‘How’s the joy in your home?’ Pope asks families

Vatican City, Oct 27, 2013 / 09:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At the Sunday Mass held during the “Day for the Family” in Rome, Pope Francis questioned pilgrims about the harmony of their home lives.“I would like to ask a question today. Everyone – how will you carry joy home in your heart? How’s the joy in your home? How’s the joy in your family?” he asked during his Oct. 27 homily.“The family which experiences the joy of faith communicates it … [Read more...]

Sacraments are not mere ‘decorations,’ insists Pope

Vatican City, Oct 26, 2013 / 03:31 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis met with families from around the world today in a celebration of the joy of family life, telling them that the sacraments provide real grace to aid in the challenges everyone faces.“The sacraments don’t just decorate life!” exclaimed the Pope to the crowds filling St. Peter’s Square on Oct. 26. “They are to give us strength of life!”The event was held during the Year of Faith in order for … [Read more...]

Anglican scholar, Catholic theologian awarded Ratzinger prize

Rome, Italy, Oct 26, 2013 / 11:21 am (CNA).- At the conclusion of an international symposium in Rome, Pope Francis granted the prestigious "Joseph Ratzinger award" to two professors for their exemplary scholarship in theology.The winners were the Anglican Rev. Canon Professor Richard Burridge, Dean of Kings College, London, and Catholic professor of theology Christian Schaller, vice director of the Pope Benedict XVI institute of Regensburg, Germany.“Special congratulations … [Read more...]

Christ preaches Gospel through you, Pope tells new bishops

Vatican City, Oct 26, 2013 / 07:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a Mass on Thursday at Saint Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis consecrated two men as bishops and exhorted them to be faithful to Christ, for he reaches men through their ministry.“Christ, in fact, is who through the ministry of the bishop continues to preach the Gospel of salvation and sanctifies believers, through the sacraments of the faith,” the Bishop of Rome preached in his homily at the Oct. 24 Mass during which he … [Read more...]

US ambassador to Vatican united with Pope in care for poor

Vatican City, Oct 25, 2013 / 11:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The new United States ambassador to the Holy See revealed his shared concern with Pope Francis for those who are subject to poverty, as well as his optimism on U.S. relations with the Vatican. “This is amazing in terms of his focus on the poor and generating kind of an interest for the Christian faith and defining what it is you should be doing for the poor,” Ambassador Ken Hackett said in reference to the Pope during an Oct. … [Read more...]

Pope: Sacrament of Confession is not a ‘torture chamber’

Vatican City, Oct 25, 2013 / 08:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his daily Mass Pope Francis centered his homily on the Sacrament of Reconciliation, stressing that sin is an everyday struggle which requires accountability through “face-to-face” contact. “Confessing our sins is not going to a psychiatrist, or to a torture chamber: it’s saying to the Lord, 'Lord, I am a sinner,' but saying it through the brother, because this says it concretely. 'I am sinner … [Read more...]

Catholic sports group immerses athletes in richness of faith

Vatican City, Oct 25, 2013 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In light of recent events at the Vatican honoring the bond of sports and faith, one catholic organization revealed their goal to both evangelize through sports, as well as form athletes on an integral level. “We work to support athletes by providing them the Sacraments and once they are properly catechized and formed we encourage them and try to promote them to go out and try to share the Good News, to share their faith as applied … [Read more...]


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