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Pope prays for victims, rescue workers of Sierra Leone mudslide

Vatican City, Aug 16, 2017 / 08:54 am (EWTN News/CNA).- With hundreds dead and nearly 600 more still missing as a result of a giant mudslide that ravished Sierra Leone's capital, Pope Francis has prayed for the victims, their families and rescue workers providing relief to those affected.

In Christ, Mary brings new joy and meaning to mankind, Pope says

Vatican City, Aug 15, 2017 / 05:26 am (EWTN News/CNA).- On the Feast of the Assumption, Pope Francis said that in bringing Christ to the world, Mary also provides the joy and grace of her Son, which not only sustain us in difficulty, but are primarily intended for the weak and humble.

Australian bishops oppose forcing priests to reveal details of confession

Vatican City, Aug 14, 2017 / 08:43 am (EWTN News/CNA).- The bishops of Australia have indicated that they will resist the Royal Commission's proposal that priests be legally obligated to disclose details of sexual abuse revealed in the confessional, facing criminal charges if they don't.

Trust in Christ – not in horoscopes, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Aug 13, 2017 / 05:41 am (EWTN News/CNA).- On Sunday Pope Francis repeated a message he often has, warning against putting one's trust in horoscopes and fortune telling rather than Christ, who is the only true security that gets us through times of trial and darkness.

Pope orders Belgian religious group to stop offering euthanasia to patients

Vatican City, Aug 10, 2017 / 11:17 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis is cracking down on a Belgian Brothers of Charity-run organization, giving the group until the end of August to stop offering euthanasia to patients in their psychiatric centers.

Cardinal Parolin says urgency of peace a key reason for Russia trip

Vatican City, Aug 9, 2017 / 12:01 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin has said he will be going to Russia Aug. 20-24 largely out of a desire to promote peace both there and with the West, and to solidify relations with the Eastern Orthodox.

Pope names new bishop for Chaldean eparchy of San Diego

Vatican City, Aug 9, 2017 / 05:47 am (EWTN News/CNA).- The Vatican announced Wednesday that Pope Francis has named Bishop Emanuel Hana Shaleta as head of the eparchy of Saint Peter Apostle of San Diego of the Chaldeans, pulling him from his prior post in Canada.

Pope Francis: Jesus went to the cross for sinners, not the perfect

Vatican City, Aug 9, 2017 / 04:13 am (EWTN News/CNA).- On Wednesday Pope Francis said the Church doesn't exist for people without faults, but for sinners in need of God's mercy – a point he often returns to – and lamented the fact that there are many Catholics who believe the opposite.

Vatican clarifies: Gay couple received standard form letter from Pope, not endorsement

Vatican City, Aug 8, 2017 / 12:59 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- A congratulatory letter sent from Pope Francis to a same-sex couple regarding the baptism of their children was a standard form letter sent to all who write to the Pope, a Vatican source has confirmed.

Ukranian archeparchy in Philadelphia gets a new auxiliary bishop

Vatican City, Aug 8, 2017 / 06:46 am (EWTN News/CNA).- On Tuesday it was announced that Pope Francis has named Fr. Andriy Rabiy, who has a background in child protection, as an auxiliary bishop for the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia.