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In Diwali message to Hindus, Vatican officials call for mutual respect

Vatican City, Oct 16, 2017 / 12:00 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- With tensions between Christians and Hindu nationalists in India increasingly on the rise, the Vatican sent a message marking the Hindu feast of Diwali, urging members of both religions to go beyond mere tolerance of one another, and to foster a genuine mutual respect.

Hunger must be fought by actively going to the roots, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Oct 16, 2017 / 06:26 am (EWTN News/CNA).- On Monday, Pope Francis issued a lengthy appeal to address the problem of world hunger not only through talk, but concrete action by going to the root of the problem and introducing a new global mentality aimed at love rather than profit.

Pope at canonization Mass: God never stops inviting us to the heavenly banquet

Vatican City, Oct 15, 2017 / 06:14 am (EWTN News/CNA).- On Sunday, Pope Francis canonized 35 new saints in the Catholic Church, saying that no matter how often we reject him, the Lord will continue to love us and invite us to participate in his heavenly banquet.

Pope announces special 2019 Synod of Bishops on South American region

Vatican City, Oct 15, 2017 / 05:32 am (EWTN News/CNA).- On Sunday, Pope Francis announced the decision to hold a special assembly of the Synod of Bishops, to take place in October 2019, on the state of evangelization in the Pan-Amazon region of South America.

Vatican City court finds former hospital president guilty of corruption

Vatican City, Oct 15, 2017 / 02:09 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Vatican City announced Saturday the conclusion of the corruption trial of the former president and treasurer of the Vatican-owned Bambino Gesù hospital in Rome.

Pope Francis: You can't spread God's love from an armchair

Vatican City, Oct 14, 2017 / 07:13 am (EWTN News/CNA).- On Saturday Pope Francis said that to share God's love with the world requires action and service – and that we can't just sit around and wait for other people to perform our vocation.

Pope Francis, Lebanese prime minister discuss Middle East

Vatican City, Oct 13, 2017 / 12:21 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis and the prime minister of Lebanon, Saad Rafic Hariri, discussed Friday the current situation in the Middle East and Lebanon, which has received a large number of refugees from Syria.

Celebrating 50 years, Special Olympics athletes meet with Pope Francis

Vatican City, Oct 13, 2017 / 07:52 am (EWTN News/CNA).- On Friday, Pope Francis met with soccer players in the Special Olympics, commending their commitment to the promotion of inclusion and the dignity of all.

Pope Francis offers prayer for victims of California wildfires

Vatican City, Oct 13, 2017 / 07:33 am (EWTN News/CNA).- With more than 20 deaths caused by the various wildfires devouring swaths of California, Pope Francis on Friday sent a message voicing his solidarity with victims, and assuring his prayer for all those affected by the blazes.

Our Lady of Aparecida's smile gives us hope, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Oct 12, 2017 / 12:39 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis sent a video message Thursday for the 300th anniversary of the discovery of the statue of Our Lady of Aparecida, whose simple smile, he said, is a source of encouragement even during the most difficult times.