Ukrainian Church an example of ‘synodality’ for Pope

Vatican City, Dec 3, 2013 / 02:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of the Ukrainian Church revealed that in a recent private meeting with Pope Francis, the pontiff praised the structure of Eastern Churches for their emphasis on collaboration among bishops. Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk said his discussion with Pope Francis mainly focused on “the synodality of our Church,” as the Pope is looking for ways to “foster the collegiality in the Catholic … [Read more...]

Council of cardinals begins second meeting on curial reform

Vatican City, Dec 3, 2013 / 01:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with the group of eight cardinals advising him on the reform of the Roman Curia and the government of the Church this morning, initiating the council's second meeting. “The meeting began this morning continuing the look at the Roman Curia with a view to its reform, as requested by the cardinals prior to the conclave,” Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See press office, said at a briefing of … [Read more...]

Francis and Benedict linked in call for joyful priests

Rome, Italy, Dec 3, 2013 / 10:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a presentation of a work by Benedict XVI on the priesthood, the head of the Vatican's doctrine office said that both Benedict and Pope Francis share a view on priestly vocation and the crisis it faces. Archbishop Gerhard Mueller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, told CNA in a recent interview that the teachings of Benedict XVI and Pope Francis on priesthood are “linked.” The archbishop, who … [Read more...]

A Church without joy is unimaginable, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Dec 3, 2013 / 06:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope focused his daily homily this morning on the themes of joy and peace, emphasizing that our God “is joyful,” and that the Church’s mission of transmitting this joy to others brings authentic peace. “You can’t imagine a Church without joy,” the pontiff explained in his Dec. 3 homily, “and the joy of the Church lies precisely in this: to proclaim the name of Jesus.” Pope Francis … [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan: Church has been ‘caricatured’ as anti-gay

New York City, N.Y., Dec 3, 2013 / 04:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York said he thinks the Catholic Church has been “out-marketed” in the public discussion of marriage, giving a misleading representation of the Church’s beliefs. “We've been caricatured as being anti-gay,” Cardinal Dolan told NBC’s “Meet the Press” Dec. 1, adding that “we’re pro-marriage, we’re pro-traditional marriage, … [Read more...]

Israeli prime minister invites Pope Francis to Israel

Vatican City, Dec 3, 2013 / 02:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During an audience with Pope Francis, Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister, invited the Roman Pontiff to visit Israel, though the date of the visit has yet to be determined. The private audience, which lasted nearly half an hour, was held during Netanyahu's two-day visit to Italy meant to improve relations between the two countries and to sign commercial agreements. According to the Holy See press office, Pope Francis … [Read more...]

Bishop counters dismissals of Pope’s economic warnings

Lincoln, Neb., Dec 3, 2013 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Critics of Pope Francis' warnings about capitalism are reducing him to a “cartoonish socialist” to diminish the seriousness of his message, Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln, Neb. has said. “The Pope affirmed that markets must be understood and administered in justice, with due regard for the sovereignty and solidarity of families and human dignity,” Bishop Conley said in a Dec. 2 column for the … [Read more...]

Pope to dedicate 2015 to consecrated life

Vatican City, Dec 2, 2013 / 06:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At a meeting with the Union of Superiors General held Nov. 29, Pope Francis mentioned that he would be dedicating 2015 to consecrated life, thanking religious for their witness to Jesus Christ. “Thank you for what you do and for your spirit of faith and your service. Thank you for your witness and also for the humiliations through which you have had to pass,” the Bishop of Rome said to 120 superiors present for the group's … [Read more...]

Writers prompt balanced reaction to Pope’s take on economy

New York City, N.Y., Dec 2, 2013 / 05:53 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis' words in “Evangelii Gaudium” touching on economic issues have elicited a range of reactions, with one columnist emphasizing their challenge to conservatives to respond generously. “The challenge for conservative Catholics,” New York Times columnist Ross Douthat wrote Nov. 30, is “to spend the Francis era not in opposition but seeking integration – meaning an economic vision that remains … [Read more...]