Prayer gives power to faith, says Pope

Vatican City, Oct 6, 2013 / 09:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis delivered his Angelus message to the crowds filling an overcast St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, encouraging them to seek God in prayer to increase their faith. “How do we obtain this power (of faith)?” he asked Oct. 6. “We obtain it from God in prayer. Prayer is the breath of faith: in a relationship of faith, of love, one can’t omit dialogue, and prayer is the dialogue of the soul with … [Read more...]

Francis continues papal tradition of dialogue with media

Vatican City, Oct 6, 2013 / 06:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While it has drawn much attention, the interview Pope Francis gave to the prominent Italian journalist Eugenio Scalfari is not the first of its kind in the history of the Church, but part of a tradition stretching back to “Good Pope John.”The first interview ever given by a Pope to a “secular” newspaper was that John XXIII gave to the prominent Italian journalist Indro Montanelli in 1959, published in the Italian … [Read more...]

Deacons ordained in Rome to preach the Gospel in US

Vatican City, Oct 5, 2013 / 11:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Thursday, 41 seminarians studying at the North American College in Rome were ordained deacons for their respective dioceses in the United States and Australia. The 41 men lay prostrate on the floor of St. Peter's Basilica Oct. 3 while the Litany of Saints was prayed over them, before they made life-long commitments, promising obedience to their bishops, daily prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours, and celibacy. As he lay on the … [Read more...]

Seeking transparency, Vatican Bank issues first annual report

Vatican City, Oct 4, 2013 / 12:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican Bank confirmed a commitment to full financial transparency Oct. 1 by publishing its first Annual Report.With the report's publication, the Vatican Bank – known officially as the Institute for the Works of Religion – fulfills a promise made in May by its president, Ernst Von Freyberg. The bank receives and administers funds for charitable activities, especially in the developing world.At that time, Pope … [Read more...]

Pope stresses relevance of Bl. John XXIII’s peace encyclical

Vatican City, Oct 3, 2013 / 01:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bl. Pope John XXIII’s encyclical on peace should remind everyone of the need to “build peace on the example of Jesus Christ,” Pope Francis said Oct. 3.The failure to work for justice means “there can be no real peace and harmony,” the Pope said, according to Vatican Radio.Everyone should promote and practice “justice with truth and love” while contributing to “integral human … [Read more...]

Curial reform, role of laity top subjects in council meetings

Vatican City, Oct 3, 2013 / 11:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In their final day of meetings with Pope Francis, the group of eight cardinals defined concrete steps in curial reform and specified that the role of the laity will be a significant area of focus in the future. The council of cardinals – formed by the Pope to advise him in areas of reform and governance within the Church – began their first set of meetings Oct. 1, and finished on Thursday. In an Oct. 3 press briefing, … [Read more...]

De-humanization the most pressing issue of today, expert says

Vatican City, Oct 3, 2013 / 07:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A gathering of researchers and scientists convened in Rome to discuss some of the greatest threats to humanity, identifying the tendency to view persons as less than human as a key factor. “Human beings no longer are looked upon as persons, but as sources of raw material to help those who are the rich and the powerful,” said Dr. Jonathan Haas, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life. The academy – which works to … [Read more...]


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