Jesus’ Ascension means we are never alone, Pope says

Vatican City, Apr 17, 2013 / 05:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis proclaimed “we are never alone” and that Jesus is our defender, as he reflected on the Ascension during his Wednesday general audience. “We are never alone in our lives, we have this advocate who waits for us,” the Pope told tens of thousands of pilgrims gathered at Saint Peter’s Square to participate in the April 17 audience. The Pope centered his teaching on the line from the Creed that … [Read more...]

Advisory group will not weaken Pope’s power, analyst explains

Vatican City, Apr 16, 2013 / 01:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Although some have worried Pope Francis’ creation of a group of cardinals to advise him means he is giving up some of his papal authority, an expert in Church law says a better description of the move is choosing the members of a cabinet. Paolo Gherri, who teaches the Theology of Canon Law at the Pontifical Lateran University, told CNA in an April 16 interview that he believes Pope Francis “has in some ways chosen the … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI receives birthday greetings from Pope Francis

Vatican City, Apr 16, 2013 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).-  Pope Francis made a phone call on the morning of April 16 to wish a happy 86th birthday to his predecessor, Benedict XVI.The Holy Father also sent greetings to Benedict’s brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, who has been at Castel Gandolfo with the retired Pope for several days.Both Pope Francis – formerly Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio – and Msgr. Ratzinger will celebrate the feast day of their namesake, St. George, on … [Read more...]

Vatican unveils plans for International Family Center in Nazareth

Vatican City, Apr 16, 2013 / 10:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican is moving ahead with plans to build the International Family Center in Nazareth, a complex that will include a church, meeting spaces, a hotel for visitors and play areas for children, all as part of an effort to build up the family in the Holy Land. The project was presented April 16 at a Vatican press conference by Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Salvatore Martinez from the Renewal in … [Read more...]

Pope urges Bostonians to combat evil with good

Vatican City, Apr 16, 2013 / 06:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis is praying for those affected by the Boston Marathon bombing and encouraging them not to be overcome by evil but fight it with good. “At this time of mourning the Holy Father prays that all Bostonians will be united in a resolve not to be overcome by evil, but to combat evil with good, working together to build an ever more just, free and secure society for generations yet to come,” reads a message sent to … [Read more...]

Pope urges Bostonians to combat evil with good

Vatican City, Apr 16, 2013 / 06:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis is praying for those affected by the Boston Marathon bombing and encouraging them not to be overcome by evil but fight it with good. “At this time of mourning the Holy Father prays that all Bostonians will be united in a resolve not to be overcome by evil, but to combat evil with good, working together to build an ever more just, free and secure society for generations yet to come,” reads a message sent to … [Read more...]

Vatican plans huge pro-life, evangelization gathering

Vatican City, Apr 15, 2013 / 05:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A major highlight for the Year of Faith will be a two-day celebration in Rome on the Church’s teaching about the dignity of life and how it fits with the New Evangelization. Father Geno Sylva, the English-language official for the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, hopes the event will speak so clearly to the secular world that it is “going to have to listen and say, ‘well, there is a culture of life … [Read more...]


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