Pope: follow God for pure intentions rather than personal gain

Vatican City, May 5, 2014 / 07:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his daily Mass Pope Francis warned against those who use their faith vainly in order to obtain power or money, and prayed that all might have the grace to follow the Lord out of love. “In the Church there are climbers, people driven by ambition! There are many of them!” the Pope stated in his May 5 daily homily, “But if you like climbing go to the mountains and climb them: it is healthier!” Addressing … [Read more...]

Francis will not be prisoner to public opinion, analyst says

Vatican City, May 4, 2014 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican observer Sandro Magister has said that Pope Francis’ “formidable praise” for Paul VI’s “Humanae Vitae” is key to understanding his papacy’s alternating emphases of both clear doctrine and pastoral mercy. Magister, writing in his May 1 column at L'Espresso, noted that the renewed controversy over communion for divorced and remarried Catholics has created “formidable … [Read more...]

Pope: Jesus journeys with us in the Eucharist

Vatican City, May 4, 2014 / 06:03 am (CNA).- In his Sunday homily delivered at a Polish parish in Rome, Pope Francis meditated on the presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist as a source of strength for Christians. The Pope reflected on the gospel account of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus who failed to recognize the risen Jesus Christ until he “broke bread” with them. Pope Francis said that the two became “witnesses of the hope that is Christ! Because they met him, … [Read more...]

Open parish doors to evangelize, urges Pope

Rome, Italy, May 3, 2014 / 12:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a meeting with nearly 7,000 members of the Italian lay movement Catholic Action, Pope Francis spoke of the need for parishes to be open and outgoing. “It’s a matter of opening the doors and allowing Jesus to be able to go outside. Many times we have Jesus closed inside the parish with us, and we don’t go outside and we don’t let him go out!” said the Pope on May 3. “Open the doors because He goes, at … [Read more...]

Vatican child protection commission seeks global reach

Vatican City, May 3, 2014 / 10:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ new advisory commission on the protection of minors is expanding its membership to include representatives from around the world to improve sex abuse prevention and to better care for victims. The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors recently held discussions “focused on the commission's nature and purpose and on expanding the membership to include people from other geographical areas and other … [Read more...]

Holy See warns against ideological agenda in UN torture hearing

Vatican City, May 2, 2014 / 12:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Ahead of a report to the U.N. on an anti-torture agreement next week, the Holy See has emphasized its commitment against torture, and warned against the hearing being reduced to a “tool of ideological pressure.” “The Holy See also proposes important teaching with regard to matters of torture and cruel and inhuman treatment, which is of great importance for the diffusion of the principles inspiring the Convention and for … [Read more...]

Pope offers encouragement to new Council for the Economy

Vatican City, May 2, 2014 / 11:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis gave words of encouragement to the Vatican’s new Council for the Economy, stressing concern for the poor and commitment to the Gospel. He told the group that its mission will be difficult, but important, urging them to embrace it bravely, according to Vatican Radio. The Pope had formed the Council and the Secretariat for the Economy in February. The council held its first meeting May 2, discussing its statues and … [Read more...]