Next bishops’ synod to explore pastoral care of family

Vatican City, Oct 8, 2013 / 10:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See press office has announced the date and theme of the upcoming Synod of Bishops, which is slated to occur next fall and will address the pastoral approach to family issues. Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi announced Tuesday that the synod will be held from Oct. 5-19 in 2014, during which the bishops will reflect on the theme of “The pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization.” The … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: prayer is not simply saying words ‘like a parrot’

Vatican City, Oct 8, 2013 / 09:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily Mass, Pope Francis touched on the importance of prayer and forgiveness in the life of a Christian, warning against common attitudes which “close the door” to God. “The Lord tells us: 'the first task in life is this: prayer.' But not the prayer of words, like a parrot; but the prayer, the heart: gazing on the Lord, hearing the Lord, asking the Lord,” said the pontiff during his Oct. 8 daily … [Read more...]

Kazakhstan bishop urges greater devotion to Eucharist

Vatican City, Oct 8, 2013 / 04:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Athanasius Schneider has recently published his second book on Eucharistic devotion in the hopes that it will foster greater reverence for the sacrament amongst the faithful of his diocese. “It is necessary to give a good catechism on what the Eucharist is because we have to be aware of it. Jesus said to the Samaritan woman 'if you knew the gift of God,'” the bishop said in a Sept. 27 interview with … [Read more...]

Latest Pope Francis interview involved ‘conflation’ of details

Vatican City, Oct 7, 2013 / 04:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following skepticism of the accuracy of a recent interview with Pope Francis, several sources have suggested that the printed text, while overall faithful to the Pope's thought, may not have captured his exact words. “Eugenio Scalfari did not tape his interview with Pope Francis, nor did he take notes, so the text was an after-the-fact reconstruction. Such texts run the risk of either missing some key details or conflating … [Read more...]

Let God disrupt your plans, Pope Francis teaches

Vatican City, Oct 7, 2013 / 01:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Reflecting on the story of the Good Samaritan, Pope Francis said in his homily at Mass today that we must be open to allowing God to intervene in our lives, leading us to deviate from our own arrangements.“I say to myself, and I say to you: do we let God write our lives? Or do we want to do the writing ourselves?” Pope Francis asked, according to Vatican Radio.“Be docile to the Word of God … have the capacity … [Read more...]

Vatican to issue collector coin marking Pope Francis’ first year

Vatican City, Oct 7, 2013 / 08:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has announced that an official, commemorative coin marking the first year of Pope Francis' pontificate will be released on Oct. 8. Collectors will be able to purchase the coin which on one side bears the image of Pope Francis giving a blessing and smiling with the Latin words, “Franciscus Pont. Max An. I.,” inscribed above. The coin's other side contains the Holy Father's personal motto, “vidit … [Read more...]

Prayer gives power to faith, says Pope

Vatican City, Oct 6, 2013 / 09:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis delivered his Angelus message to the crowds filling an overcast St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, encouraging them to seek God in prayer to increase their faith. “How do we obtain this power (of faith)?” he asked Oct. 6. “We obtain it from God in prayer. Prayer is the breath of faith: in a relationship of faith, of love, one can’t omit dialogue, and prayer is the dialogue of the soul with … [Read more...]


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