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Love can be only response to evil, Pope tells attack survivors

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: September 24, 2016
Vatican City, Sep 24, 2016 / 09:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the face of the devil's assaults, we must respond as God would, promoting respect for others and extending love and forgiveness to those who have harmed us, Pope Francis said in a Saturday audience with survivors of the terror attack in Nice, France in July. “When the temptation to turn in on themselves, or to answer hatred with hatred and violence with violence is great, authentic conversion of heart is necessary,” he said Sept. 24. “This is the message that the Gospel of Jesus addressed to all of us.” Pope Francis received the nearly 1,000 survivors of the July 14 attack in Nice in the Pope Paul VI hall at the Vatican. After his speech he greeted them each one by one. Eighty-six people were killed and over 400 were wounded in the Nice terror attack in July after a Tunisian man, Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, intentionally drove a large truck through the crowded seafront Promenade des Anglais. The c

The Vatican is changing how it verifies miracles

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: September 23, 2016
Vatican City, Sep 23, 2016 / 11:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Changes to the regulations for confirming alleged miracles during the causes of saints aim to preserve the scientific rigor of the examination and maintain its distinction from matters of theology, it was announced Friday. The changes, which were approved by Pope Francis Aug. 24, were announced by the Vatican Sept. 23. They concern the professional secrecy of the proceedings regarding presumed miracles and hold that a supermajority of two-thirds (five out of seven, or four out of six) of the votes from members of the Medical Board must be positive for the cause to continue to the next step. Previously, only a simple majority of medical experts acknowleding a supernatural healing was required. The changes also stipulate that the medical experts will receive their remuneration only through bank transfer – not cash. “The purpose of the Regulation can be none other than the good of the Causes, which can never neglect th

Journalism can't be a 'weapon of destruction', Pope Francis says

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: September 22, 2016
Vatican City, Sep 22, 2016 / 05:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Emphasizing the importance of respect for human dignity, Pope Francis told journalists Thursday that their profession can never be used as a destructive weapon, nor should it be used to nourish fear. “Certainly criticism is legitimate, and, I would add, necessary, just as is the denunciation of evil, but this must always be done respecting the other, his life, and his affect. Journalism cannot become a 'weapon of destruction' of persons or even nations,” the Pope said Sept. 22 at the Vatican's Clementine Hall. “Neither must it nourish fear in front of changes or phenomena such as migration forced by war or by hunger.” He was meeting with Italy's National Council of the Order of Journalists, and he commented that “there are few professions which have such influence on society as does journalism. The journalist has a role of great importance, and at the same time a great responsibilit

How Catholics brought women's equality to a Cameroon clan

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: September 21, 2016
Vatican City, Sep 21, 2016 / 03:03 pm (CNA).- A region of Cameroon that traditionally believed women to have no value now sees them as equal to men, thanks to a lay Catholic apostolate in the area. “Before the coming of the Focolare Movement, the women had no say, but the movement has taught us a lot of things,” said Nicasius Nguazong, who is the Fon – similar to a king – of the Cameroonian chiefdom of Nwangong. Fon Nicasius and about 40 other pilgrims, including other heads of northwest Cameroonian clans, travelled to Rome to mark the 50th anniversary of the Focolare Movement first coming to the Bangwa people. They attended the Pope’s Wednesday General Audience, and several met with Pope Francis Sept. 21. Mafue Christina Fontem – whose role is similar to a queen – testified at a press conference afterward that her father, after meeting the founder of the Focolare Movement, a woman named Chiara Lubich, carried out a campaign for the higher

Being 'merciful like the Father' isn't a slogan – it's a way of life, Pope says

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: September 21, 2016
Vatican City, Sep 21, 2016 / 08:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Wednesday, Pope Francis reflected on the theme of the Jubilee of Mercy, “Merciful like the Father,” telling pilgrims that while imitating God’s love can seem impossible, it’s genuine effort, rather than quantity, that matters. To be “merciful like the Father” is not just “a slogan for effect, but a life commitment,” the Pope said Sept. 21. However, he also questioned whether Jesus’ words to his disciples in the Gospel of Luke are actually realistic, asking “is it really possible to love like God loves and to be merciful like him?” When looking back at the story of salvation history, Francis noted that God’s entire revelation to man consists of his tireless love for humanity which culminates with Jesus’ death on the Cross. “So great a love can be expressed only by God,” he said, explaining that Jesus’ call for humanity to be merci

