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(Vatican Radio)  At the conclusion of Mass in Gyumri, Armenia on Saturday, Pope Francis took a moment to greet “all those who with such generosity and practical charity are helping our brothers and sisters in need.”  In particular, the Pontiff recalled what is known as “the Pope’s Hospital” desired by Pope John Paul II himself and which opened 25 years ago in Ashotsk.  “It was born of the heart of Saint John Paul II,” Pope Francis observed, “and it continues to be an important presence close to those who are suffering.”Below, please find Pope Francis’ remarks upon conclusion of Holy Mass in Gyumri, Armenia:At the conclusion of this celebration, I wish to express my deep gratitude to Catholicos Karekin II and to Archbishop Minassian for their gracious words.  I also thank Patriarch Ghabroyan and the Bishops present, as well as the priests and the Authorities who have warmly welcomed us.I thank all of yo...
(Vatican Radio)   Speaking at Holy Mass Saturday in Gyumri, Armenia, Pope Francis recalled the “terrible devastation” wrought by the massive 1988 earthquake that killed tens of thousands of people and gave thanks “for all that has been rebuilt.”In his Homily, the Pope offered three “stable foundations upon which we can tirelessly build and rebuild the Christian life.”The first foundation, he said, is “memory:” to “recall what the Lord has done in and for us” and that “He has chosen us, loved us, called us and forgiven us.”  “The memory of a people” like those in Armenia, also needs to be preserved the Pope added.  “Even in the face of tremendous adversity,” he stressed, God has “remembered your faithfulness to the Gospel… and all those who testified, even at the price of their blood, that God’s love is more precious than life itself.”Faith, the Ho...
(Vatican Radio) On the morning of  Saturday 25th of June during his homily at an open air Holy Mass in the north eastern Armenian city of Gyumri badly hit in 1988 by a massive earthquake Pope Francis highlighted the figure of St. Gregory of Narek. These are his exact words: "All the same, we might ask ourselves: how can we become merciful, with all the faults and failings that we see within ourselves and all about us?  I would like to appeal to one concrete example, a great herald of divine mercy, one to whom I wished to draw greater attention by making him a Doctor of the Universal Church: Saint Gregory of Narek, word and voice of Armenia.  It is hard to find his equal in the ability to plumb the depths of misery lodged in the human heart.  Yet he always balanced human weakness with God’s mercy, lifting up a heartfelt and tearful prayer of trust in the Lord who is “giver of gifts, root of goodness… voice of consolation, news of com...
(Vatican Radio)  World markets and world leaders have been shaken by Britain's decision to leave the European Union, adding to concerns over the European project's future. Populist leaders have now urged similar referendums in their own countries as the one that led to Britain's Brexit on Thursday.Listen to Stefan Bos' report: With the British pound declining and shares plunging in Europe, the United States and other markets, government leaders wonder who else may leave the European Union after Britain. If it's up to populist leaders, Brexit is the beginning of the unraveling of the EU.Dutch firebrand politician Geert Wilders who leads the anti-Islam PVV party told Vatican Radio that he wants a similar 'Nexit' vote in the Netherlands. "It's a historic day. The people of Britain have been teaching the elite in London and Brussels a lesson," he said."They choose for an independent Britain that can take care...
(Vatican Radio)  Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, Director of the Holy See Press Office, held a press briefing on Friday following the first day of Pope Francis' Apostolic Journey to Armenia. Listen to the full press briefing: In the briefing, Fr. Lombardi revisited the major events of Friday and looked ahead to the schedule for Saturday. "That Genocide"He also specified the nature of Pope Francis' use of the word 'genocide' for the Metz Yeghern, or 'Great Evil', the massacre of some 1.5 million Armenian people in 1915.In a speech Friday at the presidential palace to President Serzh Sargsyan, Armenian political and religious leaders and the diplomatic corps, Pope Francis strayed from his prepared text, adding the word “genocide:”``Sadly that tragedy, that genocide, was the first of the deplorable series of catastrophes of the past century, made possible by twisted racial, ideological or religious aims that darkened the minds o...
LONDON (AP) -- A tsunami of uncertainty has engulfed Anna Woydyla, a Polish restaurant worker in London, since Britain voted to leave the European Union....
DENVER (AP) -- Widespread economic angst. Intense opposition to immigration policy. The rise of populist and nationalist sentiments, particularly among less-educated and older white voters....
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United Kingdom's stunning vote to leave the European Union was driven by much of the same sentiment that fueled Donald Trump's insurgent march toward the Republican presidential nod: A rejection of economic globalization and the elites who favor it by those who feel left behind....
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump has finally acknowledged that to best compete against Hillary Clinton he needs more than the bare-bones campaign team that led him to primary success. But many of the most experienced Republican political advisers aren't willing to work for him....
IMAGE: CNS/Paul HaringBy Cindy WoodenYEREVAN, Armenia (CNS) -- In silence and in prayer while amournful hymn was sung, Pope Francis formally paid tribute to the estimated 1.5million Armenians killed by Ottoman Turks in 1915-18.Visiting the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial, a monument to themartyrs, Pope Francis wrote in the guestbook, "May God preserve the memoryof the Armenian people. Memories should not be watered down or forgotten;memory is a source of peace and of the future."The words were in addition to those the pope had planned towrite June 25, praying that humanity would never again know the large-scalemassacre of a people and that by remembering such tragedies of the past, peoplewould learn to vanquish evil with good.Accompanied by the Armenian Orthodox patriarch, CatholicosKarekin II, and by bishops and clergy from both the Catholic and ArmenianApostolic churches, Pope Francis blessed a wreath of yellow and white flowersplaced before the towering stone shards that protect the et...
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