Gossip is a form of murder, Pope Francis reflects

Vatican City, Sep 14, 2013 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his morning Mass homily in Santa Marta, Pope Francis focused on the topic of gossip – saying that when we participate in this sin, we imitate Cain's gesture in killing his brother Abel.The Pope began his homily Sept. 13 by echoing the words of Jesus in the gospel reading, “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?”He spoke for a few minutes on the virtue of … [Read more...]

Pope Francis beatifies Argentine ‘cowboy priest’

Vatican City, Sep 14, 2013 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sept. 14, Pope Francis beatified Fr. José Gabriel Brochero of Cordoba, Argentina, known to locals as the “cowboy priest.”“Brochero was a normal man, fragile, like any of us,” said Pope Francis.  But his greatness came from the fact that, “he knew the love of Jesus. He let his heart be touched by the mercy of God.”Born in 1840 and ordained to the priesthood at age 26, Fr. Brochero was … [Read more...]

Haiti children’s home to open in honor of Argentine priest

Port au Prince, Haiti, Sep 14, 2013 / 06:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A rehabilitation clinic for the handicapped in Port-au-Prince will soon be opened in honor of Father Jose Gabriel del Rosario Brochero, an Argentinean priest who will be beatified Sept.14.The new clinic will be called “Kay Gabriel,” which means “Gabriel’s House.” The inspiration behind the initiative is an Argentine physical therapist named Norma Lopez, who has been working in Haiti since the earthquake in 2010 that devastated t … [Read more...]

Francis’ teacher says Pope never supported Marxist theology

Vatican City, Sep 13, 2013 / 05:09 pm (CNA).- One of Pope Francis' former teachers says in a new book that the Holy Father has never supported a Marxist-based liberation theology.“In the Argentinean Liberation Theology, social Marxist analysis is not used, but rather a historical-cultural analysis, not based on class warfare as a determining principle for the interpretation of society and history,” said Argentinean Jesuit priest Fr. Juan Carlos Scannone.“I think that … [Read more...]

Pope’s first six months reveal a ‘rich, complex’ personality

Vatican City, Sep 13, 2013 / 02:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Six months into his pontificate, Pope Francis' distinct style is beginning to take a more defined shape and is viewed by some as having a strong emphasis on the Church's maternal, merciful nature.“I think he has a very conscious desire to show the motherly, merciful aspect of the Church which in one hand is tremendously real...and in the other hand, sometimes has been forgotten,” Latin American analyst Alejandro Bermudez ref … [Read more...]

Denver archbishop offers prayers, support to flood victims

Denver, Colo., Sep 13, 2013 / 12:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As deadly flash flooding devastates the Colorado Front Range, Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver has asked for prayers for and offered assistance to those in the path of flood waters.“I am praying for the souls of those victims, for their families and all people who are being affected by the flooding. I ask all people of good will to join me in prayer,” he said in a Sept. 12 statement.Archbishop Aquila said he … [Read more...]

Cardinal Wuerl: renewal is at heart of New Evangelization

Washington D.C., Sep 13, 2013 / 04:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics today are being called to renew their own faith in order to share the Gospel with the modern world, said Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, D.C.“The role of the church is primarily to be a witness to the great human values, to be a witness to Christ’s message in the midst of everything else that is going on,” the cardinal said.“We have to be, in a way, a conscience for a nation that is caught … [Read more...]