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Here's what the next World Meeting of Families will focus on

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: May 25, 2016
Vatican City, May 25, 2016 / 12:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- “The Gospel of family, joy for the world.” This is the theme for the 2018 World Meeting of Families in Dublin, Ireland, and it is meant to emphasize the family's role as a stabilizing force in society, said the local archbishop. “The family is not just the object of the attention of the Church,” Archbishop Diarmuid Martin told journalists at a Vatican press briefing Tuesday. Rather, he said, families have a “vital role” as “real protagonists of renewal and of the transmission of the faith to the coming generations.” This was stressed at the recent Synods of Bishops on the Family, the archbishop said. Families are “active participants in the ministry of the Church,” through “the authenticity of their daily life in the family and in the home.” He continued: “The World Meeting of Families must be an occasion to encourage and sustain families in this

Pray without ceasing – not just when you want to, Pope says

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: May 25, 2016
Vatican City, May 25, 2016 / 06:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For Pope Francis, prayer is neither a “magic wand” used to get what we want nor something casual we do only when we feel like it, but is rather the strength that sustains our faith in difficult moments. “Jesus says that we need ‘to pray always, without growing tired,’” the Pope said May 25. What that means is that “it’s not just praying sometimes, when I feel like it. No.” “Everyone experiences moments of fatigue and discouragement, especially when it seems like our prayer seems ineffective,” he said, but assured that “God answers his children promptly, even if it means he does it in times and ways other than what we would like.” Francis spoke to pilgrims gathered in a sunny St. Peter’s Square for his Wednesday general audience. He continued his catechesis on mercy as understood in scripture, focusing on the parable of the unjust judge from the

From the Vatican, top Sunni imam calls for end to terrorism

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: May 24, 2016
Vatican City, May 24, 2016 / 12:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After his historic meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican Monday, Egypt's Grand Imam of al Azhar issued a global appeal to counter terrorism, which he said is “deviant” of true Islam and threatens the both east and west alike. “I come from the Middle East where I live and I suffer, along with others, the consequences of the rivers of blood and cadavers, and there is no logical reason for this catastrophe that we are living day and night,” Imam Ahmed al Tayyeb told Vatican Radio in an interview published May 24. He acknowledged that terrorism exists, but stressed that “Islam has nothing to do with this terrorism, and this applies to Ulama Muslims and to Christians and Muslims in the East.” “Those who kill Muslims, and who also kill Christians, have misunderstood the texts of Islam either intentionally or by negligence.” Al Tayyeb issued a global appeal asking that the entire

A new public appearance by Benedict XVI? Maybe so, his secretary reveals

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: May 23, 2016
Vatican City, May 23, 2016 / 11:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Former Pope Benedict XVI could appear in public once again on June 29, the 65th anniversary of his priestly ordination. Speaking after the May 20 presentation of a book dedicated to Benedict XVI’s pontificate, Archbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the Pontifical Household and private secretary to the retired Pope, said that “there will be another occasion to see the Pope emeritus in public.” “Benedict XVI will celebrate the 65th anniversary of the pontificate June 29, and we will see what we will be able to manage…this may present an opportunity to show that Benedict XVI is well.” The Catholic Church celebrates the martyrdom of Peter and Paul on June 29, patron saints of the city of Rome. On this feast, newly created metropolitan archbishops celebrate Mass with the Pope in St. Peter’s Basilica and receive the pallium, the primary symbol of their office. Benedict XVI has appeared in pu

In seismic meeting, Pope Francis embraces top Sunni imam

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: May 23, 2016
Vatican City, May 23, 2016 / 10:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Monday embraced the grand imam Sheik Ahmed Muhammad Al-Tayyib during a meeting at the Vatican, a move which is being seen as a step toward reopening dialogue between Christians and Sunni Muslims. “Our meeting is the message,” the Pope was heard to have said to the imam during the meeting. The pontiff and Al-Tayyib, who is the grand imam of Cairo's Al-Azhar mosque, observed the significance of the meeting “within the framework of dialogue between the Catholic Church and Islam,” said Holy See press office director Fr. Federico Lombardi. They addressed the commitment on the part of authorities and the faithful of major religions alike to toward bringing world peace, “the rejection of violence and terrorism, and the situation of Christians in the context of conflicts and tensions in the Middle East and their protection.” Following their 30 minute “very cordial” me

