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Climate change a problem we can't ignore, Pope Francis says
Fri, Nov 17th 2017 11:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Pope Francis sent a message Thursday to a conference on climate change, telling participants the problem is something that can't be ignored, but must be met with a proactive desire to develop effective solutions.
Pope Francis: The Mass needs silence, not 'chit-chat'
Fri, Nov 17th 2017 11:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - On Wednesday, Pope Francis called out the common habit of chatting with people around you before Mass, stressing that this is a time for silent prayer, when we prepare our hearts for an encounter with the Lord.
Despite reports, Pope Francis isn't opening the door to all married priests
Mon, Nov 6th 2017 04:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Pope Francis has reportedly said he will allow for debate as to whether married men could be ordained to the priesthood in the region during a 2019 Synod of Bishops focusing on the Church in the Amazon basin.
Theologian resigns from USCCB committee after publishing letter to Pope Francis
Thu, Nov 2nd 2017 02:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - A member of the Vatican's International Theological Commission has resigned his position as a consultant to the USCCB's Committee on Doctrine, following the publication of a letter written to Pope Francis asking the Pope to correct the "chronic confusion" of his pontificate, which he says "fosters within the faithful a growing unease."
Pope Francis: In the Eucharist we receive the grace to love
Mon, Oct 30th 2017 10:05 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - On Sunday Pope Francis reflected on Jesus' command to love God above all things, and your neighbor as yourself, saying that it is in the Eucharist that we receive the grace to carry this out.
St. Mary's softball team meets Pope Francis
Thu, Oct 26th 2017 11:50 am
The St. Mary's High School travel softball team hit a grand slam this summer. They won the Msgr. Martin League Championship, toured Italy and tagged the pope outside the Vatican.
Pope: Heaven isn't a 'fairy tale' - it's an embrace with God
Thu, Oct 26th 2017 09:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Pope Francis on Wednesday spoke about the hope Christians have at the end of life, which is found in God's promise to be with us at the moment of our death, and to give us eternal life with him in heaven.
Pope Francis launches 'Share the Journey' campaign
Wed, Sep 27th 2017 03:00 pm
Today, several dozen bishops across the United States are joining Pope Francis as he launched the two-year "Share the Journey" campaign, holding events and reaching out to support migrants and refugees in their own dioceses as the campaign aims to raise awareness about their plight worldwide.
Pope Francis to launch 'Share the Journey' campaign
Mon, Sep 25th 2017 08:00 am
On September 27, Pope Francis will launch the worldwide, two-year "Share the Journey" campaign calling on Catholics and the faithful to 'encounter' migrants and refugees in an effort to break down barriers of fear and suspicion and build bridges of understanding and hospitality. Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) are part of a global network of Caritas organizations participating in the campaign.
Pope Francis conveys concern for victims of Hurricane Harvey
Thu, Aug 31st 2017 12:00 pm
WASHINGTON—Pope Francis expressed his solidarity with all those affected by Hurricane Harvey, in a message conveyed by the Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
When times are tough, turn to Jesus, pope says
Wed, Jul 12th 2017 03:00 pm
"Jesus knows how hard life can be," Pope Francis said.
Pope asks for parents' wishes to be respected in Charlie Gard case
Mon, Jul 3rd 2017 01:55 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Stepping into a tumultuous legal battle involving a UK couple's push for a say in the treatment and death of their terminally ill son, Pope Francis has offered his prayers for the child, and asked that the parents' wishes be respected.
'Most significant hour' in Olean parish's history
Thu, Jun 29th 2017 11:00 pm
Members of an already beautiful and vibrant Catholic church in Olean took things to a whole new level on Thursday evening. With help from a string quartet, brass ensemble and an angelic choir, the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels welcomed a couple new symbols that could only be displayed in a basilica. The church's new tintinnabulum bell rang for the first time as part of the opening procession and the ombrellino was placed behind the presider's chair.
