Pope: our strength, hope is in the mercy of God

Vatican City, Nov 5, 2013 / 12:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a special Mass honoring all of the bishops and cardinals who have died during the past year, Pope Francis emphasized that nothing can separate us from the love of our merciful God.“It is not by chance that Jesus wanted to preserve the wounds on his hands to make us feel his mercy. This is our strength and our hope!” the Pope said during his homily at a Nov. 4 Mass at the Altar of the Chair inside St. Peter’s … [Read more...]

Vatican rejects claims of Pope ‘polling’ Catholics on marriage

Vatican City, Nov 4, 2013 / 02:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The director of the Holy See press office has clarified that Pope Francis has not presented a questionnaire to Catholics worldwide to consult on homosexual unions and divorced persons, as some news outlets have reported.This assertion, made by Italian daily il Fatto Quotidiano among others, is “not true” and in fact the basis is “only a document sent to bishops' conferences throughout the world by the secretary … [Read more...]

Women uniquely understand ‘truth of man,’ philosopher says

Vatican City, Nov 4, 2013 / 08:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In light of Pope Francis’ call for a deeper theology of women, a leading Italian philosopher spoke of the importance of Edith Stein’s writings on gender, saying that she extracts the essence of human sexuality.“For women it is easier because they are taught through this experience of pregnancy something about man, about the truth of man that is more difficult for us males to understand and to enter,” Rocco … [Read more...]

Pope calls Feast of All Saints a ‘day of hope’

Rome, Italy, Nov 3, 2013 / 02:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis offered Mass on All Saints’ Day at a Roman cemetery, preaching on the importance of hope in Christian life and death.“To see God, to be similar to God: this is our hope.  And today, precisely on the day of the Saints and before the day for the dead, it is necessary to think a little about hope: this hope that accompanies us in life,” he said Nov. 1 at the Verano Cemetery in Rome.“The first … [Read more...]

Pope praises ‘ridiculous’ tax collector who sought Jesus

Vatican City, Nov 3, 2013 / 10:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Angelus message to the crowds in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis praised the ‘ridiculous’ actions of Zaccheus, the short tax collector who climbed a tree in order to be able to see Jesus in the crowds.“This external gesture, a little ridiculous, nevertheless expresses the interior attitude of a man who seeks to bring himself above the crowd in order to have contact with Jesus,” Pope Francis said Nov. … [Read more...]

Pope prays at papal tombs on Feast of All Souls

Vatican City, Nov 2, 2013 / 01:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Late Saturday afternoon Pope Francis went to the Vatican grottos to pray in private for the souls of the deceased pontiffs interred there.November 2 marks the Feast of All Souls, a day traditionally dedicated to praying for those who have died. In his homily on November 1, the Feast of all Saints, Pope Francis had spoken of the deceased saints saying, “Those who have preceded us and have died in the Lord are there (in … [Read more...]

Decreases in religious life could prompt canon law reform

Vatican City, Nov 2, 2013 / 06:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the context of a discussion on the exodus of religious and priests, the heads of the congregation for religious have said that Pope Francis is open to a reformation of the Code of Canon Law.At a conference on “vocational perseverance” held at the Pontifical University Antonianum in Rome Oct. 29, Archbishop José Rodríguez Carballo, secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies … [Read more...]


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