Pope Francis hails motherhood as the ‘antidote to individualism’

Vatican City, Jan 7, 2015 / 05:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his general audience Pope Francis lamented how mothers are often under-appreciated in their family role, and said they are key players in fighting against an individualistic, self-centered society. “To be a mother is a great treasure. Mothers, in their unconditional and sacrificial love for their children, are the antidote to individualism; they are the greatest enemies against war,” the pontiff told pilgrims during his … [Read more...]

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Attentive, tireless, courageous – this is Christian life, Pope says on Epiphany

Vatican City, Jan 6, 2015 / 05:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Like the Magi who followed the star from the East, Christians are called to follow the light of the Gospel attentively, tirelessly, and courageously, said Pope Francis during his Epiphany Angelus address. “The experience of the Magi evokes the journey of every man toward Christ,” the Pope said on Jan. 6 to the thousands gathered in Saint Peter's Square. Like that of the Magi, he said, our search for God also “means … [Read more...]

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Top Vatican Official: Washington, NYC likely stops on papal trip

Vatican City, Jan 6, 2015 / 05:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Although it’s still not official, the Vatican’s Secretary of State confirmed today that Pope Francis will most likely visit Washington D.C. and New York during his visit to the United States.   “I think the Pope will go to United Nations, everybody is speaking about that… but no official announcement has been delivered,” Cardinal Parolin told CNA Jan. 6. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s … [Read more...]

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True models of conversion: wise men believed in love, not worldly power

Vatican City, Jan 6, 2015 / 05:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the solemnity of the Epiphany, Pope Francis said that the journey of the three wise men reflects a path of conversion taken by each person, in which God breaks the norm of our human expectations. “The crib points us to a different path from the one cherished by the thinking of this world: it is the path of God’s self-abasement, his glory concealed in the manger of Bethlehem, on the cross upon Calvary, in each of our … [Read more...]

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A cardinal’s hat for Archbishop Mamberti, new head of the Signatura

Vatican City, Jan 6, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Months after being named to replace Cardinal Raymond Burke as head of the Apostolic Signatura, Archbishop Dominique Mamberti will be among those joining the College of Cardinals during February's consistory. The announcement that the French Moroccan archbishop would be created cardinal along with 19 other prelates from around the world came Jan. 4 during Pope Francis' first Angelus address of the new year. Archbishop Mamberti, … [Read more...]

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Will the appointment of new cardinals advance reform?

Vatican City, Jan 5, 2015 / 11:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In creating 20 new cardinals – 15 of whom will be cardinal electors – Pope Francis has continued to set his sights on the world's peripheries, and at the same time he began designing the College of Cardinals in order to push forward his reforms. Among the new cardinal electors, only Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, hails from the Roman curia; he had previously served, since 2006, as the … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis’ new cardinals shed light on Church’s minorities

Vatican City, Jan 4, 2015 / 06:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis announced the names of the 15 bishops to be created cardinal electors in February, many of whom hail from small dioceses which have never before had a cardinal. “As was already announced, next February 14 I will have the joy of holding a Consistory, during which I will name 15 new Cardinals who manifest the indissoluble links between the Church of Rome and the particular Churches present in … [Read more...]

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