Be true witnesses rather than ‘pure legalists,’ Pope exhorts

Vatican City, Jan 14, 2014 / 10:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily, Pope reflected on different models of Christian witness, cautioning the faithful against hypocrisy when they evangelize, and encouraging them to imitate Jesus. “Let us ask the Lord that these two readings help us in our lives as Christians,” said the Pope in reference to the day’s scripture passages, and let us learn “not to be pure legalists, hypocrites like the scribes and … [Read more...]

Fraternity, dialogue aid in fostering peace, Pope tells diplomats

Vatican City, Jan 14, 2014 / 06:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his annual meeting with the diplomatic corps, Pope Francis spoke to ambassadors about the importance of fostering peace through the use of dialogue, diplomacy and respect for human dignity. “Everywhere, the way to resolve open questions must be that of diplomacy and dialogue,” the Pope told those gathered for the Jan. 12 encounter. Extending his greetings to the 180 ambassadors accredited to the Holy See, the Pope began … [Read more...]

USA Today to Obama admin: leave Little Sisters alone

Washington D.C., Jan 14, 2014 / 04:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The editors of USA Today have urged the Obama administration to stop trying to require the Little Sisters of the Poor to abide by the federal contraception mandate in violation of their religious beliefs. “When the Obama administration picked a fight with Catholics and other religious groups over free birth control coverage for employees, sooner or later it was bound to end up doing battle with a group like the Little Sisters of … [Read more...]

It was a ‘thrill’ to perform for Pope, circus members say

Vatican City, Jan 14, 2014 / 03:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During last week’s general audience, members of the circus gave a special performance for Pope Francis, saying the exciting encounter was an opportunity to show how the circus can bring “harmony.” “This has been my first time to perform in front of the Pope and it was truly a great thrill,” ringmaster Andrea Andreuzzi expressed in a Jan. 10 interview with CNA. “For me it was a joy to both take my … [Read more...]

Remember ‘human faces’ of immigration, LA archbishop says

Los Angeles, Calif., Jan 14, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA).- Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles has said Americans have to see “the human faces of immigration”: the children and families suffering under America's “broken” immigration policy. “In the name of enforcing our laws, we’re breaking up families. Punishing kids for the mistakes of their parents,” he said, referring to the nearly two million people deported over the last four years. … [Read more...]

Jesuit rector in Rome grateful for Pope’s ‘Ignatian heritage’

Vatican City, Jan 14, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA).- Pope Francis' Jesuit formation is a blessing for the whole Church, says one Society of Jesus priest who recently concelebrated mass with the pontiff. “I'd like to thank him for his closeness that he expresses not just by visiting us, by celebrating with us, but also by showing that (the) Ignatian heritage that he has can enrich the entire Church. We are grateful for this,” Fr. Janez Poljanek, S.J., told CNA on Jan. 13. Fr. … [Read more...]

Cardinal stresses accountability amid past clergy reports

Chicago, Ill., Jan 13, 2014 / 07:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Francis George of Chicago has sent a letter to the faithful of his archdiocese ahead of the release of documents about past clergy sexual misconduct, reaffirming that no known sex abusers are in active ministry. “So far as can be known from all our records, there is no priest in public ministry in the Archdiocese of Chicago who has been found to have sexually abused a child, no matter when the abuse took … [Read more...]


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