Pope Francis: sacrament of the Eucharist is not a ‘magic rite’

Vatican City, Sep 24, 2013 / 08:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his daily homily, Pope Francis gave special emphasis to the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, saying that it is not magical act, but an encounter with the living God. Pope Francis delivered his Sept. 24 homily to those who gathered in the Vatican’s guest house, Santa Marta, for a private liturgy. The Holy Father drew his reflections from the morning’s reading from the passage in psalms, “We will go with joy to … [Read more...]

Prejudice towards migrants and refugees must end, Pope stresses

Vatican City, Sep 24, 2013 / 03:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In honor of the upcoming World Migration Day, Pope Francis said that the improvement of society demands the end of common prejudices against migrants and refugees. “In considering the situation of migrants and refugees, I would point to yet another element in building a better world, namely, the elimination of prejudices and presuppositions in the approach to migration.” The message of Pope Francis was read aloud during a … [Read more...]

Peace the only solution, Pope says in wake of Pakistan bombing

Rome, Italy, Sep 23, 2013 / 03:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis condemned a massive suicide bombing at a Christian Church in Pakistan over the weekend, calling the violence unacceptable and urging peace efforts in the region.“Today, in Pakistan, because of a wrong choice, a decision of hatred, of war, there was an attack in which over 70 people died. This choice cannot stand.”At around noon Sunday, Sept. 22, two suicide bombers blew themselves up in the midst of the … [Read more...]

Rediscover beauty in communication, Pope tells experts

Vatican City, Sep 21, 2013 / 01:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis spoke to Church officials and social communications experts from around the world, encouraging them to focus on leading others to Christ through personal witness of the beauty of faith.“The challenge is to rediscover, through the means of social communication as well as by personal contact, the beauty that is at the heart of our existence and our journey, the beauty of faith and of the encounter with Christ,” the … [Read more...]

American among wave of papal appointments, confirmations

Vatican City, Sep 21, 2013 / 11:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis made several key decisions in establishing his Curia today, appointing new officials and confirming others in their positions in the Vatican.The series of announcements includes the confirmation of top officials in key departments and the return of an American to the upper ranks of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith.It has been over six months since Pope Francis announced he was temporarily confirming Vatican … [Read more...]

Christ’s gaze is life changing, Pope says

Vatican City, Sep 21, 2013 / 10:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily on the Feast of St. Matthew, Pope Francis reflected on the disciple’s radical conversion experience when Christ called him from a life of sin with a simple look.When Jesus looked at Matthew, “that gaze overtook him completely, it changed his life,” said the Pope to the congregation at Casa Santa Marta on Sept. 21.“The gaze of Jesus always makes us worthy, gives us dignity.  It is a generous … [Read more...]

Pope’s interview prompts flurry of media reactions

Vatican City, Sep 21, 2013 / 02:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A lengthy interview with Pope Francis published yesterday by a Jesuit publication has sparked a flood of news reports, as well as in-depth commentary from Catholic analysts. Vatican analyst John Allen, Jr., said that the Pope’s recent comments are “not breaking with traditional doctrine but trying to shift the church's emphasis from condemnation to mercy.” He noted that when the Pope was asked if he … [Read more...]