Love is the hidden service we do for others, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Mar 12, 2016 / 06:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Saturday Pope Francis said that love is more than just saying nice words and doing things – it means forgetting oneself and serving others, just as Jesus did when he washed the feet of the disciples.“By washing the feet of the apostles, Jesus wanted to reveal how God acts toward us, and to give an example of this ‘new commandment’ of loving one another as he has loved us; that is, giving his life for us, the … [Read more...]

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Pope: new annulment process has an ’eminently pastoral’ goal

Vatican City, Mar 12, 2016 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Saturday Pope Francis told participants in course on the streamlined annulment process that the main goal of the new norms is pastoral, and seeks to reach out to families suffering from a broken marriage.“These measures have an eminently pastoral goal: to show the Church’s concern for those faithful who are waiting for a quick verification on their marital status,” the Pope said March 12.He noted that many faithful … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis returns to Rome after a week of spiritual exercises

Vatican City, Mar 11, 2016 / 03:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After spending a week outside Rome reflecting on key questions in the Gospel during their annual Lenten retreat, Pope Francis and members of the Roman Curia returned to the Vatican Friday.According to Italian paper Il Caffe, the Pope boarded a bus with 20 seats and darkened windows around 10:40a.m. March 11 for his return trip from Ariccia to the Vatican.Once he greeted the faithful gathered to bid him farewell, Francis was escorted to … [Read more...]

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So, what are these ‘Missionaries of Mercy’ actually doing?

Vatican City, Mar 11, 2016 / 03:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Ash Wednesday Pope Francis commissioned more than 1,000 priests who were sent out around the world as ambassadors of mercy.But for many the question still remains: what are they actually doing?For Fr. Roger Landry, a Missionary of Mercy hailing from the diocese of Fall River, Mass., their role involves two primary aspects: preaching about mercy, and making it concrete through the Sacrament of Confession.“The two things Pope … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis approves new rules for financial oversight of saints’ causes

Vatican City, Mar 10, 2016 / 03:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has issued new guidelines for ensuring financial transparency in advancing causes of beatification and canonization, requiring both an administrator to oversee the process and annual budget checks.The new norms place a strong emphasis on regular budgeting and accounting to ensure transparency, as well as to see to it that donations from the faithful supporting causes are used as intended.They were approved by the Pope March … [Read more...]

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Will the next nuncio to the US come from south of the border?

Vatican City, Mar 10, 2016 / 01:27 pm (CNA).- Since Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States, celebrated his 75th birthday Jan. 16, it is expected that his replacement will soon be named by the Holy See.Amid this expectation, Vaticanista Sandro Magister wrote March 10 on his blog Settimo Cielo that 70-year-old Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the apostolic nuncio to Mexico, will “imminently” be promoted as nuncio to the United States.Archbishop … [Read more...]

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The Catholic Church grew faster than the global population last year

Vatican City, Mar 9, 2016 / 12:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The number of Catholics has increased at a faster rate than the rest of the population, newly released statistics by the Vatican reveal.Over the course of nine years, the number of Catholics worldwide has increased by 17.8 percent, compared to the global population, which increased by 17.3 percent.From 2005-2014, the number of Catholics grew from 1.12 billion to 1.27 billion.These and other statistics, released by the Vatican on … [Read more...]

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