To understand Pope Francis, you have to understand the Jesuits
Mon, Jun 26th 2017 02:35 pm
ROME, ITALY (CNA/EWTN News) - Discernment is one of the words Pope Francis repeats most, especially when speaking to priests and seminarians.
On first World Day of the Poor, Pope encourages personal encounter
Tue, Jun 13th 2017 11:35 am
Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News)- In his message for the first World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis said that the suffering and broken bodies of the poor are where we encounter the body of Christ - and to know Christ we must know the poor.
Pope Francis, Trump hold landmark first meeting
Wed, May 24th 2017 09:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - After months of anticipation, Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump finally met at the Vatican Wednesday in a friendly encounter which included an emphasis on protection of life and freedom of conscience.
Pope Francis: Fatima reminds us to care for the faith of children
Tue, May 16th 2017 04:10 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - On Sunday Pope Francis reflected on the May 13 canonization of the child visionaries St. Francisco and Jacinta Marto, saying that their faithfulness, despite their young age, reminds us to pay special attention to children in the ministry of the Church.
Pope Francis talks nuclear war, North Korea during in-flight presser
Tue, May 2nd 2017 03:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - During a press conference Saturday aboard the papal plane from Egypt to Rome, Pope Francis said that in the face of conflict and the possibility of nuclear war, United Nations leaders need to provide a strong leadership, focusing on diplomacy and peaceful negotiation.
In TED talk, pope says sowing solidarity will reap hope for the future
Wed, Apr 26th 2017 02:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Early Wednesday morning Pope Francis addressed the TED 2017 conference, telling participants that to have a hopeful outlook for the future, we must plant seeds of humility, solidarity and tenderness today.
Pope on Easter: The Resurrection is more than a party - it's the source of eternal life
Mon, Apr 17th 2017 09:50 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Pope Francis reminded Christians on Easter Sunday that the Resurrection is the cornerstone of our faith - and that even in the face of unexplainable tragedy and suffering in the world, we can declare, "Christ is risen!"
Pope prays for victims of attack on Coptic church in Egypt
Wed, Apr 12th 2017 01:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - After a bomb blast killed over 20 people and wounded several others during Palm Sunday celebrations in Egypt, Pope Francis voiced his closeness to the Coptic nation, and prayed for those who perpetrate violence through the arms trade.
Olean church honored with the title 'basilica'
Fri, Mar 17th 2017 09:30 am
Pope Francis has bestowed the title of "basilica" on St. Mary of the Angels Church in Olean. This marks only the ninth time in his papacy that the Holy Father has granted this rare honor to a site in the United States.
Do you read the Bible as often as you check your phone?
Tue, Mar 7th 2017 04:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - On the first Sunday of Lent, Pope Francis said if we want to fight against the temptation of sin, we must be familiar with the Word of God - treating the Bible more like how we treat our cellphone.
Pope Francis has a special message this Lent, and here it is
Thu, Mar 2nd 2017 12:35 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - In his message for Lent 2017, Pope Francis reminded the faithful that they should heed the Scriptures and treat each human person they encounter as a gift.
Pope Francis: Don't preach the Gospel like it's a 'recommendation'
Wed, Feb 15th 2017 03:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Pope Francis said Tuesday that the Word of God isn't something that can be explained to people as a mere recommendation, or merely a good idea, but that it requires courage, prayer and humility to preach with honesty - and this is the only way it will have an impact.
Is a meeting between Pope Francis and Donald Trump on the horizon?
Wed, Feb 8th 2017 10:50 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA) - Pope Francis could meet with President Donald Trump at the end of May.
Pope Francis: Jesus was concerned with people, not popularity
Wed, Feb 1st 2017 09:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Jesus wasn't worried about his polling results, Pope Francis said Tuesday - instead, he was concerned with each and every person, seeing everything about them, even those things which were seemingly small or inconsequential.
