Confessional not a ‘dry cleaner,’ says Pope

Vatican City, Apr 29, 2013 / 09:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said the Sacrament of Confession does not work like a dry cleaner but is a moment in which Jesus imparts his peace. “Jesus in the confessional is not a dry cleaner, it is an encounter with Jesus but with this Jesus who waits for us just as we are,” said Pope Francis. “Many times we think that going to confession is like going to the dry cleaner to clean the dirt from our clothes,” he observed … [Read more...]

Bishop Rey reflects on Pope’s liturgy, evangelization connection

Vatican City, Apr 29, 2013 / 07:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis understands the important role the liturgy plays in the New Evangelization and combines it with his own style to communicate the grace of God, says Bishop Dominique Rey. “I think each Pope arrives at his own charism, his own personality. And the personality of Pope Francis is a sense of freedom, simplicity, (an awareness) of context,” Bishop Rey observed in an April 23 interview with CNA. And the way the faith … [Read more...]

New film shows dramatic revival of Omaha parish

Omaha, Neb., Apr 28, 2013 / 04:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new documentary tracks the gripping journey of how a priest and his community – through fidelity to Church tradition and Vatican II – turned a church with dwindling numbers into a thriving parish. “We're trying to do everything as faithfully as we can, as beautifully as we can, to what the Church has given us,” Father Damien Cook, pastor of St. Peter Catholic Church in Omaha, told CNA April 24. St. … [Read more...]

Pope stresses workers’ dignity after Bangladesh factory collapse

Vatican City, Apr 28, 2013 / 01:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis offered condolences and prayers, along with calls for worker safety, after a factory collapsed and killed more than 350 people in Bangladesh.“I express my solidarity and deepest sympathy to the families mourning their loved ones,” he said at Saint Peter's Square on April 28.In his Regina Caeli address, the Holy Father offered prayers “for the many victims” of the tragedy.On April 24, an … [Read more...]

Pope confirms young people, calls them to be ‘steadfast’

Vatican City, Apr 28, 2013 / 09:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a Mass where he confirmed 44 young people, Pope Francis encouraged the youth of the world to persist in their faith even in the midst of obstacles.“Remaining steadfast in the journey of faith, with firm hope in the Lord, is the secret of our journey,” he told over 70,000 young people gathered in St. Peter’s Square.“There are no difficulties, trials or misunderstandings to fear, provided we remain united … [Read more...]

Church commemorates Pope St. Pius V on April 30

Denver, Colo., Apr 28, 2013 / 06:06 am (CNA).- A defender of Catholic doctrine and Christian civilization during the tumultuous 16th century, Pope Saint Pius V has his liturgical memorial on April 30. The Dominican Pope is known for implementing the reforms of the Council of Trent, and for organizing the “Holy League” that defeated the Turkish naval fleet at the 1571 Battle of Lepanto. Though St. Pius V’s pontificate was not extremely lengthy, it was a turning point in … [Read more...]

Worldliness poses danger to priestly identity, Pope says

Denver, Colo., Apr 27, 2013 / 04:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The biggest threat to priests is the temptation to be more immersed in the world than the Gospel, says Pope Francis in his newly translated book.“For then-Cardinal Bergoglio, narcissism and worldliness are completely self-defeating to the purpose of why a priest becomes a priest,” the book's translator, Alejandro Bermudez, told CNA April 23.“It's a total rejection of the reason why he decided to become a … [Read more...]