Pope to consecrate world to Mary’s Immaculate Heart

Vatican City, Aug 14, 2013 / 12:03 am (CNA).- Pope Francis will consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary this Oct. 13 as part of the Marian Day celebration that will involve the statue of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima.“The Holy Father strongly desires that the Marian Day may have present, as a special sign, one of the most significant Marian icons for Christians throughout the world and, for that reason, we thought of the beloved original Statue of Our Lady of … [Read more...]

Pope: Beauty, generosity in sports build the common good

Vatican City, Aug 13, 2013 / 05:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following a century of Popes who have been enthusiastic about sports, Pope Francis met with the Italian and Argentine soccer teams, urging them to contribute to the common good in their calling.“This is a social responsibility! Let me explain: In the game, when you are on the field, you find beauty, generosity, camaraderie. If a game is missing this, it loses its might, even if the team wins,” Pope Francis told the teams … [Read more...]

Human life should be protected as gift from God, Pope says

Vatican City, Aug 13, 2013 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Human life – including the lives of unborn children – must be defended as a gift from God, underscored Pope Francis in a recent message. Especially in today's throw-away culture that devalues the human person, parents “are called to teach their children to defend life always, beginning with life in the womb, and see it as a gift from God and a guarantee of the future of humanity,” the Pope said.In a … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: What attracts our hearts ‘like a magnet?’

Vatican City, Aug 11, 2013 / 10:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his Sunday Angelus address from Rome, Pope Francis encouraged listeners to reflect upon the day's Gospel in which Jesus reminds his disciples to treasure the things of heaven. “We can ask ourselves, where is my treasure? What is the most important reality for me, the reality that attracts my heart like a magnet? Can I say that it is the love of God?” Pope Francis asked the crowds in St. Peter's Square Aug. … [Read more...]

Pope spending vacation season visiting, planning

Rome, Italy, Aug 9, 2013 / 09:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- This summer the Vatican is finding out what it’s like to have a Pope in residence during the hottest weeks of the year, which for Francis seems to include visiting workers and planning for the fall. On Aug. 9, Pope Francis paid a surprise visit to the area of Vatican City known as the industrial area. For the small city-state that involves a power plant, carpentry shop, warehouse, metal working shop, and the offices of the newspaper … [Read more...]

Before Pope’s election, conclave warned of Europe’s waning faith

Vatican City, Aug 8, 2013 / 04:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- When Cardinal Prospero Grech delivered a meditation to the cardinal-electors at the beginning of the 2013 conclave, he emphasized the value of the new evangelization in the face of Europe's loss of faith.“In the West, at least in Europe, Christianity itself is in crisis … there is a rampant secularism and agnosticism which has diverse roots,” Cardinal Grech, an Augustinian, told the 115 cardinal-electors in the … [Read more...]

Pope strengthens financial crimes laws, oversight body

Rome, Italy, Aug 8, 2013 / 09:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has issued a declaration that increases the power of the Financial Information Authority and continues the Vatican's efforts to update its statutes that prevent money laundering. The purpose of this motu proprio is “strengthening the Vatican’s work to combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism,” René Brülhart, director of the Financial Information Authority, told CNA Aug. … [Read more...]


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