On Marian feast, Pope Francis prays for holiness

Rome, Italy, Dec 8, 2013 / 11:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On a day dedicated to celebrating the Mother of God, Pope Francis made a special trip in Rome to pray before a traditional statue of Mary.“Enkindle in all of us a renewed desire for holiness: may our words glow with the splendor of truth, may our works resound with the song of charity, may purity and chastity live in our bodies and in our hearts, may our lives express the presence of all the beauty of the gospel,” he prayed on … [Read more...]

Pope says Mary’s whole existence is ‘yes’ to God

Vatican City, Dec 8, 2013 / 09:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis focused his Sunday Angelus message on the importance of Mary as a model for the Christian life.“The Virgin Mary is not far from this love (of God): all of her life, all of her being is a ‘yes’ to God,” he said to the crowds filling St. Peter’s Square Dec. 8.“Let us look at her, and let us look to her,” encouraged Pope Francis, … [Read more...]

Pope says caring for sick brings ‘the smile of God’

Vatican City, Dec 7, 2013 / 05:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis released his message for the World Day of the Sick Dec. 7, emphasizing the important role of hope both for those who suffer and for their caregivers.“When we come together, with tenderness, with those who have need of care, we carry the hope and the smile of God in contradiction to the world,” said the Pope’s message.Because of Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection, Pope Francis explained, … [Read more...]

Pope: Neglect of human dignity causes ‘practical atheism’

Vatican City, Dec 7, 2013 / 02:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Saturday afternoon Pope Francis met with members of an international organization that promotes human dignity, warning them against a “false model” of humanity.“Unfortunately, in our time, so full of so many hopes and achievements, there are powers and forces that end up producing a ‘throw-away culture’; and this tends to become a common mentality,”  said the pontiff on Dec. 7. “The … [Read more...]

Pope says early Christians a model for ‘digital age’ Church

Vatican City, Dec 7, 2013 / 11:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Today Pope Francis met with members of the Pontifical Council for the Laity who had gathered to discuss the theme, “Announcing Christ in the digital age.”“The internet is a widespread reality, complex and in continual evolution, and its development re-proposes the ever-present question of the relationship between faith and culture,” the Pope said Dec. 7 to the participants of the council’s 26th plenary … [Read more...]

Vatican group for minors’ protection may work with Jesuit center

Vatican City, Dec 6, 2013 / 01:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church's latest step toward the prevention of the sexual abuse of minors is the newly-announced Vatican commission, which is expected to collaborate with the Jesuit-run Centre for Child Protection. “The task of the new commission will be greater than what the Centre for Child Protection would ever be able to realize,” the center's president, Fr. Hans Zollner, told CNA Dec. 6. “We take care of delivering a … [Read more...]

Pope Francis lauds Mandela’s creation of a ‘new South Africa’

Vatican City, Dec 6, 2013 / 11:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After the death of former South African president Nelson Mandela, Pope Francis issued a letter offering condolences to his family and praising the politician’s commitment to promoting human dignity. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the South African revolutionary who headed the country’s anti-apartheid movement, fighting to replace it with a multiracial democracy, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at the age of 95 in his Johannesburg … [Read more...]


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