Gossip is a form of murder, Pope Francis reflects

Vatican City, Sep 14, 2013 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his morning Mass homily in Santa Marta, Pope Francis focused on the topic of gossip – saying that when we participate in this sin, we imitate Cain's gesture in killing his brother Abel.The Pope began his homily Sept. 13 by echoing the words of Jesus in the gospel reading, “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?”He spoke for a few minutes on the virtue of … [Read more...]

Pope Francis beatifies Argentine ‘cowboy priest’

Vatican City, Sep 14, 2013 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sept. 14, Pope Francis beatified Fr. José Gabriel Brochero of Cordoba, Argentina, known to locals as the “cowboy priest.”“Brochero was a normal man, fragile, like any of us,” said Pope Francis.  But his greatness came from the fact that, “he knew the love of Jesus. He let his heart be touched by the mercy of God.”Born in 1840 and ordained to the priesthood at age 26, Fr. Brochero was … [Read more...]

Francis’ teacher says Pope never supported Marxist theology

Vatican City, Sep 13, 2013 / 05:09 pm (CNA).- One of Pope Francis' former teachers says in a new book that the Holy Father has never supported a Marxist-based liberation theology.“In the Argentinean Liberation Theology, social Marxist analysis is not used, but rather a historical-cultural analysis, not based on class warfare as a determining principle for the interpretation of society and history,” said Argentinean Jesuit priest Fr. Juan Carlos Scannone.“I think that … [Read more...]

Pope’s first six months reveal a ‘rich, complex’ personality

Vatican City, Sep 13, 2013 / 02:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Six months into his pontificate, Pope Francis' distinct style is beginning to take a more defined shape and is viewed by some as having a strong emphasis on the Church's maternal, merciful nature.“I think he has a very conscious desire to show the motherly, merciful aspect of the Church which in one hand is tremendously real...and in the other hand, sometimes has been forgotten,” Latin American analyst Alejandro Bermudez ref … [Read more...]

Dialogue essential to Christianity, Pope tells non-believing journalist

Vatican City, Sep 13, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a letter to a prominent non-believing Italian journalist, Pope Francis called dialogue a “profound and indispensable expression” of the Christian life.It “seems to me that it is nothing other than positive, not only for us individually but also for the society in which we live, to pause to dialogue on a reality as important as the faith is,” the Pope said in a Sept 11 letter to Eugenio Scalfari, translated by … [Read more...]

Vatican releases Pope’s busy schedule leading up to December

Vatican City, Sep 12, 2013 / 11:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has made public the packed schedule of liturgical activities Pope Francis will be involved in during the months of October and November.The Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff also stated he will first partake in three celebrations in September, including a visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Bonaria at Cagliari, Sardinia, on Sept. 22. The Pope will then celebrate Mass at Saint Peter’s … [Read more...]

Vatican willing to hand over accused nuncio to civil authorities

Vatican City, Sep 12, 2013 / 10:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Vatican spokesman has said that the Holy See is willing to hand over a former nuncio accused of sexual misconduct to civil authorities in the Dominican Republic if requested to do so.Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican press office, said that the Holy See continues to cooperate fully with ongoing investigations into Archbishop Józef Wesolowski, former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic.Because there is no … [Read more...]