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Benedictines provide an 'oasis' of silence, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Apr 19, 2018 / 10:42 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Speaking to members of Benedictine communities in Rome Thursday, Pope Francis said the religious order provides a space for quiet and prayer in an otherwise rushed world, helping people to put God at the center of their lives.

Vatican reportedly rejects German bishops' plan for intercommunion of spouses

Vatican City, Apr 18, 2018 / 11:58 am (EWTN News/CNA).- The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has reportedly rejected a plan approved by the German bishops' conference to publish guidelines permitting non-Catholic spouses of Catholics to receive the Eucharist in some limited circumstances.

Father of Alfie Evans meets with pope, pleads for asylum in Italy

Vatican City, Apr 18, 2018 / 06:20 am (EWTN News/CNA).- A private meeting took place early Wednesday morning between Pope Francis and Tom Evans, the father of two-year-old Alfie Evans, who is currently at the center of a legal battle to keep him alive.

The sign of the cross is our badge, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Apr 18, 2018 / 04:50 am (EWTN News/CNA).- On Wednesday Pope Francis said that to make the sign of the cross is to mark ourselves as Christians, and that it is something we should do often to remind ourselves that we belong to God.

Syro-Malabar priest among sainthood causes advanced by pope

Vatican City, Apr 16, 2018 / 12:01 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis has approved the advancement of the causes of eight Servants of God, all priests and religious, including Fr. Varghese Payyappilly of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, based in Kerala, India.

Exorcism course to study link between porn and demonic influence

Vatican City, Apr 16, 2018 / 04:52 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- An annual exorcism course offered to priests in Rome aims to open the dialogue on what degree of demonic influence may exist in pornography use.

Pope Francis: Every violation of the body is an 'outrage' to God

Vatican City, Apr 15, 2018 / 05:55 am (EWTN News/CNA).- On Sunday Pope Francis issued a moving prayer for all those whose bodies have been hurt or exploited, including those who have suffered abuse and those who are sick, pointing to the high-profile cases of Alfie Evans and Vincent Lambert.

Pope urges Catholics to be moved by joy of the resurrection

Rome, Italy, Apr 15, 2018 / 02:59 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- On Sunday Pope Francis visited a Roman parish, telling Mass-goers to allow themselves to be moved by the immense joy of the resurrection, which overcomes sin and renews believers, allowing them to have a youthful heart.

In wake of Francis apology, Chilean bishops to propose renewal plan

Santiago, Chile, Apr 13, 2018 / 12:00 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- A renewal plan for the Church in Chile will be submitted to Pope Francis by Chilean bishops when they gather next month at the Vatican, the president of the Chilean bishops' conference said.

Pope Francis: The Church cannot be silent about economic suffering

Vatican City, Apr 12, 2018 / 09:21 am (EWTN News/CNA).- In the preface to a book on his economic thought, Pope Francis has written that the Gospel is not an unattainable ideal, but something that the whole Church should seek, especially where there is economic injustice.