Tag: pope francis

Abuse survivor says pope told him God loves him the way he is

VATICAN CITY | An abuse survivor, who had been disparaged for being a homosexual, said that Pope Francis told him that God made him that way and loved him for who he was. Juan Carlos Cruz — one of the three survivors from Chile who met with the pope April 27-30 at the Vatican —… Read more »

The Holy Spirit changes hearts, pope says on Pentecost

VATICAN CITY | Christians should begin each day invoking the Holy Spirit, praying that the Spirit will lead them and the church closer to God and closer to any person in need, Pope Francis said on Pentecost. Celebrating Mass May 20 in St. Peter’s Basilica, the pope said the Bible, especially the Acts of the… Read more »

Pope will create 14 new cardinals in June

VATICAN CITY | Here are brief biographical notes about each of the 14 churchmen who will become cardinals June 29. Their names are listed in the order Pope Francis announced them May 20: • Iraqi Cardinal-designate Louis Raphael I Sako, the Chaldean Catholic patriarch, was ordained a bishop eight months after the U.S. invasion of… Read more »

All of Chile’s bishops offer resignations after meeting pope on abuse

VATICAN CITY | Every bishop in Chile offered his resignation to Pope Francis after a three-day meeting at the Vatican to discuss the clerical sexual abuse scandal. “We want to announce that all bishops present in Rome, in writing, have placed our positions in the Holy Father’s hands so that he may freely decide regarding… Read more »

Love is constant caring for others, pope says at parish visit

ROME | Love is not all hearts and flowers or what is presented in a sappy romantic film, Pope Francis said. “Love is something else. Love is taking responsibility for others.” Visiting Blessed Sacrament parish in the Rome suburb of Tor de’ Schiavi May 6, Pope Francis focused both on the day’s Gospel reading about… Read more »

Pope, others mourn death of British toddler Alfie Evans

LIVERPOOL, England | Pope Francis said he was mourning the death of English toddler Alfie Evans, who died four days after doctors withdrew his life support system. The 23-month-old boy died at about 2:30 a.m. April 28 after his father, Tom Evans, spent 10 minutes trying to revive him by mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, according to reports… Read more »

‘Is my dad in heaven,’ little boy asks pope

ROME | After circling a massive, crumbling public housing complex on the outskirts of Rome, Pope Francis had an emotional encounter with the neighborhood’s children. Question-and-answer sessions with youngsters are a standard part of Pope Francis’ parish visits. And, at St. Paul of the Cross parish April 15, there were the usual questions like, “How… Read more »

Father of Alfie Evans meets pope, begs for help to save his son

VATICAN CITY | Begging Pope Francis to help his son, Alfie, Tom Evans met with the pontiff, pleading for “asylum” in Italy so his seriously ill son may receive care and not be euthanized in England. “If Your Holiness helps our child, Your Holiness will be potentially saving the future for our children in the… Read more »

“Rejoice and Be Glad”: Not defending life? Pope Francis won’t let you off the hook, experts say

Vatican City | The latest exhortation from Pope Francis has made headlines for its claims about the importance of defending the value of all human lives: the unborn, the poor, and the immigrant. But Gaudete et exsultate’s broad emphasis isn’t an excuse for Catholics to avoid confronting the evil of abortion, several commentators told CNA…. Read more »

St. Grandma? Pope cites the famous and the ‘saint next door’

VATICAN CITY | Naturally in a document on the Christian call to holiness, Pope Francis cited a heavenly host of saints — including some whose sainthood causes are ongoing and some who probably will never be canonized. “A great cloud of witnesses,” he said, encourages each Christian to take steps toward holiness. “These witnesses may… Read more »