Panelists point to Pope as model for Catholics, entire world

Washington D.C., Oct 4, 2013 / 05:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ message of service and encounter is a model for the faithful and for society at large, said panelists at a recent conference on the Holy Father. Pope Francis is “calling Catholics to move past this liberal-conservative divide that has too often pitted us against each other and too often prevented us from working together for the common good,” said Kim Daniels, spokesperson for the president of the U.S. … [Read more...]

Recent Popes complement each other, Cardinal Dolan notes

New York City, N.Y., Oct 4, 2013 / 03:43 pm (CNA).- Each of the last three Popes has had a different but complementary emphasis, highlighting different aspects of the faithful and the Church, said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York.“A good way to understand the different gifts of each of these recent pontiffs might be to use the imagery of soul, head and heart,” the cardinal explained in a Sept. 30 opinion piece for the New York Post.The three most recent Popes – … [Read more...]

Pope Francis entreats youth not to fear commitment

Assisi, Italy, Oct 4, 2013 / 02:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis concluded his one-day pilgrimage to Assisi with a visit to young people, encouraging them to reject a “provisional culture” that fears making definitive commitments.“I want to tell you not to be afraid of taking definitive steps in life,” he said to the cheering crowds of youth on Oct. 4. “Jesus didn't save us provisionally, he saved us definitively!”The Pope spoke of how both the … [Read more...]

‘Be antennas’ to receive the word of God, Pope exhorts

Assisi, Italy, Oct 4, 2013 / 10:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a meeting with priests and religious during his visit to Assisi, Pope Francis urged the professed to listen and be receptive to the Lord, as well as be missionaries who accompany their people. “It's not enough to read the scriptures, we must hear Jesus speaking in them, we have to be antennas that receive, tuned to the word of God, to be transmitting antennas!” The Holy Father directed his Oct. 4 comments to the … [Read more...]

Pope: we must ‘undress’ ourselves of worldliness like St. Francis

Assisi, Italy, Oct 4, 2013 / 04:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Pope Francis said that Christians should follow the example of the great saint by stripping themselves of a spirit of worldliness. “All of us must undress ourselves from this worldliness: the spirit contrary to the spirit of the beatitudes, the spirit contrary to the spirit of Jesus,” he said Oct. 4 to a group of bishops and poor individuals gathered in Assisi. The Pope's speech, … [Read more...]

Peace comes by embracing the cross, Pope says at Assisi

Assisi, Italy, Oct 4, 2013 / 04:18 am (CNA).- During his visit to Assisi, Pope Francis told Mass attendees that true peace can only be attained by drawing close to the crucified Lord, stressing the importance of having a relationship with him. “What is the peace which (Saint) Francis received, experienced and lived, and which he passes on to us? It is the peace of Christ, which is born of the greatest love of all, the love of the cross,” he said. Pope Francis celebrated his … [Read more...]

Beauty necessary to restore culture, says Bishop Conley

San Diego, Calif., Oct 4, 2013 / 04:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Beauty must play a central role in our efforts for evangelization and cultural renewal, because it is a gift from God to lead us to him, Bishop James D. Conley said in an address at a recent apologetics conference.“Our New Evangelization must work to make truth beautiful. By means both ancient and new, we must make use of beauty – to infuse Western culture, once more, with the spirit of the Gospel,” the Bishop of … [Read more...]