Cardinal recalls shock of Benedict XVI’s resignation

Vatican City, Feb 10, 2014 / 05:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- One year later, Cardinal James Stafford reflects on the meeting where Benedict XVI announced that he was stepping down as Bishop of Rome, noting that it was an “unexpected” moment of “shock” for all. “Total surprise, total shock,” was the experience of all those present when they heard the Pope’s words that day, Cardinal Stafford explained in a Feb. 7 interview with CNA. On the occasion of the … [Read more...]

A Christian must give light to the world, urges Pope

Vatican City, Feb 9, 2014 / 05:30 am (CNA).- Pope Francis centered his Angelus message this Sunday on the image of a Christian whose faith is like a burning lamp that brings light to the darkness. “We must carry the light of Christ with the witness of a genuine love,” encouraged the Pope on Feb. 9. “The Christian must be a luminous person who carries the light, a light that comes from one that his not his own, but a gift of God, a gift of Jesus. We carry this light … [Read more...]

Pope meets with Sri Lankans, welcomes invitation to visit

Vatican City, Feb 8, 2014 / 11:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Today the Pope met with over 1,500 Sri Lankan pilgrims, assuring them of his prayers for continued peace in the conflict-ridden nation and expressing his hope for a future visit. Most of those present were migrants currently living in Italy. After they had participated in a mass celebrated by Sri Lankan Cardinal Malcom Ranjith, Pope Francis joined them saying, “I greet you, dear brothers and sisters of the Sri Lankan community in … [Read more...]

Sainthood causes of over 100 martyrs advanced by Pope

Vatican City, Feb 8, 2014 / 11:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope has approved the advancement of the causes for canonization of over one hundred lay Catholics persecuted for their faith, as well as a bishop, a religious sister, and two priests. In a decree on Feb. 7, Pope Francis authorized the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints to promulgate the causes of these Catholics in the various stages of the canonization process. Layman Paul Yun Ji-chung, along with 123 others who lived in … [Read more...]

Pope Francis expected to say Mass for Italian lawmakers

Vatican City, Feb 8, 2014 / 08:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis will say Mass March 27 in the grotto of the St. Peter’s Basilica for the members of the Italian parliament, according to a letter written by an auxiliary bishop of Rome. “I am pleased to inform you that on March 27, at 7 a.m., the Holy Father Francis will celebrate a Mass in the ‘grotto’ of Saint Peter’s Basilica with the members of Parliament,” wrote Bishop Lorenzo Leuzzi, an auxiliary of … [Read more...]

Pope Francis prays for victims of fire in Buenos Aires

Vatican City, Feb 7, 2014 / 04:32 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis sent a message of condolence, offering his prayers for the victims of a Feb. 5 fire at a warehouse in Buenos Aires that left seven firefighters and two National Guard soldiers dead. “I ask God to grant his consolation and strength to those affected by such a tragic misfortune and to inspire feelings of fraternal solidarity in all in order to help confront this adversity in the best way possible,” Pope Francis said. He … [Read more...]

Pope encourages faithful to be humble disciples of Christ

Vatican City, Feb 7, 2014 / 11:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily Mass, Pope Francis spoke about the witness of John the Baptist from the Gospel, highlighting how the saint lived and died with humility and urging all to follow in his example. “Do we go on the path of Jesus Christ? The path of humiliation, of humility, of lowering for the sake of service?” the Pope asked in his Feb. 7 homily. Centering his reflections on the Gospel passage from John, which recounts the death … [Read more...]


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