UN may risk a ‘deficit of democracy’, nuncio says

Vatican City, Jun 4, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See’s envoy to the United Nations in Geneva has no doubt that the body is useful in the pursuit of the common good, but he also says it is important that law prevail over ideologies. The U.N. system “is very complex and sometimes muddled,” Archbishop Silvano Tomasi said in a May 30 interview with CNA. This character, he added, “may present the risk of a deficit of democracy if experts replace states in … [Read more...]

British ambassador decries ‘brutal’ crime of sexual violence

Vatican City, Jun 3, 2014 / 10:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ahead of an international summit resisting sexual violence in the midst of conflict, Britain’s ambassador to the Holy See stated that it is a “massive” problem, and has called for justice. “Man has a very wide armory of cruelty to be applied against fellow man,” Nigel Baker told CNA June 3, adding that the “brutal and cruel” use of sexual violence “is one of the worst forms of … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: Jesus intercedes for us with his wounds

Vatican City, Jun 3, 2014 / 07:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis reflected on how Jesus advocates for us in heaven, emphasizing that he does this by showing the Father his wounds, the price he paid for our sin.“He shows his wounds to the Father, and Jesus, with his wounds, prays for us as if to say to the Father: ‘But, Father, this is the price of these! Help them, protect them,’” Pope Francis explained to those in the Vatican’s Saint … [Read more...]

Marriage requires love that imitates Christ, Pope says

Vatican City, Jun 2, 2014 / 01:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his June 2 homily, Pope Francis addressed married couples in the Vatican, pointing to fidelity, perseverance, and fruitfulness as the three characteristics of authentic Christian love. Using the fidelity of Christ to sinners as the ultimate example, Pope Francis commented: “It is a faithful love. It is a persevering love. He never tires of loving his Church.” Although Christ’s bride is “beautiful, holy, a … [Read more...]

Candlelight vigil in Vatican celebrates Mary’s faith, witness

Vatican City, Jun 1, 2014 / 08:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Hundreds of clergy, religious, and laity processed through the Vatican gardens in a candlelight vigil on Saturday evening to mark the close of a month traditionally dedicated to the Virgin Mary.Led by Cardinal Angelo Comastri, the pilgrims prayed the rosary and sang Marian hymns as evening fell over the Vatican. Families with infants and small children processed alongside religious sisters and priests as meditations on the life … [Read more...]

Jesus’ wounds are the price of forgiveness, says Pope

Vatican City, Jun 1, 2014 / 06:32 am (CNA).- Pope Francis focused his Angelus message today on the saving power of Jesus’ redemption, explaining that the risen Christ who ascends to heaven brings the scars of his crucifixion with him. “And Jesus, when he goes to heaven, carries there a gift for the Father. Have you thought about this? What is the gift that Jesus brings to the Father? His wounds,” the Pope told the crowds filling St. Peter’s Square on June … [Read more...]

‘You can make a better world,’ Pope tells disadvantaged children

Vatican City, May 31, 2014 / 08:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- This morning the “Ode to Joy” rang out from a teenaged orchestra as Pope Francis entered a room packed with 400 Italian school children from disadvantaged homes. They waved and cheered as the Pope spoke to them in simple terms about the importance of light and love in a dark world.Today’s meeting was the second of its kind, a collaboration between the Pontifical Council for Culture’s “Court of the … [Read more...]