Pope exhorts world’s new bishops to be welcoming pastors

Vatican City, Sep 19, 2013 / 07:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis spoke today to new bishops gathered from across the globe, encouraging them to tend their flocks – and to welcome, journey and remain with the members of their dioceses. “I've served three bishops in the diocese of Tyler and I’m the fourth bishop of the diocese,” said Bishop Joseph E. Strickland of Texas during the annual New Bishop's Conference in Rome. “It really is a reminder of … [Read more...]

Pope Francis says Church lives, ‘suffers’ for her children

Vatican City, Sep 18, 2013 / 06:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During today's general audience, Pope Francis continued his reflections on the theme of the Church as mother, saying that it is she who accompanies and intercedes for us in life. “Dear Brothers and Sisters: today I wish to return to the image of the Church as our Mother,” he told those gathered in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 18, “by reflecting on all that our earthly mothers do, live and suffer for their … [Read more...]

Vatican analyst: Pope distanced himself from liberation theology

Vatican City, Sep 17, 2013 / 12:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During a meeting on Monday with priests from the Diocese of Rome, Pope Francis reportedly suggested that he does not support the version of liberation theology represented by Peruvian priest Father Gustavo Gutierrez.In a post for his Italian-language blog Settimo Cielo, Vatican analyst Sandro Magister said the Holy Father distanced himself from Archbishop Gerhard Muller – the current prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of … [Read more...]

Church is like a widow seeking her husband, Pope says

Vatican City, Sep 17, 2013 / 11:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church militant is similar to a widow and progresses through history searching for her divine spouse Jesus Christ, Pope Francis preached in his homily for daily Mass Sept. 17.The widow of Naim in Scripture is “an icon of the Church, because the Church is in a certain sense a widow,” the Holy Father said at the chapel of the Vatican's Domus Sanctae Marthae, reflecting on the day's Gospel.“The Bridegroom is … [Read more...]

Pope calls faithful to pray, participate actively in politics

Vatican City, Sep 16, 2013 / 11:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics should not be indifferent to politics, Pope Francis said, but should offer their suggestions, as well as prayers that their leaders may serve the common good in humility and love.In his Sept. 16 daily homily at Santa Marta, the Pope rejected the idea that “a good Catholic doesn’t meddle in politics.”“That’s not true. That is not a good path,” he said, according to Vatican Radio. “A … [Read more...]

Ancient Order pilgrimages to Rome

Vatican City, Sep 15, 2013 / 11:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Traffic stopped this weekend on the busy Roman streets as police escorts guided 31 coach buses of pilgrims through the narrow city roads.Close to 3,000 members of one of the oldest charitable organizations in the Church and their families were on pilgrimage to Rome for the Year of Faith.The Knights and Dames of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem came from around the world to Rome as a witness to "their … [Read more...]

Forgiveness is the ‘joy of God,’ Pope says

Vatican City, Sep 15, 2013 / 09:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Sunday Angelus, the Holy Father said the “joy of God” is ultimately found in pardoning another for his wrongdoing, just as in the parable of the Prodigal Son.“What is the joy of God? It is to forgive!” the Pope told pilgrims Sept. 15, explaining that in this teaching “is the whole Gospel, it is all of Christianity!”Forgiveness, he warned, “is not a sentiment – it is not 'feeling good' – on the contrary, mercy is the true force … [Read more...]


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