Christian girls who barely escaped ISIS credit Mary for their safety

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Kirkuk, Iraq, Oct 23, 2016 / 12:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Seven young women in Kirkuk credit the Virgin Mary for their safety after spending a harrowing eight hours hidden underneath beds while Islamic State group fighters used their room as a hideout during an assault on the city. “The Virgin Mary was with them,” Fr. […]

Pope Francis at Angelus: a time of courage in mission

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis used his remarks to pilgrims and tourists ahead of the traditional Sunday Angelus prayer to reflect on our being creatures in time, but destined for eternity with God – the uncreated author of all that is, the source of our being, and the font of truth and joy: all in the […]

Pope: ‘Today Is a Time of Mission and Courage’

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By Deborah Castellano Lubov Have courage! Embrace your mission. Pope Francis stressed this during his Angelus address in St. Peter’s Square, as he reflected on today’s readings, especially St. Paul’s Letter to Timothy, in which he encourages his disciple to remember that as Christians we are called to set out and evangelize. Francis observed how […]

Pope Francis: Angelus appeal for Mosul

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis made an appeal for the safety of citizens trapped inside the embattled Iraqi city of Mosul on Sunday. Speaking to pilgrims and tourists gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Angelus prayer, Pope Francis said, “In these dramatic hours, I am close to the entire population of Iraq, especially that of […]

ANGELUS ADDRESS: On Courage and Mission

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By ZENIT Staff Here is a ZENIT translation of the address Pope Francis gave today before and after praying the midday Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter’s Square. __ Before the Angelus: Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! The second reading of today’s liturgy presents to us the exhortation of St. Paul to Timothy, […]

Gospel for Oct. 23

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By ZENIT Staff Jesus addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else. “Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector. The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, ‘O God, […]

‘Confess-a-thon’ returns to Colombian mall, draws 120 priests

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Bogotá, Colombia, Oct 22, 2016 / 05:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For two days this week, a shopping mall in Bogota, Colombia was transformed into a “Confess-a-thon,” as 120 priests administered the Sacrament of Reconciliation to shoppers and those passing by. Priests from all over the country flocked to the Gran Estación Mall on Oct. 18-19 […]

Holy See and Benin sign agreement on Church’s legal status

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Cotonou, Benin, Oct 22, 2016 / 04:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See and the Republic of Benin have signed an agreement formally recognizing the legal status of the Catholic Church in the country, guaranteeing the Church’s ability to carry out her mission in service of the common good. Representatives from both the Holy See […]

Extraordinary Jubilee Audience: Mercy and Dialogue

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(Vatican Radio) Tens of thousands of people showed up on cool but beautiful Saturday morning for the Pope’s monthly Jubilee audience. Listen to Christopher Wells’ report: In his catechesis, Pope Francis used the Gospel account of Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman to reflect on the importance of “dialogue” as an aspect of mercy. “Dialogue,” […]

Pope greets Polish pilgrims on St John Paul II’s feast day

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(Vatican Radio) During Saturday’s Jubilee of Mercy audience at the Vatican, Pope Francis extended a special greeting to the Polish pilgrims present, remembering the 1050th anniversary of the baptism of their nation, and the feast day the Polish-born pontiff, St John Paul II. Listen to Ann Schneible’s report: “Exactly 38 years ago, at about this […]