Pope may give opening lecture of Italian bishops’ assembly

Vatican City, Mar 19, 2014 / 01:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis will likely be giving the inaugural lecture of the annual general assembly of the Italian bishops’ conference scheduled for May 19-23, according to Italian publication “Il Fatto Quotidiano.” Customarily, the president of the conference delivers the opening address, after having agreed with the Pope on its main topics, in an audience that takes place the Saturday before the beginning of the assembly. The … [Read more...]

Saint Joseph the model for educators, Pope teaches

Vatican City, Mar 19, 2014 / 10:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Marking the feast of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Virgin Mary, Pope Francis called the saint a role model for all fathers and educators during his General Audience this Wednesday at the Vatican. “Let us look at Joseph as the model for educators, for he guards and accompanies Jesus in his journey of growth ‘in wisdom, age, and grace,’” the Pope urged March 19 in St. Peter’s Square. Examining these three modes … [Read more...]

Interfaith leaders launch effort against human trafficking

Vatican City, Mar 19, 2014 / 02:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic, Anglican, and Muslim leaders have launched an anti-human trafficking network that hopes to eradicate the crime by 2020 through the mobilization of religious communities. “It’s not politically correct to call this modern slavery a crime against humanity, but we want to arrive at that in national and international law,” said Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the … [Read more...]

Pope assures Ukrainian people of his solidarity, prayers

Vatican City, Mar 18, 2014 / 12:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a March 17 meeting with the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Pope Francis expressed the Holy See’s commitment to building peace amid the country’s political crisis. Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kyiv-Halyc traveled to Rome for a private encounter with Vatican officials to discuss the political unrest in the country and Crimeans’ vote to join Russia. Crimea, a southern peninsula of Ukraine, … [Read more...]

Vatican designates Kansas church as a minor basilica

Victoria, Kan., Mar 18, 2014 / 11:18 am (CNA).- Capuchin Father Jeff Ernst’s voice leapt with emotion when he heard the news: St. Fidelis Church would be named a minor basilica. “It’s exciting,” he said from his office at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Lawrence. “The state of Kansas doesn’t have any.” Bishop Edward Weisenburger received the news from the Vatican last week that the diocese’s application to name St. Fidelis a minor basilica … [Read more...]

Pope Francis warns against the disguise of hypocrites

Vatican City, Mar 18, 2014 / 09:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis cautioned against those who appear to be holy but are in fact self-absorbed, explaining that Lent is a time a time of purification which allows us to grow closer to the Lord. “The sign that we are far from the Lord is hypocrisy. The hypocrite does not need the Lord, he is saved by himself – so he thinks – and he disguises himself as a saint,” the Pope observed in his March 18 daily … [Read more...]

John XXIII a representation of goodness, cardinal recounts

Vatican City, Mar 18, 2014 / 07:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a recent interview, Cardinal Angelo Comastri reflected on scenes from the life of Pope John XXIII, revealing the pontiff’s deep spiritual nature, as well as his great kindness towards others. “If in John Paul II the key word is courage of the faith, in John XXIII the key word is the strength of goodness,” Cardinal Comastri told CNA in a March 10 interview. Cardinal Comastri is the President of the Fabric of … [Read more...]


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