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The Holy Spirit makes our works effective, Pope Francis says

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

The Holy Spirit helps Catholics to do good works by giving them the gifts they need to be effective 'salt and light' in the world, Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday.

Like Jesus said: “You are the salt of the earth… you are the light of the world,” the pope said May 23, explaining that the images of salt and light “make us think of our conduct, because both the lack and the…

Oscar Romero and Pope Paul VI to be canonized October 14

Oscar Romero and Pope Paul VI to be canonized October 14

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

Following a meeting between the Council of Cardinals and Pope Francis Saturday, the Vatican announced that Bl. Pope Paul VI and Bl. Oscar Romero will be canonized together on Oct. 14, 2018.

During an ordinary consistory May 19, Francis decreed that the two blesseds will be canonized alongside four others: Bl. Francesco Spinelli, a diocesan priest and founder of the Institute of the Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament; Bl. Vincenzo Romano, a diocesan priest from…

Pope Francis decries ‘spiral of violence’ in Middle East

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

Expressing his sorrow for those who have lost their lives, Pope Francis Wednesday called for peace and dialogue in the Middle East, which has faced increased violence during the transfer of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“I am very worried and distressed by the escalation of tensions in the Holy Land and in the Middle East, and by the spiral of violence that is increasingly moving away from the path of peace,…

Benedict XVI celebrates 91st birthday with his brother

Benedict XVI celebrates 91st birthday with his brother

By CNA/EWTN News

Benedict XVI turned 91 on Monday, celebrating “with his brother Georg in a calm and familiar climate,” according to a Vatican statement.

This evening, members of the Swiss Guard band are scheduled to perform in the Mater Eccelsiae monastery in honor of the pope emeritus.

Pope Francis offered Mass in the morning for Benedict XVI, and sent him a greeting afterward, the Vatican said.

Benedict XVI was pope from 2005 to 2013. He shocked the world when…

Pope to visit Marian shrine, attend Neocatechumenal Way meeting in May

Pope to visit Marian shrine, attend Neocatechumenal Way meeting in May

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

On Tuesday papal spokesperson Greg Burke announced two new additions to Pope Francis’ May calendar: A visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Divine Love in Rome and a meeting with members of the Neocatechumenal Way.

Francis’ visit to the Shrine of Divine Love will take place the afternoon of May 1. There, the pope will pray the rosary to mark the beginning of May, the month of Mary.

On May 5 he will…

Vatican arrests priest under investigation for possession of child porn

Vatican arrests priest under investigation for possession of child porn

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

On Saturday Vatican police arrested former Vatican diplomat Fr. Carlo Alberto Capella, who has been under investigation for the violation of laws concerning the possession of child pornography and its distribution or sale.

Capella was recalled from the U.S. Nunciature in Washington, D.C. in September 2017, after the Vatican was informed Aug. 21, by the U.S. State Department, that there was a “possible violation of laws relating to child pornography images” by a member of…

Pope: Relationship with Jesus is our own personal love story

Pope: Relationship with Jesus is our own personal love story

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

On the Second Sunday of Easter, also known as Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Francis said that our relationship with God is a personal one, filled with his love and mercy, where we proclaim like St. Thomas: “My Lord and my God!”

“To enter into Jesus’ wounds is to contemplate the boundless love flowing from his heart. It is to realize that his heart beats for me, for you, for each one of us,” the pope…

Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church added to liturgical calendar

Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church added to liturgical calendar

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

On Saturday, the Vatican announced Pope Francis’ decision that the Church celebrate the Blessed Virgin Mary in her role as “Mother of the Church” every year on the Monday after Pentecost, as a way to foster Marian piety and the maternal sense of the Church.

The decree establishing the memorial was published March 3 in a letter from Cardinal Robert Sarah, head of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

As…

Vatican trains exorcists as demonic possession claims rise

Vatican trains exorcists as demonic possession claims rise

By CNA

With reported demonic possessions on the rise in Italy, the Vatican is hosting a weeklong training to better prepare exorcists for ministry. Catholic leaders have said that the country needs more exorcists, and better training.

“Today we are at a stage crucial in history: many Christians no longer believe in [the devil’s] existence, few exorcists are appointed and there are no more young priests willing to learn,” said one of the event’s speakers, exorcist Father Cesare Truqui, according…

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