their difficulties that can help them grow in the Christian life, Pope Francis said on Friday in his new document on love in the family. “The Church’s pastors, in proposing to the faithful the full ideal …

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Mary’s ‘yes’ to God changed history, Pope Francis says

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) – Pope Francis marked the Feast of the Annunciation on Monday by reflecting on the power of Mary’s “yes” to God. “Mary’s ‘yes’ opens the door to Jesus’ ‘yes’: I have come to do Your will, this is the ‘yes’ that Jesus carries with him throughout his life, until the cross,” he said in his April 4 …

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Let yourselves be moved by hope, Pope says at Easter Vigil

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) – During the Easter Vigil, Pope Francis told attendees not to be overcome by sadness in the face of life’s difficulties, but to be open to hope, which is not the absence of problems, but is a gift from God when we allow him to enter our lives. “We, like Peter and the women, cannot discover life …

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Pope Francis to Mexican bishops: follow example of Our Lady of Guadalupe

MEXICO CITY (CNA/EWTN News) – Pope Francis met with the bishops of Mexico on Saturday at the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary, where he highlighted the intercessory power of Our Lady of Guadalupe and encouraged the country’s clergy to overcome their challenges through perseverance and unity. “I know that by looking into the eyes of the Blessed Virgin, I …

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