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Cardinal Joseph Zen: "We Must Accept the Present Defeat"

Cardinal Joseph Zen of Hong Kong said that Chinese Christians can be optimists even if the situation facing the Church of China has not changed. Cardinal Zen was in Rome for the start of the 2014 AsiaNews International Symposium Tuesday afternoon in Rome’s Urbaniana University on the theme ”Mission in Asia: Pope …

Pope: Don’t Become Slaves of Money

In a video-message delivered to the Fourth Festival of Social Doctrine of the Church, Pope Francis said people, not money, create development, and, given this, we should work to respond to people’s real needs. Sponsored by Cattolica: Societa Cattolica di Assicurazione and co-organized by Comune di Verone Istruzio…

Pope’s Morning Homily: A Church That Becomes a Place of Business is Scandalous

“There are two things that the people of God cannot forgive: a priest attached to money and a priest who mistreats people. This they cannot forgive!” These were the words of the Holy Father during his morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta. According to Vatican Radio, Pope Francis reflected on today’s Gospel, which rec…

Pope: ‘I Am Convinced We Can Grow in Common Journey That Already Unites Us’

Pope Francis says unity among all Christians is, first of all, a gift of God and work of the Holy Spirit, but that we are all called to collaborate in furthering unity always and in every circumstance. Speaking to the plenary assembly of the Pontifi…

Cardinal Muller: As a Future-Oriented People, We Must Give Hope

The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith says matrimony isn’t only a reality which plays a role in the Catholic Church and life, but also is important for all mankind. In an interview with ZENIT this week in the Vatican, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller explains why marriage and the family must…

Pope at General Audience: Holiness Can Be Found in Ordinary Life

Pope Francis says every state of life leads to holiness, if lived in communion with the Lord and in the service of others.  During his weekly General Audience this morning in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope said that since holiness “is a gift that the Lord Jesus gives us, when He takes us to Himself, clothes us with…

Pope Francis to Visit Philadelphia in September 2015

Pope Francis says he will visit Philadelphia in September 2015, marking his first apostolic visit to the United States. The news came this morning when the Holy Father made the announcement during his address at the start of “The Complementarity of …

Pope Francis: Euthanasia, Abortion Are Sins Against the Creator

Pope Francis is warning doctors to resist any possible temptation to see life-destroying acts as being, on some level, a service to others. The Pope delivered this forceful message to the Association of Italian Catholic Doctors gathered Saturday in the Vatican, on the occasion of the association’s 70th anniversar…

Year of Consecrated Life Begins 1st Sunday of Advent

During Pope Francis’ Nov. 28-30 apostolic visit to Turkey, there will be an inaugural Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on the first Sunday of Advent to celebrate the start of the Church’s year dedicated to consecrated life. The Vatican made the announcement this Saturday, noting that Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, prefe…

Pope to Zambia’s Bishops: Church’s Mission to Evangelize Never Ends

Pope Francis says that when family life is endangered, then the life of faith is also put at risk, which is why bishops must be actively building up the family. Addressing Zambian bishops at the Vatican this morning on the occasion of their ad limin…

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