For upcoming Sarajevo visit, Pope Francis makes peace his mission statement

Vatican City, Jun 2, 2015 / 04:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis sent his greetings to the people of Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in a video message that emphasized the motto of his upcoming visit: “Peace be with you.” “They are the words with which the risen Jesus greeted his disciples when he appeared among them in the Upper Room, on the evening of Easter,” the Pope explained in a short video message on June 2. “It is he, the Lord, our … [Read more...]

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Financial transparency serves the Church’s mission, says Vatican official

Vatican City, Jun 2, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an exclusive interview with CNA, the director of the Vatican's financial watchdog stressed that the Holy See has pursued the goal of adopting international standards for financial transparency in accord with the Church's mission, and not to merely seek adherence to international standards. “The Holy See's path toward financial transparency has not been that of imitating other countries, nor that of applying … [Read more...]

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A history of little miracles – behind Pope Francis’ devotion to St. Therese

Vatican City, Jun 2, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on several occasions has spoken of his strong devotion to the Little Flower saint as well as his habit of asking her for favors: favors, his former press secretary says, which have often come in the form little miracles. One of those miracles came Aug. 7, 2010, when the then-cardinal Bergoglio was accompanied by his press secretary, Federico Wals, to celebrate Mass honoring St. Cajetan on his feast day. The … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Pell’s spokesperson slams ‘outrageous’ 60 Minutes coverage

Vatican City, Jun 1, 2015 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A television broadcast revisiting charges that Australian Cardinal George Pell mishandled abuse claims was “false and misleading” and “outrageous” in its coverage, a spokesperson for the cardinal said Sunday. “From his earliest actions as an archbishop, Cardinal Pell has taken a strong stand against child sexual abuse and put in place processes to enable complaints to be brought forward and independently … [Read more...]

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Indifference to migrants is unacceptable, Pope tells Dominican Republic bishops

Vatican City, Jun 1, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church in the Dominican Republic cannot be indifferent to the plight of Haitian immigrants, Pope Francis said last week during a meeting with the Dominican Republic's Catholic bishops. “Pastoral and charitable attention to immigrants, especially those from neighboring Haiti, who seek better conditions of life in the Dominican territory, cannot allow indifference on the part of pastor's of the Church,”the Pope said … [Read more...]

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On feast of the Holy Trinity, Church celebrates ‘love of the living God’

Vatican City, May 31, 2015 / 12:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the revelation of the Holy Trinity, God shows the Church his selfless love and unity that we are called to foster in our own communities, Pope Francis said in his Sunday Angelus address.“The Trinity is a communion of divine persons who are one with the other, one for the other, one in the other: this communion is the life of God, the mystery of the love of the living God,” the Pope said in his May 31 address.Like the … [Read more...]

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Pope’s environmental encyclical to be titled ‘Laudato Sii’ (Praised Be You)

Vatican City, May 31, 2015 / 07:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Taken from St. Francis of Assisi’s “Canticle of the Sun” prayer praising God for creation, the likely name of the Pope’s upcoming encyclical was informally announced just weeks before its anticipated publication. Fr. Giuseppe Costa, director of the Vatican Publishing House, reportedly announced the encyclical’s title during the delivery of the Cardinal Michele Giordano prize Saturday afternoon, May 30, in Naples. The prize honors the forme … [Read more...]

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