Thank your family, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Oct 13, 2013 / 01:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Sunday preached about the importance of gratitude and thankfulness for the Christian community and for family life.“If we can realize that everything is God’s gift, how happy will our hearts be! Everything is his gift. He is our strength!” he told the crowd of about 150,000 gathered for Mass in St. Peter’s Square Oct. 13. “Saying ‘thank you’ is such an easy thing, and yet … [Read more...]

Pope entrusts world to Immaculate Heart of Mary

Vatican City, Oct 13, 2013 / 11:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Sunday entrusted the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to her maternal care before the image of Our Lady of Fatima, asking Mary’s help to “revive and grow faith.”“Our Lady of Fatima, with renewed gratitude for your maternal presence, we join our voice to that of all the generations that have called you blessed,” Pope Francis said at the close of Mass in St. Peter’s Square Oct. … [Read more...]

Let God untie your knotted hearts, Pope says

Vatican City, Oct 12, 2013 / 01:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis led a Marian prayer vigil Saturday, stressing that the Virgin Mary leads Christians to the mercy of God who can untie “all knotted hearts.”Each one of us has “knots” in our souls, caused by sin, said Pope Francis.“These knots take away our peace and serenity,” he said at the Oct. 12 vigil in St. Peter’s Square.He acknowledged that some might believe they are without hope and … [Read more...]

Pope praises special roles of women

Vatican City, Oct 12, 2013 / 08:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with experts on women’s issues today in Rome, affirming that the Church must continue to work for a more profound understanding of women and their roles.“Also in the Church it is important to ask ourselves: what presence does woman have? Can it be valued more?” the Pope asked.He met with experts who had participated in a seminar marking the 25th anniversary of Blessed John Paul II’s apostolic … [Read more...]

Christianity and anti-Semitism are incompatible, Pope says

Vatican City, Oct 12, 2013 / 05:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Meeting with members of the Jewish community in Rome, Pope Francis reflected on the tragedies of the past and called for the cultivation of brotherly love and friendship between the Catholic and Jewish people.“We will remember in a few days the 70th anniversary of the deportation of the Jews of Rome,” said the Holy Father, according to Vatican Radio. “We will remember and pray for the many innocent victims of human … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: Christians must guard against slyness of the devil

Rome, Italy, Oct 11, 2013 / 10:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Oct. 11 daily Mass homily, the Holy Father warned of the discreet presence of the devil, exhorting those gathered to be astute in their spiritual lives.“We must always be on guard,” exhorted the Pope to those who attended Mass in the Vatican’s Santa Marta guesthouse, “on guard against deceit, against the seduction of evil.”Referencing the day’s gospel reading, in which Jesus has just healed a … [Read more...]

Mary ‘can only bring us to God,’ expert says as entrustment nears

Vatican City, Oct 11, 2013 / 07:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Anticipating Pope Francis' entrustment of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Oct. 13, a specialist in Marian apparitions reflected on how the Blessed Mother serves to bring people to Jesus. “It is necessary to have recourse to the Virgin because she can only bring you to God. That's her whole mission. She has nothing of self in it at all. She lives only for God and to bring you to God,” said Marian expert … [Read more...]