‘Poison’ of jealousy destroys communities, stresses Pope

Vatican City, Jan 23, 2014 / 08:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis warned against the dangers of envy, explaining that it is a sin which fosters bitterness against our brothers, stifles our joy and inhibits us from truly praising God. When someone in a Christian community suffers from jealousy, the community “ends up divided: one against the other,” the Pope explained in his Jan. 23 daily Mass, emphasizing that “this is a strong poison – a poison … [Read more...]

Media should foster culture of encounter, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Jan 23, 2014 / 04:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his first message for World Communication Day, Pope Francis spoke of the importance of creating a culture of encounter, highlighting how media should always be a service which goes out to meet others. “A culture of encounter demands that we be ready not only to give, but also to receive,” the Pope stated in his Jan. 23 message,” adding that “media can help us greatly in this, especially nowadays, when the … [Read more...]

Church officials laud re-opening of Irish embassy to Vatican

Vatican City, Jan 22, 2014 / 01:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An announcement that Ireland's government will re-open its embassy to the Holy See came as welcome news to Church officials, who believe it is a “constructive”move for the Church. “It is an excellent decision for the people of Ireland and will be beneficial to Ireland in making its distinctive and important contribution to international relations,” papal nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown said in a Jan. 21 … [Read more...]

Pope Francis tweet supports, prays for US pro-life march

Vatican City, Jan 22, 2014 / 09:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis sent a tweet offering support for the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., praying that all human life would be valued.   “I join the March for Life in Washington with my prayers. May God help us respect all life, especially the most vulnerable,” he told his 3.5 million English-speaking Twitter followers Jan. 22. The Pope sent the same message in Spanish to his Spanish-speaking Twitter followers, … [Read more...]

Pope: receive God’s gifts with a generous heart

Vatican City, Jan 22, 2014 / 07:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis dedicated his general audience today to the topic of Christian unity, emphasizing that although divisions can be painful, we ought to be grateful for the gifts given to other denominations. “Despite the suffering caused by divisions, should learn to recognize with joy the gifts God has given other Christians and receive them with a big and generous heart,” the Pope stated in his Jan. 22 general … [Read more...]

Blessing of lambs a 500 year old tradition, priest reveals

Vatican City, Jan 22, 2014 / 03:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Shortly before the blessing of the lambs yesterday in honor of the feast of St. Agnes, the parish priest of the basilica honoring the martyr explained that the tradition has been around since the 16th century. “Here in (in the basilica of) St. Agnes, we have known this tradition for 500 years,” Fr. Franco Bergamin explained to CNA in a Jan. 21 interview shortly before the Mass of the blessing took place. The priest … [Read more...]

Pope receives, blesses lambs ahead of pallium ceremony

Vatican City, Jan 21, 2014 / 04:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis marked the Feast of St. Agnes Jan. 21 by receiving and blessing the lambs whose wool is used to weave pallia for new archbishops. The lambs had been raised by the nuns of the Roman convent of San Lorenzo in Panisperna, and the Canons Regular of the Basilica of St. John Lateran presented the lambs to the Pope at his residence Casa Santa Martha. The pallium is a liturgical vestment the Pope and metropolitan archbishops wear … [Read more...]