Pope to hold first official audience with the blind, deaf

Vatican City, Mar 12, 2014 / 12:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the first pontiff to meet with those who are blind and deaf in an exclusive audience, Pope Francis will hold the gathering later this month – an encounter participants are highly anticipating. “I am pleased that the Pope is making the whole world aware of our world by having an audience with us for the first time” Jakob Badde told CNA on March 10, “we have a great deficiency and most people do not know why and … [Read more...]

Cardinal Bertone: Pope Francis uses prayer as a diplomatic tool

Vatican City, Mar 12, 2014 / 12:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who was Vatican secretary of state from 2006 to 2013, has shared his views on papal diplomacy, emphasizing Pope Francis’ use of prayer in relations with states. “Pope Francis has underscored, and put a special emphasis on, prayer as a diplomatic tool,” Cardinal Bertone told CNA March 7. This stress was proven by Pope Francis’ call for a day of prayer and fasting Sep. 7 to address the … [Read more...]

Bishops laud Pope’s humility, care for poor on anniversary

Vatican City, Mar 12, 2014 / 06:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a statement released on the occasion of the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ pontificate, US bishops praised the pontiff for his example, and encouraged the faithful to offer continued prayers on his behalf. “The members of the Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have noted with thanksgiving the first anniversary of the election of His Holiness Pope Francis as the 266th successor … [Read more...]

Personal notes underscore John Paul II’s Marian devotion

Vatican City, Mar 12, 2014 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In private letters of Bl. John Paul II which have been published by his former secretary, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, the pontiff reflects on the three theological virtues, emphasizing that Mary is the highest example of each. “Nothing can be dangerous for us; neither Satan nor the world, nor sin – if there is in us the power of Christ in the Marian way,” Bl. John Paul II wrote in one of his personal notes. Entitled … [Read more...]

Cardinal Kasper’s speech on marriage to be released as book

Vatican City, Mar 12, 2014 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Walter Kasper's Feb. 20 address on marriage to a group of cardinals, controversial for its comments on remarriage and Communion, is to be published as a book this week, he says. The booklet, title “Gospel of the Family,” will be released in Italian and German, will feature the text of his speech. It's 78 pages will include two additional texts from Cardinal Kasper, and will be sold at $12.50. In a March 10 … [Read more...]

Vatican celebrates Pope’s anniversary with virtual book

Vatican City, Mar 11, 2014 / 08:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In honor of the one year anniversary of Pope Francis’ election as Bishop of Rome, the Vatican website has published a special online book, compiled of various phrases he has spoken throughout the year. Entitled “Do we want to be holy? Yes or no?” the online publication can be found on the Vatican’s official website by clicking on one’s language of choice, after which a pop-up window appears with the … [Read more...]

Unburned letters of John Paul II reveal richness of Trinity

Vatican City, Mar 11, 2014 / 06:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The personal notes of JPII published by former secretary Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, which the pontiff asked to be burned, reveal the depth of the Blessed's keen knowledge of the mystery of the Trinity. Entitled “I am so much in God’s hands: Personal records 1962-2003,” the book was published by Krakow-based publisher Znak on Feb. 12, and contains 639 pages of meditations and some photos and scans of the pages from … [Read more...]