Pope calls Feast of All Saints a ‘day of hope’

Rome, Italy, Nov 3, 2013 / 02:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis offered Mass on All Saints’ Day at a Roman cemetery, preaching on the importance of hope in Christian life and death.“To see God, to be similar to God: this is our hope.  And today, precisely on the day of the Saints and before the day for the dead, it is necessary to think a little about hope: this hope that accompanies us in life,” he said Nov. 1 at the Verano Cemetery in Rome.“The first … [Read more...]

Pope praises ‘ridiculous’ tax collector who sought Jesus

Vatican City, Nov 3, 2013 / 10:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Angelus message to the crowds in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis praised the ‘ridiculous’ actions of Zaccheus, the short tax collector who climbed a tree in order to be able to see Jesus in the crowds.“This external gesture, a little ridiculous, nevertheless expresses the interior attitude of a man who seeks to bring himself above the crowd in order to have contact with Jesus,” Pope Francis said Nov. … [Read more...]

Pope prays at papal tombs on Feast of All Souls

Vatican City, Nov 2, 2013 / 01:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Late Saturday afternoon Pope Francis went to the Vatican grottos to pray in private for the souls of the deceased pontiffs interred there.November 2 marks the Feast of All Souls, a day traditionally dedicated to praying for those who have died. In his homily on November 1, the Feast of all Saints, Pope Francis had spoken of the deceased saints saying, “Those who have preceded us and have died in the Lord are there (in … [Read more...]

Decreases in religious life could prompt canon law reform

Vatican City, Nov 2, 2013 / 06:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the context of a discussion on the exodus of religious and priests, the heads of the congregation for religious have said that Pope Francis is open to a reformation of the Code of Canon Law.At a conference on “vocational perseverance” held at the Pontifical University Antonianum in Rome Oct. 29, Archbishop José Rodríguez Carballo, secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: Sanctity is for everyone, saints are not ‘supermen’

Vatican City, Nov 1, 2013 / 12:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On the Feast of All Saints, Pope Francis stressed that the saints are not “supermen” who are “born perfect,” but rather are ordinary people who followed God “with all their heart.”“They are like us, they are like each of us, they are people who before reaching the glory of heaven lived a normal life, with joys and griefs, struggles and hopes,” the Pope said before the noontime Angelus prayer … [Read more...]

Pope was concerned interview could be misunderstood, writer says

Vatican City, Oct 31, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- According to a Catholic writer in Italy, Pope Francis was aware that his reported words in an Oct. 1 interview published in “La Repubblica” could be misunderstood, and took measures concerning this.Antonio Socci, a Catholic columnist for the Italian newspaper “Libero,” wrote Oct. 27 that after the publication of the interview, Pope Francis was fully aware of the risk of misunderstanding of some of his words, … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: No one can be Christian without love of God

Vatican City, Oct 31, 2013 / 10:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily, Pope Francis spoke of the necessity of God’s love in order to be faithful, and encouraged those present to make love the center of their lives.“Without the love of Christ, without living this love, without recognizing it, without nurturing this love, you cannot be Christian,” the Pope reflected during his Oct. 31 homily.The Pope celebrated his Mass this morning in the St. Sebastian Chapel near … [Read more...]


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