A look at Pope Francis’ possible choices for February consistory

Vatican City, Jan 11, 2014 / 04:08 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis’ choices for cardinals are likely to fall in line with his pastoral emphasis and his desire that the Church go to the peripheries. In the coming days, Pope Francis will be announcing the names of those who will receive the “red hat” in the Feb. 22 consistory. Popes traditionally read out the names of the cardinals-to-be at a general audience or Sunday Angelus at least a month prior to the event. At this point, it … [Read more...]

Pope: Good priests have living relationship with Jesus Christ

Vatican City, Jan 11, 2014 / 10:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis' homily on Saturday morning offered a strong exhortation to priests to remain faithful to their relationship with Jesus Christ. Priests must ask themselves, “what is the place of Jesus Christ in my priestly life? A living relationship between disciple and master, between brother and brother, between a poor man and God, or is it a little artificial not coming from the heart?” the Pope said on Jan. 11. Pope … [Read more...]

Bishops lament federal ‘disregard’ for state marriage laws

Washington D.C., Jan 11, 2014 / 08:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the U.S. bishops lamented federal agencies’ decisions to ignore state marriage laws, Attorney General Eric Holder has said the federal government will recognize the “gay marriages” briefly contracted in Utah. “State marriage laws defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman deserve respect by the federal government,” said Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chair of the U.S. … [Read more...]

Helping migrants a life and family issue, dioceses say

Washington D.C., Jan 10, 2014 / 05:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The assistance given to all immigrants is a carrying out Catholic social teaching, promoting families, and building up a culture of life, Catholic groups around the country have said. "The teaching on immigration reform is really a continuation of what we believe as people who are pro-life," Omar Gutiérrez, manager of the missions and justice office of the Archdiocese of Omaha, said to CNA Jan. 10. "We need to … [Read more...]