Pope to atheist: all people can receive grace, seek the Good

Vatican City, Oct 1, 2013 / 04:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Emphasizing that grace is available to all people, Pope Francis stressed dialogue and encounter rather than proselytism and underscored the need for each person to seek the Good while following his conscience.“Even you, without knowing it, could be touched by grace,” Pope Francis told Eugenio Scalfari, the atheist with whom he recently corresponded.Scalfari conducted a Sept. 24 interview with the Pope at his Vatican … [Read more...]

Charity without meekness and humility is sterile, Pope reflects

Vatican City, Oct 1, 2013 / 08:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the feast of St. Therese of Lisieux, Pope Francis praised the saint for her exemplary humility and meekness, praying that the council of cardinals would emulate her virtue in their upcoming meetings. The Pope concelebrated his Oct. 1 daily Mass with the group of eight cardinals who will meet from Tuesday to Thursday this week to discuss reform of the curia. In his homily, Pope Francis voiced hope that council’s meetings will … [Read more...]

Pope experienced a ‘great light’ before accepting the papacy

Vatican City, Oct 1, 2013 / 05:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a recent interview, Pope Francis shared a mystical experience he had shortly before accepting the role as Bishop of Rome and also touched on several issues surrounding Church reform. The Pope recounted his experience during a Sept. 24 interview with Eugenio Scalfari of the Italian newspaper La Repubblica which was published on Oct.1. When asked if he considered himself a mystic, the Pope replied “What do you … [Read more...]

Peace requires tenacious, intelligent dialogue, Pope says

Vatican City, Sep 30, 2013 / 10:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his morning homily, Pope Francis spoke to religious leaders of various faith traditions, saying that fostering peace is a responsibility which can only be attained through dialogue. Present at the Pope’s Sept. 30 Mass in the Santa Marta guesthouse of the Vatican were the participants of the International Meeting for Peace in the spirit of Assisi, organized by the Rome-based Community of Saint Egidio. The Sept. 29 - Oct. 1 … [Read more...]

Pope Francis, cardinals begin first set of reform meetings

Vatican City, Sep 30, 2013 / 08:27 am (CNA).- The council of eight cardinals chosen by Pope Francis to advise him on church governance and curia reform will begin their first official meeting tomorrow, Oct.1. “The institution of the council of cardinal,” said Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J. in a Sept. 30 press briefing “is a further enrichment provided by the Pope to the governance of the Church.” Fr. Lombardi recalled that the formation of such a … [Read more...]

John Paul II, John XXIII to be canonized Divine Mercy Sunday

Rome, Italy, Sep 30, 2013 / 03:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has announced that former Popes John Paul II and John XXIII are slated to be canonized this coming spring.The announcement was made following the Sept. 30 consistory, in which the Holy Father proclaimed that the pontiffs would be canonized together April 27, 2014 on the second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday.A consistory is a meeting where the Pope and the College of Cardinals come together to discuss and determine … [Read more...]

Materialism robs us of our humanity, warns Pope Francis

Vatican City, Sep 29, 2013 / 09:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis celebrated Mass in cloudy St. Peter’s Square this morning, cautioning the faithful against the danger of losing their personal identity to materialism.“Whenever material things, money, worldliness, become the center of our lives, they take hold of us, they possess us; we lose our very identity as human beings,” he said on September 29.Sunday’s Mass was held at the close of an international weekend … [Read more...]