Cardinal Sarah appointment paves the way for new Curia

Vatican City, Nov 24, 2014 / 05:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Robert Sarah has been appointed as Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments -- a decision that sets a decisive tone for Curial reform. The cardinal's first steps have been announced to the heads of the Vatican's dicasteries during their meeting with the Pope this morning. Until now Cardinal Sarah has served as president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, and will take over … [Read more...]

Pope Francis tells how to bring about Christ’s kingdom

Vatican City, Nov 23, 2014 / 09:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the Feast of Christ the King, during the canonization Mass of six new saints, Pope Francis said that Jesus Christ’s kingdom comes through his works of mercy--works that Christians must imitate with tenderness. “In the twilight of life we will be judged on our love for, closeness to and tenderness towards our brothers and sisters,” the Pope said Sunday to myriad people in St. Peter’s Square. “If we truly … [Read more...]

Build on the fruit of missionaries, Pope encourages Zambian bishops

Vatican City, Nov 23, 2014 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his ad limina address to the bishops of Zambia on Monday, Pope Francis urged them to continue to build upon the efforts of missionaries to the country, a quarter of whose people are Catholic, and who are nearly all Christian. “Looking back to the beginnings of the Church in Zambia, it is well known that the rich deposit of faith brought by missionary religious from lands overflowing with growth prompted your forebears to respond … [Read more...]

Indian Catholics find spiritual inspiration in two new saints

Vatican City, Nov 22, 2014 / 05:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two new Indian Catholic saints to be canonized by Pope Francis on Sunday were known for their deep spiritual life and their intercession in helping families, say two Catholics who find deep inspiration in their sanctity. Fr. Isaac Arickappalil C.M.I. told CNA Nov. 14 that the canonization of the soon-to-be saint Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara is “an inspiration for all of us.” He said the Nov. 23 canonization is an … [Read more...]

Autism not a cause to lose hope, Vatican conference encourages

Vatican City, Nov 22, 2014 / 04:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An international conference held this week at the Vatican is looking to bring “a message of hope and joy” to persons with autism and their families. “The Person with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Animating Hope” gathered an array of experts to look at autism from a variety of perspectives, from the psychological and familial, to the pastoral and religious. This “animation of hope,” said Archbishop … [Read more...]

Pope: break down the stigma burdening those with autism

Vatican City, Nov 22, 2014 / 11:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has said autistic disorders are nothing to be ashamed of, as he encouraged everyone to build solidarity to ensure that autistic persons are not isolated. “Everyone should be committed to promoting acceptance, encounter and solidarity through concrete support and by encouraging renewed hope,” he told participants in his Nov. 22 audience with autistic persons and their families. Through this support, he said, … [Read more...]

‘Backbiting’ communities don’t help evangelization – unity does

Vatican City, Nov 22, 2014 / 01:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said that divisions among Christians are a stumbling block to evangelization, and encouraged members of the Church to go beyond personal opinions and find value in what others offer. “For the world to believe that Jesus is Lord, it needs to see communion among Christians. If, on the other hand, the world sees divisions, rivalries and backbiting, regardless of the cause, how can we evangelize?” the Pope said in a … [Read more...]