Pope Francis holds a booklet with an image of Sudanese St. Josephine Margaret Bakhita during his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Feb. 8. Marking the feast of St. Bakhita, a former slave, the pope urged Christians to help victims of trafficking and migrants. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

At audience, pope leads prayers for migrants, trafficking victims

Posted by - February 12, 2017

By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Marking the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, a former slave, Pope Francis urged Christians to help victims of human trafficking and migrants, especially the Rohingya people being chased from Myanmar. For the Catholic Church, St. Bakhita’s feast day, Feb. 8, is a day of prayer

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Pope Remembers Beatification of ‘Christ’s Samurai’ in Japan

Posted by - February 12, 2017

Justus Takayama Ukon, Japanese Feudal Lord Who Gave Up Every Privilege and Accepted Exile to Follow the Gospel ‘Yesterday, in Osaka, Japan, Justo Takayama Ukon, loyal Japanese layman, who was martyred in Manila in 1615 was beatified.’ Pope Francis remembered during his weekly General Audience in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall this morning, noting: “Rather

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A Philippine crime scene investigator inspects a gun used in a 2016 murder in Novaliches. A Philippine cardinal has urged the faithful of his country to tell their lawmakers that the death penalty does not deter violent crime, could potentially legitimize violence and that life is a gift from God. (CNS photo/Mark A. Cristino, EPA)

Philippine cardinal: Tell legislators death penalty does not deter crime

Posted by - February 12, 2017

By Catholic News Service MANILA, Philippines (CNS) — A Philippine cardinal has urged the faithful of his country to tell their lawmakers that the death penalty does not deter violent crime, could potentially legitimize violence and that life is a gift from God. In a letter addressed to Catholics of the Manila Archdiocese as the

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A 12-year-old orphan living with HIV poses for a photo at the Baan Dek Thammarak orphanage in Lopburi, Thailand, March 7, 2016. (CNS photo/Diego Azubel, EPA)

God loves all his children, even the ‘homely,’ pope says at Mass

Posted by - February 12, 2017

By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Book of Genesis makes clear that God gave human beings three great gifts: their identity as children of God, their role as protectors and custodians of creation and the call to love, Pope Francis said. The love and tenderness of God are seen in

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U.S. President Donald Trump gestures during the National Prayer Breakfast Feb. 2 in Washington. (CNS photo/Carlos Barria, Reuters)

Spiritual, not monetary, success defines America, Trump says

Posted by - February 12, 2017

By Mark Pattison, Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) – “Spiritual success” is a more accurate measure for the United States than wealth, according to likely billionaire President Donald Trump in remarks Feb. 2 at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington. “America is a nation of believers,” Trump said. “In towns across the land, we see

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Pope Francis embraces a man while meeting the disabled during his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Feb. 1. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope: Like expectant moms, live in joyful expectation of embracing God

Posted by - February 3, 2017

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christian hope isn’t about believing in something that may or may not come true, like hoping tomorrow’s weather will be pleasant, Pope Francis said. “Christian hope is the expectation of something that already has been fulfilled and that certainly will be attained for each one

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In this 2015 file photo, faithful near Kampala, Uganda, pray at the Uganda Martyrs Shrine, Namugongo. Pope Francis said Jan. 30 that a church without martyrs is church without Jesus. (CNS photo/Daniel Dal Zennaro, EPA)

Church without martyrs is church without Jesus, pope says

Posted by - February 3, 2017

By Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Martyrs and Christians who endure persecution for their faith are the church’s great glory, strength and hope, and they humble those who have so much yet still complain, Pope Francis said. The heart of the church is made up of “those who suffered and gave

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Jesus sought the people, not popularity, pope says

Posted by - February 3, 2017

By Junno Arocho Esteves, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Jesus did not come into the world seeking popularity, but rather to be close to those in need, Pope Francis said. The large crowds that would gather around Jesus wherever he went “had their eyes fixed on him and he had his eyes fixed

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