Weigel thinks Pope Francis embodies Church’s future

Rome, Italy, Mar 16, 2013 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- Catholic author and scholar George Weigel believes that Pope Francis embodies the type of Catholicism that is needed for the Church to thrive in the modern cultural context. “I think Pope Francis embodies the Church's turn into the Evangelical Catholicism of the future in a profound way,” Weigel told CNA on March 15, just two days into the new papacy. “If he can reform the Curia and turn it into a more effective instrument … [Read more...]

Jesuit doorman surprised by Pope’s phone call

Rome, Italy, Mar 15, 2013 / 11:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- He thought it was a joke. The young doorman at the Jesuit motherhouse in Rome never expected to receive a phone call from Pope Francis.The Holy Father had to patiently and kindly convince the doorman who he was in order to speak with the Father General of the Jesuits to thank him for a letter the Pontiff received upon his election.According to Father Claudio Barriga, SJ, who recounted the incident in an email to fellow … [Read more...]

Jesuits, Franciscans joyfully embrace new Pope

Rome, Italy, Mar 15, 2013 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Society of Jesus and Franciscans reacted with gratitude to the election of Pope Francis, who is both the first Jesuit Pope and the first pontiff named after the Franciscans' founder St. Francis of Assisi. “I give thanks to God for the election of our new Pope, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., which opens for the Church a path full of hope,” Father Adolfo Nicolas, S.J., Superior General of the Society of Jesus, … [Read more...]

Benedictine monk: reverent liturgy helps us encounter Christ

La Garde-Freinet, France, Mar 13, 2013 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Celebrating the liturgy with reverence and beauty helps facilitate the encounter with Christ during the Mass, reflected a monk involved in organizing a conference on liturgy in Rome this summer. “Our liturgical nourishment must be ample and in accord with the mind and tradition of the Church if we are to take our place in the world as witnesses to the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” Dom Alcuin Reid, a Benedictine monk … [Read more...]

Cardinal Ouellet urges forgiveness ahead of conclave

Rome, Italy, Mar 11, 2013 / 02:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a homily at his Roman parish on Sunday, Cardinal Marc Ouellet encouraged forgiveness and reconciliation, especially through the sacrament of confession. “The cardinals that will now participate in the conclave will have the opportunity, and will all be invited to confess their sins, so as to choose with purity of heart,” the Quebec native said March 10. Cardinal Oullet, who formerly served as head of the Vatican's … [Read more...]

Over 50,000 send messages of gratitude to Benedict XVI

Madrid, Spain, Mar 11, 2013 / 12:08 pm (CNA).- A book containing more than 50,000 messages of gratitude to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has been delivered to the Apostolic Nuncio in Spain, who is expected to send it to the retired Pontiff.The book was delivered to the nuncio, Archbishop Renzo Fratini, by Ignacio Arsuaga, president of the Spanish civil rights website HazteOir.In statements to CNA on March 7, Arsuaga said that it “is an honor for us to have collected these signs of … [Read more...]

Rome youth center to host perpetual adoration during conclave

Rome, Italy, Mar 8, 2013 / 12:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A center for students and young people in Rome has announced that it will host 24-hour Eucharistic adoration to pray for the Church and the cardinals in the upcoming Papal conclave.   “Like the apostles were united together with Mary in the Cenacle at Pentecost, today again the cardinals pray in attitude of availability to the Holy Spirit,” the center’s chaplain, Fr. Fabien Lambert, said in a March 8 … [Read more...]