It was a ‘thrill’ to perform for Pope, circus members say

Vatican City, Jan 14, 2014 / 03:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During last week’s general audience, members of the circus gave a special performance for Pope Francis, saying the exciting encounter was an opportunity to show how the circus can bring “harmony.” “This has been my first time to perform in front of the Pope and it was truly a great thrill,” ringmaster Andrea Andreuzzi expressed in a Jan. 10 interview with CNA. “For me it was a joy to both take my … [Read more...]

Jesuit rector in Rome grateful for Pope’s ‘Ignatian heritage’

Vatican City, Jan 14, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA).- Pope Francis' Jesuit formation is a blessing for the whole Church, says one Society of Jesus priest who recently concelebrated mass with the pontiff. “I'd like to thank him for his closeness that he expresses not just by visiting us, by celebrating with us, but also by showing that (the) Ignatian heritage that he has can enrich the entire Church. We are grateful for this,” Fr. Janez Poljanek, S.J., told CNA on Jan. 13. Fr. … [Read more...]

Pope Francis to cardinals: new roles are not a ‘promotion’

Vatican City, Jan 13, 2014 / 03:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a letter addressed to the 19 men who will be made cardinals during a February consistory, Pope Francis said that the role of a cardinal is not a “decoration,” but rather a “service” to the Church. In his Jan. 13 letter to the cardinal-elects, the Pope extended his greetings to his brother bishops, guaranteeing them of his “closeness and prayer.” “It is my hope,” he stated, “that … [Read more...]

At 98, previous secretary of John XXIII among new cardinals

Vatican City, Jan 13, 2014 / 12:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Loris Francesco Capovilla, among the 19 new cardinals appointed by Pope Francis, is not only one of the longest-serving archbishops in the world but was John XXIII's secretary for the entirety of his pontificate. Pope Francis made a surprise announcement during his Sunday Angelus on Jan. 12, giving the names of those who will be created cardinals next month. He emphasized that those chosen hail “from 12 countries from every … [Read more...]

New cardinals highlight Global South, pastoral experience

Vatican City, Jan 13, 2014 / 11:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The 19 men chosen to be named cardinals in February stress Pope Francis' attention on the peripheries of the Church, and that appointment to a major diocese no longer automatically comes with a “red hat.” The 19 will be elevated to cardinal at a consistory held Feb. 22; three will be over the age of 80, and thus ineligible to vote in the election of the next Pope. Of the 16 voting cardinals, nine come from South … [Read more...]

God has a ‘handmade’ love for everyone, says Pope

Vatican City, Jan 13, 2014 / 09:15 am (CNA).- Pope Francis’ Monday morning homily centered on the theme of God’s profound and unique love for each person. “I like to think that the Lord might have the feelings of a couple who is expecting a child: he waits.  He always waits for us in this history, and then accompanies us during history. This is the eternal love of the Lord: eternal, but concrete!  It is also a ‘handmade’ love, because he makes history, … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: Let yourselves be ‘flooded by the love of God’

Vatican City, Jan 12, 2014 / 12:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis emphasized the need for Christians to allow God to work powerfully in their lives. When Jesus was baptized, the heavens were opened, but this “is also possible for every one of us, if we let ourselves be flooded by the love of God that comes to us given by the Holy Spirit for the first time at baptism,” encouraged Pope Francis on Jan. 12 from the window of the Apostolic … [Read more...]


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