Priests aren’t mushrooms: Pope Francis’ reflection on priestly ministry, formation

Vatican City, Nov 22, 2015 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Friday spoke to a conference marking the 50th anniversary of Vatican II's decrees on the ministry and life of priests and on priestly training, noting priests' role as coming from the community and being for the community. The conference on Presbyterorum ordinis and Optatam totius was organized by the Congregation for the Clergy, and Pope Francis began his Nov. 20 address calling the two decrees “a seed, … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Sarah on new book: I want to help people rediscover God

Vatican City, Nov 21, 2015 / 10:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At the presentation of his new book Cardinal Robert Sarah said that Western society is rapidly forgetting God, and expressed his desire to help people rediscover him through both prayer and witness. “I would like to help people discover God in their lives, because many of us have lost God,” Cardinal Sarah told CNA at the Nov. 20 presentation of his new book, “God or nothing.” “God is disappearing from society, from culture, from the economy, … [Read more...]

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Vatican charges five in leak of confidential docs

Vatican City, Nov 21, 2015 / 09:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has formally indicted five people for the recent leak and dissemination of private financial documents, including two former members of a Holy See commission and two journalists. A Nov. 21 communique from the Vatican announced that the five would stand trial for the “unlawful disclosure of confidential information and documents.” Those being charged are Spanish Msgr. Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda, Italian PR woman Francesca Cha … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis laments the ‘erosion’ of the faith in Germany

Vatican City, Nov 20, 2015 / 11:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his message to Germany's bishops on Friday, Pope Francis noted a grave lack of participation in the sacraments among Catholics there, and encouraged the bishops to overcome resignation, and to focus on Confession during the Jubilee of Mercy. After thanking the bishops, who are in Rome for their five-yearly ad limina visit, for the Church in Germany's commitment to social and charitable works, the Pope noted that there is … [Read more...]

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In Pope’s meeting with Ukrainian president, peace takes center stage

Vatican City, Nov 20, 2015 / 09:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis today met with Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko, discussing both the good relations between Ukraine and the Vatican, as well as their shared concerns over the current conflict with Russia. A Nov. 20 communique from the Vatican described the encounter as “cordial,” with discussion “dedicated principally to matters connected with the situation of conflict in the country.” Conflict erupted in … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: What will be left of a world torn apart by war?

Vatican City, Nov 19, 2015 / 09:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily Thursday, Pope Francis said that just as Jesus wept for Jerusalem in the day’s Gospel reading, he continues to weep today, because the world has rejected the path of peace in exchange for war. “Today Jesus weeps as well: because we have chosen the way of war, the way of hatred, the way of enmities,” the Pope said Nov. 19. He noted how the Christmas season is approaching, yet while lights, parties, … [Read more...]

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Holy Door in St. Peter’s Basilica uncovered as Jubilee nears

Vatican City, Nov 19, 2015 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Hidden since the Jubilee of 2000, the Holy Door in St. Peter’s Basilica was revealed Tuesday as the brick wall covering it was removed in anticipation of the Holy Year of Mercy launching next month. Cardinal Angelo Comastri, the Archpriest of St. Peter’s Basilica, led a special “recognitio” ceremony, culminating in the removal of the brick wall. According to a Nov. 17 communique from the Vatican, after the … [Read more...]

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