Pope: Heart full of desire for possessions is ‘empty of God’

Vatican City, Mar 2, 2014 / 06:39 am (CNA).- Crowds filled a rainy St. Peter’s Square today to hear Pope Francis’ Angelus message, which focused on the importance of seeking God above all else, especially earthly goods. “A heart occupied by the desire to posses is full of this desire to possess (things), but empty of God,” said the Pope on Sunday, March 2. “In a heart possessed by riches, there is not much space for faith. Everything is occupied by riches: … [Read more...]

Pope Francis resumes his commitments after a fever

Vatican City, Mar 1, 2014 / 12:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On the morning of March 1, Pope Francis resumed his usual commitments, after suspending his visit to the Roman Seminary the day before due to a mild fever. The Press Office of the Holy See reported that after resting, the Holy Father decided to continue with his agenda for the morning in the Vatican, meeting with the Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, Cardinal Marc Ouellet. Later, the Pope received the Prime Minister of Romania, … [Read more...]

St. Peter’s Square restorations to be completed for Easter, canonizations

Vatican City, Mar 1, 2014 / 08:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The restoration of the Bernini colonnade and other historic pieces in St. Peter’s Square will be finished by Easter, in time for the canonizations of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII. According to an article in the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano by Vatican Museums director, Prof. Antonio Paolucci, “the time schedule…provided for the completion of the construction in time for Easter of 2014 and for the … [Read more...]

Walk with those who suffer failed marriages, Pope exhorts

Vatican City, Feb 28, 2014 / 12:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis reflected on the beauty of marriage, emphasizing that when it fails, we should not condemn the couple, but accompany them on a path of healing in the Church. “When this love fails – because many times it fails – we have to feel the pain of the failure, (we must) accompany those people who have had this failure in their love. Do not condemn. Walk with them,” the Pope encouraged in … [Read more...]

Pope cancels seminary visit due to minor fever

Vatican City, Feb 28, 2014 / 11:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis cancelled his Feb. 28 visit to the seminary of the Diocese of Rome, because he felt unwell and had a slight fever. “Pope Francis will not make it to his encounter with seminarians due to his having a slight fever,” Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See press office, told CNA. Fr. Lombardi said the Pope's doctor, Roberto Polisca, recommended that Pope Francis rest, saying, “I think he is … [Read more...]

Belgium’s child euthanasia move lamented as ‘unbelievable’

Vatican City, Feb 28, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the wake of Belgium's recent decision to legalize euthanasia for children, several members of the Vatican's Pontifical Academy for Life voiced their dismay at the new practice. John Haas, president of the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia, Pa. and governing member of the academy, called the development “dreadful.” “They are appealing to 'rights of children' to make these … [Read more...]

Pope outlines congregation’s focus in choosing bishops

Vatican City, Feb 28, 2014 / 02:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his address to the Congregation of Bishops Feb. 27, Pope Francis emphasized that the dicastery exists to ensure that bishop candidates are called to their ministry by Christ himself. “This Congregation exists to ensure that the name of those chosen has first of all been pronounced by the Lord. Behold the great mission entrusted to the Congregation for Bishops, its most challenging task: to identify those whom the same Holy … [Read more...]