Vatican laicizes former nuncio to Dominican Republic

Vatican City, Jun 27, 2014 / 10:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following abuse accusations last fall involving the former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic, the Vatican has concluded the first part of his canonical trial with a guilty verdict and laicization. Accusations of sexual misconduct were reported last year regarding the former nuncio Josef Wesolowski, which led to his Aug. 21 resignation. Following the publication of the initial accusations, a 13-year-old boy from the country … [Read more...]

Pope cancels hospital visit due to ‘sudden indisposition’

Vatican City, Jun 27, 2014 / 08:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As spectators were awaiting the visit of Pope Francis to a Roman hospital, it was announced by Bishop Claudio Giuliodori that the pontiff cancelled his visit due to a “sudden indisposition.” Bishop Giuliodori, General Ecclesiastical Assistant of the University of the Sacred Heart, read the announcement to those waiting for the Holy Father. The cancellation was later confirmed by Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: love of God is both generous, active

Vatican City, Jun 27, 2014 / 07:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis focused his daily homily for the Feast of the Sacred Heart on the nature of love between God and his people. “There are two aspects to this love. First, love is more about giving than receiving. Second, love is more about actions than words,” the Pope observed in his June 27 daily Mass in the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse. The Roman Pontiff described how this feast celebrates the love God has for us … [Read more...]

Peace in Middle East can flourish again, Pope assures

Vatican City, Jun 27, 2014 / 05:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an audience with aid organizations assisting Oriental churches, Pope Francis explained that peace is a gift from God, which can be regained by offering hope through our solidarity with those who suffer. “Those who would cultivate the plant of peace must never forget that God alone gives the growth. True peace, the peace which the world cannot give, is a gift to us from Jesus Christ,” the Pope observed in his June 26 … [Read more...]

Vatican releases outline for October synod on the family

Vatican City, Jun 26, 2014 / 04:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Divided into three parts, the Vatican's newly released outline that will drive discussion during the upcoming synod touches on the nature of families and current challenges they face. Reflecting on the theme of “the Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization,” the Oct. 5-19 third extraordinary synod of bishops was called by Pope Francis last fall in order to prepare the ordinary synod in … [Read more...]

Pope: Jesus was a pastor, not a ‘moralistic’ power-seeker

Vatican City, Jun 26, 2014 / 01:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis warned of those who reduce the faith to moralism and ambition, stating that people in Jesus' time followed him because he spoke the truth in a way they understood. “This is why the people followed Jesus, because He was the Good Shepherd. He wasn’t a moralistic, quibbling Pharisee, or a Sadducee who made political deals with the powerful, or a guerrilla who sought the political liberation … [Read more...]

Peace in Middle East can flourish again, Pope assures

Vatican City, Jun 26, 2014 / 07:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an audience with aid organizations assisting Oriental churches, Pope Francis explained that peace is a gift from God, which can be regained by offering hope through our solidarity with those who suffer. “Those who would cultivate the plant of peace must never forget that God alone gives the growth. True peace, the peace which the world cannot give, is a gift to us from Jesus Christ,” the Pope observed in his June 26 … [Read more...]


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