Pope commends Malawians’ pledge to family despite obstacles

Vatican City, Nov 7, 2014 / 01:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Addressing the bishops from the southeast African nation of Malawi on Thursday, Pope Francis noted his gratitude to their people for their commitment to family and solidarity. “I wish … to express my appreciation for the admirable spirit of the Malawian people, who, though faced with many serious obstacles in terms of development, economic progress and standards of living, remain strong in their commitment to family … [Read more...]

Pope Francis blasts ‘pagan’ Christians as ‘enemies of the cross’

Vatican City, Nov 7, 2014 / 10:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily for Mass at the Santa Marta residence, Pope Francis urged the faithful against living as lukewarm pagans who are merely Christian in name, for these are “enemies of the Cross.” Reflecting on the day's reading from Paul to the Philippians, the Holy Father spoke of two types of Christians: those who advance in their faith, and those who behave as “enemies of the Cross of Christ.” Pope … [Read more...]

Economy secretariat advances financial transparency at the Vatican

Vatican City, Nov 6, 2014 / 09:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican's new financial management policies focused on accountability are described in a handbook delivered by the Secretariat for the Economy last week, an internal bulletin of the secretariat announced on Wednesday. “Having sound and consistent financial management practices and reporting helps provide a clear framework of accountability for all those entrusted with the resources of the Church,” said Cardinal George … [Read more...]

God goes to the limit – not halfway – to save sinners, Pope says

Vatican City, Nov 6, 2014 / 10:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily on Thursday Pope Francis condemned those who are afraid “to dirty their hands” by welcoming sinners, and encouraged all to imitate Jesus – who gave everything in search of the lost. “God is a Father and He goes to the very end to save us, to the limit. This is God’s love,” the Pope told those gathered in the Vatican’s Saint Martha house for his Nov. 6 daily mass. He centered his … [Read more...]

New norms encourage bishops in difficult situations to resign

Vatican City, Nov 5, 2014 / 02:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The appreciation shown to bishops who choose to offer their resignation before the age of 75 because of illness “or other serious reasons” is the most important point in a Vatican document which went into effect on Wednesday. Made public and going into effect Nov. 5, the ‘rescriptum ex audientia’ follows a Nov. 3 papal audience held with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State. The papal rescript … [Read more...]

At the heart of the annulment process: Justice, salvation of souls, Pope says

Vatican City, Nov 5, 2014 / 12:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis gave a brief address to canonists on Wednesday, discussing the grave importance of justice in the process of marriage annulment, and the salvation of souls above all – which is always found in justice. “In the Extraordinary Synod there was talk about procedures, processes, and there was a preoccupation with streamlining the procedures, in the interest of justice,” the Roman Pontiff said Nov. 5 in the … [Read more...]

Assisted suicide only serves to abandon, Vatican says of Maynard’s death

Vatican City, Nov 5, 2014 / 11:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In comments about Brittany Maynard, the terminally ill cancer patient who took her own life, one Vatican official clarified that while we cannot judge a person, we can judge actions themselves as right or wrong. Spanish Bishop Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life at the Vatican, explained to ANSA news agency, “We don't judge people, but the gesture in itself is to be condemned. What happened in … [Read more...]