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Pope mourns victims of ‘senseless’ Las Vegas shooting

By Elise Harris, CNA/EWTN News

On Monday Pope Francis offered his condolences and spiritual support to victims of a deadly shooting in Las Vegas that left at least 50 people dead and 200 more wounded when a gunman opened fire at a country music festival.

“Deeply saddened to learn of the shooting in Las Vegas, Pope Francis sends the assurance of his spiritual closeness to all those affected by this senseless tragedy,” read an Oct. 2 telegram signed by Vatican…

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’s trip to Burma comes amid ‘textbook example of ethnic cleansing’

Pope’s trip to Burma comes amid ‘textbook example of ethnic cleansing’

By Adelaide Mena, CNA/EWTN News

When Pope Francis visits Burma, also known as Myanmar, this November, his visit will come at one of the most contentious periods of the country’s history.

Over the past month, state-supported violence against Burma’s Rohingya Muslim community – an ethnic and religious minority– has reached staggering levels, causing the United Nations to declare the situation “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”

“The scope of the humanitarian crisis is enormous and it’s ongoing,” said Daniel Mark, Chairman…

Pope’s trip to Burma comes amid ‘textbook example of ethnic cleansing’

Pope’s trip to Burma comes amid ‘textbook example of ethnic cleansing’

By Adelaide Mena, CNA/EWTN News

When Pope Francis visits Burma, also known as Myanmar, this November, his visit will come at one of the most contentious periods of the country’s history.

Over the past month, state-supported violence against Burma’s Rohingya Muslim community – an ethnic and religious minority– has reached staggering levels, causing the United Nations to declare the situation “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”

“The scope of the humanitarian crisis is enormous and it’s ongoing,” said Daniel Mark, Chairman…

Knights of Columbus aid natural disaster victims in Puerto Rico and Mexico

Knights of Columbus aid natural disaster victims in Puerto Rico and Mexico

By CNA/EWTN News

To provide relief after a spate of recent natural disasters, the Knights of Columbus have raised over $2.8 million worth of aid to be distributed to the Caribbean and Mexico, and to the southeastern states of the United States.  

“Charity has always been the defining characteristic of the Knights of Columbus, and people – both those in distress and those who want to help – have placed a great deal of trust in us,” the Knights’…

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…

Pope Francis prays for Mexico during this ‘moment of sorrow’

Pope Francis prays for Mexico during this ‘moment of sorrow’

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

On Wednesday, Pope Francis expressed his closeness to the people of Mexico after they suffered a devastating earthquake Sept. 19, asking for the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe for all those who have died or lost loved ones.

“Yesterday a terrible earthquake has devastated Mexico. I saw that there are many Mexicans here today among you. It caused numerous victims and material damages,” the Pope said in Spanish after the General Audience Sept. 20.

“In…

US Senate committee advances bill to aid Christians in Iraq

US Senate committee advances bill to aid Christians in Iraq

By Matt Hadro, CNA/EWTN News

A Senate committee on Tuesday voted to advance a bill that seeks to ensure U.S. aid reaches Christian genocide victims in Iraq.

“The vote from this morning is an important step toward providing relief for those victims of the genocide committed by ISIS,” Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), one of the sponsors of H.R. 390, the Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act of 2017, stated.

Christians in Iraq who were forcibly displaced from their…

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