Pope’s words show ongoing conversation with world

Vatican City, Nov 9, 2013 / 07:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ priority is the pastoral care of the people entrusted to him, and his words are intentionally suited to this purpose; but this does not mean he will concede on doctrine, a noted Vaticanista has explained. In two recently published articles at L'Espresso, Sandro Magister sketched out the peculiar style of Pope Francis' informal means of communication. Magister maintains that Pope Francis has inaugurated a … [Read more...]

Year of Faith to be marked by exposition of St. Peter relics

Vatican City, Nov 8, 2013 / 10:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Vatican official announced that in anticipation of the close of the Year of Faith, the relics of the first Bishop of Rome will be exposed with the aim of re-awakening the faith of the first Christians. “A final culminating sign will consist in the exposition for the first time of the relics that tradition recognizes as those of the apostle that gave his life for the Lord,” Archbishop Rino Fisichella stated in a Nov. 8 … [Read more...]

Pope warns against ‘unclean bread’ of corruption

Vatican City, Nov 8, 2013 / 09:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his daily Mass, Pope Francis cautioned those present to be aware the dangers of bribery, stating that those who are dishonest in their work deprive themselves of dignity."This man, this steward," said the Pope about the unjust steward from the day’s readings "he brought bread home, but how? He fed his children unclean bread!"The pontiff centered the reflections of his Nov. 8 homily, given in the … [Read more...]

God is one who searches for the lost, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Nov 7, 2013 / 11:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis reflected on the parables of the lost sheep and coin from the day’s readings, stressing that God has a special love for sinners who are lost. “God is not a good loser, and this is why, in order not to lose, He goes out on his own, and He goes, He searches…He searches for all those who are far away from Him, like the shepherd who goes to search for the lost sheep,” the Pope said … [Read more...]

Centuries later, Bernini’s angels captivate amid restoration

Vatican City, Nov 7, 2013 / 11:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Artists restoring key sculptures in the Vatican Museums, including some by famed Italian Gian Lorenzo Bernini, stress that the figures are rich in history and treasures in a “throw-away” culture. “Obviously whenever you are dealing with a treasure, with something that's been passed down to us from century to century, you want to take care of it and you want to get it right,” Father Mark Haydu told CNA in a Nov. … [Read more...]

Themes for upcoming World Youth Days announced

Vatican City, Nov 7, 2013 / 09:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Earlier today it was disclosed that Pope Francis has decided on the themes of the next three World Youth Days, which will mark a spiritual preparation for the international event to be held in Krakow in 2016.World Youth Day (WYD) is a gathering of youths from all over the world to meet with the Pope in order to build and strengthen the bonds of faith, friendship and hope, symbolizing the union between people of different cultures and … [Read more...]

Pope Francis embraces man with tumorous disease

Vatican City, Nov 6, 2013 / 02:30 pm (CNA).- At the end of the Nov. 6 general audience in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis drew attention by warmly embracing a man who suffers from a rare disease causing neuronal tumors all over his body.The man was identified as suffering from neurofibromatosis, which causes great pain and can result in impaired vision, learning impairnment, and even cancer, according to non-profit research group Mayo Clinic. Treatment of the condition is very … [Read more...]