Sinners are closest to the heart of God, Pope reflects

Rome, Italy, Oct 22, 2013 / 09:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily Mass homily Pope Francis stressed that Jesus came to save sinners, emphasizing also the importance of knowing God on more than an intellectual level.“I have come to heal, to save,” said the Pope, quoting the words of Jesus from the Gospel.The Holy Father directed his Oct. 22 homily to those gathered at the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse, where he resides.Pope Francis began his reflections by echoing … [Read more...]

Vatican event brings sports ‘into the heart’ of the Church

Vatican City, Oct 22, 2013 / 07:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican's Pontifical Council for Culture held a conference on “believers in the world of sports” this week to discuss the role of the Church in the realm of athletics. “We wanted to bring sports into the heart of the Church,” said Monsignor Melchor Sanchez de Toca, undersecretary of the council, “to remember that sports is important…for a sound and full Christian life.” He told CNA on … [Read more...]

Vatican event lauds ‘tenacious’ women in modern society

Vatican City, Oct 22, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Just down the road from St. Peter's Basilica, a crowd of almost 200 packed into an audience hall to hear a panel discussion on the witness of modern women in the Church. The occasion for this event was the publication of a book in Italian, “Tenacious Women,” which profiles 12 very different modern women throughout the world who have chosen to live their lives as a daily testimony to their faith. Italian journalist … [Read more...]

Vatican finance reform shows different opinions about process

Vatican City, Oct 21, 2013 / 02:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As Vatican City commits to financial transparency, the hiring of a risk-management company to review the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See may reveal differing opinions about financial reform. The Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See – APSA – is the office that handles the Vatican’s investment portfolio and its real estate holdings, as well as serving as the Vatican employment office … [Read more...]

New US ambassador to Vatican takes the helm in Rome

Rome, Italy, Oct 21, 2013 / 10:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The recently appointed American ambassador to the Holy See presented his credentials to Pope Francis in a meeting earlier this morning, officially marking the beginning of his duties.“The Vatican and the Holy Father have the ability to influence world events in a positive way through the calling of faith and they will continue to be important partners in future collaboration,” U.S. ambassador Kenneth F. Hackett stated in an … [Read more...]

Attachment to money is a sickness, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Oct 21, 2013 / 07:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his daily mass homily Pope Francis warned those in attendance against the idolatry present in greedy hearts, stressing that the Lord gives us our gifts for the betterment of the world. “This greed makes you sick, because it makes you think of everything in terms of money. It destroys you,” the Pope told those gathered in the chapel of the Vatican's Saint Martha guesthouse Oct. 21. In his reflections, the pontiff … [Read more...]

Olympic gold medalist credits nuns for inspiration

Vatican City, Oct 20, 2013 / 03:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At a Vatican athletic event promoting the connection between faith and sports, British Olympic gold medalist runner Jason Gardener credited Catholic nuns for encouraging him to succeed.He recounted his first involvement in sports at age six at St. John’s Catholic Primary School in Bath. There, he said, “I was given the opportunity to participate in sports days, and I remember crossing the (finish) line – trying my best … [Read more...]