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When tempted to give up hope, turn to Jesus, Pope Francis says

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

On Wednesday, Pope Francis spoke about the enemies of hope that often lead us into discouragement and melancholy, and urged Christians to fight these temptations with the power of prayer.

One of these enemies, he said, is the “demon of noon,” which “wears us out with a busy life just as the sun rises,” but which “surprises us when we are least expecting it.” With this enemy, he said, “the days become dull and boring,”…

Pope zeroes-in on ‘fake news’ for next communications day

Pope zeroes-in on ‘fake news’ for next communications day

By Elise Harris, CNA/EWTN News

With social platforms increasingly targeting so-called “fake news,” Pope Francis has decided to weigh-in, dedicating his message for the 2018 World Day of Social Communications to providing the truth and eliminating the spread of false information.

Announced Sept. 29, the theme for the 2018 message is: “The truth will set you free: Fake news and journalism for peace.”

A communique from the Vatican Secretariat of Communications, headed by Msgr. Dario Eduardo Vigano, said the Pope's message…

Pope reiterates Church’s ‘zero tolerance’ on abuse of minors

Pope reiterates Church’s ‘zero tolerance’ on abuse of minors

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

Thursday in a written speech Pope Francis reiterated the Catholic Church’s commitment to the protection of minors from sexual abuse, stating that the Church will continue to take a “zero tolerance” stance against offenders.

“Let me say quite clearly that sexual abuse is a horrible sin, completely opposite and in contradiction to what Christ and the Church teach us,” the Pope’s prepared remarks stated Sept. 21.

“That is why, I reiterate today once again that…

Vatican: Pope Francis ‘is fine’ after hitting face on popemobile

By Elise Harris, CNA/EWTN News

The Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis is fine after a mishap on the popemobile in Colombia, when he slipped and hit himself trying to reach a child, prompting a wave of concern on social media.

“The Pope is fine,” Vatican spokesman Greg Burke told members of the press corps traveling with Pope Francis in Colombia. He said Francis hit his cheek and eyebrow on the popemobile when it stopped abruptly as he was reaching for…

Simplicity and transparency are key to Pope Francis’ Colombia trip

Simplicity and transparency are key to Pope Francis’ Colombia trip

By David Ramos, CNA/EWTN News

Simplicity and transparency have been key words in the preparations for Pope Francis' visit to Colombia, according to the secretary general of the Colombian bishops' conference.

Pope Francis is a “champion” of simplicity through his personal way of life and well as the requirements he makes for an apostolic voyage, Bishop Elkin Fernando Álvarez Botero, an auxiliary bishop of Medellin, told CNA.

“If we just begin with what the Pope asks for during an apostolic visit:…

Pope Francis: To follow Christ means also to accept the cross

Pope Francis: To follow Christ means also to accept the cross

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

On Sunday Pope Francis spoke about the sacrifice of the cross, explaining how as followers of Christ we must embrace suffering, because it is through the suffering and death of Christ that his love is made known to us.

“Always, even today, the temptation is to follow a Christ without a cross, rather, to teach God the right path,” the Pope said Sept. 3. Like Peter we maybe say: “No, this will never happen.”

“But Jesus…

A little bit of ‘youthful euphoria’ is healthy for Christian life, Pope says

A little bit of ‘youthful euphoria’ is healthy for Christian life, Pope says

By Elise Harris, CNA/EWTN News

On Wednesday, Pope Francis told pilgrims to ignore gloomy people that drag others down, and stressed the need to maintain a healthy dose of the joy experienced in our first encounter with Christ, which he said must serve as a constant motivation to spread the good news.

“Do not listen to deluded and unhappy people; don't listen to those who cynically recommend not to cultivate hope in life,” the Pope said Aug. 30.

“Let us not…

It’s official: Pope Francis to visit Myanmar, Bangladesh in November

It’s official: Pope Francis to visit Myanmar, Bangladesh in November

By Elise Harris, CNA/EWTN News

On Monday the Vatican confirmed rumors that have been swirling the past few weeks about a papal visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh, announcing that Pope Francis will visit the two Asian countries Nov. 27-Dec. 2.

“Welcoming the invitation of the respective heads of state and bishops, His Holiness Pope Francis will make an apostolic visit to Myanmar from 27 to 30 November 2017, visiting the cities of Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw,” an Aug. 28 statement…

Peter and Paul are the columns on whom the Church rests, Pope recalls

Peter and Paul are the columns on whom the Church rests, Pope recalls

By CNA/EWTN News

Saints Peter and Paul are pillars of the Church and a reminder that God is with us always, Pope Francis said Thursday in St. Peter's Square.

“The Fathers of the Church liked to compare the holy apostles Peter and Paul to two columns, on which the visible building of the Church rests. Both sealed with their own blood their testimony to Christ of preaching and service to the nascent Christian community,” he stated during his June 29…

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