Argentina's flag is seen as Pope Francis greets the crowd during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 11. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Nothing is in vain, nothing is resistant to love, pope says at audience

Posted by - October 14, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians are never pessimistic, resigned or weak, thinking life is an unstoppable train careening out of control, Pope Francis said. Throughout history, every day is seen as a gift from God and “every morning is a blank page that Christians start writing on” with their good works and charity, he said

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Pope Francis greets the crowd during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 4. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope: True Christians must remain hopeful, not ‘whiny and angry’

Posted by - October 8, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis has invited Christian and non-Christian young people from around the world to a meeting in preparation for the Synod of Bishops on youth in 2018. Before concluding his weekly general audience, the pope said the March 19-24, 2018, pre-synod meeting will be an opportunity for the church to listen

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Pope Francis speaks during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 4. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope: True Christians must remain hopeful, not ‘whiny and angry’

Posted by - October 8, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Real hope lies in the proclamation of Jesus’ death and resurrection, not just with one’s words but also in deeds, Pope Francis said. Christians are called to be witnesses of the resurrection through “their way of welcoming, smiling and loving” instead of just “repeating memorized lines,” the pope said Oct. 4

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A cross is seen atop the Shrine of the Most Holy Redeemer Oct. 2 on the Las Vegas Strip near the location of a mass shooting. The church became a source of refuge after the deadly shooting that took place just across the street Oct. 1, killing at least 59 people and wounding more than 500, making it the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. (CNS photo/Mike Blake, Reuters)

Las Vegas Catholic shrine an initial place of refuge for shooting victims

Posted by - October 8, 2017

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Shrine of the Most Holy Redeemer — a white stucco church just off the Las Vegas Strip and dwarfed by giant hotels, casinos and flashing neon lights — has long been a spiritual oasis for tourists. The church, with a statue of Jesus, his arms outstretched, near its entrance, became a

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Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, attends the World Congress "Child Dignity in the Digital World" at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. (CNS photo/Tony Gentile, Reuters)

Church more aware of crime, harm of child abuse, Vatican official says

Posted by - October 8, 2017

ROME (CNS) — Child abuse is not only a crime, it is sacrilege, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, said at a world congress promoting the protection of children online. “The church has become increasingly aware of the harm experienced by victims, of their suffering and of the need to listen to them,” he

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Kids need everyone to fight online abuse, exploitation, speakers say

Posted by - October 8, 2017

ROME (CNS) — With the enormous scale and devastating effects of child exploitation and abuse online, including exposure to pornography, the world must act to protect children at all costs, speakers at a world congress said. The world never said, “mission impossible” to any other public health problem, including cancer, so no one should give

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Children walk past a church in the Mexican state of Tlaxcala in this 2015 file photo. (CNS photo/Francisco Guasco, EPA)

Child Martyrs of Tlaxcala recalled for their devotion to faith

Posted by - October 8, 2017

MEXICO CITY (CNS) — Blessed Cristobal was about 12 or 13 when he confronted his father in 1527 over drinking “pulque,” an alcoholic beverage made from fermented sap of agave plant. He poured out the pulque in the family home and told his father, a cacique (local leader) called Acxtecatl, to give up idolatry. His

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Pope Francis greets a member of the Little Sisters of Jesus during an audience with representatives of the congregation at the Vatican Oct. 2. The congregation ministers to circus and carnival workers and communities of poor people. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

Pope praises Little Sisters of Jesus for friendship with the poor

Posted by - October 8, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Obviously struck by the Little Sisters of Jesus he met living in a trailer among poor carnival workers outside of Rome, Pope Francis praised the way members of the order live like the people they minister to, sharing the Gospel through their solidarity, smiles and silence. Being one with the humble,

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Rohingya refugees wait to receive aid Sept. 27 at a camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Immigrants and refugees need to be respected and assisted, not treated like an enemy, a panel said during a Sept. 27 news conference at the Vatican launching the Caritas "Share the Journey" campaign. (CNS photo/Cathal McNaughton, Reuters)

Respect immigrants; they aren’t the enemy, Caritas says

Posted by - September 30, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Politicians and community leaders must recognize the benefits of welcoming newcomers and not believe immigrants should be rejected automatically, said members of a panel launching the Caritas “Share the Journey” campaign. Immigrants and refugees need to be respected and assisted, not treated like an enemy, they said during a Vatican news

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