Five appointments made to Pope’s liturgical celebrations office

Vatican City, Sep 26, 2013 / 10:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican announced Sept. 26 that five men were appointed as consultants to the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff. The office plans the ceremonies of Papal liturgies, and is headed by the Papal master of ceremonies, currently Monsignor Guido Marini. Those appointed are Fr. Silvano Maggiani, Fr. Corrado Maggioni, Fr. Giuseppe Midili, Monsignor Angelo Lameri, and Archimandrite Fr. Manuel Nin. Fr. Maggiani is … [Read more...]

‘Know Jesus,’ Pope urges during daily homily

Rome, Italy, Sep 26, 2013 / 09:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis stressed the importance of having a personal encounter with Jesus, and said that there are three languages needed in order to get to know him.“Some people begin to feel afraid of this man,” said the Pope in reference to Herod’s question of Jesus’ identity in the gospel, “because he could have led them to a political conflict with the Romans.”One might wonder, he said, … [Read more...]

Pius XII knew he would be misunderstood, theologian says

Vatican City, Sep 26, 2013 / 05:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A priest who knew Pius XII personally and had access to “every strip of paper” in the Vatican archives says the pontiff believed he did the right thing during the holocaust despite knowing he would be questioned. Ninety year-old Father Peter Gumpel, a former professor at the Gregorio University in Rome for 25 years, was simultaneously appointed as a Theological Consultant to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and as … [Read more...]

Like Benedict, Pope Francis doesn’t want Church of ‘moralists’

Vatican City, Sep 26, 2013 / 02:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While Pope Francis’ mention of the Church’s priorities in a recent interview grabbed worldwide attention, few remember that Benedict XVI said substantially the same thing seven years ago.Pope Francis' interview with La Civiltà Cattolica published Sept. 19 led to headlines such as CNN's “Pope Francis says religion does not have the right to interfere spiritually in the lives of gays and lesbians” and … [Read more...]

World needs the Church’s witness of unity, Pope teaches

Vatican City, Sep 25, 2013 / 06:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Today during his general audience, Pope Francis drew attention to the rich diversity within the universal Church, saying that such differences are in fact a sign of unity. “Dear Brothers and Sisters: in the Creed, we confess that the Church is 'one.' When we consider the rich diversity of languages, cultures and peoples present in the Church throughout the world, we realize that this unity is a God-given gift,” the … [Read more...]

Pope to be invited to address European Parliament

Vatican City, Sep 25, 2013 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At an Oct. 11 audience with the Pope, European Parliament president Martin Schulz is expected to formally invite Pope Francis to address the legislative body of the European Union.The news of Schulz’ visit is still not official, but it has been confirmed by a European Union source who spoke to CNA Sept. 24 under condition of anonymity.The source maintained that Schulz' audience is already scheduled, though “due to … [Read more...]

Recent Vatican appointments dominated by diplomats, say observers

Vatican City, Sep 24, 2013 / 11:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- According to Vatican observers, a Pope Francis “revolution” in the Roman Curia began Sept. 21, when a series of appointments and confirmations at the curia's top ranks changed the face of the Pope’s collaboration team.Pope Francis on Saturday confirmed the heads of the Congregations for the Doctrine of the Faith and for the Evangelization of Peoples. In addition, he appointed Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, until now … [Read more...]