Pope’s visit to Vatican departments a ‘beautiful experience,’ official says

Vatican City, May 22, 2015 / 07:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Friday Pope Francis began making stops at different departments of the Roman Curia – the first in a series of visits. Today’s rounds included four different offices.   A Vatican official from one of the departments the Pope stopped in to during his May 22 round of visits told CNA afterward that the pontiff gave them “general reflections about what our work entails.”   Francis also responded to some … [Read more...]

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Fr. Timothy Radcliffe: Controversial thinker and new Vatican consultant

Vatican City, May 21, 2015 / 11:10 am (CNA).- Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, a Dominican priest who led his order for ten years and has stirred controversy in the past for his stance on certain ecclesial issues, was appointed May 16 as a consultor of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Consultors to the pontifical councils are officially appointed by the Pope, and while it is not formally acknowledged, such appointments are typically made at the suggestion of the heads of the councils. With … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis to parents: Come out of ‘exile’ and educate your children

Vatican City, May 20, 2015 / 10:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his general audience Pope Francis spoke of the essential role parents play in educating their children – a role he said has been usurped by so-called experts who have taken the place of parents and rendered them fearful of making any correction. “If family education regains its prominence, many things will change for the better. It's time for fathers and mothers to return from their exile – they have exiled … [Read more...]

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Brooklyn diocese receives two new bishops from Pope Francis

Vatican City, May 19, 2015 / 04:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Tuesday named two priests to become auxiliary bishops of the Diocese of Brooklyn: Monsignor James Massa and Father Witold Morziewski. Bishop Nicolas DiMarizio of Brooklyn praised the two as “men of faith who daily communicate the great joy of the Gospel.” “These two men represent the very best of the diocese. One is a parish priest who at heart is a missionary pouring himself out for others. The other … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Are you ready for your final goodbye?

Vatican City, May 19, 2015 / 02:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily Tuesday Pope Francis focused on many different “goodbyes” that happen during life, and asked whether attendees were ready for the final, most important farewell before going to the Father. “Am I prepared to entrust to God all that I have? To entrust myself to God? To say that word which is the word of the son entrusting himself to his Father?” the Pope asked May 19. “I'm thinking of the … [Read more...]

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Could Mother Teresa be canonized during the Holy Year for Mercy?

Vatican City, May 19, 2015 / 10:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi has said that Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta could be canonized during the upcoming Jubilee for Mercy, although he clarified that no concrete plans have been made. Fr. Lombardi told CNA May 19 that the possible canonization of Mother Teresa during the Holy Year is “a working hypothesis.” “There is no official date but you can say that the Congregation for the Causes of Saints is … [Read more...]

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For Pope Francis, the laity must be formed for their mission in the world

Vatican City, May 19, 2015 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking to the Italian bishops' general assembly on Monday, Pope Francis urged them to support the laity through Christian formation, so that they can assume their proper responsibilities in the public square. An “ecclesial and pastoral sensibility” is “reflected in reinforcing the indispensible role of the laity, who are disposed to take on their responsibilities,” the Pope said May 18 in the Vatican's … [Read more...]

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