Pope Francis meets with Cypriot president

Vatican City, Feb 15, 2014 / 09:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis held an audience Feb. 15 with Nicos Anastasiades, president of Cyprus, at the Vatican's Apostolic Palace, discussing religious freedom and a resolution to the current split of the island nation between Greeks and Turks. A statement released by the Holy See press office described the meeting as characterized by “cordial discussions which highlighted the good relations between the Holy See and the Republic of … [Read more...]

Archbishop Stella, the ‘big-hearted’ cardinal-designate

Vatican City, Feb 15, 2014 / 06:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Beniamino Stella’s career is characterized by his belief that a Vatican diplomat must have a strong priestly identity, which may well be why Pope Francis has appointed him to a cardinal’s post. Appointed prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy last September – a post that customarily brings with it the cardinalate -- Archbishop Stella,72, will receive the red hat at a consistory to be held Feb. … [Read more...]

Possible move in Vatican finance could signal return to Italian sway

Vatican City, Feb 14, 2014 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Earlier this week reports of a potential new president of the “Vatican bank” were leaked to Italian media, suggesting the possibility of a greater Italian influence in Vatican finances. “Italia Oggi,” a Milan-based daily specializing in politics, economics, and law, wrote Feb. 11 that Carlo Salvatori could soon be chosen as the new president of the board of directors of the Institute for Religious Works. The … [Read more...]

A stationary Christian has a sickness of identity, Pope reflects

Vatican City, Feb 14, 2014 / 11:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis addressed the identity of a Christian, saying that the faithful must “go out” and “walk” as disciples that are astute and who announce the Gospel with joy. “You cannot think of a stationary Christian: a Christian that remains stationary is sick, in their Christian identity, has some illness in his identity. The Christian is a disciple to walk, to move,” the Pope … [Read more...]

Pope urges engaged couples to build marriage on ‘rock of love’

Vatican City, Feb 14, 2014 / 08:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a special encounter with engaged couples, Pope Francis emphasized that to love someone forever is possible if we are humble, and that marriage should be a celebration filled with joy. “We build a house together, not alone!” the pontiff observed in his Feb. 14 address, “You would not wish to build it on the shifting sands of emotions, but on the rock of true love, the love that comes from God.” Over … [Read more...]

Belgium becomes first country to legalize child euthanasia

Vatican City, Feb 14, 2014 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a law passed in Belgium’s parliament yesterday, the country has become the first to legalize the euthanasia of minors, drawing widespread opposition from its citizens, and from Church leaders. “The law says adolescents cannot make important decisions on economic or emotional issues, but suddenly they've become able to decide that someone should make them die,” Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard … [Read more...]

Pope warns against a weakened faith that leads to idolatry

Vatican City, Feb 13, 2014 / 11:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis encouraged all present to pursue God rather than their own passions, noting how the Old Testament figure Solomon “lost his faith” to idolatry despite being wise. “His heart was weakened, it was weakened and he lost faith. He lost faith. The wisest man in the world has left in order to pursue an indiscreet love, without discretion,” the Pope said Feb. 13. Addressing those … [Read more...]