Maria Goretti’s greatest witness is forgiveness, priest observes

Nettuno, Italy, Jul 7, 2014 / 06:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following St. Maria Goretti’s feast day, the rector of the basilica where her body resides stated that her willingness to forgive is her most prominent testimony, and that her virtue is an example for family life. Maria’s greatest witness is forgiveness, Fr. Giovanni Alberti told CNA July 7."Many people come saying I left to forgive, with the example of Maria Goretti. These people that are leaving, go with a great … [Read more...]

Pope: Christ’s call, ‘come to me’, addressed to each person

Vatican City, Jul 6, 2014 / 10:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At his Angelus address Sunday, Pope Francis noted that Christ's invitation, “come unto me, all you who are heavy burdened, and I will give you rest,” is given to each and every person, through all time. “When Jesus says this, he has before his eyes the people he encountered everyday in the streets of Galilee: many simple people, the poor, the sick, sinners, the marginalized … This people always flocked to hear … [Read more...]

Vatican reinforces financial cooperation with US

Vatican City, Jul 5, 2014 / 10:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Financial Intelligence Authority, the Vatican’s financial watchdog, has agreed to exchange information with the U.S. government, significantly strengthening international cooperation on financial concerns.   René Bruelhart, director of the financial authority, said the agreement is “a further step in Holy See efforts towards perfecting a system of financial regulation and part of our commitment to transparency … [Read more...]

Pope: service to others frees us from ‘existential grayness’

Vatican City, Jul 5, 2014 / 07:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily during Mass for Saturday’s trip to Molise, Pope Francis explained that the Church is a people that both serves God and lives in the freedom that he gives from oppression. “This is the freedom that, by the grace of God, we experience in the Christian community when we put ourselves at each others' service, without jealousy, without taking sides, without chatter… Serving one another. Serving!” the … [Read more...]

Pope Francis lauds testimony of working mothers

Vatican City, Jul 5, 2014 / 04:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his one-day trip to Molise Pope Francis met with personnel of the region’s university, urging them to find creative solutions to unemployment, and thanked working mothers for their example. “Another challenge was voiced by this good working mother, who also spoke on behalf of her family: her husband, her young child and the baby in her womb,” Pope Francis observed in his July 5 address to students and staff of the … [Read more...]

Cardinals’ council focused on Pontifical Councils for laity, family

Vatican City, Jul 4, 2014 / 09:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Friday, the final day of the meeting of the Council of Cardinals, the group set their sights on the Pontifical Councils for the laity and the family, with a special mention of the potential inclusion of laity in those councils' tasks. According to Fr. Lombardi, director of the Holy See press office, the council of cardinals on July 4 “resumed its reflections on the dicasteries of the curia. The Pontifical Councils for laity … [Read more...]

New wave of violence takes on human face, priest in Israel says

Vatican City, Jul 4, 2014 / 08:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Latin Patriarchal Vicar of Jerusalem has decried the new eruption of violence in Israel and Palestine following the murder of 4 teens, stating that it can only be ended by humanizing the other side. “This cycle of violence is always hovering over us but this particular episode brings it home in a horrific way because suddenly it took on real humanity,” Fr. David Neuhaus, S.J., told CNA July 2 in reference to the recent … [Read more...]


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