Pope Francis

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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‘We are brothers’ – Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill hold historic meeting

HAVANA (CNA/EWTN News) – Christian brotherhood and unity were the focus of Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill when they met on Friday afternoon in Havana. “We spoke as brothers,” Pope Francis said. “We have the same baptism. We are bishops. We spoke of our Churches.” “We agreed that unity is created by journeying together,” he told a gathering …

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‘First in history’ – Pope Francis to meet Russian Patriarch in Cuba

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) –  On Friday the Vatican announced that while on his way to Mexico, Pope Francis will stop in Cuba to meet with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in the first meeting between a Pope and a leader of the Russian Orthodox Church since the Great Schism 1,000 years ago. “The Holy See and the Patriarchate of Moscow are …

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Pope Francis calls for concrete acts of mercy during Lent

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) – In his 2016 Lenten message, Pope Francis called the faithful to place special emphasis on the spiritual and corporal works of mercy this Lent, taking into account the current Jubilee Year of Mercy. “God’s mercy transforms human hearts; it enables us, through the experience of a faithful love, to become merciful in turn,” the Pope wrote …

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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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It’s time to rediscover God’s mercy, Pope says at Jubilee launch

Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News) – Pope Francis has officially commenced the Jubilee of Mercy, calling those who pass through the newly-opened Holy Door to rediscover God’s mercy and experience the mystery of his love. “This Extraordinary Holy Year is itself a gift of grace,” Pope Francis said in his homily for Mass, just before opening the Holy Door in St. …

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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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