God’s path is closeness and compassion, Pope preaches

Vatican City, Sep 16, 2014 / 12:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Tuesday focused on the importance of giving hope to the world by imitating Jesus Christ’s closeness to God’s people. “When God visits his people he restores hope to them. Always,” Pope Francis said in his Sept. 16 homily at his Casa Santa Marta residence. “You can preach the Word of God brilliantly: there have been many excellent preachers throughout history. But if these preachers have … [Read more...]

No scandal here: How the 20 couples married by Pope Francis were legit

Vatican City, Sep 15, 2014 / 05:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ witnessing of marriages between Catholics who cohabited or who have had annulments is not a change, but is part of the Church’s effort to bring people to Jesus Christ, said two experts on Christian marriage. “I think there is a perception out there, especially in some media circles, that Pope Francis is trying to undermine what the Church has taught and what the Church has practiced,” Catholic … [Read more...]

No plans to raise security ahead of Pope’s Albania visit

Vatican City, Sep 15, 2014 / 09:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- There are no plans to increase security for Pope Francis' Sept. 21 trip to Albania despite new reports of a potential threat by Islamic militants, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said Monday. “All of us are worried about what ISIS is doing,” Fr. Lombardi told journalists during a Vatican press briefing Sept. 15 ahead of the Pope's forthcoming trip to the majority Muslim country. “But if the … [Read more...]

Want to learn obedience? Look at the ‘woman by the Cross’

Vatican City, Sep 15, 2014 / 08:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Celebrating Mass for the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows at the Santa Marta residence, Pope Francis reflected on the ultimate example of obedience demonstrated by Mary at the foot of the Cross. As we look at Mary standing beneath the Cross, “steadfastly following her Son in his suffering, to learn obedience,” we see the Church and our mother, he said the morning of Sept. 15. “By remaining close to both Mary and the … [Read more...]

‘Why the Cross?’ Pope asks during Sunday Angelus

Vatican City, Sep 14, 2014 / 09:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, Pope Francis used basic questions about the necessity of salvation to draw listeners deeper into Christ’s saving mystery.Addressing the crowds gathered in Saint Peter's Square before leading them in praying the Angelus, the Pontiff explained that the cross which Christians “exalt” is not just any cross: it is the Cross of Jesus Christ, in which “is revealed the … [Read more...]

Pope Francis to couples: Cross illuminates purpose of marriage

Vatican City, Sep 14, 2014 / 07:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- “Marriage is a symbol of life... the Sacrament of love of Christ and the Church, a love which finds its proof and guarantee in the Cross.”This was the central theme of Pope Francis' homily for the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, delivered moments before presiding over the marriages of 20 couples from the Diocese of Rome.The weddings, which took place in Saint Peter's Basilica on Sunday morning in the presence … [Read more...]

Francis to Congolese bishops: Contribute, but don’t replace politicians

Vatican City, Sep 14, 2014 / 06:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his ad limina address to the bishops of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pope Francis assured them of the necessity of contributing to political life, without replacing political institutions. “Dear Brothers in the episcopacy, I invite you to work tirelessly for the establishment of a just and lasting peace through a pastoral effort of dialogue and reconciliation among the various sectors of society, supporting the process … [Read more...]


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