Archive of October 2, 2016 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of October 2, 2016

Full text: Pope Francis' in-flight press conference from Azerbaijan

Oct 2, 2016 - 06:08 pm .- During his flight from Baku, Azerbaijan to Rome on Sunday, Pope Francis gave a press conference to the journalists aboard the the papal plane. He reflected on his trip to Georgia and Azerbaijan, marriage and divorce, and homosexuality and gender identity.

Pope Francis: Love those who struggle, but don't push gender theory on kids

Oct 2, 2016 - 03:55 pm .- On his way back from Georgia and Azerbaijan Pope Francis criticized what he called the “wicked” push of gender theory in schools, but stressed that individuals who struggle with their sexual identity ought to be treated with mercy, as Jesus would do. 

101-year-old woman receives First Communion

Oct 2, 2016 - 02:29 pm .- At 101 years old, Dona Penha has seen quite a bit of life. But the centenarian experienced something new on September 28, as she received her First Communion during Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel nursing home in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  

Pope Francis green-lights opening of Fr. Jacques Hamel beatification process

Oct 2, 2016 - 12:07 pm .- The French diocese of Rouen has officially begun an inquiry into the beatification of French priest Jacques Hamel, killed by Islamic extremists earlier this summer, after receiving a note from Pope Francis waiving the traditional five-year waiting period.

Civil society must guarantee religious freedom, Pope says in Azerbaijan

Oct 2, 2016 - 08:21 am .- In his final speech in Azerbaijan, Pope Francis spoke at length praising the good interreligious relations in the country, but also cautioned that religion must always be respected in civil society, and can never be used as a tool to justify violence.

Pope Francis says religious harmony in Azerbaijan must continue

Oct 2, 2016 - 07:20 am .- In a meeting with political leaders Sunday, Pope Francis praised the peaceful relationship among Catholics, Muslims, Orthodox, and Jews in Azerbaijan, criticizing those who use God as a defense in religiously-motivated violence.

In Azerbaijan, Pope says faith, service weave Christian life together

Oct 2, 2016 - 01:31 am .- Pope Francis celebrated Mass immediately after landing in Azerbaijan Sunday, telling faithful gathered in the small church that faith and service are the heart of Christian life, woven together like the different threads of a carpet.