True charity gives people God, not bread alone, cardinal says

Vatican City, Nov 13, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Robert Sarah has stressed the link between charity and preaching the Gospel, saying that while the practical needs of the poor are important, Christians can give something more essential: Jesus Christ. Cardinal Sarah, citing Benedict XVI, told CNA that “charity is very linked with the proclamation of the Gospel, and doing charity is not only giving food, giving material things, but giving God too. Because the main lack of … [Read more...]

Pope Francis – Do you have what it takes to be a good priest?

Vatican City, Nov 12, 2014 / 04:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his weekly general audience Pope Francis spoke on the qualities needed to be a true minister of God, saying that those who are ordained should never be “authoritative,” but rather humble and merciful. “It is only by acknowledging that their ministry is an unmerited gift of God’s mercy that bishops, priests and deacons can serve their brothers and sisters with humility, generosity, wisdom and compassion,” … [Read more...]

With new team, Vatican ups efforts to fight clerical sex abuse

Vatican City, Nov 11, 2014 / 11:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis established on Tuesday a new judicial body within the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith with responsibility for dealing with clerical sex abuse, thus confirming the Holy See’s continuing response to the crisis. The new body, which is known as a college and which goes into effect Nov. 11, was established “due to the number of appeals and the need to guarantee that they are examined more rapidly and … [Read more...]

You can’t serve others if you’re lazy or controlling, Pope says

Vatican City, Nov 11, 2014 / 09:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily on Tuesday Pope Francis said that Jesus’ service to others has no boundaries, and warned of those who put limits on how much they give because they are lazy, or want to control the situation. “His path was this attitude of service; He is a servant. He presents himself as a servant, the one who came to serve and not to be served,” the Pope told mass-goers gathered in the chapel of the Vatican’s Saint … [Read more...]

Visible unity of Christians, a need for a troubled world, says Pope

Vatican City, Nov 11, 2014 / 12:08 am (CNA).- To act and speak as brothers, despite different confessions, in order to respond to current issue: this is the mission Pope Francis entrusted to the bishop-friends of the Focolare Movement on Friday. “The fact that in many countries lack of the freedom to publicly express their religion and to openly live according to the needs of Christian ethics; persecution of Christians and other minorities; the sad phenomenon of terrorism; the plight of … [Read more...]

Pope: Unforgiving Christians cause scandal, damage faith

Vatican City, Nov 10, 2014 / 11:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Christian who causes scandal destroys the faith and a Christian who does not forgive causes scandal – but it is only through the gift of faith that these challenges can be overcome, Pope Francis said. These three themes – the causing of scandal, the need for forgiveness, and faith – were at the center of the Pope's homily during morning Mass at the Santa Marta residence on Nov. 10. “Scandal,” the … [Read more...]

‘We need bridges, not walls!’ Pope says on Berlin Wall anniversary

Vatican City, Nov 9, 2014 / 07:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Pope Francis said that it only happened through a long, painful struggle, and warned that there are still many walls that divide the world today. “Wherever there is a wall, there is a closed heart. We need bridges, not walls!” the Pope voiced to those present in St. Peter’s Square for his Nov. 9 Angelus address. He recalled how for many years the Berlin Wall had … [Read more...]