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Pope Francis: Real hope is based on promises of salvation

VATICAN CITY—Hope is not built on people’s predictions, assurances or line of reasoning, Pope Francis said. Real Christian hope “is not based on our word, but on God’s Word” and promises of salvation and eternal life, the pope said during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square March 29. Continuing a series of reflections on […]

Resentment, complaints are rooted in the sin of sloth, pope says

VATICAN CITY—People should stop blaming and complaining so they can be filled with God’s joy and rise up to life’s challenges, Pope Francis said. Forgetting what joy is and languishing in self-pity come with the sin of sloth, the pope said March 28 in his homily during morning Mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae. “It’s a […]

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Four-year ‘encuentro’ process begins in the U.S.

WASHINGTON—In Spanish, the word “encuentro” means encounter and in the modern church in the U.S., it refers to a series of meetings that will take place over the next four years aimed at getting to know Latinos and producing more involvement in the church of its second largest and fastest growing community. “The intent is […]

Spread hope, preach Christ, don’t worry about numbers, pope says

ROME—Visiting Milan, the center of Italian fashion and finance, Pope Francis spent the morning with the poor and those who minister to them. He had lunch at the city’s historic San Vittore prison, where all 893 inmates — men and women — are awaiting trial. But Pope Francis began his visit March 25 on the […]

Listen to the voice of the Lord, Pope Francis says

VATICAN CITY—Not listening to God’s voice can distance Christians from him and lead them instead to seek solace in worldly idols that offer only doubt and confusion, Pope Francis said. When Catholics are “deaf to the word of God,” their hearts are hardened, and “they lose the meaning of faithfulness,” the pope said March 23 […]

London cardinal calls for prayers for victims of Westminster attack

LONDON—Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster, whose cathedral is just a short walk from the scene of the London terrorist attack, called for prayers for the dead and wounded. “Yesterday’s attacks in Westminster have shocked us all,” he said in a March 23 statement. “The kind of violence we have seen all too often in other […]

Pope recognizes miracle attributed to Fatima visionaries

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis has approved the recognition of a miracle attributed to the intercession of two of the shepherd children who saw Our Lady of Fatima in 1917, thus paving the way for their canonization. Pope Francis signed the decree for the causes of Blesseds Francisco and Jacinta Marto during a meeting March 23 with […]

Democrats in Senate plan to filibuster Gorsuch’s nomination

WASHINGTON—As the confirmation hearings for Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee, moved into the March 23 testimony phase with those for and against his nomination taking the floor, the Democrats announced plans to filibuster his nomination. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-New York, announced on the Senate floor he would oppose […]

Good Friday collection supports Church in the Holy Land

VATICAN CITY—As Catholics commemorate Jesus’ passion on Good Friday, the Vatican is asking them to support the church in the Holy Land with their prayers, financial contributions and possibly by making a pilgrimage. The global Holy Land Collection is taken up in most dioceses around the world on Good Friday, which is April 14 this […]

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Pope: Church experience more than flash mob mentality

VATICAN CITY—Young men and women can live a true experience of the church by joining together and reconnecting with the past, Pope Francis told Catholic young people. “The genuine experience of the church is not like a flash mob, where people agree to meet, do their thing and then go their separate ways,” the pope […]

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