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Pope prays for victims, rescue workers of Sierra Leone mudslide
Vatican City, Aug 16, 2017 / 08:54 am (EWTN News/CNA).- With hundreds dead and nearly 600 more still missing as a result of a giant mudslide that ravished Sierra Leone's capital, Pope Francis has prayed for the victims, their families and rescue workers providing relief to those affected.
In Christ, Mary brings new joy and meaning to mankind, Pope says
Vatican City, Aug 15, 2017 / 05:26 am (EWTN News/CNA).- On the Feast of the Assumption, Pope Francis said that in bringing Christ to the world, Mary also provides the joy and grace of her Son, which not only sustain us in difficulty, but are primarily intended for the weak and humble.
Australian bishops oppose forcing priests to reveal details of confession
Vatican City, Aug 14, 2017 / 08:43 am (EWTN News/CNA).- The bishops of Australia have indicated that they will resist the Royal Commission's proposal that priests be legally obligated to disclose details of sexual abuse revealed in the confessional, facing criminal charges if they don't.

Trust in Christ – not in horoscopes, Pope Francis says
Vatican City, Aug 13, 2017 / 05:41 am (EWTN News/CNA).- On Sunday Pope Francis repeated a message he often has, warning against putting one's trust in horoscopes and fortune telling rather than Christ, who is the only true security that gets us through times of trial and darkness.
Pope orders Belgian religious group to stop offering euthanasia to patients
Vatican City, Aug 10, 2017 / 11:17 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis is cracking down on a Belgian Brothers of Charity-run organization, giving the group until the end of August to stop offering euthanasia to patients in their psychiatric centers.
Cardinal Parolin says urgency of peace a key reason for Russia trip
Vatican City, Aug 9, 2017 / 12:01 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin has said he will be going to Russia Aug. 20-24 largely out of a desire to promote peace both there and with the West, and to solidify relations with the Eastern Orthodox.
Pope names new bishop for Chaldean eparchy of San Diego
Vatican City, Aug 9, 2017 / 05:47 am (EWTN News/CNA).- The Vatican announced Wednesday that Pope Francis has named Bishop Emanuel Hana Shaleta as head of the eparchy of Saint Peter Apostle of San Diego of the Chaldeans, pulling him from his prior post in Canada.
Pope Francis: Jesus went to the cross for sinners, not the perfect
Vatican City, Aug 9, 2017 / 04:13 am (EWTN News/CNA).- On Wednesday Pope Francis said the Church doesn't exist for people without faults, but for sinners in need of God's mercy – a point he often returns to – and lamented the fact that there are many Catholics who believe the opposite.
Vatican clarifies: Gay couple received standard form letter from Pope, not endorsement
Vatican City, Aug 8, 2017 / 12:59 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- A congratulatory letter sent from Pope Francis to a same-sex couple regarding the baptism of their children was a standard form letter sent to all who write to the Pope, a Vatican source has confirmed.
Ukranian archeparchy in Philadelphia gets a new auxiliary bishop
Vatican City, Aug 8, 2017 / 06:46 am (EWTN News/CNA).- On Tuesday it was announced that Pope Francis has named Fr. Andriy Rabiy, who has a background in child protection, as an auxiliary bishop for the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia.
Why the Feast of St. Dominic is not actually the Dominicans' biggest feast day
Vatican City, Aug 8, 2017 / 01:38 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Tuesday marks the Feast Day of St. Dominic, the 13th century priest known for founding the Order of Preachers, commonly called the Dominicans, and for spreading devotion to the Rosary.
Pope urges Peruvians to focus on hope, unity ahead of trip
Vatican City, Aug 7, 2017 / 01:32 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis has sent a special message to Peruvians ahead of his visit to their country next year, telling them to look to the great saints of the nation as they prepare, and pointing to hope and unity as key areas of reflection.
Pope Francis visits Blessed Paul VI's tomb on anniversary of his death
Vatican City, Aug 7, 2017 / 12:51 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- On Sunday morning Pope Francis descended to the grotto beneath St Peter's Basilica, where many past Popes are buried, to pray at the tomb of Bl. Paul VI.
Pope Francis offers prayers after deadly Nigeria attack
Vatican City, Aug 7, 2017 / 08:26 am (EWTN News/CNA).- After a bloody attack at a Catholic Church in southern Nigeria left 11 dead and several more wounded, Pope Francis conveyed his sympathy to the victims and their families, assuring the community of his prayer.
Want peace and love? Remember to pray, Pope Francis says
Vatican City, Aug 6, 2017 / 07:08 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Through their prayers, people of various religions can work together for peace, Pope Francis has said to an interreligious prayer meeting in Japan.