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Pope Francis: Final verdict on Sodalitium founder likely ‘unfavorable’


Vatican City, Jan 22, 2018 / 09:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On board the papal flight from Lima to Rome, Pope Francis said a final Vatican verdict on the founder of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, accused of serial sexual and psychological abuse, will soon be available, and likely won’t be in the founder’s favor. Speaking to […]

Pope in Peru: ‘Be the saints of the 21st century’


Lima, Peru, Jan 21, 2018 / 04:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On his last day in Peru, Pope Francis encouraged Catholics to imitate Jesus, who embraces the poor and suffering, and brings hope. The Pope urged Peru’s youth to look to their grandparents and elders in order to discover “the DNA that guided their great saints,” […]

Don’t ‘photoshop’ your heart – be who you are, Pope tells young Peruvians


Lima, Peru, Jan 21, 2018 / 11:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday Pope Francis told Peruvian youth that Jesus doesn’t want disciples who have been “photoshopped” to perfection, but like the great saints of the past, God calls people to follow him with trust and enthusiasm, despite their weaknesses. “When Jesus looks at us, he […]

The Church needs you, Francis tells contemplative sisters in Peru


Lima, Peru, Jan 21, 2018 / 08:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking to contemplative women religious Sunday, Pope Francis said that they aren’t second-class, but a necessary part of the Church, and asked them to continue to pray on behalf of the Church and sinners. “Sisters, know something: The Church doesn’t tolerate you, it needs you!” […]

Fight ‘scourge’ of violence against women, Pope says at Marian celebration


Lima, Peru, Jan 20, 2018 / 02:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- If we’re confused, facing difficulties, or struggling with sin, we can look to Mary to help guide us to the arms of her Son, Pope Francis said Saturday during a Marian celebration in Trujillo, Peru. Quoting a homily by St. Bernard, the Pope said: “You […]

When storms come, have faith in Jesus, Pope tells Catholics in Peru


Huanchaco, Peru, Jan 20, 2018 / 07:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a homily Saturday, Pope Francis spoke about the natural disasters Peru experienced over the last year, praising the way in which Peruvians joined together to help one another during these difficult moments. “I know that, in the time of darkness, when you felt the […]

Pope Francis warns Peruvian leaders against ‘virus’ of corruption


Lima, Peru, Jan 19, 2018 / 03:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking to Peruvian authorities Friday, Pope Francis issued a stern warning against corruption, which he said has done significant harm, and snuffs out the hope offered by the country’s rich cultural and natural diversity. “Peru is a land of hope that invites and challenges its […]

Meet the priest who serves an unlikely community in Peru’s Amazon


Puerto Maldonado, Peru, Jan 19, 2018 / 02:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Fr. Pablo Zabala is a 70-year old Spanish priest, who serves in a remote part of the world: the Peruvian Amazon. Most of the people who fill his church pews are gold miners and sex workers in Boca Colorado – an area that some […]

The world needs you, Francis tells young people at children’s home


Puerto Maldonado, Peru, Jan 19, 2018 / 11:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking to kids at a home for orphaned and abandoned children on Friday, Pope Francis said they have much to offer the world by being themselves and sharing their experiences. “The world needs you, young men and women… and it needs you as you […]