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Unmask violence posing as holy, pope tells religious leaders in Egypt

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service CAIRO (CNS) — Calling his visit to Egypt a journey of “unity and fraternity,” Pope Francis launched a powerful call to the nation’s religious leaders to expose violence masquerading as holy and condemn religiously inspired hatred as an idolatrous caricature of God. “Peace alone,…


In TED talk, pope urges people to make real connections

By Keanine Griggs Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — While searching for a connection today often means looking for Wi-Fi, Pope Francis said real connections between people are the only hope for the future. “How wonderful would it be if the growth of scientific and technological innovation would come…


Spokesman: Tight security is ‘new normal’ as pope heads to Egypt

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Despite the ongoing risk of terrorism, Pope Francis planned to travel to Egypt as a sign of being close to the people there, said Greg Burke, Vatican spokesman. Heightened security is part of the “new normal” in many countries, but…



Vatican says it would welcome visit by Trump

By Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — If U.S. President Donald Trump requests a meeting with Pope Francis in May, the Vatican will try to make it work, a top Vatican official said. “Pope Francis always is willing to welcome heads of state who ask,” Archbishop Angelo Becciu, Vatican…


Risen Christ calls all to follow him on path to life, pope says

By Cindy Wooden and Junno Arocho Esteves, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Jesus is the risen shepherd who takes upon his shoulders “our brothers and sisters crushed by evil in all its varied forms,” Pope Francis said before giving his solemn Easter blessing. With tens of thousands of…


Love Jesus in all who suffer, pope says on Palm Sunday

By Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Jesus does not ask that people only contemplate his image, but that they also recognize and love him concretely in all people who suffer like he did, Pope Francis said. Jesus is “present in our many brothers and sisters who today…


Catholic leaders in Syria criticize U.S. missile strikes

By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Two prominent Catholic leaders in Syria criticized the U.S. missile strikes against their nation, wondering why they occurred before investigations into the origins of chemical attacks reported April 4. But U.S. President Donald Trump said Syrian President Bashar Assad “launched a horrible chemical…


Pope horrified by ‘unacceptable massacre’ in Syria

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis strongly condemned a shocking chemical attack in Syria that left some 70 people, including at least 10 children, dead. “We are horrified by the latest events in Syria. I strongly deplore the unacceptable massacre that took place…


Vatican welcomes three new refugee families from Syria

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The first three refugee families from Syria welcomed by the Vatican left their temporary homes to start their new lives in Italy, and three new families took their places in Vatican apartments. The papal Almoner’s Office, which helps coordinate…