Pope Francis

Saint’s relic with miraculous tendencies does it again for Pope Francis

Rome, Italy, Mar 21, 2015 / 01:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News) – While Pope Francis was giving some advice to the religious, priests and seminarians of Naples on Saturday, a miracle occurred: a vial of dried blood from a fourth century saint liquefied. This stunning but locally known and accepted phenomenon is said to happen three times a year: May 1, …

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Anniversary interview: Pope talks about his election, papacy, future

VATICAN CITY (By Cindy Wooden, CNS) — When Pope Francis went out onto the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica for the first time, he said he did not prepare what he was going to say, but “I felt deeply that a minister needs the blessing of God, but also of his people.” He did not know if it was right …

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During Lent, Pope Francis Offers Handy Tips for Confession

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As Catholics are encouraged to make going to confession a significant part of their lives during Lent, Pope Francis offered some quick tips to help people prepare for the sacrament of penance. After a brief explanation of why people should go to confession — “because we are all sinners” — the pope listed 30 key questions …

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Pope Francis’ Call to New Cardinals: Be Captivated by Truth

Vatican City, Feb 14, 2015 by Ann Schneible CNA/EWTN News – Pope Francis welcomed the Catholic Church’s newest cardinals on Saturday, encouraging them to center themselves in Jesus Christ as they lead the faithful in patience, justice, and docility to the Holy Spirit. “The man of God is someone captivated by truth, one who encounters it fully in the word and …

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Pope Affirms that Mass is More Than a Mere ‘Representation’

Vatican City, Feb 10, 2014 / 10:45 am (CNA/EWTN News) by Elise Harris –  In his daily homily, Pope Francis reflected on the meaning of the Liturgy, highlighting how it is a real participation in Jesus’ presence, and encouraged all to enter more fully into the mystery of the Mass. “When we celebrate the Mass, we don’t accomplish a representation of …

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Pope Francis to Address U.S. Congress, First Pontiff to Address Lawmakers

WASHINGTON (CNS) — House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced Feb. 5 that Pope Francis will address a joint meeting of Congress Sept. 24. The pontiff’s “historic visit” would make him the “first leader of the Holy See to address a joint meeting of Congress,” Boehner said in a statement, adding that he was “truly grateful that Pope Francis has accepted …

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Pope Francis Announces June Visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina

Vatican City, Feb 1, 2015 / 04:11 am (CNA/EWTN News) By Elise Harris – During his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis announced he will visit the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo in June, where WWI broke out in 1914 with the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand. “Dear brothers and sisters, I would like to announce that Saturday, June 6, God …

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History Made! Philippine Crowd for Pope Francis Hits 6-7 million

Manila, Philippines, Jan 18, 2015 / 04:39 am (CNA/EWTN News) – The Vatican’s spokesman said that papal history was made Sunday during Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines where an estimated 6 to 7 million people attended his closing Mass. “The official number that has been given to us is between six and seven million,” Father Federico Lombardi told journalists …

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