Pope: Jesus was a pastor, not a ‘moralistic’ power-seeker

Vatican City, Jun 26, 2014 / 01:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis warned of those who reduce the faith to moralism and ambition, stating that people in Jesus' time followed him because he spoke the truth in a way they understood. “This is why the people followed Jesus, because He was the Good Shepherd. He wasn’t a moralistic, quibbling Pharisee, or a Sadducee who made political deals with the powerful, or a guerrilla who sought the political liberation … [Read more...]

Peace in Middle East can flourish again, Pope assures

Vatican City, Jun 26, 2014 / 07:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an audience with aid organizations assisting Oriental churches, Pope Francis explained that peace is a gift from God, which can be regained by offering hope through our solidarity with those who suffer. “Those who would cultivate the plant of peace must never forget that God alone gives the growth. True peace, the peace which the world cannot give, is a gift to us from Jesus Christ,” the Pope observed in his June 26 … [Read more...]

Franciscans of the Immaculate to receive house in Rome

Vatican City, Jun 26, 2014 / 05:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has revealed that a house is being sought for members of the Friars of the Immaculate who study in Rome, and assured that Pope Francis is well-informed on the order’s temporary receivership. In a statement released June 24, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J. published the answer of Archbishop Jose Rodriguez Carballo addressing several questions regarding the Franciscans of the Immaculate following a June 10 … [Read more...]

Vatican to appoint adviser for Legionaries of Christ

Vatican City, Jun 26, 2014 / 03:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a statement released by Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J., the Vatican spokesman revealed that the Holy See is to appoint an adviser to assist the Legionaries in the revision of their newly-drafted constitutions. Having received numerous questions from journalists regarding the state of the Legionaries in light of the set revisions, Fr. Lombardi published the answers he received from spoken with Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz and Archbishop Jose … [Read more...]

Holy See bolsters financial transparency in Argentine agreement

Vatican City, Jun 26, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican's financial watchdog signed a memorandum of understanding with its Argentine counterpart Tuesday, extending and bolstering its anti-money laundering reforms. For the first time, the signing of such a memorandum took place within the Vatican. It was signed by the director of the Holy See's Financial Information Authority, Rene Bruelhart, and the president of Argentina's Unidad de Informacion Financera, Jose … [Read more...]

Vatican upholds nature, importance of family in UN session

Vatican City, Jun 25, 2014 / 07:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During the 26th Session of the U.N.’s Human Rights Council, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi affirmed that the family nourished by the marriage of one man and one woman offers a “dynamic energy” to society. “Most people find unique protection, nurture, and dynamic energy from their membership in a strong and healthy family founded upon marriage between a man and a woman,” the archbishop stated in a June 24 letter … [Read more...]

Being a Christian means belonging to the Church, Pope affirms

Vatican City, Jun 25, 2014 / 04:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his general audience address Pope Francis drew attention to how God formed the Church to unify humanity, emphasizing that no one is saved on their own, but rather through the help of others. “Our identity is one of belonging. To say 'I am Christian' means to say: 'I belong to the Church. I belong to this People with whom God established an ancient alliance that is always faithful,'” the Pope explained in … [Read more...]