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‘Industry of Death’: Pope Francis on Arms Dealers and Causes of World War III (2989)

NEWS ANALYSIS: In statements reminiscent of President Eisenhower’s warning about combining military and industrial interests, the Holy Father has repeatedly drawn attention to those who profit from conflict.

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Pope Francis has warned about arms merchants fueling war, a concern similarly expressed by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1961.

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VATICAN CITY — Faced with cataclysmic violence in the Middle East, which he terms a “piecemeal” World War III Pope Francis has not shied away from suggesting a major cause of deadly international conflict: financial interest.

To audiences ranging from Italian schoolchildren to the U.S. Congress, the Holy Father says arms merchants are the profiteers fueling war.

Responding to a question from a little girl visiting the Vatican last spring with thousands of other youngsters, Pope Francis declared, “This is serious. Some powerful people make their living with the production of arms and sell them to one country for them to use against another country ... It’s the industry of death, the greed...READ MORE

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Pope to Priests: ‘Don’t Get Tired of Forgiving!’ (936)

Priests who are good confessors must recognize their own sins in order to forgive and comfort penitents, the Holy Father said in his homily Feb. 9 at Mass with Capuchin Franciscan friars from around the world.

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Father John Paul, the chaplain of EWTN News’ Rome office, with a papal mandate in hand. On Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10, Father John Paul will become a ‘missionary of mercy’ by special papal commission and with his blessing.

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VATICAN CITY — Priests who are good confessors must recognize their own sins in order to forgive and comfort penitents, Pope Francis said one day before the start of the Lenten season.

“I speak to you as a brother, and through you, I would like to speak to all confessors, especially in this Year of Mercy: The confessional is for forgiveness,” the Pope said in his homily Feb. 9 in St. Peter’s Basilica. He celebrated the Mass with Capuchin Franciscan friars from around the world.

Even if priests cannot give absolution in some cases, the Pope told them, “Please, do not beat up on the penitent.”

Someone who comes to the confessional is seeking “comfort, pardon and peace in his soul.”


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A Decentralized Church: What Would Be Acceptable? (3419)

NEWS ANALYSIS: An assessment of the positives and negatives of giving more power to bishops and their flocks.

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Bishops listen in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall as Pope Francis delivers his address outlining his vision of synodality on Oct. 17, 2015.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ landmark address last October — in which he outlined his vision for a more collegial, decentralized and “listening” Church — was “one of the most powerful” of Francis’ pontificate, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, said last month.

So much so that the cardinal and the synod secretariat will be hosting a symposium Saturday through Tuesday to “build a discussion” on the topic, with doctrine as its “starting point,” and the goal of encouraging scholars to look into the possibilities more closely.

But the nature of the Pope’s speech — one that aims to pay more attention to the concerns of bishops and their faithful and offer...READ MORE

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Why Do We Put Ashes on Our Heads? (7877)

COMMENTARY: The roots and meaning of Ash Wednesday.

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Ash Wednesday sends us into the desert of Lent marked with the sign of humility, penitence and mortality. It’s a public sign, and its popularity in America — where Catholics historically attempted to flatten the difference between themselves and the dominant Protestant culture — is a distinct public assertion of belief, or at least identity, embraced even by those with an irregular practice of the faith.
People may not attend Mass every Sunday, but something draws them back to this curious ritual. As with all the days traditionally observed by PACE (Palm Sunday, Ash Wednesday, Christmas and Easter) Catholics, it remains embedded deeply in their sense of the faith, even when regular...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Offers Prayers in Wake of Taiwan Earthquake (654)

The Holy Father sent his condolences to those affected by a deadly earthquake that struck the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan on Saturday.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis sent his condolences to those affected by a deadly earthquake that struck the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan on Saturday, causing a building collapse that killed dozens of people.

“The Holy Father was saddened to learn of the suffering caused by the deadly earthquake which struck in Tainan, leaving many people dead or seriously injured,” reads Sunday’s telegram, signed by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

Nearly 40 people were confirmed dead after the quake, which toppled an apartment block in Taiwan, although officials say the death toll could reach more than 100, Reuters reported.

Victims continue to be pulled out of the wreckage of a...READ MORE

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Highest-Ranking American in Vatican Secretariat of State Appointed New Ambassador to South Africa (898)

On Tuesday, Pope Francis named Msgr. Peter Bryan Wells to the new post.

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ATICAN CITY — On Tuesday, it was announced that Pope Francis appointed Msgr. Peter Bryan Wells, the highest-ranking American in the Vatican Secretariat of State, as his new ambassador to South Africa and Botswana.

“I am extremely humbled and honored by the faith which has been placed in me by the Church and our Holy Father, especially in this Year of Mercy,” Msgr. Wells said about his nomination.

He asked for prayers as he prepares to embark on his new mission “to the extraordinary people of southern Africa.”

The Vatican announced Msgr. Wells’ appointment as nuncio in a Feb. 9 communiqué, which noted that the Pope has also elevated him to the rank of archbishop.

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Hope Rises for Philly Catholic Schools as Enrollment Soars (5064)

A renewed agreement between the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Faith in the Future Foundation shows that traditional Catholic education can thrive with a new business model.

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Students at St. Aloysius School pray a living Rosary during Catholic Schools Week in Pottstown, Pa.

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PHILADELPHIA — Scribes writing the epitaph for the Catholic school system will have to put away their pens. A new model of school management tested in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is delivering proven results, giving new hope to parents and educators alike for the future of Catholic education.

On Thursday, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced that its partnership with the Faith in the Future Foundation to pioneer a new model to deliver Catholic education in the United States — an independently managed Catholic secondary-school system — would be renewed and extended to 2022.

Under the agreement, Faith in the Future exercises independent oversight and strategic management of 17 high...READ MORE

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Silly and Blasphemous TV Devil Show, Wherein Fr. Z Rants; A Practical Thing to Do For Lent and More! (2804)

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