Pope Francis renews Argentinean passport

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Feb 18, 2014 / 02:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has renewed his Argentinean passport, according to Argentina's Ministry of the Interior and Transportation, and his new documents will be sent to St. Martha's Residence at the Vatican. “His Holiness communicated with Juan Pablo Cafiero, our ambassador to the Vatican, and told him he wished to continue traveling around the world with his Argentinean passport,” said Interior Minister Florencio … [Read more...]

Mission of Vatican bank a key point in cardinal meetings

Vatican City, Feb 18, 2014 / 11:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Spokesman Father Federico Lombardi says that the council of eight cardinals spent their second day of meetings discussing the so-called “Vatican Bank,” however no decisions have yet been made. The council was chosen by Pope Francis to advise him on matters of church governance and curia reform, and are meeting with the pontiff for the third time following an initial meeting in October, and a second in December. This … [Read more...]

Pope: Word of God strengthens us in moments of temptation

Vatican City, Feb 18, 2014 / 11:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Feb. 18 stressed that the Word of God “opens the horizon” and saves Christians from the temptation that “closes us in.” “When we are tempted, only the Word of God, the Word of Jesus saves us,” he said in his homily at the morning Mass at his Casa Santa Marta residence. The Pope said that Jesus Christ is “always willing to teach us how to escape from … [Read more...]

New Catholic college seeks to reshape education in UK

Vatican City, Feb 18, 2014 / 06:18 am (CNA).- A co-founder of Benedictus College has expressed her hope that their education style, inspired by the writings of Bl. John Henry Newman, will help to change the face of higher education in Europe. “No one’s tried to do anything like this in the UK before,” Dr. Clare Hornsby told CNA in a Feb. 17 interview, emphasizing that “our offer will be a unique one.” Benedictus is a university-college that Dr. Hornsby … [Read more...]

Late Iowa farmer hid generosity throughout life, priest says

Des Moines, Iowa, Feb 18, 2014 / 04:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Edwin “Bud” Skalla, who died last November, was a bachelor farmer whose magnanimity was made known only after he passed away, according to the man’s pastor. “I don’t think people realized that he had as generous a heart as he did, because he hid it very well from everyone until after his death,” Fr. John Dorton, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Portsmouth, Iowa, told CNA Feb. 14. “And then … [Read more...]

Israelis look forward to Pope’s Holy Land visit, rabbi says

Vatican City, Feb 18, 2014 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following a meeting of Jewish leaders with Pope Francis last week, a rabbi involved in interreligious dialogue said the Pope’s upcoming trip to the Holy Land will surely be a success. “Everybody -- whether Jordanians, Palestinians or Israelis -- is so excited and ready to welcome him that no matter how short his visit is, it's a guaranteed success,” said David Rosen, director of interreligious affairs at the … [Read more...]

Bishop affirms that traditional Mass unites Church in worship

Vatican City, Feb 18, 2014 / 12:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a recent interview, Archbishop Arthur Roche spoke on the significance of the Traditional Latin Mass, explaining that the Mass nourishes us, and that the special rite brings us together in a unique way. “It’s a common language, as it were, that brings us together, that holds us together,” the archbishop noted during a Feb. 13 interview with CNA, adding that “the Latin Mass…is a beautiful expression of … [Read more...]