Pope experienced a ‘great light’ before accepting the papacy

Vatican City, Oct 1, 2013 / 05:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a recent interview, Pope Francis shared a mystical experience he had shortly before accepting the role as Bishop of Rome and also touched on several issues surrounding Church reform. The Pope recounted his experience during a Sept. 24 interview with Eugenio Scalfari of the Italian newspaper La Repubblica which was published on Oct.1. When asked if he considered himself a mystic, the Pope replied “What do you … [Read more...]

Peace requires tenacious, intelligent dialogue, Pope says

Vatican City, Sep 30, 2013 / 10:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his morning homily, Pope Francis spoke to religious leaders of various faith traditions, saying that fostering peace is a responsibility which can only be attained through dialogue. Present at the Pope’s Sept. 30 Mass in the Santa Marta guesthouse of the Vatican were the participants of the International Meeting for Peace in the spirit of Assisi, organized by the Rome-based Community of Saint Egidio. The Sept. 29 - Oct. 1 … [Read more...]

Pope Francis, cardinals begin first set of reform meetings

Vatican City, Sep 30, 2013 / 08:27 am (CNA).- The council of eight cardinals chosen by Pope Francis to advise him on church governance and curia reform will begin their first official meeting tomorrow, Oct.1. “The institution of the council of cardinal,” said Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J. in a Sept. 30 press briefing “is a further enrichment provided by the Pope to the governance of the Church.” Fr. Lombardi recalled that the formation of such a … [Read more...]

John Paul II, John XXIII to be canonized Divine Mercy Sunday

Rome, Italy, Sep 30, 2013 / 03:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has announced that former Popes John Paul II and John XXIII are slated to be canonized this coming spring. The announcement was made following the Sept. 30 consistory, in which the Holy Father proclaimed that the pontiffs would be canonized together April 27, 2014 on the second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday. A consistory is a meeting where the Pope and the College of Cardinals come together to discuss and determine … [Read more...]

Materialism robs us of our humanity, warns Pope Francis

Vatican City, Sep 29, 2013 / 09:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis celebrated Mass in cloudy St. Peter’s Square this morning, cautioning the faithful against the danger of losing their personal identity to materialism. “Whenever material things, money, worldliness, become the center of our lives, they take hold of us, they possess us; we lose our very identity as human beings,” he said on September 29. Sunday’s Mass was held at the close of an international weekend … [Read more...]

Live your faith, Pope exhorts catechists

Vatican City, Sep 28, 2013 / 12:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with a group of catechists from around the world on Friday, encouraging them to live a life of witness for the faith rather than simply catechizing as a job. “Be catechists, don’t work as catechists,” the Pope said to a group of two thousand gathered in the Paul VI audience hall in Rome on September 27. “Being a catechist is a vocation.” The pontiff stressed the importance of living a life … [Read more...]

Gossip helps devil undermine Church, Pope says

Vatican City, Sep 28, 2013 / 10:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis celebrated Mass for the Vatican police force today, exhorting them to fight in the war against evil by rejecting the temptation to gossip. He warned that among those who live and work in the Vatican, “the devil seeks to create an internal war, a kind of civil spiritual war” by means of idle chatter, said Pope Francis on September 28. The temptation to gossip is present for everyone, noted Pope Francis, … [Read more...]