Ukrainian Church an example of ‘synodality’ for Pope

Vatican City, Dec 3, 2013 / 02:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of the Ukrainian Church revealed that in a recent private meeting with Pope Francis, the pontiff praised the structure of Eastern Churches for their emphasis on collaboration among bishops.Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk said his discussion with Pope Francis mainly focused on “the synodality of our Church,” as the Pope is looking for ways to “foster the collegiality in the Catholic … [Read more...]

Council of cardinals begins second meeting on curial reform

Vatican City, Dec 3, 2013 / 01:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with the group of eight cardinals advising him on the reform of the Roman Curia and the government of the Church this morning, initiating the council's second meeting. “The meeting began this morning continuing the look at the Roman Curia with a view to its reform, as requested by the cardinals prior to the conclave,” Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See press office, said at a briefing of … [Read more...]

A Church without joy is unimaginable, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Dec 3, 2013 / 06:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope focused his daily homily this morning on the themes of joy and peace, emphasizing that our God “is joyful,” and that the Church’s mission of transmitting this joy to others brings authentic peace.“You can’t imagine a Church without joy,” the pontiff explained in his Dec. 3 homily, “and the joy of the Church lies precisely in this: to proclaim the name of Jesus.”Pope Francis … [Read more...]

Israeli prime minister invites Pope Francis to Israel

Vatican City, Dec 3, 2013 / 02:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During an audience with Pope Francis, Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister, invited the Roman Pontiff to visit Israel, though the date of the visit has yet to be determined. The private audience, which lasted nearly half an hour, was held during Netanyahu's two-day visit to Italy meant to improve relations between the two countries and to sign commercial agreements. According to the Holy See press office, Pope Francis … [Read more...]

Pope to dedicate 2015 to consecrated life

Vatican City, Dec 2, 2013 / 06:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At a meeting with the Union of Superiors General held Nov. 29, Pope Francis mentioned that he would be dedicating 2015 to consecrated life, thanking religious for their witness to Jesus Christ. “Thank you for what you do and for your spirit of faith and your service. Thank you for your witness and also for the humiliations through which you have had to pass,” the Bishop of Rome said to 120 superiors present for the group's … [Read more...]

Christmas is more than a ‘temporal celebration,’ Pope reflects

Vatican City, Dec 2, 2013 / 11:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily on the first Monday of Advent, Pope Francis reflected on the season of Christmas, explaining that it is a time to encounter the Lord in faith, and allow him to renew our lives.Christmas, the Pope expressed in his Dec. 2 homily, “isn’t just a temporal celebration or the memory of a beautiful (event); Christmas is more…Christmas is an encounter!”Pope Francis directed his words to those who … [Read more...]

Pope Francis’ December prayers, nativity scene plans revealed

Vatican City, Dec 2, 2013 / 11:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis is bringing this year to a close by offering special prayers during the month of December for children who are victims of violence, and imploring Christians to prepare for the coming of Christ.Each month this year has been dedicated to specific prayer intentions of the Holy Father, one general intention and one missionary intention.The general intention concluding the year of 2013, as published earlier this year in the … [Read more...]