Pope cancels seminary visit due to minor fever

Vatican City, Feb 28, 2014 / 11:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis cancelled his Feb. 28 visit to the seminary of the Diocese of Rome, because he felt unwell and had a slight fever. “Pope Francis will not make it to his encounter with seminarians due to his having a slight fever,” Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See press office, told CNA. Fr. Lombardi said the Pope's doctor, Roberto Polisca, recommended that Pope Francis rest, saying, “I think he is … [Read more...]

Belgium’s child euthanasia move lamented as ‘unbelievable’

Vatican City, Feb 28, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the wake of Belgium's recent decision to legalize euthanasia for children, several members of the Vatican's Pontifical Academy for Life voiced their dismay at the new practice. John Haas, president of the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia, Pa. and governing member of the academy, called the development “dreadful.” “They are appealing to 'rights of children' to make these … [Read more...]

Pope outlines congregation’s focus in choosing bishops

Vatican City, Feb 28, 2014 / 02:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his address to the Congregation of Bishops Feb. 27, Pope Francis emphasized that the dicastery exists to ensure that bishop candidates are called to their ministry by Christ himself. “This Congregation exists to ensure that the name of those chosen has first of all been pronounced by the Lord. Behold the great mission entrusted to the Congregation for Bishops, its most challenging task: to identify those whom the same Holy … [Read more...]

Vatican releases Pope’s liturgical schedule for Lent, Easter

Vatican City, Feb 27, 2014 / 08:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican made public the schedule of Pope Francis' liturgical celebrations for March and April, including the list of Lenten and Easter activities over which he will preside. Beginning the Lenten season on March 5, Ash Wednesday, the Pope will hold a “statio” and penitential procession 4:30 p.m. in the Basilica of Sant'Anselmo, and at 5 p.m. he will bless and distribute the ashes at the Basilica of Santa Sabina in … [Read more...]

Pope: Inconsistency in our actions causes Church scandal

Vatican City, Feb 27, 2014 / 01:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis spoke of the harm done when Christians don't practice what they preach, noting that this incoherence leads others away from the Church and often brings scandal. “When there is no Christian coherency, and you live with this incoherence, you're giving scandal. And the Christians that are not coherent are giving scandal,” the Pope said in his Feb. 27 Mass. Speaking to those gathered in … [Read more...]

Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, head of the Synod of Bishops

Vatican City, Feb 27, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Among the newly elevated cardinals is Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, who was in fact given a Pope Francis' own red biretta minutes after his election as Bishop of Rome. Cardinal Baldisseri was born in 1940 in the Italian town of Barga, and in 1963 was ordained a priest, while still only 22 years of age, for the Archdiocese of Pisa. He holds a license in dogmatic theology, a doctorate in canon law, … [Read more...]

Francis is the boost the Church needs, says 107-year-old nun

Vatican City, Feb 26, 2014 / 01:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A religious sister who celebrated her 107th birthday at daily Mass with Pope Francis Feb. 20 believes that the Holy Father is a gift to the Church. “If God wanted us to have Pope Francis, it’s because it was already in his eternal mind,” Sister Candida Bellotti said in statements to CNA. “He is the right person for our time, and we need to respect him because it is God’s will.” The religious sister, … [Read more...]