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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People are seen with their belongings in the street after they left their homes Jan. 25 because of a wildfires near Vichuquen, Chile. Pope Francis sent his condolences to the victims and survivors of one of the worst wildfires in Chile's history.(CNS photo/Cristobal Hernandez, Reuters)

Pope prays for victims of deadly wildfires in Chile

Posted by - February 3, 2017

By Junno Arocho Esteves, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis sent his condolences to the victims and survivors of one of the worst wildfires in Chile’s history. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, expressed the pope’s sentiments in a message dated Jan. 23 to Bishop Santiago Silva Retamales of the Military

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Pope Francis gestures as he stands with Orthodox Metropolitan Gennadios of Italy and Malta and Anglican Archbishop David Moxon, the archbishop of Canterbury's representative to the Vatican, during an ecumenical evening prayer service to conclude the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome Jan. 25. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Christian unity requires learning from each other, pope says

Posted by - February 3, 2017

By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Divided Christians need to recognize the gifts God has given to other communities and learn from them “without waiting for the others to learn first,” Pope Francis said. Leading an ecumenical evening prayer service Jan. 25 for the close of the Week of Prayer for

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Pope Francis greets a new priest during the ordination Mass of 11 priests in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican April 17, 2016. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Culture alone cannot be blamed for drop in vocations, pope says

Posted by - February 3, 2017

 By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service ATICAN CITY (CNS) — While there is a need to evangelize a culture that tells young people money equals success and commitments aren’t forever, stopping the “hemorrhage” of people leaving religious orders also requires changes from the orders themselves, Pope Francis said. “Alongside much holiness — there is much

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Pope Francis touches a boy's chin as he greets the disabled during his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Jan. 25. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Never underestimate the courage and wisdom of women, pope says

Posted by - January 27, 2017

By Junno Arocho Esteves, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The humble counsel of courageous women should never be disregarded but rather embraced as advice full of God’s divine wisdom, Pope Francis said. Women like the biblical heroine Judith are an example of trusting God amid sufferings and difficulties when it is easy to

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Young women and men pray during a Holy Hour for vocations Jan. 20 at St. Patrick Church in Bay Shore, N.Y. The service, which invited teenagers and young adults to pray for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life, was sponsored by the vocations office of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz, Long Island Catholic)

Catholic schools plant seeds for vocations by example

Posted by - January 27, 2017

By Carol Zimmermann, Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Although priests and women religious say a variety of reasons led them to pursue their vocation, one thing many of them have in common is that they went to a Catholic school. Attending Catholic school certainly isn’t a magic bullet that leads to a vocation, but

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There are “Too many null and inconsistent marriages

Posted by - January 27, 2017

A ‘New Catechumenate’ Is Necessary For Spouses” Speaking to the Roman Rota, Francis Calls for Appropriate Preparation of Couples Before and After Marriage. Then He Says: “Great Courage Is Necessary to Get Married in the Time in Which We Live” By SALVATORE CERNUZIO, Zenit.org THE POPE proposes an antidote to the problem of the “multiplication

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