Pope Francis: Our faith is based on Christ, not ‘persuasive words’

Vatican City, Nov 3, 2014 / 11:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The “rock” of our faith is not found in “wise and persuasive words,” Pope Francis said, but rather in the “living word” which is Christ's death and resurrection. Human history culminating in Christ's coming was the main focus of the Pope's homily for Mass on Nov. 3, celebrated in Saint Peter's Basilica on behalf of all cardinals and bishops who have died over the last twelve … [Read more...]

‘Pray for the forgotten,’ Pope exhorts on Feast of All Souls

Vatican City, Nov 2, 2014 / 09:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Angelus address delivered for the Feast of All Souls, Pope Francis called on the faithful to pray for forgotten souls, as well as Christians who have died for their faith and in the service of others over the past year. “We remember our brothers and sisters killed because they are Christians,” he said, and the many “who have sacrificed their lives to serve others.”Addressing the crowds gathered in … [Read more...]

Pope Francis reaches out to schismatic Old Catholic Church

Vatican City, Nov 1, 2014 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite continuing theological, ethical and ministerial differences between the Roman Catholic Church and the schismatic Old Catholic Conference, the two communions can continue to work together, Pope Francis counseled on Thursday. “The theological and ecclesiological questions that arose during our separation are now more difficult to overcome due to the increasing distance between us on matters of ministry and ethical … [Read more...]

Pope on All Saints Day: Beatitudes will lead us to God

Rome, Italy, Nov 1, 2014 / 12:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During Mass for the Solemnity of All Souls at Rome’s Verano cemetery, Pope Francis exhorted believers to follow the way of the beatitudes, calling it the path that will lead to sanctity.“The people who go forward on the path of the beatitudes will reach God and become saints in that final meeting with Him,” the Holy Father said Nov. 1, Vatican Radio reported.He said, “in order to journey back to God the Father, … [Read more...]

Mary the center of heavenly host, Pope says on All Saints Day

Vatican City, Nov 1, 2014 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Angelus address for the Solemnity of All Saints, Pope Francis said that it is a joy to have a spiritual family living in eternity, and stressed that Mary is the first of the saints who guides us to her son.“In the great assembly of saints, God has wanted to reserve the first place for the Mother of Jesus,” the pontiff said before his Nov. 1 weekly recitation of the traditional Marian prayer.Mary, he said, “is … [Read more...]

Pope Francis approves new constitutions for Legionaries of Christ

Vatican City, Nov 1, 2014 / 05:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After four years of drafts and adjustments, the troubled Legion of Christ has announced that its new constitutions have been approved by Pope Francis. The Pope’s approval of the final draft of the new constitutions brings the first phase of renewal and purification to a close after it was discovered that Legion founder, Fr. Marcial Maciel, had been living a double life. The new constitutions were drafted during the … [Read more...]

Vatican releases official English translation of synod’s final report

Vatican City, Oct 31, 2014 / 03:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Now released in English, the Synod of Bishop's final relatio reveals a more positive tone regarding the family called for by the synod’s small groups, as well as greater clarity on phrases that generated confusion in the midterm relatio. The Oct. 5-19 extraordinary synod of bishops on the family reflected on “the pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization.” At the close of the 10-day … [Read more...]