At the consistory, a strong dedication to Vatican reforms

Vatican City, Feb 13, 2015 / 02:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Reform was the watchword as cardinals met at the Vatican for briefings about the state of Vatican finances and about the work of a pontifical commission that protects minors.Cardinal Christoph Schonborn of Vienna spoke with CNA about the extraordinary consistory of cardinals, reporting that “we are in the middle of a discussion, there are things to be refined, but there is a strong papal will to carry forward the reforms, and I can … [Read more...]

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Three countries will be represented in College of Cardinals for first time

Vatican City, Feb 13, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The different cultures represented by bishops who will be created cardinals this weekend demonstrate the Church's universality, thereby enriching the College of Cardinals, says the prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. Referring to those countries never before represented by a red hat, Cardinal Fernando Filoni told CNA their presence “is also making the Church very universal, not only in name but also … [Read more...]

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‘A reform to promote harmony’ – Pope Francis opens a much-debated consistory

Vatican City, Feb 12, 2015 / 02:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A reform to promote a greater harmony in the work of the Roman Curia, in Pope Francis’ words, was the topic of discussion on Thursday, the opening day of an extraordinary consistory of cardinals held at the Vatican. Opening the consistory Feb. 12, Pope Francis stressed that the aim of reform “is always that of promoting greater harmony in the work of the various dicasteries and offices, in order to achieve more effective … [Read more...]

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Pope prays for migrants killed in Mediterranean boat tragedy

Vatican City, Feb 12, 2015 / 12:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his weekly general audience, Pope Francis said he was following “with concern” the news of hundreds of immigrants who perished in the Mediterranean Sea this week. “I wish to assure you of my prayers for the victims, and encourage once again solidarity in order that no one lacks the necessary relief,” the Pope said Feb. 11. The United Nations' refugee agency, UNHCR, says that some 300 migrants are … [Read more...]

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Could a new charity department lead a reformed Roman Curia?

Vatican City, Feb 11, 2015 / 01:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The secretary of the Council of Cardinals will present tomorrow at the consistory a proposal for curial reform based on the pivotal notion of charity, according to a source who has seen the latest draft of the proposal. The nine-member Council of Cardinals met Feb. 9-11 with Pope Francis at the Vatican's St. Martha house, continuing their discussion on the reform of the Roman Curia. The meeting precedes a Feb. 12-13 consistory also … [Read more...]

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Two years into retirement, the legacy of Father Benedict endures

Vatican City, Feb 11, 2015 / 12:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two years to the day since Pope Benedict XVI told the world of his historic decision to step down from the papal office, those impacted by his pontificate say that his legacy is still burning bright. “Pope Benedict's legacy is really very massive,” said Archbishop Arthur Roche, secretary for the congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. “His teaching, his balance, his ability to get to … [Read more...]

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Africa is for the young – and Pope Francis knows it

Vatican City, Feb 11, 2015 / 10:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has encouraged African bishops to focus efforts on young people, suggesting education can help them counter new forms of colonization that tempt them to bad ways of life. “Above all, it is the youth who need your witness. In Africa, the future is in the hands of the young, who need to be protected from new and unscrupulous forms of ‘colonization’ such as the pursuit of success, riches, and power at all … [Read more...]

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