Pope Francis warns faithful not to be ‘rosewater Christians’

Rome, Italy, Oct 24, 2013 / 08:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily, Pope Francis focused on the fact that we have been “re-created” in Christ, urging those in attendance to take their faith seriously, rather than committing halfway. “People do not take it seriously! Lukewarm Christians: ‘But, yes, yes, but, no, no.’ Neither here nor there - as our mothers said, ‘rosewater Christians’ - no!” The Holy Father offered his reflections to … [Read more...]

New Vatican cricket club aims to spark intercultural dialogue

Vatican City, Oct 24, 2013 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See has launched a new cricket club with the goal of encouraging dialogue between cultures, as well as growing virtue among the athletes, both on and off the field. “The idea was if we start a cricket club, cricket being so popular in the whole of the East, especially in the Indian sub-continent, we could start a dialogue through cricket,” Father Theodore Mascarenas told CNA in an Oct. 22 interview. Fr. Mascarenas … [Read more...]

Beauty queen promotes morality in recent interview

Quezon City, Philippines, Oct 24, 2013 / 12:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The first ever Filipina-American to be crowned Miss World revealed her traditional values in a recent television interview. Megan Young, the 23 year-old who was crowned Miss World on Sept. 28, said in a recent television interview that she is pro-life, rejecting both abortion and contraception. Young, who was born in Virginia but moved to the Philippines with her family as a child, was interviewed on ANC, a Filipino news … [Read more...]

Pope Francis draws non-believers to notice Gospel, cardinal says

Vatican City, Oct 23, 2013 / 01:47 pm (CNA/Europa Press).- The president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, said that in the first six months of his pontificate Pope Francis “has gotten the world, and non-believers as well, to focus their attention on the Gospel.” In an interview with Madrid-based news agency Europa Press published Oct. 17, Cardinal Ravasi said this fact is part of the reform that the Pope is carrying out at the pastoral level, but … [Read more...]

Pope: Mary is united to Christ in the ‘martyrdom’ of her heart

Rome, Italy, Oct 23, 2013 / 04:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his weekly general audience, the Pope continued his catechesis on the Church, reflecting today on the importance of Mary as an example of how to respond to God’s plan with fidelity. “She is also a model of union with Christ, be it in her daily duties, be it in the way of the Cross, until she unites herself with Him in the martyrdom of the heart.” Pope Francis directed the words of his Oct. 23 general audience to the … [Read more...]

Archbishop Müller affirms Catholic marriage, urges care for divorced

Vatican City, Oct 23, 2013 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican’s head official on doctrinal matters has reaffirmed that Catholics in irregular marital unions after divorce cannot receive communion, but he urged that this means it is “all the more imperative” to show “pastoral concern” for them. “The path indicated by the Church is not easy for those concerned,” Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of … [Read more...]

Sinners are closest to the heart of God, Pope reflects

Rome, Italy, Oct 22, 2013 / 09:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily Mass homily Pope Francis stressed that Jesus came to save sinners, emphasizing also the importance of knowing God on more than an intellectual level. “I have come to heal, to save,” said the Pope, quoting the words of Jesus from the Gospel. The Holy Father directed his Oct. 22 homily to those gathered at the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse, where he resides. Pope Francis began his reflections by echoing … [Read more...]


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