Pope on Easter: let Christ transform us into agents of mercy

Vatican City, Mar 31, 2013 / 08:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After celebrating his first Easter Sunday Mass as pontiff in a packed St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Pope Francis urged the faithful to let the power of Christ's resurrection enable them to work for peace. “Let us be renewed by God’s mercy, let us be loved by Jesus, let us enable the power of his love to transform our lives too; and let us become agents of this mercy, channels through which God can water the … [Read more...]

Vatican: Pope washing women inmates’ feet a ‘beautiful’ gesture

Vatican City, Mar 30, 2013 / 11:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In response to controversy, the Vatican's spokesman has praised Pope Francis' “simple” act of love for including two women among a group of young prisoners whose feet he washed on Holy Thursday. In a March 29 statement provided to the media, Father Federico Lombardi called the Pope's move a “very beautiful and simple gesture of a father who desired to embrace those who were on the fringes of society; those … [Read more...]