Pope praises elderly for their wisdom

Vatican City, Nov 23, 2013 / 03:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with participants of an international conference of health care workers today, reminding them that the elderly and sick play an important role in life.The elderly “carry within themselves the memory and the wisdom of life, in order to hand it on to others, and they participate fully in the mission of the Church,” he said on Nov. 23 in the Paul VI Audience Hall.Offering a special “greeting to the … [Read more...]

Pope welcomes those seeking entrance to Catholic Church

Vatican City, Nov 23, 2013 / 12:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis stood at the door of St. Peter’s Basilica on Saturday afternoon, prepared to celebrate the entrance of over 500 people into the Catholic Church.As they waited to process inside, Pope Francis asked in the words of the Rite of Introduction, “what do you ask of the Church of God?”“Faith,” the international group of men, women, and children replied.Thirty-five representatives approached the … [Read more...]

Pope: adoration ‘most important point’ of faith communities

Vatican City, Nov 22, 2013 / 10:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily Mass homily Pope Francis reflected on the many reasons that we gather together to pray, noting that of all of these, the praise and worship of God should take priority over everything else.“Above all to worship, in the temple they worship the Lord. And this is the most important point,” the Pope emphasized in his Nov. 22 daily homily.Pope Francis directed his reflections to those present in the Saint Martha … [Read more...]

Doctor warns of ‘utilitarian’ anthropology in care of elderly

Vatican City, Nov 22, 2013 / 05:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a conference for health care workers, a Swiss doctor spoke of the world’s increasing elderly population, noting the importance of upholding human dignity in the treatment of common diseases."With that view, the utilitarian view, we drive inevitably in that direction…but it's not a sustainable solution. The sustainable solution comes from a different anthropologic view," Dr. Christoph von Ritter told CNA … [Read more...]

New Catholics remind us to take faith seriously, archbishop notes

Vatican City, Nov 22, 2013 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Reflecting on the end of the Year of Faith, a Vatican official says the witness of those joining the Church under difficult circumstances should prompt others to commit more fully to their faith.Archbishop Rino Fisichella, the head of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, reflected that catechumens, “prior to receiving baptism...have had a long journey to make, but they are animated by a desire to become part of the … [Read more...]

Pope’s words in interview may not have been his own, Scalfari says

Vatican City, Nov 21, 2013 / 05:39 pm (CNA).- Editor Eugenio Scalfari has conceded it is “really possible” that some of the Pope's words he reported in the interview published in La Repubblica Oct. 1 “were not shared by the Pope himself.”Last month's interview led to several criticisms of Pope Francis, notably Scalfari quoting the Pope saying of conscience that “everyone has his own idea of good and evil and must choose to follow the good and fight evil … [Read more...]

Pope to Filipino community: pray with a child’s simplicity

Vatican City, Nov 21, 2013 / 04:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with the Filipino community of Rome today, encouraging them in the wake of their native country's recent disaster to never tire of praying, even if the prayer is that of a child.Referencing the typhoon that wreaked havoc in the Philippines, Pope Francis encouraged, “In these moments of sadness, let the power of this prayer be the most useful: 'the prayer of why.'...And I also accompany you, with this … [Read more...]