Follow Christ, Pope Francis tells the bishops of Italy

Vatican City, May 20, 2014 / 03:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his address Monday at the opening of the Italian bishops’ general assembly – the first time a Pope has delivered the inaugural lecture – Pope Francis reflected on the nature of episcopal ministry. The Bishop of Rome and Primate of Italy began his May 19 talk at the Vatican’s Synod Hall by reflecting on Christ’s exhortation to St. Peter, the first Bishop of Rome, to “follow me,” saying, … [Read more...]

Pope warns against superficial peace that rusts and fades away

Vatican City, May 20, 2014 / 07:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis cautioned attendees not to place their security in the worldly peace of wealth, vanity or power, but rather in that offered by Jesus, which is the only one that lasts. “Money does not give you a definitive peace. Just think, metal also rusts! What does it mean? A stock market crash and all your money is gone! It is not a secure peace: It is a superficial temporal peace,” the Pope explained in … [Read more...]

New appointment to CDF shows Vatican’s concern for clergy abuse

Vatican City, May 19, 2014 / 04:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ appointment Monday of Archbishop Jose Mollaghan of Rosario as a member of the Vatican’s doctrine office confirms the Holy See’s continuing response to the sexual abuse crisis. On May 19 the Argentine bishop was appointed to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, where he will be responsible for a commission, which is being set up, to examine appeals by clergy accused of “delicta … [Read more...]

Vatican has strengthened its financial oversight, report shows

Vatican City, May 19, 2014 / 03:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Authority for Financial Information’s second annual report presents an increasing number of suspicious transactions reported – a reflection of stronger oversight of Vatican finances. “In 2013 we have taken further decisive steps to foster the legal framework, and, at the same time, to make it work in practice,” said Rene Bruelhart, director of the AIF, at a May 19 presentation of the report at the Holy See … [Read more...]

Pope to Mexican bishops: promote ‘spirit of harmony’

Vatican City, May 19, 2014 / 12:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis received the bishops of Mexico on Monday, encouraging them to promote harmony and to proclaim God’s mercy. “At the present moment, the many forms of violence that afflict Mexican society, especially the young, call for a renewed appeal to promote this spirit of harmony through the culture of encounter, dialogue and peace,” the Pope said to the Mexican bishops at the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic … [Read more...]

Vatican official sees ‘warming-up’ of Catholic-Orthodox relations

Vatican City, May 19, 2014 / 10:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A member of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity affirmed the sentiments of many who believe that Catholic-Orthodox relations have improved in recent years, especially under Pope Francis. “When I look to what I hear about Pope Francis, and I remember when he was elected he spoke to the immense group of the faithful at St. Peter’s Square, I remember that he referred to the introduction of the letter of Ignatius … [Read more...]

Have a firm heart fixed on the Holy Spirit, Pope affirms

Vatican City, May 19, 2014 / 06:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily Mass Pope Francis reflected on the various challenges St Paul faced in his ministry, explaining that it was only possible for him to go forward because his heart was fixed on God. “What kind of heart do we have? Is it a fickle heart which like a dancer, like a butterfly flits from one to another” or “is it a heart fixed on the Holy Spirit?” the Pope asked during his May 19 homily. Speaking to those … [Read more...]