‘We must wait and see,’ pope says of President Trump

Pope Francis greets people during his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Jan. 18. (CNS/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis greets people during his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Jan. 18. (CNS/Paul Haring)

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As President Donald Trump was being sworn in, Pope Francis told an interviewer it would be “reckless” to pass judgment on the new president before he had a chance to do anything.

“We must wait and see,” the pope told two reporters from the Spanish newspaper El Pais during a 75-minute interview Jan. 19.

The interview was published late Jan. 20 in its original Spanish with an English translation.

Asked if he wasn’t worried at least about some of the things Trump said before his election, the pope responded, “I’m waiting. God waited so long for me, with all my sins.” Continue reading

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‘9 Days for Life’ campaign urges prayer, action to build culture of life

The U.S. bishops' annual "9 Days for Life" prayer and action novena takes place close to the Jan. 22 anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion and the annual March for Life. (CNS/Gregory L. Tracy, The Pilot)

The U.S. bishops’ annual “9 Days for Life” prayer and action novena takes place close to the Jan. 22 anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion and the annual March for Life, seen here last year. (CNS/Gregory L. Tracy, The Pilot)

By Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. bishops’ nationwide “9 Days for Life” campaign is “a great way to put our faith into action,” said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities.

He made the comments in a video posted on a website about the Jan. 21-29 campaign, www.9daysforlife.com. The site offers four ways for participants to receive daily prayers, suggested reflections and practical actions for the campaign, along with links to the free “9 Days for Life” smartphone app. Continue reading

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Meeting pope, Irish prelates discuss ministry of bishop, abuse scandal

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin said the "ad limina" meeting the Irish bishops had with Pope Francis was "quite extraordinary." (CNS file/Paul Haring)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin said the “ad limina” meeting the Irish bishops had with Pope Francis was “quite extraordinary.” (CNS file/Paul Haring)

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Telling the bishops of Ireland that he wanted to hear their questions, concerns and even criticisms, Pope Francis spent almost two hours in conversation with them.

In the continuing evolution of the “ad limina” visits bishops are required to make to the Vatican, Pope Francis met Jan. 20 with 26 Irish bishops and set aside a practice that began with Pope Benedict XVI: writing a speech to the group, but handing the text to them instead of reading it.

Pope Francis did, however, maintain his practice of sitting with the bishops and asking them what was on their minds. Continue reading

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Pope offers prayers for Trump as he becomes 45th U.S. president

Pope Francis leads the Angelus from the window of his apartment overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Dec. 11. (CNS/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis leads the Angelus from the window of his apartment overlooking St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican in December. (CNS/Paul Haring)

By Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis sent best wishes and prayers to incoming President Donald J. Trump shortly after he took the oath of office.

“I offer you my cordial good wishes and the assurance of my prayers that almighty God will grant you wisdom and strength in the exercise of your high office,” the pope’s message said. Continue reading

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‘We will be protected by God,’ Trump declares in inaugural address

U.S. President Donald Trump places his hand on the Bible as he takes the oath of office administered by U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts Jan. 20.(CNS/Reuters)

U.S. President Donald Trump places his hand on the Bible as he takes the oath of office administered by U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts Jan. 20.(CNS/Reuters)

By Mark Pattison
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — President Donald J. Trump told the nation in his inaugural address that it need not fear in the days ahead.

“There should not be fear,” Trump said Jan. 20. “We are protected and we will always be protected. We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement, and, most important, we will be protected by God.” Continue reading

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Archbishop Gomez emphasizes dignity of immigrants on eve of inauguration

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles speaks last August during the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders annual conference in Chicago. (CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Catholic New World)

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles speaks last August during the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders annual conference in Chicago. (CNS/Karen Callaway, Catholic New World)

By J.D. Long-Garcia
Catholic News Service

LOS ANGELES (CNS) — On the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration as U.S. president, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez renewed the call to recognize the humanity of immigrants at a Vatican-sponsored migration conference at the University of California in Los Angeles.

“People do not cease to be human — they do not cease to be our brothers and sisters — just because they have an irregular immigration status,” the archbishop said in a keynote address closing the “Workshop on Humanitarianism and Mass Migration” Jan. 19. “They are children of God and they are brothers and sisters. Our family.” Continue reading

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God’s forgiveness is call to sin no more, pope says

Pope Francis blesses a prisoner as he visits the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia during his 2015 trip to the United States. (CNS/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis blesses a prisoner as he visits the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia during his 2015 trip to the United States. (CNS/Paul Haring)

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — God forgives and forgets the faults of repentant sinners, unless they keep reminding him of their errors by pretending they have no need to change, Pope Francis said.

The new covenant in Jesus Christ, the new relationship God wants to establish with each person, is sealed by being “faithful to this work the Lord does to change our mentality, to change our hearts,” the pope said Jan. 20 during his morning Mass. Continue reading

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