Pope appoints Canon Law expert to Council for Economy

Vatican City, Mar 22, 2014 / 09:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Today Pope Francis nominated an expert in the Church’s legal system as the new Prelate Secretary for the recently-created Council for the Economy.A press release on March 22 from the Holy See’s press office stated, “the Holy Father has nominated Msgr. Brian Ferme as Prelate Secretary of the Council for the Economy.”The British Monsignor has served as the Dean of the Faculty of Canon Law at Rome’s … [Read more...]

Pope institutes commission for protecting minors

Vatican City, Mar 22, 2014 / 08:21 am (CNA).- Today Pope Francis instituted the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, issuing the names of eight members tasked with structuring the future form of the commission. “Pope Francis has made clear that the Church must hold the protection of minors amongst her highest priorities. Today, to carry forward this initiative, the Holy Father announces the names of several highly qualified persons who are committed to this issue,” … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: God’s Word lives through humility, prayer

Vatican City, Mar 21, 2014 / 10:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis warned against trying to co-opt the Word of God for one’s own purposes as did the Pharisees, urging prayer and humility instead, in his homily for Friday’s Mass. “This is the tragedy of these people, and our tragedy too!” he preached March 21 during his Mass said at the chapel of the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse. He reflected on the Gospel reading containing Jesus’ parable about the … [Read more...]

Labor upholds human dignity, Pope says

Vatican City, Mar 20, 2014 / 03:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis addressed the central role of employment in realizing human dignity during a special audience with steelworkers and residents from Umbria, Italy at the Vatican. “Labor is an essential reality for society, for families and for individuals. Labor, in fact, directly regards the person, his life, his liberty and his happiness,” Pope Francis said March 20 at Paul VI Hall. “The primary value of labor is the … [Read more...]

Rely on God alone, Pope encourages in homily

Vatican City, Mar 20, 2014 / 11:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis drew on today’s readings from the Gospel of Luke and the Psalms to warn listeners against putting one’s faith in man or accomplishments, rather than God. “Let us ask the Lord for the grace that he would give to each of us the wisdom to have confidence only in him — not in things, not in human powers; only in him,” the Pope preached in his homily at his Mass said March 20 at the chapel of St. … [Read more...]

Pope may give opening lecture of Italian bishops’ assembly

Vatican City, Mar 19, 2014 / 01:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis will likely be giving the inaugural lecture of the annual general assembly of the Italian bishops’ conference scheduled for May 19-23, according to Italian publication “Il Fatto Quotidiano.” Customarily, the president of the conference delivers the opening address, after having agreed with the Pope on its main topics, in an audience that takes place the Saturday before the beginning of the assembly. The … [Read more...]

Saint Joseph the model for educators, Pope teaches

Vatican City, Mar 19, 2014 / 10:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Marking the feast of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Virgin Mary, Pope Francis called the saint a role model for all fathers and educators during his General Audience this Wednesday at the Vatican. “Let us look at Joseph as the model for educators, for he guards and accompanies Jesus in his journey of growth ‘in wisdom, age, and grace,’” the Pope urged March 19 in St. Peter’s Square. Examining these three modes … [Read more...]


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