Holy Trinity calls us to solidarity with others, Pope says

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: May 22, 2016
Vatican City, May 22, 2016 / 08:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The feast of the Holy Trinity is an invitation for us to commit to enriching our everyday relationships by promoting communion, consolation, and mercy, Pope Francis said during his weekly Sunday Angelus address. "Our being created in the image and likeness of God-communion calls us to understand ourselves as beings-in-relation, and to live interpersonal relationships in solidarity and reciprocal love," the Pope told the pilgrims in St. Peter's Square. "In this mission, we are sustained by the strength which the Holy Spirit gives us: this cures the flesh of humanity wounded by injustice, oppression, hate, and greed." Pope Francis centered his May 22 Angelus address on the feast of the Holy Trinity, which is celebrated on the first Sunday after Pentecost. Delivering his address from the papal palace to a packed square, the pontiff said the "'Divine Family' is not closed in on itself, but is o

Vatican: recent stories about Benedict XVI and Fatima secrets are 'absolutely untrue'

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: May 21, 2016
Vatican City, May 21, 2016 / 09:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican announced today that recent articles claiming that Pope emeritus Benedict XVI said that the Third Secret of Fatima was not released in its entirety back in 2000 are “pure inventions” and “absolutely untrue.” The Holy See Press Office released a statement May 21 responding to recent blog posts that, during his time as Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger told someone the Third Secret of Fatima was not completely published. According to one article, Professor Ingo Dollinger was told by Cardinal Ratzinger that the Third Secret of Fatima, released in 2000 during the Jubilee Year by Pope John Paul II, was “incomplete.” “In this regard, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI declares ‘never to have spoken with Professor Dollinger about Fatima’, clearly affirming that the remarks attributed to Professor Dollinger on the matter &ls

Pope Francis clarifies question on diocesan religious institutes

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: May 20, 2016
Vatican City, May 20, 2016 / 04:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis issued a binding clarification of a question regarding Canon Law and the establishment of new diocesan Institutes of Consecrated Life on Friday. Specifically, the Holy Father confirmed that a local Ordinary (diocesan bishop) who wishes to establish a new Institute of Consecrated Life within his own diocese under his own authority must first consult with the Holy See before deciding to establish the new Institute. The Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, Bishop Juan Ignacio Arrieta, told Vatican Radio that the local bishop does not have to obtain permission, per se, but must at least consult with and hear from the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life before proceeding. “The bishop is always responsible in his diocese – but he has to evaluate the answer, the opinion, of the Congregation,” Bishop Arrieta told Vatican radio. “Afte

Pope Francis offers prayers following EgyptAir plane crash

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: May 20, 2016
Vatican City, May 20, 2016 / 09:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has voiced his prayers and condolences to all those affected by the apparent crash of an EgyptAir plane in the Mediterranean Sea Thursday morning. “Having learned with sadness of the tragic crash of the Egyptian passenger airliner, Pope Francis wishes to assure you of his prayers and solidarity at this difficult time,” said a telegram from Vatican secretary of state Cardinal Pietro Parolin to Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. It added that the Pope “commends the souls of the deceased of various nationalities to the mercy of the Almighty.” “Upon the relatives of the passengers and all those involved in the search and rescue efforts, His Holiness invokes the divine blessings of strength and peace,” the telegram said. Early Thursday morning, an Airbus A320 disappeared while traveling from Paris to Cairo. Flight MS804 have been carrying 66 passengers and crew. According to G

Exploiting workers is a form of trafficking, Pope Francis says

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: May 19, 2016
Vatican City, May 19, 2016 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his Mass on Thursday, Pope Francis preached a warning to the rich who oppress the poor, focusing on employers who accumulate wealth by misusing those who work for them. “We consider this drama of today: the exploitation of the people, the blood of these people who become slaves, the traffickers of people – and not just those who deal in prostitutes and children for child labour,” Pope Francis said May 19 during his Mass in the chapel of Santa Marta House in the Vatican. In addition, he said, there is a “more – so to speak – 'civilized'” form of trafficking which happens when an employer says, “I’ll pay you this much, without vacation, without health care, … everything under the table… But I will become rich!” The Pope's homily was based on the Epistle of James, which told of woe for the rich who oppress the poor. Calling the passage &ld