Pope apologizes for priests’ sex abuse, promises strong response

Vatican City, Apr 11, 2014 / 10:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis called April 11 for an “even stronger” Catholic Church response to combat sexual abuse, saying he felt compelled to “personally ask forgiveness” for priests who have sexually abused children. “The Church is aware of this damage, it is personal, moral damage carried out by men of the Church, and we will not take one step backward with regards to how we deal with this problem, and the sanctions … [Read more...]

The Christian life is a constant battle against evil, Pope reflects

Vatican City, Apr 11, 2014 / 07:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis centered his daily homily on the topic of temptation, observing that it has a specific structure, and encouraging attendees to learn from scripture how to fight the devil. “We too are tempted, we too are the target of attacks by the devil because the spirit of Evil does not want our holiness, he does not want our Christian witness, he does not want us to be disciples of Christ,” the Pope expressed in his April 11 … [Read more...]

Pope responds to Venezuelan peace talks invitation

Vatican City, Apr 11, 2014 / 03:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Answering an invitation from Venezuela's foreign affairs minister to participate in the country’s peace talks, Pope Francis sent a letter to all parties involved, encouraging them to foster open dialogue. “I am deeply convinced that violence can never bring peace and wellbeing to a country, because it only ever generates more violence,” the Pope stated in his April 10 letter. “On the contrary, through … [Read more...]

Christian unity: a goal common to John XXIII, John Paul II

Vatican City, Apr 11, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Both John XXIII and John Paul II, who will be canonized April 27, acted for Church unity and dedicated much of their lives and Magisterium to foster relations among Christian communities. John XXIII’s effort was highly appreciated among the Orthodox Churches; when he convoked the Second Vatican Council, representatives of both the Orthodox Churches and Protestant ecclesial communities were invited as observers of the Ecumenical … [Read more...]

Vatican, civil authorities join forces against human trafficking

Vatican City, Apr 10, 2014 / 10:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Gathered in Rome to discuss methods for the eradication of human slavery, both law enforcement and Vatican officials exchanged ideas on how to collaborate in combating the issue and caring for victims. “Human trafficking is an open wound on the body of contemporary society, a scourge upon the body of Christ. It is a crime against humanity,” Pope Francis exclaimed in his April 10 audience with the conference … [Read more...]

Pope Francis warns against the dictatorship of narrow thought

Vatican City, Apr 10, 2014 / 07:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis cautioned faithful against idealizing one’s own way of thinking and encouraged them to be vigilant in prayer, noting that a closed mind leaves no room for God. “Even today there is a dictatorship of a narrow line of thought” which kills “people’s freedom, their freedom of conscience,” the Pope expressed in his April 10 daily Mass. Speaking to those present in the … [Read more...]

Pope mourns ‘brutal killing’ of priest, urges end to violence

Vatican City, Apr 9, 2014 / 12:17 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In comments made following his general audience address, Pope Francis lamented the killing of a Jesuit priest in Syria, and appealed to the country’s leaders to foster peace and respect human dignity. “Please, silence your weapons, and end the violence! No more war! No more destruction!” the Pope exclaimed in comments made April 9. Fr. Frans van der Lugt S.J., aged 75 and a native of the Netherlands, was killed April … [Read more...]