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Keep your eyes fixed on the cross, Pope urges new cardinals

Vatican City, Jun 28, 2017 / 09:05 am (EWTN News/CNA).- On Wednesday, Pope Francis created five new cardinals, encouraging them to walk with Jesus, keeping their eyes fixed securely on the cross and on the realities of the world, not becoming distracted by prestige or honor.

Australian police charge top Vatican official with sexual abuse

Vatican City, Jun 28, 2017 / 08:48 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- After years of fighting allegations of sexual abuse and negligence in handling abuse cases, Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican's top finance man, will be charged on multiple counts of abuse, Australian police announced Wednesday.

Pope Francis: The way of Christ is the way of persecution

Vatican City, Jun 28, 2017 / 04:57 am (EWTN News/CNA).- On Wednesday Pope Francis said that following Christ means taking a path contrary to that of the world, and being prepared to suffer because of this; though we have hope because of God's constant presence.

Local priest named fifth bishop of Allentown, Penn.

Vatican City, Jun 27, 2017 / 08:16 am (EWTN News/CNA).- On Tuesday the Vatican announced Pope Francis' pick of Mons. Alfred A. Schlert to be the next bishop of the Diocese of Allentown in Pennsylvania, himself born and raised in the diocese.

The old still have a lot to offer young people, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Jun 27, 2017 / 05:43 am (EWTN News/CNA).- On Tuesday Pope Francis said that the older generation should not stop striving in their spiritual lives, but that God calls them to be spiritual 'grandparents' to young people, who can learn from their experiences.

Unity is more than 'bland uniformity,' Pope tells Orthodox

Vatican City, Jun 27, 2017 / 05:12 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis met with a delegation from the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, saying their journey toward full communion is one that ought to respect their unique traditions – rather than a uniformity that would, in the end, make the Church more boring.

Chinese bishop forcibly removed from diocese still missing

Vatican City, Jun 26, 2017 / 08:04 am (EWTN News).- On Monday the Vatican issued a statement on the situation of the Chinese Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou, who has not been returned since being forcibly removed from his diocese by the Chinese state May 18.

Cardinal Turkson: Marijuana debate ignores ethical questions

Vatican City, Jun 26, 2017 / 05:34 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- The Vatican's top personality on social justice issues has voiced his concern for the increased demand for drugs, including recreational marijuana, saying debate on the plant's usage doesn't take ethical concerns into account.

Christ doesn't promise freedom from difficulties, Pope says

Vatican City, Jun 25, 2017 / 12:37 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- In his Angelus address on Sunday, Pope Francis reminded the faithful that following Christ does not mean our lives will be free from all earthly troubles.

Francis urges Serrans to 'keep moving forward' promoting vocations

Vatican City, Jun 23, 2017 / 03:42 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis offered encouragement Friday to members of Serra International, which promotes religious vocations, urging them to persevere in their "beautiful vocation of being laity who are friends to priests" and to "(k)eep moving forward!"