Pope Francis smiles as a papal security guard holds up a baby during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 18. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Name given at baptism gives sense of identity, belonging, pope says

Posted by - April 21, 2018

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Naming a child is an important task for parents, because it gives children a sense of identity and belonging to their family and to God, Pope Francis said. “Without a name, we remain unknown, without rights and duties. God calls each one of us by name, loving us individually in the

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Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, speaks during an interview in his office at the Vatican April 17. Archbishop Paglia said Pope Francis, in his recent exhortation, "Rejoice and Be Glad," was not trying to shift the focus away from abortion to poverty but rather was trying to show they are part of the same battle. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

‘Seamless garment’ revisited: Pope insists all life deserves defense

Posted by - April 21, 2018

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When Pope Francis insisted that the lives of the unborn and of the poor are “equally sacred,” he was not trying to shift the focus of Catholics from fighting abortion to fighting poverty, he was trying to show they are part of the same battle, said Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of

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Jeff and Katherine Dobbs sit with their newborn son, Fulton, at their home after being released from the hospital in early March in Brooklyn Center, Minn. Fulton, named after U.S. Archbishop Fulton Sheen, was born Christmas Eve with an immunodeficiency that remains undiagnosed. (CNS photo/courtesy Jeff and Katherine Dobbs)

Family seeks Archbishop Sheen’s intercession for newborn son’s healing

Posted by - April 21, 2018

ST. ANTHONY, Minn. (CNS) — Even before Katherine and Jeff Dobbs were married, they had a name picked out for a future son: Fulton Francis. Fulton, for Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, known for his mid-20th century broadcast evangelism, and Francis, for Pope Francis, whom the couple met at a general audience during their honeymoon in

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Sister Patricia Fox, superior of the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion in the Philippines, speaks to the media after her April 17 release from the Bureau of Immigration headquarters in Manila. Philippine authorities arrested the 71-year-old Australian nun for allegedly engaging in illegal political activities. (CNS photo/Romeo Ranoco, Reuters)

Philippines to deport Australian nun, 71, who advocated for farmers

Posted by - April 21, 2018

MANILA, Philippines (CNS) — Philippine authorities have arrested, detained and intend to deport a 71-year-old Australian nun for allegedly engaging in illegal political activities. Ucanews.com reported immigration officers arrested Sister Patricia Fox, Philippine superior of the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion, at her convent in Quezon City April 16. Although the prosecutor in charge

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Pope Francis embraces Emanuele, a boy whose father died, as he visits St. Paul of the Cross Parish in Rome April 15. (CNS photo/Paul Haring

‘Is my dad in heaven?’ little boy asks pope

Posted by - April 21, 2018

ROME (CNS) — After circling a massive, crumbling public housing complex on the outskirts of Rome, Pope Francis had an emotional encounter with the neighborhood’s children. Question-and-answer sessions with youngsters are a standard part of Pope Francis’ parish visits. And, at St. Paul of the Cross parish April 15, there were the usual questions like,

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Archbishop Angelo De Donatis, papal vicar for the Diocese of Rome, holds a copy of Pope Francis' exhortation, "Gaudete et Exsultate" ("Rejoice and Be Glad"), during a news conference on the exhortation at the Vatican April 9. The document is on the "call to holiness in today's world." (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Holiness means being loving, not boring, pope says

Posted by - April 14, 2018

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — God calls all Christians to be saints — not plastic statues of saints, but real people who make time for prayer and who show loving care for others in the simplest gestures, Pope Francis said in his new document on holiness. “Do not be afraid of holiness. It will take away

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Pope Francis waves during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 11. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Baptism opens door to Holy Spirit’s action, pope says

Posted by - April 14, 2018

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Parents who prefer not to baptize their children in the hopes that they will “understand and ask for baptism” as adults lack faith that the Holy Spirit will act in their child’s life, Pope Francis said. While some believe that there is no need to “baptize a child that does not

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Pope Francis speaks April 10 to some 550 "missionaries of mercy" in the Sala Regia of the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican. The pope, who originally commissioned the priests during the Year of Mercy, has extended indefinitely their special mission of preaching God's mercy and showing it, especially through the sacrament of reconciliation. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

Door to door: Pope reaffirms missionaries’ mandate to knock on hearts

Posted by - April 14, 2018

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As a sign that God’s mercy cannot be limited, Pope Francis has recommissioned his special army of priests charged with bringing that divine mercy to everyone. Originally instituted in 2016 for the Year of Mercy, the “missionaries of mercy” were invited to return to Rome April 8-11 to share their experiences

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A Marian image is seen April 10 as Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican with hundreds of priests who are missionaries of mercy. The pope has continued the mandate of the missionaries of mercy. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Repentant sinners need merciful confessors, not inquisitors, pope says

Posted by - April 14, 2018

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Priests must give hope to men and women seeking forgiveness, encouraging them in their struggle away from the slippery slope of sin, Pope Francis said. Being merciful in the confessional helps penitents return to God without fear, even if they repeatedly stumble or slip on a path that “is filled with

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