Pope Francis

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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Immigrants enrich America and the Church, Pope affirms

WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNA/EWTN News) – In the longest speech of his trip so far, Pope Francis on Wednesday praised U.S. bishops for their commitment to defending life, their handling of the clerical abuse crisis, and their welcome of immigrants, while urging them not to be afraid to do more. In his Sept. 23 address to the bishops of the United …

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Pope Francis to Obama: Religious freedom is beyond price

WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNA/EWTN News) – Pope Francis Wednesday reminded U.S. president Barack Obama that religious freedom is one of America’s most “precious possessions,” while lauding the nation’s Catholics their work toward a society marked by tolerance and inclusivity. “With countless other people of good will, (American Catholics) are likewise concerned that efforts to build a just and wisely ordered society respect …

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Pope Francis in America: A Message from Bishop Strickland

Pope Francis Visits Washington D.C. Tuesday, September 22, 2015 4pm: Pope Francis arrives in D.C. at Joint Base Andrews at 4 p.m. Wednesday, September 23, 2015 9:15 a.m: White House Welcoming Ceremony and personal meeting with President Barack Obama 11:00 a.m.  Papal Parade along the Ellipse and the National Mall 11:30 a.m: Midday Prayer with U.S. bishops at Saint Matthew’s Cathedral in …

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Bishop Corrada visits St. Charles Borromeo in Frankston, picks raffle winners

FRANKSTON – Bishop Álvaro Corrada, SJ, returned to the parish of St. Charles Borromeo in Frankston to celebrate Mass Sept. 6 and pick the winners of the 2015 Ruggles Raffle. The raffle, a major fund-raiser for the parish, raised more than $31,000. “This money will be used for building up St. Charles and our parish ministries,” said Father Christopher Ruggles, …

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Pope Francis: conversion isn’t just an appearance – it’s a matter of the heart

Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News) – In his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis said that merely obeying the rules isn’t enough to make us holy, but that if we truly want to serve God our conversion has to be deeper, changing the heart. “It’s not exterior things which make us holy or not holy, but it’s the heart that expresses our …

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Pope Francis institutes World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Pope Francis has instituted the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, which will be commemorated annually on September 1, as has become customary in the Orthodox churches. In a letter dated August 6 and released four days later, the Pontiff said that the idea was suggested by Metropolitan John Zizioulas of Pergamon, who represented the Ecumenical Patriarch …

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