Holy Orders fosters a passionate love of the Church, Pope notes

Vatican City, Mar 26, 2014 / 05:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his weekly general audience Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the Sacraments, devoting today’s discourse to those who receive Holy Orders, referring to it as a vocation of “service.” “Those who are ordained are placed at the head of the community as servants, as Jesus did and taught,” the Pope observed in his March 26 general audience, adding that “the sacrament also helps them to … [Read more...]

Culture of exclusion sacrifices children, elderly, Pope warns

Vatican City, Mar 26, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Efforts to fight a “throw-away culture of exclusion” should include openness to the lives of the young and elderly, as well as education and even sports, Pope Francis has said. The Holy Father expressed his concern for “excessive economic liberalism and how it has instilled a culture of exclusion,” according to AICA.   “In some countries there exists a hidden euthanasia,” he said, with medical … [Read more...]

Pope lauds Mary’s meekness on feast of the Annunciation

Vatican City, Mar 25, 2014 / 09:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his Mass celebrating the Solemnity of the Annunciation, Pope Francis emphasized that salvation is a gift from the Lord which we ought to receive with humility and obedience, just as Mary did. “In order to receive this salvation, we need a humble heart, a meek heart, an obedient heart. Like that of Mary,” the Pope affirmed in his March 25 daily Mass. Addressing those gathered in the Vatican’s Saint Martha … [Read more...]

Archbishop underscores beauty, joy of family life

Vatican City, Mar 25, 2014 / 08:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At the official presentation of the upcoming World Day of Families in Rome, Archbishop Charles Chaput spoke of the importance of family life in society, and expressed his desire to strengthen it in the Church. “We in Pennsylvania are grateful to continue this great tradition of reaffirming the importance, the beauty, and the joy of Christian family life,” the archbishop expressed during a March 25 press conference announcing … [Read more...]

Pope Francis gaining interest of American publishing houses

Vatican City, Mar 25, 2014 / 02:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ words are grabbing the attention of American publishing houses as well of the U.S. bishops’ conference communications office, according to the Vatican Publishing House. “I would say that Pope Francis grabs a lot of interest in the world of publishers,” Fr. Giuseppe Costa, director of Libreria Editrice Vaticana – Vatican Publishing House – told CNA March 4. Libreria Editrice Vaticana is … [Read more...]

Vatican launches astronomy class for parish educators

Vatican City, Mar 24, 2014 / 08:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican’s Observatory has announced that for the first time it will be hosting a workshop analyzing the relationship of faith and astronomy for parish educators, which is slated to take place next spring. “We had done something similar to this only for bishops, held in Rome back in 1990. After nearly 25 years it was certainly time to try it again!” Br. Guy Consolmagno stated in comments made to CNA on March … [Read more...]

Pope: only the humble, marginalized ‘obtain salvation’

Vatican City, Mar 24, 2014 / 07:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis dedicated his reflections to the virtue of humility, explaining that only the “outcasts” who recognize their need of God know what it means to be saved. “Jesus tells us: ‘if you do not put yourself on the margins, if you don’t feel what it is to be an outcast, you will not obtain salvation,’” the Pope observed in his March 24 daily Mass. Addressing those … [Read more...]