Pope blesses Hungarians on national feast day

Vatican City, Aug 20, 2013 / 11:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis sent a message to the president and citizens of Hungary today, praying for the nation as it celebrates the feast of its founder and first king, St. Stephen of Hungary.“I ask God that the Hungarian people might find within themselves, and their human and spiritual heritage, the moral resources necessary in order to build a future of peace and fraternity,” he told president János Áder in an Aug. 20 … [Read more...]

We cannot be part-time Christians, Pope says on Twitter

Vatican City, Aug 19, 2013 / 11:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told his millions of followers on Twitter today that it is impossible for Christians to have a partial or lackluster commitment to the faith.“We cannot be Christians part-time,” he said Aug. 19 on the social networking site, where his popularity is growing fast. “If Christ is at the center of our lives, he is present in all that we do.”Pope Francis was named the world's most influential leader … [Read more...]

Pope Francis criticizes ‘ornamental’ faith

Vatican City, Aug 18, 2013 / 10:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his Sunday Angelus message, Pope Francis emphasized the importance of a deep faith that is fixed on Jesus, warning against a religious life that is only superficial.Faith “is not some decorative or ornamental thing,” said Pope Francis to cheering crowds in St. Peter’s Square Aug. 13.“To live the faith is not to decorate life with a little religion, like a cake is decorated with a little frosting. No! … [Read more...]

Minor appointments by Pope Francis signs of Curial reform

Vatican City, Aug 16, 2013 / 05:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A series of seemingly minor appointments may be the forerunners of a Pope Francis “revolution” in the Roman Curia, centered on the Pope who prefers to maintain a small circle of persons around him.   “There is a transition in place, and Pope Francis has his own project, which he shares just with a few people around him,” a source who is familiar with the Vatican Secretariat of State told CNA … [Read more...]

Pope tells nuns that they are like Mary, opening heaven

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Aug 16, 2013 / 12:07 am (CNA).- While visiting a convent of Poor Clare nuns yesterday, Pope Francis said that “a consecrated woman is a little like the Virgin Mary,” one of the nuns related to Vatican Radio.“Mary stands behind the door of Paradise. When the sinners get there, Saint Peter is not always opening the doors. Mary suffers, and remains there,” Sister Maria Concetta said, recounting Pope Francis' words to the nuns of the Immaculate … [Read more...]

Pope, religious freedom advocates lament Egyptian violence

Vatican City, Aug 15, 2013 / 04:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis joined proponents of religious liberty in voicing grief at the “painful news” of more than 600 deaths and numerous attacks on Christian churches in a recent wave of violence in Egypt.“I wish to ensure my prayers for all the victims and their families, the injured and all those who are suffering,” the Pope said before the Angelus prayer Aug. 15. “Let us pray together for peace, dialogue and … [Read more...]

Pope celebrates Mass with hosts made by Argentine prisoner

Vatican City, Aug 15, 2013 / 04:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Since July 18, Pope Francis has been celebrating Mass each day in the chapel at St. Martha's Residence with hosts made by a woman in prison in Argentina.Pope Francis sent a letter to the woman, known as “Gaby C,” thanking her for a previous letter that she had sent him.“I thank you for confiding in me...and for the hosts,” the Holy Father wrote on July 17. “Starting tomorrow I will celebrate Mass with … [Read more...]


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