Pope decries escalating violence in South Sudan

Vatican City, Mar 24, 2014 / 05:01 am (CNA).- In a letter sent to the archbishop of the South Sudanese capital Juba, Pope Francis urged the nation's citizens to find a peaceful solution to conflicts and to seek the common good over personal interests. Read aloud by Cardinal Peter Turkson during Sunday Mass, the March 23 letter addressed to Archbishop Paulino Lukudu Loro entreated all parties to “tirelessly seek peaceful solutions, enabling the common good to prevail over particular … [Read more...]

Upcoming day of reconciliation announced by Pope

Vatican City, Mar 23, 2014 / 06:38 am (CNA).- During his Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis announced that March 28-29 would be “24 hours for the Lord,” during which people can find special opportunities for prayer and the sacrament of confession. “Next Friday and Saturday we will live a special moment of penance, called ‘24 hours for the Lord.’ It will begin with a (liturgical) Celebration in the Basilica of St. Peter’s (on) Friday afternoon, then in the evening … [Read more...]

Pope appoints Canon Law expert to Council for Economy

Vatican City, Mar 22, 2014 / 09:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Today Pope Francis nominated an expert in the Church’s legal system as the new Prelate Secretary for the recently-created Council for the Economy.A press release on March 22 from the Holy See’s press office stated, “the Holy Father has nominated Msgr. Brian Ferme as Prelate Secretary of the Council for the Economy.”The British Monsignor has served as the Dean of the Faculty of Canon Law at Rome’s … [Read more...]

Pope institutes commission for protecting minors

Vatican City, Mar 22, 2014 / 08:21 am (CNA).- Today Pope Francis instituted the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, issuing the names of eight members tasked with structuring the future form of the commission. “Pope Francis has made clear that the Church must hold the protection of minors amongst her highest priorities. Today, to carry forward this initiative, the Holy Father announces the names of several highly qualified persons who are committed to this issue,” … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: God’s Word lives through humility, prayer

Vatican City, Mar 21, 2014 / 10:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis warned against trying to co-opt the Word of God for one’s own purposes as did the Pharisees, urging prayer and humility instead, in his homily for Friday’s Mass. “This is the tragedy of these people, and our tragedy too!” he preached March 21 during his Mass said at the chapel of the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse. He reflected on the Gospel reading containing Jesus’ parable about the … [Read more...]

Labor upholds human dignity, Pope says

Vatican City, Mar 20, 2014 / 03:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis addressed the central role of employment in realizing human dignity during a special audience with steelworkers and residents from Umbria, Italy at the Vatican. “Labor is an essential reality for society, for families and for individuals. Labor, in fact, directly regards the person, his life, his liberty and his happiness,” Pope Francis said March 20 at Paul VI Hall. “The primary value of labor is the … [Read more...]

Rely on God alone, Pope encourages in homily

Vatican City, Mar 20, 2014 / 11:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis drew on today’s readings from the Gospel of Luke and the Psalms to warn listeners against putting one’s faith in man or accomplishments, rather than God. “Let us ask the Lord for the grace that he would give to each of us the wisdom to have confidence only in him — not in things, not in human powers; only in him,” the Pope preached in his homily at his Mass said March 20 at the chapel of St. … [Read more...]