Pope Francis rejects false religiosity

Vatican City, Sep 7, 2013 / 10:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily on Saturday, Pope Francis reflected on the question of authentic Christianity and rejected the practice of focusing more on devotions than on Christ himself.Jesus is “the center” of faith, said the Pope. “A commandment is valid if it comes from Jesus: I do this because the Lord wants me to do this. But if I am a Christian without Christ, I do this and I don’t know why I have to do it,” he … [Read more...]

Pope Francis carries forward papal commitment to peace

Vatican City, Sep 7, 2013 / 06:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In calling for a day of fasting and prayer for peace on Sept. 7, Pope Francis is following a long tradition of Popes showing a deep commitment to peace.   There is “an evolution of the theology of peace” from the pontificate of Pope Pius IX to that of Pope Francis, says Jesuit Fr. Francesco Occhetta, of Italy’s “La Civiltà Cattolica” review.   From the mid- to late-1800s, Pope Pius IX … [Read more...]

Vatican diplomat promotes moderation among Syrians

Vatican City, Sep 6, 2013 / 10:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Vatican City's secretary for relations with states, told a group of ambassadors that stakeholders in the Syrian civil war should distance themselves from extremism. Vatican City is concerned with “the growing presence in Syria of extremist groups, often coming from other countries,” he said Sept. 5 during a meeting with 71 ambassadors accredited to the Holy See. “Emphasis should be … [Read more...]

Pope’s vigil for Syrian peace expected to be biggest in decades

Vatican City, Sep 5, 2013 / 11:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A five-hour prayer vigil in St. Peter's Square for peace in Syria, initiated by Pope Francis and to be held this Saturday, will be the largest the Vatican has seen in years, according to the Holy See’s press director. “I’ve been here for 23 years and I remember gatherings for peace in Assisi, but I don’t remember anything with this dimension in Saint Peter’s Square,” Fr. Federico Lombardi told a … [Read more...]

Vatican rejects report that Pope Francis telephoned Assad

Vatican City, Sep 5, 2013 / 10:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Vatican official denied a news story that claimed that Pope Francis had telephoned the Syrian president, Bashar Al-Assad.Argentinian daily Clarin stated the pontiff telephoned the country’s leader to discuss ongoing violence in the country and possible military strikes from outside nations.But the director of the Holy See press office affirmed during a Sept. 5 press conference that the Pope did not come into contact with … [Read more...]

Holy See to investigate nuncio on charges of sexual misconduct

Vatican City, Sep 4, 2013 / 03:33 pm (CNA).- The Vatican has launched an investigation of the Apostolic Nuncio to the Dominican Republic, Polish Archbishop Joseph Wesolowski, in the wake of accusations of grave sexual conduct. Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi announced on Wednesday that the Holy See has also accepted the resignation of the nuncio.Speaking to Reuters, Father Lombardi said Archbishop Wesolowski “has been relieved of his duties and the Holy See has … [Read more...]

Pope: welcome, celebration, mission the soul of Christian life

Vatican City, Sep 4, 2013 / 12:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Reflecting on the recent World Youth Day held in Brazil, Pope Francis said at his General Audience today that hospitality, celebration and mission are reminders of the event that drew millions. “Three words: hospitality, celebration and mission. These words are not only a reminder of what happened in Rio, they are also the soul of our lives and of our communities that help to build a world of greater justice and solidarity,” … [Read more...]


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