Pope: Church problems solved through discussion, prayer

Vatican City, May 18, 2014 / 05:30 am (CNA).- In his Sunday Regina Coeli message, Pope Francis reflected on the apostles’ method of solving problems as an example for the whole Church. When the early Christians struggled to care for the growing community, “the apostles took the situation in hand - they called a large meeting also with the disciples, discussing the question together,” he said on May 18. “Seeking advice, discussing, and praying--this is how problems … [Read more...]

‘Love transforms everything,’ Pope tells sick, disabled

Vatican City, May 17, 2014 / 09:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with nearly 5,000 members of apostolates dedicated to the sick and suffering on Saturday, encouraging them to live lives transformed by love and to support others who suffer. “Jesus teaches us to live the pain by accepting the reality of life with trust and hope, bringing the love of God and neighbor, even in suffering: and love transforms everything,” the pontiff told the members of the Apostolate of the … [Read more...]

Heresies sprout from getting lost in ‘ideas,’ Pope warns

Vatican City, May 16, 2014 / 11:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis explained that it takes more than intellectual assent to truly get to know Jesus – we must also develop a personal relationship of joy through prayer and works. “Ideas by themselves do not lead anywhere and those who pursue the path of their own ideas end up in a labyrinth from where they can't get out again!” the Pope stated in his May 16 daily Mass. Addressing those present with … [Read more...]

Pope Francis postpones engagements due to cold

Vatican City, May 16, 2014 / 08:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See announced that Pope Francis’ activities today have been canceled due to a minor cold, and that his weekend visit to a Roman shrine is also postponed so he can rest before going to the Holy Land. In a brief statement given to journalists May 16, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi reassured that the Pope’s condition is not serious, and that he celebrated Mass this morning as always, but has taken the rest of … [Read more...]

Israeli parliament lauds John XXIII as example of unity

Vatican City, May 16, 2014 / 05:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an unprecedented session held earlier this week, members of the Israeli parliament praised St John XXIII for his efforts in improving Jewish-Christian relations, both before and during his pontificate. “John XXIII should serve as an example for all men of the need to bring together peoples of different races, faiths and beliefs,” former immigration and absorption minister Yair Tzeven voiced during the May 13 event, … [Read more...]

Pope Francis decries arms trade as hindrance to peace

Vatican City, May 15, 2014 / 10:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Upon receiving the credentials of seven new ambassadors to the Holy See, Pope Francis urged the diplomats to work for peace, particularly by the eradication of the arms trade and forced migration due to conflict. “It would be an absurd contradiction to speak about peace, to negotiate peace, and at the same time promote and permit the arms trade,” the Pope told the new ambassadors in his May 15 address. Pope Francis … [Read more...]

A Christian without the Church is purely idealistic, Pope says

Vatican City, May 15, 2014 / 07:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis reflected in his daily Mass on how the apostles evangelized by first telling the history of God’s people, explaining that it’s impossible to understand a Christian without this association.      “You cannot understand a Christian outside of the people of God. The Christian is not a monad,” but “belongs to a people: the Church,” the Pope observed in his May 15 … [Read more...]