Let God disrupt your plans, Pope Francis teaches

Vatican City, Oct 7, 2013 / 01:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Reflecting on the story of the Good Samaritan, Pope Francis said in his homily at Mass today that we must be open to allowing God to intervene in our lives, leading us to deviate from our own arrangements. “I say to myself, and I say to you: do we let God write our lives? Or do we want to do the writing ourselves?” Pope Francis asked, according to Vatican Radio. “Be docile to the Word of God … have the capacity … [Read more...]

Vatican to issue collector coin marking Pope Francis’ first year

Vatican City, Oct 7, 2013 / 08:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has announced that an official, commemorative coin marking the first year of Pope Francis' pontificate will be released on Oct. 8. Collectors will be able to purchase the coin which on one side bears the image of Pope Francis giving a blessing and smiling with the Latin words, “Franciscus Pont. Max An. I.,” inscribed above. The coin's other side contains the Holy Father's personal motto, “vidit … [Read more...]

Prayer gives power to faith, says Pope

Vatican City, Oct 6, 2013 / 09:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis delivered his Angelus message to the crowds filling an overcast St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, encouraging them to seek God in prayer to increase their faith. “How do we obtain this power (of faith)?” he asked Oct. 6. “We obtain it from God in prayer. Prayer is the breath of faith: in a relationship of faith, of love, one can’t omit dialogue, and prayer is the dialogue of the soul with … [Read more...]

Francis continues papal tradition of dialogue with media

Vatican City, Oct 6, 2013 / 06:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While it has drawn much attention, the interview Pope Francis gave to the prominent Italian journalist Eugenio Scalfari is not the first of its kind in the history of the Church, but part of a tradition stretching back to “Good Pope John.” The first interview ever given by a Pope to a “secular” newspaper was that John XXIII gave to the prominent Italian journalist Indro Montanelli in 1959, published in the Italian … [Read more...]

Deacons ordained in Rome to preach the Gospel in US

Vatican City, Oct 5, 2013 / 11:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Thursday, 41 seminarians studying at the North American College in Rome were ordained deacons for their respective dioceses in the United States and Australia. The 41 men lay prostrate on the floor of St. Peter's Basilica Oct. 3 while the Litany of Saints was prayed over them, before they made life-long commitments, promising obedience to their bishops, daily prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours, and celibacy. As he lay on the … [Read more...]

Seeking transparency, Vatican Bank issues first annual report

Vatican City, Oct 4, 2013 / 12:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican Bank confirmed a commitment to full financial transparency Oct. 1 by publishing its first Annual Report. With the report's publication, the Vatican Bank – known officially as the Institute for the Works of Religion – fulfills a promise made in May by its president, Ernst Von Freyberg. The bank receives and administers funds for charitable activities, especially in the developing world. At that time, Pope … [Read more...]

Pope stresses relevance of Bl. John XXIII’s peace encyclical

Vatican City, Oct 3, 2013 / 01:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bl. Pope John XXIII’s encyclical on peace should remind everyone of the need to “build peace on the example of Jesus Christ,” Pope Francis said Oct. 3. The failure to work for justice means “there can be no real peace and harmony,” the Pope said, according to Vatican Radio. Everyone should promote and practice “justice with truth and love” while contributing to “integral human … [Read more...]


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