An environment encyclical in March? Pope Francis hopes so

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(CNA/EWTN News)  During an in-flight press conference on his way to the Philippines, Pope Francis said he plans to have his much-anticipated encyclical on man’s relationship with creation finished in March. “At the end of March, I think it will be completed,” he told journalists aboard the papal plane Jan. 15. “I think that if the translations go well, in … Read More

Blessed Paul VI’s beatification on Sunday; celebrated by Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

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(Vatican Insider, Andrea Tornielli) Pope Francis has officially declared the late Pope from the Italian city of Brescia, Blessed. Pope Francis thanked him for his “humble and prophetic witness of love for Christ and his Church” and commenting on the Gospel, said: “God is not afraid of new things!” Benedict XVI was also present at the Beatification Mass. “On this … Read More