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...]

Pope Francis recognizes ‘heroic virtue’ of 12-year-old boy

Vatican City, Nov 8, 2014 / 01:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis advanced the sainthood causes for a 12-year-old Italian boy who died late 1970s as well as seven other men and women, recognizing all for their “heroic virtue.” The Pope authorized the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints to declare the eight laypersons, priests, and religious – including young Silvio Dissegna – as “venerable.” The move was announced Nov. 7 during an audience with … [Read more...]

Where does every vocation start? The family, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Nov 8, 2014 / 12:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a meeting with members of the Italian Adult Catholic Scouting Movement, Pope Francis stressed the “educative mission” of the family, noting how every vocation is rooted in this fundamental relationship. The Nov. 8 audience with some 7,000 representatives marked the 60th anniversary of the founding of the movement. Pope Francis acknowledged the “apostolic commitment” shown by the scout members, which testifies … [Read more...]

Cardinal Burke moved to Order of Malta, Mamberti to lead Signatura

Vatican City, Nov 8, 2014 / 08:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After six years serving as Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, Cardinal Raymond Burke has been appointed as Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Cardinal Burke, 66, confirmed publicly in October that Pope Francis informed him of the move. The American prelate was appointed as chief justice of the Catholic Church’s highest court in 2008 by Benedict XVI. Previously, he headed the Archdiocese of … [Read more...]