Pope Francis wants Vatican liturgy chief to continue the work of Benedict XVI

Vatican City, Jun 3, 2015 / 01:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, revealed in a letter sent to a liturgical conference this week that when he was appointed to his post, Pope Francis indicated a desire to continue the liturgical work done by his predecessor as Bishop of Rome. “When the Holy Father, Pope Francis, asked me to accept the ministry of Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, I … [Read more...]

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Pope offers prayers for victims of China’s ferry disaster

Vatican City, Jun 3, 2015 / 10:32 am (CNA).- Pope Francis on Wednesday expressed his condolences to the people of China following a ferry capsizing earlier this week which claimed the lives of hundreds of people. “I wish to express my closeness to the Chinese people in these difficult moments after the ferry disaster in the Yangtze River,” the pontiff said Jun. 3 during his weekly general audience. “I pray for the victims, their families and for all involved in the rescue … [Read more...]

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‘Is anyone surprised?’ A Vatican response to the FIFA soccer scandal

Vatican City, Jun 2, 2015 / 04:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid the new soccer corruption scandal that has rocked the sports world, a Vatican official has called for different sectors of society to unite in encouraging sports that contribute authentically to bettering humanity. “Is anyone surprised by this news?” asked Monsignor Melchor Sanchez de Toca, undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture and director of the council’s Culture and Sport Division. “Every … [Read more...]

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For upcoming Sarajevo visit, Pope Francis makes peace his mission statement

Vatican City, Jun 2, 2015 / 04:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis sent his greetings to the people of Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in a video message that emphasized the motto of his upcoming visit: “Peace be with you.” “They are the words with which the risen Jesus greeted his disciples when he appeared among them in the Upper Room, on the evening of Easter,” the Pope explained in a short video message on June 2. “It is he, the Lord, our … [Read more...]

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Financial transparency serves the Church’s mission, says Vatican official

Vatican City, Jun 2, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an exclusive interview with CNA, the director of the Vatican's financial watchdog stressed that the Holy See has pursued the goal of adopting international standards for financial transparency in accord with the Church's mission, and not to merely seek adherence to international standards. “The Holy See's path toward financial transparency has not been that of imitating other countries, nor that of applying … [Read more...]

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A history of little miracles – behind Pope Francis’ devotion to St. Therese

Vatican City, Jun 2, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on several occasions has spoken of his strong devotion to the Little Flower saint as well as his habit of asking her for favors: favors, his former press secretary says, which have often come in the form little miracles. One of those miracles came Aug. 7, 2010, when the then-cardinal Bergoglio was accompanied by his press secretary, Federico Wals, to celebrate Mass honoring St. Cajetan on his feast day. The … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Pell’s spokesperson slams ‘outrageous’ 60 Minutes coverage

Vatican City, Jun 1, 2015 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A television broadcast revisiting charges that Australian Cardinal George Pell mishandled abuse claims was “false and misleading” and “outrageous” in its coverage, a spokesperson for the cardinal said Sunday. “From his earliest actions as an archbishop, Cardinal Pell has taken a strong stand against child sexual abuse and put in place processes to enable complaints to be brought forward and independently … [Read more...]

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