Pope Francis: Let yourselves be ‘flooded by the love of God’

Vatican City, Jan 12, 2014 / 12:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis emphasized the need for Christians to allow God to work powerfully in their lives. When Jesus was baptized, the heavens were opened, but this “is also possible for every one of us, if we let ourselves be flooded by the love of God that comes to us given by the Holy Spirit for the first time at baptism,” encouraged Pope Francis on Jan. 12 from the window of the Apostolic … [Read more...]

‘Hand on the faith,’ Pope instructs parents at baptism

Vatican City, Jan 12, 2014 / 11:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his homily at Sunday Mass, Pope Francis reminded parents who had brought their infants to be baptized of their duty to pass on the faith to their children. “Today, carry this thought home with you. We must be transmitters of the faith. Think of this, think always of how to hand on the faith to (your) children,” he told the families who were gathered for Mass in the Sistine Chapel. “These children are links in … [Read more...]

Pope’s first cardinals represent peripheries of the world

Vatican City, Jan 12, 2014 / 05:57 am (CNA).- Today Pope Francis announced the names of the 19 men from various parts of the globe who will be appointed cardinals in February. In the surprise announcement at the end of his Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis noted that the new Cardinals come “from 12 countries from every part of the world,” and “represent the deep ecclesial relationship between the Church of Rome and the other Churches throughout the world.” The … [Read more...]

Pope voices gratitude for group committed to Christian unity

Vatican City, Jan 11, 2014 / 05:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with an ecumenical scholarship organization on the morning of Jan. 11, thanking them for their dedication to the work of Christian unity. “I express my deep gratitude to all the benefactors who have supported and (continue to) support the committee,” he told members of the Catholic Committee for Cultural Collaboration. “Without your valued contribution this work would not be possible. Therefore, I … [Read more...]

A look at Pope Francis’ possible choices for February consistory

Vatican City, Jan 11, 2014 / 04:08 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis’ choices for cardinals are likely to fall in line with his pastoral emphasis and his desire that the Church go to the peripheries. In the coming days, Pope Francis will be announcing the names of those who will receive the “red hat” in the Feb. 22 consistory. Popes traditionally read out the names of the cardinals-to-be at a general audience or Sunday Angelus at least a month prior to the event. At this point, it … [Read more...]

Pope: Good priests have living relationship with Jesus Christ

Vatican City, Jan 11, 2014 / 10:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis' homily on Saturday morning offered a strong exhortation to priests to remain faithful to their relationship with Jesus Christ. Priests must ask themselves, “what is the place of Jesus Christ in my priestly life? A living relationship between disciple and master, between brother and brother, between a poor man and God, or is it a little artificial not coming from the heart?” the Pope said on Jan. 11. Pope … [Read more...]

‘Faith can do everything,’ reflects Pope

Vatican City, Jan 10, 2014 / 05:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his daily Mass Pope Francis spoke on the virtue of faith, stating that all things are possible with this virtue as long as we both confess our Faith, and entrust ourselves to God. “The strength of faith has overcome the world!” the Pope exclaimed during his Jan. 9 homily, “Our faith can do everything! It is victory!” Pope Francis concentrated his homily, given to those present in the chapel of the … [Read more...]