Pope: ‘If we annoy people, blessed be the Lord’

Vatican City, May 16, 2013 / 10:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope told Christians it is better to be “annoying” and “a nuisance” than lukewarm in proclaiming Jesus Christ. “If we annoy people, blessed be the Lord,” said Pope Francis during his morning Mass at the Vatican on May 16. “We can ask the Holy Spirit to give us all this apostolic fervor and to give us the grace to be annoying when things are too quiet in the Church,” he said at the … [Read more...]

Relations with China affect timing of Matteo Ricci cause

Vatican City, May 16, 2013 / 10:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Approval for the beatification of the Italian Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci, who ministered in China 500 years ago, depends to some degree on the Vatican’s relations with China. “Part of the beatification depends on the political relations between China and the Vatican,” said Father Anton Witwer, the postulator of his cause. “It’s possible to wait, even if all things are clear for a beatification, … [Read more...]

‘Money has to serve, not rule!’ Pope tells new ambassadors

Vatican City, May 16, 2013 / 05:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told the new ambassadors to the Holy See from Kyrgyzstan, Antigua and Barbuda, Luxembourg and Botswana to use money to serve and asked them to help reform the world economy along “ethical lines.” “Money has to serve, not rule!” he said during a May 16 meeting with the new ambassadors of four countries who do not have a physical location for their embassy to the Holy See in Rome. Pope Francis used … [Read more...]

Vatican bank plans website launch, annual report

Vatican City, May 16, 2013 / 04:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The institution often called the Vatican bank will launch a new website and begin publishing its annual report, as it continues to improve its transparency and image. News of the latest efforts was announced by the Institute for Works of Religion’s new president, Ernst von Freyberg, during a May 13 meeting with the staff. He was appointed by Benedict XVI on Feb. 15 as part of an ongoing effort to revamp the institute by updating … [Read more...]

Clergy must be shepherds, not wolves, says Pope

Vatican City, May 15, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said on Wednesday that bishops and priests must take care to avoid temptations in order to be an effective shepherd, protecting their flock from dangers.He urged the Catholic faithful to pray for bishops and priests, “because if we go on the road to riches, if we go on the road to vanity, we become wolves and not shepherds.”The Pope’s words came in his May 15 homily in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae … [Read more...]

Pope highlights religious freedom on Edict of Milan anniversary

Vatican City, May 15, 2013 / 01:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis stressed the importance of religious freedom in a message for the 1,700th anniversary of the Roman Emperor Constantine legalizing Christianity.The Pope said in his message, released May 15 by the Vatican’s Secretary of State, that “this historical decision” which gave religious freedom to Christians, “opened new ways to the Gospel and contributed decisively to the birth of the European … [Read more...]

Church movements bringing 50,000 more than Vatican expected

Vatican City, May 15, 2013 / 10:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The attendance response to a Pentecost weekend event for Church movements has exceeded the Vatican’s expectations by 50,000 people. “Over 120,000 people have signaled their attendance, around 150 different ecclesial realities coming from around the world are registered attesting to the fact that the Church's catholicity knows no boundaries,” said Archbishop Rino Fisichella, head of the Pontifical Council for … [Read more...]