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Sisters of St. Joseph will not defend embezzling LA sisters
. Los Angeles, Calif., Dec 11, 2018 / 08:52 am (CNA).- The two religious sisters accused of embezzling from a California Catholic school face a criminal investigation, and will not be defended by their religious community.
Dec 11 3:52PM The Vatican

Pope Francis: Everyone must help promote human rights
. Vatican City, Dec 10, 2018 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Everyone should, according to his or her specific gifts, fight to protect the fundamental rights of individuals, Pope Francis said Monday in a message to an international gathering on the topic. Each person is therefore called to contribute with courage and determination, in the specificity of their role, to the respect of the fundamental rights of every person, the pope wrote Dec.
Dec 10 7:01PM The Vatican

Pope Francis: Advent demands conversion, recognizing our mistakes
. Vatican City, Dec 9, 2018 / 06:46 am (CNA).- Advent is a time of waiting and expectation, Pope Francis said Sunday, but this season also requires a journey of conversion. To prepare the way for the Lord who comes, it is necessary to take into account the demands of conversion, Pope Francis said in his Angelus address Dec.
Dec 9 1:46PM The Vatican

On feast of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis points to Mary's trust in God
. Vatican City, Dec 8, 2018 / 08:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis encouraged Catholics to imitate Marys deep trust and openness to God when faced with serious problems. Today we look at the beauty of Our Lady, who was born and lived without sin, always docile and transparent with God.
Dec 8 3:43PM The Vatican

Scottish mall refuses to allow nativity scene amid Christmas display
. Edinburgh, Scotland, Dec 8, 2018 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Both Catholics and Protestants in Scotland are lamenting a shopping center's decision not to include a nativity scene in its Christmas display. Thistles Shopping Centre in Stirling, fewer than 40 miles northwest of Edinburgh, said it will it not include a nativity scene in its Christmas display this year, noting the mall prides itself on being religious and politically neutral, according to The Scotsman, an Edinburgh daily.
Dec 8 1:04PM The Vatican

Options emerge for handling the 'other sexual abuse crisis'
. Washington D.C., Dec 7, 2018 / 03:30 pm (CNA).
Dec 7 10:30PM The Vatican

The Algerian martyrs shed their blood for Christ, pope says
. Vatican City, Dec 7, 2018 / 10:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ahead of the beatification Saturday of Bishop Pierre Claverie and his 18 companions, who were martyred in Algeria between 1994 and 1996, Pope Francis said martyrs have a special place in the Church. The Church has always paid special devotion to the martyrs, who have faith and love for the Lord Jesus, even to the shedding of their blood as witness, he wrote in a letter to Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu.
Dec 7 5:02PM The Vatican

Pope Francis explains symbolism of Vatican Christmas tree and sand nativity
. Vatican City, Dec 7, 2018 / 09:30 am (CNA).- As the Vatican illuminated its 65-foot Christmas tree in St. Peters Square Friday, Pope Francis shared the deeper meaning found in the traditional festive spruce.
Dec 7 4:30PM The Vatican

Pope approves new legislation governing Vatican City
. Vatican City, Dec 6, 2018 / 11:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis Thursday published new laws governing the administration of Vatican City State, including the formation of a new oversight body for verifying departmental compliance with regulations and procedures within the governorate. The laws were issued Dec.
Dec 6 6:01PM The Vatican

Pope Francis to visit Abu Dhabi in February 2019
. Vatican City, Dec 6, 2018 / 05:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis will travel to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates Feb. 3-5 to participate in an international interfaith meeting, the Vatican announced Thursday.
Dec 6 12:16PM The Vatican

American sculptor humbled to bring sand nativity to Vatican
. Vatican City, Dec 5, 2018 / 10:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Growing up next door to Daytona Beach in Florida, Rich Varano spent a lot of time making things out of sand with his dad. He never imagined it could turn into his full-time gig but 30 years later, he cannot imagine doing anything else.
Dec 5 5:36PM The Vatican

Pope Francis: To pray, begin with humility
. Vatican City, Dec 5, 2018 / 03:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Learning to pray well is a continual process, but should always start from a place of humility, as Jesus demonstrated in the Gospels, Pope Francis said Wednesday. Even if we have been praying for so many years, we must always learn! the pope said Dec.
Dec 5 10:45AM The Vatican

Pope Francis to Jesuit college: Remember your origins
. Vatican City, Dec 3, 2018 / 08:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For the 50th anniversary of a Jesuit college in Rome, Pope Francis challenged members of the college community to reflect on the origins of the Society of Jesus as they seek spiritual fruit. I would like to advise you to return to the discussion on service to be like Jesus, to imitate Jesus, Who emptied Himself, Who annihilated Himself and obeyed unto death, he said.
Dec 4 3:44AM The Vatican

Pope Francis: The path to peace requires humility
. Vatican City, Dec 3, 2018 / 11:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a speech on Monday, Pope Francis called for humility as a path to world peace, urging world leaders and citizens of every nation to work for an end to violence and a greater respect for human dignity. There is a need for leaders with a new mentality, the pope said.
Dec 3 6:13PM The Vatican

EU recognizes financial system of Vatican City State
. Vatican City, Dec 2, 2018 / 10:05 pm (CNA).- The Board of the European Payments Council (EPC) approved last month the extension of the geographical scope of the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) to include Vatican City State and the Holy See. Mostly seen as insider news, the decision in fact bespeaks a considerable boost to the financial system of the Vatican.
Dec 3 5:05AM The Vatican

Pope Francis lights candle for children in Syria
. Vatican City, Dec 2, 2018 / 05:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis Sunday lit a candle, a symbol of hope, to pray for the children affected by violence and war in Syria and across the Middle East. Advent is a time of hope.
Dec 2 12:50PM The Vatican

Pope Francis: Advent is a time of joy-filled waiting
. Vatican City, Dec 1, 2018 / 09:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Advent season begins, it is a good time to reflect on the Christian call to joyful expectancy, finding hope and consolation in waiting for Christ, Pope Francis said Saturday. We Christians are called to safeguard and spread the joy of waiting: we await God who loves us infinitely and at the same time we are awaited by Him.
Dec 1 4:38PM The Vatican

In new book on clergy and religious life, Pope Francis addresses homosexuality
. Vatican City, Nov 30, 2018 / 05:00 pm (CNA).- In a book-length interview to be published next week, Pope Francis addressed gifts and challenges for clerical and religious vocations, among them the challenge of homosexuality in the clergy. The issue of homosexuality is a very serious issue that must be adequately discerned from the beginning with the candidates, if that is the case.
Dec 1 12:00AM The Vatican

Pope Francis calls for unity with Orthodox Churches
. Vatican City, Nov 30, 2018 / 01:23 pm (CNA).- On the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, Pope Francis told the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople that while the Holy Spirit has in recent years prompted a fraternal dialogue between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, both Churches should work to achieve full communion with one another.
Nov 30 8:23PM The Vatican

Pope to sick children: Pray to your guardian angel
. Vatican City, Nov 30, 2018 / 11:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with dozens of children suffering from tumors in an audience Nov. 30.
Nov 30 6:03PM The Vatican