Pope: welcome, celebration, mission the soul of Christian life

Vatican City, Sep 4, 2013 / 12:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Reflecting on the recent World Youth Day held in Brazil, Pope Francis said at his General Audience today that hospitality, celebration and mission are reminders of the event that drew millions. “Three words: hospitality, celebration and mission. These words are not only a reminder of what happened in Rio, they are also the soul of our lives and of our communities that help to build a world of greater justice and solidarity,” … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: ‘meek light’ of Christ brings peace and the cross

Vatican City, Sep 3, 2013 / 10:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While the light of Jesus is powerful enough to cast out demons, it is a peaceful and humble light that helps us carry the cross in our lives, said Pope Francis in his Sept. 3 homily.“Jesus doesn’t need an army to cast out the demons, he has no need of pride, no need of force, of arrogance,” the Pope said during daily Mass at the chapel of the Saint Martha House.The pontiff has resumed celebrating daily Mass for … [Read more...]

Pope meets with Cardinal Martini Foundation

Vatican City, Sep 2, 2013 / 01:22 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis met Aug. 30 with members of the Carlo Maria Martini Foundation, a year after the death of the cardinal who served as the group’s namesake.Cardinal Martini, who was the archbishop of Milan and a noted biblical scholar, was “a prophet of peace,” Pope Francis said during the meeting.He labeled the cardinal “a father in the Church, not only for his diocese, but for countless people.”“We, at the … [Read more...]

Pope Francis announces global prayer vigil for peace on Sept. 7

Vatican City, Sep 1, 2013 / 07:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Departing from his typical reflections on the Sunday gospel, Pope Francis used his Angelus audience today to call for peace throughout the world, particularly in conflict-ridden Syria.“I appeal strongly for peace, an appeal which arises from the deep within me,” he said to the crowds in St. Peter’s Square on Sept. 1.“There are so many conflicts in this world which cause me great suffering and worry, but in these … [Read more...]

Pope Francis names Italian archbishop to top Vatican post

Vatican City, Aug 31, 2013 / 09:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis made a key appointment at the Vatican today, naming 58-year-old Italian Archbishop Pietro Parolin as his new Secretary of State.“It is with trepidation that I place myself in this new service to the Gospel, to the Church and to Pope Francis,” said Archbishop Parolin in an Aug. 31 statement, which was released by the Holy See Press Office along with the news of his appointment.For the last four years, … [Read more...]

Legionary named as secretary general of Vatican City government

Vatican City, Aug 30, 2013 / 12:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Aug. 30, Pope Francis appointed Father Fernando Vérgez Alzaga, a member of the Legionaries of Christ, to be the new secretary general of the Governorate of Vatican City State. The position is the Vatican's number-two administrator, and was vacated last Saturday, Aug. 24, when Bishop Giuseppe Sciacca was transferred to the Apostolic Signatura. Fr. Vérgez will serve under the president of the Vatican City … [Read more...]

Vatican cardinal: peace among religions possible in Middle East

Vatican City, Aug 30, 2013 / 12:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The cardinal who heads the Vatican’s interreligious dialogue department said that religious differences in the Middle East do not necessitate violence.“This is the place where the three monotheistic religions meet, and they have the possibility to build up society,” Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran told CNA on Aug. 29. “The problem is when religion becomes politics.”Cardinal Tauran was secretary of the … [Read more...]


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