Pope: Marriage cannot be based simply on emotional satisfaction

Vatican City, Feb 10, 2014 / 02:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking to the Polish bishops last week, Pope Francis encouraged a stronger understanding of marriage, accompanied by a merciful attitude toward those in difficult family situations. “Today marriage tends to be viewed as a form of mere emotional satisfaction that can be constructed in any way or modified at will,” the Pope said. “Unfortunately this vision also influences the mentality of Christians, promoting a … [Read more...]

Pope affirms that Mass is more than a mere ‘representation’

Vatican City, Feb 10, 2014 / 10:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily, Pope Francis reflected on the meaning of the Liturgy, highlighting how it is a real participation in Jesus’ presence, and encouraged all to enter more fully into the mystery of the Mass. “When we celebrate the Mass, we don’t accomplish a representation of the Last Supper: no, it is not a representation. It is something else: it is the Last Supper itself,” the Pope explained in his Feb. 10 … [Read more...]

Cardinal recalls shock of Benedict XVI’s resignation

Vatican City, Feb 10, 2014 / 05:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- One year later, Cardinal James Stafford reflects on the meeting where Benedict XVI announced that he was stepping down as Bishop of Rome, noting that it was an “unexpected” moment of “shock” for all. “Total surprise, total shock,” was the experience of all those present when they heard the Pope’s words that day, Cardinal Stafford explained in a Feb. 7 interview with CNA. On the occasion of the … [Read more...]

A Christian must give light to the world, urges Pope

Vatican City, Feb 9, 2014 / 05:30 am (CNA).- Pope Francis centered his Angelus message this Sunday on the image of a Christian whose faith is like a burning lamp that brings light to the darkness. “We must carry the light of Christ with the witness of a genuine love,” encouraged the Pope on Feb. 9. “The Christian must be a luminous person who carries the light, a light that comes from one that his not his own, but a gift of God, a gift of Jesus. We carry this light … [Read more...]

Pope meets with Sri Lankans, welcomes invitation to visit

Vatican City, Feb 8, 2014 / 11:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Today the Pope met with over 1,500 Sri Lankan pilgrims, assuring them of his prayers for continued peace in the conflict-ridden nation and expressing his hope for a future visit. Most of those present were migrants currently living in Italy. After they had participated in a mass celebrated by Sri Lankan Cardinal Malcom Ranjith, Pope Francis joined them saying, “I greet you, dear brothers and sisters of the Sri Lankan community in … [Read more...]

Sainthood causes of over 100 martyrs advanced by Pope

Vatican City, Feb 8, 2014 / 11:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope has approved the advancement of the causes for canonization of over one hundred lay Catholics persecuted for their faith, as well as a bishop, a religious sister, and two priests. In a decree on Feb. 7, Pope Francis authorized the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints to promulgate the causes of these Catholics in the various stages of the canonization process. Layman Paul Yun Ji-chung, along with 123 others who lived in … [Read more...]

Pope Francis expected to say Mass for Italian lawmakers

Vatican City, Feb 8, 2014 / 08:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis will say Mass March 27 in the grotto of the St. Peter’s Basilica for the members of the Italian parliament, according to a letter written by an auxiliary bishop of Rome. “I am pleased to inform you that on March 27, at 7 a.m., the Holy Father Francis will celebrate a Mass in the ‘grotto’ of Saint Peter’s Basilica with the members of Parliament,” wrote Bishop Lorenzo Leuzzi, an auxiliary of … [Read more...]


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