US bishops’ head supports Vatican anti-abuse commission

Washington D.C., Dec 8, 2013 / 04:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, has welcomed Pope Francis’ new commission to fight the sexual abuse of minors, pledging his help and support in its mission. “Abuse of minors is a sin and a crime, and every step must be taken to eradicate this blight. Such abuse is especially grave when committed by anyone in ministry in our Church,” the Louisville, Ky., archbishop said Dec. … [Read more...]

On Marian feast, Pope Francis prays for holiness

Rome, Italy, Dec 8, 2013 / 11:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On a day dedicated to celebrating the Mother of God, Pope Francis made a special trip in Rome to pray before a traditional statue of Mary.“Enkindle in all of us a renewed desire for holiness: may our words glow with the splendor of truth, may our works resound with the song of charity, may purity and chastity live in our bodies and in our hearts, may our lives express the presence of all the beauty of the gospel,” he prayed on … [Read more...]

Pope says Mary’s whole existence is ‘yes’ to God

Vatican City, Dec 8, 2013 / 09:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis focused his Sunday Angelus message on the importance of Mary as a model for the Christian life.“The Virgin Mary is not far from this love (of God): all of her life, all of her being is a ‘yes’ to God,” he said to the crowds filling St. Peter’s Square Dec. 8.“Let us look at her, and let us look to her,” encouraged Pope Francis, … [Read more...]

Children at ‘Pope’s Hospital’ counting down to Pontiff’s Christmas visit

Rome, Italy, Dec 8, 2013 / 08:02 am (CNA).- The children at the Bambino Gesu Pediatric Hospital in Rome – known locally as the “Pope's Hospital” – are enthusiastic about Pope Francis' Christmas visit, scheduled for December 21. In statements to CNA, the president of the hospital, Giuseppe Profiti, said news of the visit has been “joyfully welcomed by the personnel and has spread quickly among the young patients and their families as well.” The … [Read more...]

Pope says caring for sick brings ‘the smile of God’

Vatican City, Dec 7, 2013 / 05:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis released his message for the World Day of the Sick Dec. 7, emphasizing the important role of hope both for those who suffer and for their caregivers.“When we come together, with tenderness, with those who have need of care, we carry the hope and the smile of God in contradiction to the world,” said the Pope’s message.Because of Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection, Pope Francis explained, … [Read more...]