Vatican archbishop: encyclical offers insight into Francis’ style

Vatican City, Jul 5, 2013 / 01:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Vatican archbishop believes that the first encyclical issued by Pope Francis provides an “introduction” to the Pontiff’s teaching and pastoral style.Archbishop Rino Fisichella, the president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, described “The Light of Faith” as “Pope Francis’ own contribution that he wants to offer to the new evangelization.”He said that the … [Read more...]

New encyclical is a spiritual ‘light,’ says Vatican publisher

Vatican City, Jul 5, 2013 / 10:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At its title suggests, “Lumen Fidei,” – the first encyclical by Pope Francis, released July 5 – is truly a “light,” said Fr. Giuseppe Costa, director of the Vatican Publishing House.In a July 5 interview with CNA, he described the new encyclical as “really beautiful and spiritually exciting.”“It well portrays the spirit of a spiritual renewal. It really is a light.”Fr. … [Read more...]

Former Popes John Paul II and John XXIII to be canonized

Vatican City, Jul 5, 2013 / 07:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has approved the cause for canonization of two previous Popes, Blessed John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII.The announcement was made on July 5, the same day as Pope Francis’ first encyclical, “The Light of Faith,” was released.The previous steps towards Bl. John Paul II’s canonization had been completed in recent months.In the case of Bl. John XXIII, however, only one miracle has been … [Read more...]

Release of Pope Francis’ first encyclical stresses beauty of faith

Vatican City, Jul 5, 2013 / 07:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The first encyclical of Pope Francis – which had been started by the former Pope, Benedict XVI – has been released today to help strengthen the faith of Catholics worldwide.“We welcome with great joy and gratitude this integral profession of faith, in the form of catechesis written by four hands of the successors of Peter,” said Cardinal Marc Ouellet at the Vatican's press office on July 5.“Together … [Read more...]

Bishops stress need to secure voting rights

Washington D.C., Jul 4, 2013 / 08:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down part of the Voting Rights Act, the U.S. bishops have called for legislative action to ensure the right of all eligible citizens to vote.“The recent Supreme Court decision necessitates that Congress act swiftly to assure that the right to vote be protected and afforded to all eligible citizens,” Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, Calif., and Bishop Daniel E. … [Read more...]

Pope: Christ gives us ‘identity card’ of freedom, salvation

Vatican City, Jul 4, 2013 / 04:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During daily Mass on Thursday, Pope Francis explained that Christians are free because of Jesus, who gives them their identity as God’s children.“We are saved in Jesus Christ and no one can take from us this identity card,” said the Pope at the chapel of the Vatican's Saint Martha House. “Civil status: we are free!”“This is how I identify myself, as a child of God; what a beautiful … [Read more...]

Laity must help restore religious liberty, Cardinal Wuerl says

Washington D.C., Jul 4, 2013 / 02:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- To renew respect for religious freedom in society, the Church needs lay people who live out their religious beliefs with love, said Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, D.C.“Your faith is a remedy for what ails our society,” the cardinal said in his July 4 homily at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.Thousands of the faithful gathered at the Washington, D.C., basilica on Independence Day … [Read more...]