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National Dialogue will seek input from young people and parents
Fri, Dec 14th 2018 01:55 pm
If you are a young person, the parent of young people or a ministry leader, your thoughts are wanted.
Catholic Church strengthens language on death penalty
Wed, Sep 26th 2018 01:00 pm
While the Catholic Church has always discouraged capital punishment as part of its pro-life teachings, Pope Francis strengthened the language of opposition in August, changing the Catechism of the Catholic Church to state "the death penalty is inadmissible."
Pope Francis letter calls entire Church to pray and fast after clerical sex abuse revelations
Mon, Aug 20th 2018 09:30 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Pope Francis called Monday for every member of the Catholic Church to pray and fast in penance for the evil of clerical sex abuse, and to be involved in needed change within the Church.
Can Pope Francis' Council of Cardinals still deliver on reform?
Wed, Aug 8th 2018 01:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA) - By most accounts, Pope Francis was elected with a mandate to reform the Roman Curia- the complex network of dicasteries, commissions, and councils charged with the central administrative work of the Catholic Church- a network that, even to insiders and experts, more often resembles a rabbit warren than a well-defined system of governable offices with clear responsibilities.
Vatican changes Catechism teaching on death penalty, calls it 'inadmissible'
Thu, Aug 2nd 2018 12:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - The Vatican changed on Thursday the Catechism of the Catholic Church's teaching on the permissibility of the death penalty, which the Church has taught is legitimate in limited cases, stating the penalty is 'inadmissible,' and its elimination should be sought.
Pope Francis accepts resignation of Cardinal McCarrick
Sat, Jul 28th 2018 09:00 am
WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, from the College of Cardinals.
Pope Francis celebrates surprise Swiss Guard Vatican wedding
Tue, Jul 17th 2018 10:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA) - Pope Francis surprised wedding guests Saturday when he unexpectedly celebrated a marriage being held at a small chapel in the Vatican Gardens.
Pope Francis criticizes Trump's 'zero tolerance' migrant policy
Wed, Jun 20th 2018 09:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - In a new interview with Reuters, Pope Francis backed the U.S. bishops' opposition to the separation of migrant children from their parents at the Mexican border, calling the move "immoral" and "contrary to Catholic values."
The pope's philosophy is highlighted in "A Man of His Word" film
Fri, May 18th 2018 04:05 pm
At a time when daily scandals and bad behavior seem to dominate the headlines, taking a moment to pause and listen to the reflections of an international religious leader like Pope Francis sounds like a pretty good idea. A new documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Wim Wenders that looks at the philosophies and mission of Pope Francis was released locally on Friday.
Commentary: Praying for Francis
Tue, Mar 13th 2018 03:00 pm
LINCOLN, NEB. (CNA) - Five years ago, I stood in the refectory of St. John Vianney Seminary of Denver, with colleagues, friends, and a few hundred seminarians, watching on television as a much larger crowd gathered in St. Peter's Square. When Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, appeared on a balcony above the square, we erupted into cheers, and then we fell silent as the pope asked the world to pray for him, and offered us his blessing.
It's official: Paul VI and Oscar Romero will be canonized
Wed, Mar 7th 2018 02:00 pm
Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News)- The Vatican announced Wednesday that Pope Francis has recognized a second miracle allowing five people on the path to sainthood to be canonized, the most prominent being Bl. Pope Paul VI and Bl. Oscar Romero.
Pope Francis urges world leaders to respect UN position on Jerusalem
Thu, Dec 7th 2017 02:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - With debate on the status of Jerusalem heating up in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump's controversial decision to recognize the city as the capital of Israel, Pope Francis has urged international leaders to proceed with prudence and respect for current U.N. resolutions.
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.