Pope: Oscar Romero was a martyr who fought violence with love

Vatican City, May 23, 2015 / 07:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the day of Oscar Romero’s beatification in San Salvador, Pope Francis sent a letter to the current archbishop, praising the martyr for his courageous service to the poor amid widespread national violence. “On this day of celebration for the Salvadoran nation, and also for the beautiful Latin American countries, we give thanks to God because he granted a martyr bishop the ability to see and hear the suffering of his … [Read more...]

Want to empower women? Support mothers, politician argues

Vatican City, May 22, 2015 / 09:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ahead of a conference discussing the presence of women in the 2015 development agenda, organizers said goals fall short of addressing issues such as attacks on motherhood and surrogacy. “Today we live, at least in western society, in an abortive society. It doesn’t welcome life. If a second child comes they ask you ‘but do you want it?’ So maternity is not welcomed…today whoever has more children is … [Read more...]

Pope’s visit to Vatican departments a ‘beautiful experience,’ official says

Vatican City, May 22, 2015 / 07:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Friday Pope Francis began making stops at different departments of the Roman Curia – the first in a series of visits. Today’s rounds included four different offices.   A Vatican official from one of the departments the Pope stopped in to during his May 22 round of visits told CNA afterward that the pontiff gave them “general reflections about what our work entails.”   Francis also responded to some … [Read more...]

Fr. Timothy Radcliffe: Controversial thinker and new Vatican consultant

Vatican City, May 21, 2015 / 11:10 am (CNA).- Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, a Dominican priest who led his order for ten years and has stirred controversy in the past for his stance on certain ecclesial issues, was appointed May 16 as a consultor of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Consultors to the pontifical councils are officially appointed by the Pope, and while it is not formally acknowledged, such appointments are typically made at the suggestion of the heads of the councils. With … [Read more...]

Pope Francis to parents: Come out of ‘exile’ and educate your children

Vatican City, May 20, 2015 / 10:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his general audience Pope Francis spoke of the essential role parents play in educating their children – a role he said has been usurped by so-called experts who have taken the place of parents and rendered them fearful of making any correction. “If family education regains its prominence, many things will change for the better. It's time for fathers and mothers to return from their exile – they have exiled … [Read more...]

Brooklyn diocese receives two new bishops from Pope Francis

Vatican City, May 19, 2015 / 04:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Tuesday named two priests to become auxiliary bishops of the Diocese of Brooklyn: Monsignor James Massa and Father Witold Morziewski. Bishop Nicolas DiMarizio of Brooklyn praised the two as “men of faith who daily communicate the great joy of the Gospel.” “These two men represent the very best of the diocese. One is a parish priest who at heart is a missionary pouring himself out for others. The other … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: Are you ready for your final goodbye?

Vatican City, May 19, 2015 / 02:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily Tuesday Pope Francis focused on many different “goodbyes” that happen during life, and asked whether attendees were ready for the final, most important farewell before going to the Father. “Am I prepared to entrust to God all that I have? To entrust myself to God? To say that word which is the word of the son entrusting himself to his Father?” the Pope asked May 19. “I'm thinking of the … [Read more...]