Vatican releases itinerary for Pope’s visit to Korea

Vatican City, Jun 19, 2014 / 09:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See has officially announced what Pope Francis’ schedule will be while in South Korea later this summer, during which he is slated to meet with Asian youth and beatify 124 Korean martyrs. Announced by the Vatican in March, the Pope’s Aug. 13 – 18 trip follows an invitation from the president of the Korean Republic, Park Geun-hye, and the bishops of Korea. Following the motto “Rise Korea, clothe … [Read more...]

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Violence stems from evil in society, cardinal observes

Vatican City, Jun 19, 2014 / 06:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a recent conference discussing interreligious violence Cardinal George Alencherry of India explained that although motivations driving violent acts are diverse, they are always rooted in evil. “Violence is really coming from an evil inspiration, and this evil inspiration can come from any kind of phenomenon that happens in society,” the cardinal explained to CNA June 17. Cardinal Alencherry is the Major Archbishop … [Read more...]

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The Church is a family formed by God, Pope says

Vatican City, Jun 18, 2014 / 10:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis stressed the familial nature of the Church at his Wednesday General Audience, emphasizing God’s desire to form a people through fatherly love. “To speak of the Church is to speak of our mother, of our family,” he said to those gathered in St. Peter’s Square June 18. He said the Church is not a private association or an NGO, and neither is the Church restricted to bishops, priests, and the … [Read more...]

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Shame of ongoing violence must stop, Jordanian priest affirms

Vatican City, Jun 17, 2014 / 05:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The spokesman for the Catholic Church in Amman, Jordan, has decried the continuous bloodshed in the Middle East, expressing his fear that refugees will develop an attitude of hatred and revenge.“The main point I think is to stop the bloodshed, and then I think we will start to talk about the re-construction of Syria, the re-construction of Iraq, but we have to stop the bloodshed,” Fr. Rif’at Bader told CNA June … [Read more...]

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‘Humble charity’ overcomes corruption, Pope Francis preaches

Vatican City, Jun 16, 2014 / 01:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Monday denounced corruption among those in authority in politics, business, and the Church, urging Christians to overcome it through both service and charity. “Corruption is precisely the sin that the person with authority – whether political, economic or ecclesiastical – over others has most readily to hand,” the Pope said in his June 16 homily during Mass at the chapel of Casa Santa Marta. … [Read more...]

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Pope invites Romans, pilgrims to Eucharistic procession

Vatican City, Jun 15, 2014 / 06:30 am (CNA).- During his Sunday Angelus remarks reflecting on divine love, Pope Francis invited all the Romans and pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square to join in a Eucharistic procession later this week. “Next Thursday, according to Roman tradition, we will celebrate holy Mass at St. John Lateran and then we will make a procession with the Blessed Sacrament. I invite Romans and pilgrims to participate in order to express our desire to be a … [Read more...]

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Path to synod is ‘time of grace,’ bishop says

Rome, Italy, Jun 15, 2014 / 05:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Vatican official has said that the period before the upcoming bishops’ synods on the family will be a time of grace and prayer that allows the Church to pray and reflect about the family in all of its aspects. “We are all working on the family. We should rediscover the family as a domestic church. We are all anyway convinced that family is fundamental for life of society,” Bishop Fabio Fabene, the under-secretary of … [Read more...]

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