Pope says palliums will be given to new archbishops at home – not Rome

Vatican City, Jan 29, 2015 / 04:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As a sign of “synodality” with local Churches, Pope Francis has decided that new metropolitan archbishops will officially be imposed with the pallium in their home diocese, rather than the Vatican. “The meaning of this change is to put more emphasis on the relationship of the metropolitan archbishops – the newly nominated – with their local Church,” Mons. Guido Marini, Papal Master of Ceremonies, told … [Read more...]

A love for peripheries, the link between Pope Francis and St John Bosco

Vatican City, Jan 29, 2015 / 12:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Though he is member of the Society of Jesus, Pope Francis shares with the Salesians of St. John Bosco a  love for the peripheries, and this is why he has often visited Salesian structures during his pastoral visits. Pope Francis visited the parish of Sacro Cuore in Rome, the last church built by St. John Bosco, on Jan. 19, 2014, and there he emphasized the work Salesians do there with refugees. When he visited Tirana, Albania on … [Read more...]

Beyond the digital, into the heart: a Vatican take on communication

Vatican City, Jan 29, 2015 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican's top communications official said that true interaction requires more than just phones and internet – and that dialogue is an interpersonal encounter we learn even from our mother's womb. “The first way of communication, the source of my learning is the womb of my mother,” Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli told CNA at the Jan. 23 presentation of Pope Francis’ message for World Communications … [Read more...]

A society without fathers is a society of orphans, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Jan 28, 2015 / 06:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his general audience catechesis, Pope Francis turned to the role of fathers, saying that they play an irreplaceable role in family life, and their absence leaves children prey to false idols. “When children feel neglected by fathers who focus only on their problems, on their work or their own personal realization, this creates a situation of orphans in the children and youth of today, who live disoriented, without the good … [Read more...]

Pope Francis asks, Do you discern God’s will before making a decision?

Vatican City, Jan 27, 2015 / 04:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis dedicated his homily at Mass on Tuesday to the theme of obeying God’s will, saying a Christian should have a heart like Mary, who was open and obedient to all that God asked of her. “Do I pray that the Lord gives me the desire to do his will, or do I look for compromises because I’m afraid of God’s will?” the Pope asked the attendees of his Jan. 27 Mass, held in the chapel of the Vatican’s … [Read more...]

A visit to Naples, Pompeii on Pope Francis’ slate for March

Vatican City, Jan 27, 2015 / 12:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis' liturgical schedule from now until Easter has been released – and it includes the creation of new cardinals and a daylong pastoral visit to Italian cities of Naples and Pompeii. In February, Pope Francis will kick-off the month by celebrating a special Mass on the second commemorating the feast of the Presentation of the Lord as well as the 19th World Day of Consecrated Life. The Mass, which will take place … [Read more...]

Wondering what to give up for Lent? Try indifference, Pope says

Vatican City, Jan 27, 2015 / 05:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The “globalization of indifference” was at the heart of Pope Francis’ Lenten message, in which he urged faithful to fight individualism with merciful hearts that are more attentive to the needs of others. “(Jesus) is interested in each of us; his love does not allow him to be indifferent to what happens to us,” the Pope noted in his Jan. 27 Lenten message, saying that often times when we live a healthy and … [Read more...]