American among wave of papal appointments, confirmations

Vatican City, Sep 21, 2013 / 11:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis made several key decisions in establishing his Curia today, appointing new officials and confirming others in their positions in the Vatican.The series of announcements includes the confirmation of top officials in key departments and the return of an American to the upper ranks of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith.It has been over six months since Pope Francis announced he was temporarily confirming Vatican … [Read more...]

Christ’s gaze is life changing, Pope says

Vatican City, Sep 21, 2013 / 10:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily on the Feast of St. Matthew, Pope Francis reflected on the disciple’s radical conversion experience when Christ called him from a life of sin with a simple look.When Jesus looked at Matthew, “that gaze overtook him completely, it changed his life,” said the Pope to the congregation at Casa Santa Marta on Sept. 21.“The gaze of Jesus always makes us worthy, gives us dignity.  It is a generous … [Read more...]

New Scotland archbishop encouraged by Pope Francis

Rome, Italy, Sep 21, 2013 / 06:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Monsignor Leo Cushley, who will be consecrated a bishop and installed as Archbishop of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh on Saturday, Sept. 21, said Pope Francis has personally encouraged him in his new calling.Msgr. Cushley is a priest of the Motherwell diocese in Scotland, but has served as a Holy See diplomat, heading the Vatican state department's English-language section. He has collaborated closely with both Pope Francis and … [Read more...]

Pope’s interview prompts flurry of media reactions

Vatican City, Sep 21, 2013 / 02:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A lengthy interview with Pope Francis published yesterday by a Jesuit publication has sparked a flood of news reports, as well as in-depth commentary from Catholic analysts. Vatican analyst John Allen, Jr., said that the Pope’s recent comments are “not breaking with traditional doctrine but trying to shift the church's emphasis from condemnation to mercy.” He noted that when the Pope was asked if he … [Read more...]

Pope Francis asks doctors to spread the Gospel of Life

Vatican City, Sep 20, 2013 / 07:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking to a group of gynecologists and obstetricians at the Vatican, Pope Francis affirmed that all human life has dignity and rejected the discarding of “defenseless” human persons through abortion.“Every unborn child, although unjustly condemned to be aborted, has the face of Jesus Christ, the Lord’s face,” Pope Francis said, adding that like Christ, these aborted children experience the rejection of the … [Read more...]

Pontifical Council discusses future of marriage, family

Rome, Italy, Sep 20, 2013 / 05:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- This week the Pontifical Council for the Family is holding a conference to discuss how to recover the true meaning of the family in the context of a growing process of deconstructionism and confusion. “The family is still regarded almost universally as a good,” said Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, Sept. 19, while adding that in secular society “there are still … [Read more...]

Interviewer: Pope’s adherence to Church abortion teaching is clear

Vatican City, Sep 20, 2013 / 01:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis is “absolutely clear” about Catholic teaching on abortion, but his first focus is to bring God’s salvation to everyone, “most of all sinners,” says the Jesuit priest whose lengthy papal interview was published yesterday. “The message of the Church is a message of mercy,” said Father Antonio Spadaro, S.J., who is editor in chief of the Jesuit-run Italian newspaper La Civiltà … [Read more...]


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