Weigel thinks Pope Francis embodies Church’s future

Rome, Italy, Mar 16, 2013 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- Catholic author and scholar George Weigel believes that Pope Francis embodies the type of Catholicism that is needed for the Church to thrive in the modern cultural context. “I think Pope Francis embodies the Church's turn into the Evangelical Catholicism of the future in a profound way,” Weigel told CNA on March 15, just two days into the new papacy. “If he can reform the Curia and turn it into a more effective instrument … [Read more...]

Wikileaks shows US Vatican embassy profiled Pope Francis in 2005

Vatican City, Mar 16, 2013 / 01:02 pm (CNA).- Leaked U.S. State Department cables published by Wikileaks show that the U.S. Vatican Embassy saw the future Pope Francis as a contender for the papacy in the 2005 conclave, reporting him to be a “wise pastor” who could appeal to allies of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. Six cables mention Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the Archbishop of Buenos Aires who became Pope Francis on March 13. One of the unclassified cables, dated April 18, 2005, … [Read more...]

Pope to journalists: ‘I love you so much and I thank you for everything’

Vatican City, Mar 16, 2013 / 08:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told thousands of journalists today he loved them and thanked them for their recent work.“I love you so much and I thank you for all that you have done,” Pope Francis told over 5,000 journalists today at Paul VI Hall in the Vatican.“We aren’t called to communicate about ourselves, but on this trinity of truth, goodness and beauty,” he told the journalists at 11:00 a.m. local time.The newly … [Read more...]

Catholic group marks St. Patrick’s love for the Irish

New York City, N.Y., Mar 16, 2013 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- St. Patrick’s Day is a time to remember the saint's “tremendous love” for the Irish people, says the head of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, a U.S. fraternal organization. St. Patrick “had had such a widespread impact on Irish spirituality and Irish culture, the direction that the nation took,” group president Brendan Moore told CNA March 12. The Ancient Order of Hibernians is a U.S.-based … [Read more...]

After two years of Syrian violence, religious sisters continue aid

Damascus, Syria, Mar 15, 2013 / 06:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While the world marks the second anniversary of demonstrations that began what is now the Syrian civil war, the Sisters of Charity of Besançon continue to help the poor of the country's capital. “Everybody is afraid. They don't know how long they have to live,” Sister Marie-Joseph Chanaa told Aid to the Church in Need March 13. When someone goes to work he doesn't know if he'll come home … [Read more...]