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Vatican City, Jan 13, 2016 / 04:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Wednesday Pope Francis launched a new series of catechesis on mercy for his general audiences, telling pilgrims that the love and forgiveness of God can’t be overcome by anything, including our sin.“In the Book of Exodus, God defines himself as the God of mercy.  This is his name, through which he reveals to us his face and his heart,” the Pope said in his Jan 13 general audience.The description of God as being “steadfast in love and faithfulness” is beautiful, he said, adding that this description “says everything. Because God is great and powerful, but this greatness and power unfold in loving us, so little, so incapable.”Used in this way, the word love indicates an attitude of affection, grace and goodness, he said, distinguishing this from the type of superficial love we see in soap operas.It’s always love that “makes the first step, that doesn't depend on hu...
Vatican City, Jan 13, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When Pope Francis was a parish priest in Argentina, he met a mother with young children who had been abandoned by her husband.She had no steady income. When odd jobs were scarce, she would prostitute herself in order to feed her children and provide for her family. During that time, she would visit the local parish, which tried to help her by offering food and material goods.One day during the Christmas season the mother visited and requested to see the parish priest, Father Jorge Bergoglio. He thought she was going to thank him for the package of food the parish had sent to her."Did you receive it?" Fr. Bergoglio had asked her."Yes, yes, thank you for that, too," the mother explained. “But I came here today to thank you because you never stopped calling me Señora."The Holy Father recalled this touching memory in the sixth chapter of the book The Name of God is Mercy, a newly released book-...
(Vatican Radio) US President Barack Obama Tuesday evening delivered the final State of the Union address of his two-term presidency.Listen to Ann Schneible’s report: He touched on a variety of policies enacted during his presidency, such as health reforms and the reopening of diplomatic relations with Cuba.The President also played down the threat from the Islamic State, saying America was the most powerful nation in the world.“Masses of fighters on the back of pickup trucks and twisted souls plotting in apartments or garages pose an enormous danger to civilians and must be stopped. But they do not threaten our national existence.”The president urged Congress to pass a formal authorization to use military force for the fight against the Islamic State group.
(Vatican Radio) During his weekly general audience, Pope Francis spoke on the mercy of God as spoken about in the Bible.Delivering his catechesis Wednesday in the Vatican’s Paul VI hall, the Pope said in the Old Testament, God reveals he is the God of Mercy.The Holy Father explained how the Hebrew word for Mercy evokes the sort of tenderness shown by a mother for her child.In Scripture, the Pope said, the God of mercy is gracious, slow to anger, and abounds in “steadfast love and faithfulness.”Pope Francis concluded his catechesis by inviting the faithful during the Jubilee of Mercy to “turn to God with all our heart, trusting in his mercy and grace, his infinite faithfulness and love.”Below find the official English language summary of Pope Francis’ catechesis:Dear Brothers and Sisters:  In this Jubilee Year, our weekly catechesis will explore the mystery of divine mercy.  In the Book of Exodus, God defines himself as the Go...
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis Wednesday remembered the victims of Tuesday’s suicide bomb attack in Istanbul which left ten people dead.Listen to Ann Schneible's report: Speaking in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall during his weekly general audience, the Pope asked for prayers for those killed in the attack, and for their families.“Before concluding our encounter, in which we have reflected on God’s Mercy, I invite you to pray for the victims of the attack which took place yesterday in Istanbul.”“May God, the merciful, grant eternal peace to the departed, comfort to their families, determined solidarity to the whole society, and convert the hearts of the violent."The suicide bomber killed nine German and one Peruvian tourist on Jan 12 in Istanbul's historic Sultanahmet Square.The Islamic State is being blamed for the attack, which also injured fifteen people.The bomber has been identified by Turkish authorities as a Syrian who recently entere...
(Vatican Radio)  The Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta on Tuesday urged European Union states to agree on a common policy for the protection of refugees.Fra’ Matthew Festing, directed his appeal to representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See whom he received at Order of Malta headquarters in Rome.The Sovereign Order of Malta is active in 120 different nations across the globe with medical emergency programmes, long term health assistance and aid projects for the poor and marginalized.His Royal Highness, Prince Dominique de La Rochefoucauld-Montbel, Gran Hospitaller of the Order, spoke to Vatican Radio’s Francesca Sabatinelli about the challenges posed by the current influx of refugees.Listen to the full interview: Speaking about the European refugee crisis which began more than a year ago, Prince Dominique said the more than a million immigrants entering Europe in 2015 was "just the start of a movement. The greatest concern o...
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Transcripts of over a month of text messages between drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman and Mexican actress Kate del Castillo showed the capo was less interested in making a movie about his life than he was in flirting with the actress....
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- The mentally unstable gunman who shot up a Louisiana movie theater last summer left a rambling, hate-filled journal in which he called the U.S. a "filth farm," railed against women, gays and blacks, and thanked a man accused of killing nine churchgoers in South Carolina for his "wake up call."...
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- When the largest-ever lottery prize is finally awarded, the winners and losers will extend well beyond the lucky few who hit the jackpot and the multitudes of disappointed ticket buyers. Here's a breakdown of how Powerball affects the players, the public and others....
ISTANBUL (AP) -- The suicide attacker who detonated a bomb that killed 10 German tourists in the heart of Istanbul's historic district had registered as a refugee just a week earlier, Turkish officials said Wednesday, raising questions over whether extremists are posing as asylum-seekers to inflame anti-immigrant sentiment in Europe....
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