Pope Francis condemns 'inexcusable violence' in murder of Mexican priests

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: September 21, 2016
Vatican City, Sep 21, 2016 / 06:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After hearing of the murder of two priests in Mexico, Pope Francis sent a telegram to the country’s bishops condemning the violent act, offering his prayers as a sign of closeness to the community and families affected. “Deeply distressed upon receiving the sad news of the assassination of Reverends Alejo Nabor Jimenez Juarez and Jose Alfredo Suarez de la Cruz…the Holy Father expresses his sincerest condolences,” read the telegram, sent Sept. 20. Signed by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the telegram voiced the Pope’s closeness to Bishop Trinidad Zapata of Papantla, where the priests served, as well as to all clergy, religious communities and faithful of the diocese. He offered his prayers “for the eternal repose of these priests of Christ, victims of an inexcusable violence.” On Monday, the bodies of Mexican priests Alejo Nabor Jiménez Juárez and Jos

Peace requires us to do more than 'change the channel,' Pope Francis says

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: September 20, 2016
Vatican City, Sep 20, 2016 / 11:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While in Assisi for an interreligious prayer gathering, Pope Francis cautioned against an indifference that ignores the suffering of others as easily as flipping through TV channels, stressing that peace only comes through action and solidarity. In the words “I thirst,” whispered by Jesus as he hangs on the Cross, “the voice of the suffering, the hidden cry of the little innocent ones to whom the light of this world is denied, the sorrowful plea of the poor and those most in need of peace” is audible, Pope Francis said Sept. 20. Victims of war, “which sullies people with hate and the earth with arms,” cry out for peace, he said, noting how many live under the daily threat of bombs and are forced to leave their homelands in search of safety. These people “thirst. But they are frequently given, like Jesus, the bitter vinegar of rejection,” he said. “Who listens to them? Who b

Church unity with a global focus: lessons from 'bishop school'

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: September 20, 2016
Vatican City, Sep 20, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican holds a special seminar series each year for new bishops to help them learn their new role. Among these new bishops was Bishop Ruben Tierrablanca Gonzalez, the vicar apostolic of Istanbul. For him, the seminar had a singular focus. It “teaches all of us bishops to look at the Church in its entirety,” he told CNA.   “The seminar mostly focuses on one, reiterated issue: we must understand that the Church is simply one,” Bishop Tierrablanca recounted. “We, the bishops of local Churches, are not called to merely focus only on our local Churches, while not taking care of other situations. We are called to look at the entire Church.” A Franciscan originally hailing from Mexico, Bishop Tierrablanca has lived in Istanbul since 2003. He was appointed apostolic vicar for Istanbul in April. He came to Rome for the annual seminar for new bishops Sept. 10-18. The annual gathering of new

Papal ambassadors issue global appeal to step-up peace efforts

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: September 19, 2016
Vatican City, Sep 19, 2016 / 10:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After spending three days in Rome to celebrate the Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis’ diplomatic representatives throughout the world have called on government leaders to make greater efforts in ending conflict and promoting peace. According to a Sept. 19 communique from the Vatican, the papal ambassadors – called apostolic nuncios – issued “a pressing appeal” to the international community and to those with governing responsibilities to “strive ever more effectively to stop violence.” The nuncios urged leaders to “peacefully resolve the conflicts in various parts of the world,” and expressed their solidarity with all innocent victims of the world’s many violent conflicts. They also offered their support to those who face religious persecution, praying to “the Father of every mercy” for those suffering and for their intentions.   Out of his 108 ambassado

Corruption is worst form of criminality, Pope tells Vatican police

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: September 18, 2016
Vatican City, Sep 18, 2016 / 03:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday Pope Francis celebrated the 200th anniversary of the Vatican Gendarme by thanking the security force for their tireless service, and warned against modern crimes linked to exploitation and corruption. “Crooks love the scam and hate honesty. Crooks love bribes, agreements done in the dark. This is worse than anything, because he believes he's being honest,” the Pope told members of the Vatican Gendarme Sept. 18. The crook “loves money, loves wealth,” he said, and, calling wealth an “idol,” noted that crooks “trample on the poor” with no concern or second thought. He noted how there are many people throughout the world today who have large, large industries of slave labor. In the world today slave labor is a management style.” The responsibility of the Vatican Gendarme, then, is to serve by fighting against “scams, against crooks, against exploiters&hellip