Pope Francis on Lenten retreat with members of Curia

Vatican City, Mar 10, 2014 / 05:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday afternoon Pope Francis left Rome with members of the Curia to spend their annual Lenten retreat in the hillside town of Ariccia, breaking from the tradition of holding it inside of the Vatican. According to Vatican Radio the Pope left Vatican City for the retreat, lasting from March 9 – 14, a few hours after his weekly Sunday Angelus address. In making the decision to hold the retreat here, thus removing themselves … [Read more...]

In first year, Pope Francis has challenged ‘all’ to live Gospel

Washington D.C., Mar 9, 2014 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Anticipating the one-year anniversary of the election of Pope Francis as the Bishop of Rome, Catholic leaders nationwide have reflect on his papacy thus far, noting his call for every Catholic to evangelize. “In a certain sense, by his style of interviews and public statements, he kind of throws the ball back in our court as well – and I don't mean bishops, I mean all the faithful,” Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, … [Read more...]

Pope encourages Rome’s lay faithful to serve poor

Vatican City, Mar 9, 2014 / 10:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a message to participants at a conference on the mission of the laity in Rome, Pope Francis urged the city's Christians to be mindful of those in poverty. “I advise you to make habitual use of the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, a   complete and valuable instrument. With the help of this 'compass,' I encourage you to work for the social inclusion of the poor, having for them always as a matter of … [Read more...]

Missionaries reflect on anniversary of expulsion from South Sudan

Juba, South Sudan, Mar 9, 2014 / 08:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Fifty years after their expulsion from South Sudan, missionaries reflected on the challenges and unexpected blessings borne out of the dismissal, as well as upon the future of the country. "The expulsion: was it a sign or an inevitable misfortune?" asked Fr. Daniele Moschetti and Sr. Giovanna Sguazza, provincial superiors of South Sudan of the Comboni Missionaries and Comboni Sisters, a missionary religious order, in a Feb. … [Read more...]

Thwart temptation with the word of God, Pope exhorts

Vatican City, Mar 9, 2014 / 06:22 am (CNA).- In his Sunday Angelus message today, Pope Francis stressed the importance of resisting temptations by finding refuge in God’s word. Reflecting on Sunday’s gospel passage of the temptation of Jesus by Satan in the desert, the Pontiff said, “note well: how does Jesus respond? He doesn’t dialogue with Satan, like Eve had done in earthly paradise. Jesus knows well that with Satan, one cannot dialogue, because he’s very … [Read more...]

Catechesis in Mongolia educates laity for evangelization

Ulan Bator, Mongolia, Mar 8, 2014 / 04:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new catechesis program of the Church in Mongolia is promoting holistic formation of the human person as part of the evangelization of the central Asian nation. “The course … is meant to form catechists with a working knowledge of the Scriptures, as well as the Church and its mission,” Fr. Giorgio Marengo of the Consolata Missionaries, told CNA March 5. The Prefecture Apostolic of Ulaanbaatar, which serves … [Read more...]

Religious urged by Pope Francis to avoid ‘theoretical poverty’

Vatican City, Mar 8, 2014 / 09:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Saturday sent a message to participants in an international symposium on the religious life, encouraging them to live their vows in an authentic manner. “What is not helpful is a theoretical poverty, but the poverty that is learnt by touching the flesh of the poor Christ, in the humble, in the poor, in the sick, in children,” he said. The pontiff gave his remarks to the March 8 gathering entitled “The … [Read more...]