Legion of Christ update presented to Pope Francis

Vatican City, May 31, 2013 / 12:04 pm (CNA/Europa Press).- The papal delegate overseeing the Legion of Christ and Regnum Christ met with Pope Francis on Monday to discuss the progress that has been made in reforming the two religious bodies.During their 45-minute meeting, Cardinal Velasio De Paolis said, he and the Pope discussed the drafting of a new constitution for the Legion of Christ, which will be presented at the order’s General Chapter in early 2014.They also discussed the … [Read more...]

Praising God frees us from sorrow, Pope proclaims

Vatican City, May 31, 2013 / 09:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians often act like they are “going to a funeral procession rather than to praise God,” Pope Francis declared, urging believers to spend time praising God so they are not slaves to their sorrows. “You here at Mass,” the Pope said in the chapel of St. Martha’s House, “do you give praise to God or do you only petition God and thank God? “Do you praise God?” he repeated, pointing out … [Read more...]

Vatican bank president focusing on image change

Vatican City, May 31, 2013 / 08:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The new head of the Vatican’s Institute for Works of Religion, Ernst von Freyberg, says his main goal is to improve the image so that the Pope’s message remains in the spotlight. “My dream is that our reputation is such that people don’t think of us any more, when they think about the Vatican, but that they listen to what the Pope says,” remarked von Freyberg in an exclusive May 31 interview with Vatican … [Read more...]

Pope made apartment choice to avoid isolation

Vatican City, May 31, 2013 / 12:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told his friend he lives a normal life as pontiff and that he decided not to move into the Papal Apartments so would not become isolated. “I let people see me and I live a normal life; (I have) public Mass in the morning, I eat in the dining room with everyone, etc.,” he wrote to his friend Father Enrique Rodriguez in a letter dated May 15. “This does me good and prevents me from being isolated,” … [Read more...]

Spiritual generosity is form of solidarity, Pope states

Rome, Italy, May 30, 2013 / 12:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis says that even though solidarity is an idea “frowned down upon by the world,” people need to practice it by spiritually feeding others. “A keyword that we need not fear is ‘solidarity,’ that is, knowing how to make available to God what we have, our humble capacity, because only in the gift of sharing our lives will we be fruitful,” he said during his homily May 30 at Rome’s Basilica … [Read more...]

Vatican explains availability of Pope’s daily homilies

Vatican City, May 30, 2013 / 09:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican is not publishing the full text of the Pope’s daily homilies because it wants to avoid giving them a level of authority that is not intended. “We must insist on the fact that, in all of the Pope’s activities, the difference between different situations and celebrations, as well as the different levels of authority of his words, must be understood and respected,” Vatican press office director Father … [Read more...]

Dark moment reminded Pope to seek God’s will above success

Vatican City, May 29, 2013 / 10:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At his daily Mass in St. Martha’s residence this morning, Pope Francis warned about the dangers of a Church that is too concerned with “organization and success” by recalling a “dark moment” of his spiritual life. “A Church that only thinks about triumphs (and) successes, does not know that rule of Jesus: the rule of triumph through failure, human failure, the failure of the Cross. “And this … [Read more...]


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