President Obama’s March visit confirmed by Vatican

Vatican City, Jan 21, 2014 / 09:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi has confirmed that in March of this year President Barack Obama during a European trip will stop in Rome where he is scheduled to meet with Pope Francis. As the final part of President Obama's visit to Europe – during which he will travel to the Netherlands, Belgium, and Italy – the Pope and the president will meet on March 27, Fr. Lombardi told CNA Jan. 21. In a statement … [Read more...]

Ukrainian archbishop calls for peace amid violent protests

Vatican City, Jan 21, 2014 / 05:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In wake of increasing violence due to ongoing political protests, Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk is petitioning his countrymen to pray for peace and unity as political unrest continues. “With great dismay and sadness we witness the events taking place at the moment in Kyiv,” the archbishop lamented in a Jan. 21 statement released on Vatican Radio. “In view of these exceptional circumstances,” he … [Read more...]

Vatican commission completes Medjugorje investigation

Vatican City, Jan 20, 2014 / 03:28 pm (CNA).- The Holy See has announced that the commission charged with investigating the alleged Marian apparitions in Medjugorje has completed its task, and will be submitting its findings to the Vatican's doctrine office. Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi confirmed Jan. 18 that the international commission investigating the supposed apparitions had held its final meeting the prior day, and will submit its final report to the Congregation for the … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: accept the surprises of God

Vatican City, Jan 20, 2014 / 07:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis reflected on the theme of Christian freedom, observing that it comes from our docility and willingness to accept the “newness” and the “surprises of God.” “The Word of God is alive and so comes and says what he wants to say: not what I expect it to say, or what I hope it says,” stated the Pope in his Jan. 20 daily Mass, adding that it is a “free” word that … [Read more...]

Christians must be disciples of the Lamb of God, says Pope

Vatican City, Jan 19, 2014 / 09:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Angelus address today, Pope Francis reflected on Christ as the “Lamb of God,” focusing on the need for Christians to be welcoming and to live an attitude of solidarity. “What does it mean for the Church, for us, today, to be disciples of Jesus the Lamb of God? It means replacing malice with innocence, force with love, pride with humility, prestige with service,” Pope Francis proclaimed Jan. 19 in St. … [Read more...]

Ecumenism a ‘spiritual process’ rooted in the Trinity, Pope says

Vatican City, Jan 18, 2014 / 12:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met this week with members of an ecumenical delegation of Finnish Lutherans, encouraging them to work towards unity among all Christians. “In the face of those who no longer see the full, visible unity of the Church as an achievable goal, we are invited not to give up our ecumenical efforts, faithful to that which the Lord Jesus asked of the Father, ‘that they may be one,’” the Pope told the … [Read more...]

Pope calls media workers to serve the common good

Vatican City, Jan 18, 2014 / 10:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In meeting with the employees of Italy’s national broadcaster, Pope Francis stressed the importance of responsible communications rooted in truth, noting its role in forming persons. “The ethical quality of communications is the result, ultimately, of a careful conscience, not superficial, always respectful of people, both those who are the objects of information and those who are the recipients of the message,” he said … [Read more...]