Trusting in God means letting go of what we want, pope says
Thu, Jan 26th 2017 11:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - On Wednesday Pope Francis said having total faith and trust in God means recognizing that he always knows and wants what is best for us, even if it's hard to accept because it doesn't align with our own plans.
On Trump presidency, pope says we must 'wait and see'
Mon, Jan 23rd 2017 09:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - In a new interview published Saturday, Pope Francis said he will wait to see what U.S. President Donald J. Trump does before making any judgments, emphasizing God's own patience with him and his faults.
Pope kicks off new year renewing 'zero tolerance' policy on abuse
Tue, Jan 3rd 2017 02:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - In a letter sent to bishops around the world for the feast of the Holy Innocents, Pope Francis lamented the many children who suffer from war, slavery and various forms of abuse, including within the Church.
This is how Pope Francis will celebrate his 80th birthday
Sat, Dec 17th 2016 02:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - On Saturday, Dec. 17, Pope Francis will celebrate his 80th birthday, which he will spend doing what he normally does: offering Mass and meeting with various heads of State and members of the Roman Curia.
Pope Francis prays for Aleppo, victims of recent terrorist attacks
Thu, Dec 15th 2016 03:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - During the Angelus for the third Sunday of Advent, also called Gaudete Sunday, Pope Francis made a special appeal for prayers for the people of Aleppo and Syria, and for all those affected by the recent terrorist attacks which have taken place in places such as Turkey and Egypt.
Here's what Pope Francis is doing for Christmas
Wed, Nov 30th 2016 11:50 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - While signs of bustling pilgrims who came for the Jubilee of Mercy are mostly gone, new signs of Christmas are springing up around St. Peter's Basilica, including the construction of the large Nativity scene in the middle of the square, and the placement of a Christmas tree alongside it.
Pope extends Jubilee mandate on abortion, confession
Mon, Nov 21st 2016 02:00 pm
ROME, ITALY (CNA/EWTN News) - Although the Jubilee of Mercy has ended, Pope Francis has decided that some of the novelties he applied to the Church during the Holy Year will continue.
Pope Francis reiterates a strong 'no' to women priests
Wed, Nov 2nd 2016 02:00 pm
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (CNA/EWTN News) - During a press conference Tuesday aboard the papal plane from Sweden to Rome, Pope Francis said the issue of women priests has been clearly decided, while also clarifying the essential role of women in the Catholic Church.
Albanian priest who moved the pope to be named cardinal
Tue, Oct 11th 2016 09:00 am
ROME, ITALY (CNA/EWTN News) - The Albanian priest whose testimony moved Pope Francis to tears in 2014 is one of the 17 international bishops and priests the Pope will elevate to the College of Cardinals Nov. 19.
God's mercy overcomes human desperation, Pope Francis says
Thu, Sep 29th 2016 10:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - On Wednesday Pope Francis said that Jesus' salvific mission reaches its culmination on the Cross in his conversation with the two thieves crucified with him, showing that God's mercy goes beyond the desperation of human suffering, responding to it with mercy and forgiveness.
Pope Francis condemns 'inexcusable violence' in murder of Mexican priests
Thu, Sep 22nd 2016 08:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - After hearing of the murder of two priests in Mexico, Pope Francis sent a telegram to the country's bishops condemning the violent act, offering his prayers as a sign of closeness to the community and families affected.
Mother Teresa has officially been declared a saint!
Sun, Sep 4th 2016 12:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Pope Francis on Sunday officially declared Mother Teresa of Calcutta a saint of the Catholic Church in front of thousands of pilgrims in St. Peter's Square - a move the entire world has been waiting for.
Firefighters sent by pope rescue 3-year-old boy after earthquake
Wed, Aug 31st 2016 08:00 am
ROME, ITALY (CNA) - A group of Holy See firefighters sent by Pope Francis to an earthquake-devastated town in Italy rescued a three-year-old boy from the rubble of his home.