Rome visit deepens former NFL quarterback’s faith

Rome, Italy, Jun 11, 2013 / 09:35 am (CNA).- As he stood next to St. Peter’s Square, former NFL quarterback Rich Gannon reflected on how his family’s first visit to Rome deepened their faith. The Gannons had been thinking about a trip to the Vatican for years and their faith has always been important to them, but the election of Pope Francis made things even more personal for Rich. “I was really excited when Pope Francis became the Pope. I went to a Jesuit private boys … [Read more...]

Comfort of Holy Spirit, world don’t mix, Pope states

Vatican City, Jun 10, 2013 / 11:00 am (CNA).- Pope Francis said Christians cannot receive consolation from both the Holy Spirit and the spirit of the world if they want to be saved. “You cannot serve two masters, you either serve the Lord or you serve the spirit of this world; we cannot pick and mix,” Pope Francis said at the chapel of Saint Martha’s House. “A bit of the Holy Spirit, a bit of the spirit of this world, no!” he exclaimed June 10 during his … [Read more...]

Pontifical Academy starts ‘Friends for Life’

Rome, Italy, Jun 10, 2013 / 09:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pontifical Academy for Life has started a group called “Friends for Life” to expand its network around the world. “It is aimed at people interested in bioethics, including students, professors, intellectuals, academics, as well as people interested in promoting life,” said Father Scott Borgman, the academy’s coordinating secretary. “We hope to be more of a backbone for those who promote life and … [Read more...]

Jesuit writers get quick answer to papal audience request

Rome, Italy, Jun 10, 2013 / 04:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Just one month after their request, Pope Francis has scheduled a private audience with the college of writers from La Civiltà Cattolica, the Jesuit cultural review whose articles are approved by the Vatican’s secretary of state before publication. The private audience has been officially scheduled for June 14, according to a Monday post on the magazine's Twitter feed. The meeting will begin with Father Adolfo … [Read more...]

Pope: God forgives sins that wound

Vatican City, Jun 9, 2013 / 02:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Sunday emphasized the mercy of God, declaring that God always forgives those who show him the “inner wounds” of their sins.“If we show our inner wounds, our sins, he always forgives us,” Pope Francis told thousands of pilgrims at Saint Peter’s Square.“Let us never forget this, he is pure mercy, let us go to Jesus!” he exclaimed during his Angelus noon prayer June 9.Pope … [Read more...]

Pope dwells on God’s wordless love

Vatican City, Jun 7, 2013 / 01:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said God does not love us with words but through closeness and tenderness during his morning Mass on the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. “He does not love us with words, he comes close and gives us his love with tenderness,” the Pope said. “Closeness and tenderness!” he stressed on June 7 at the chapel in Saint Martha’s House. God loves us by “drawing near” and “giving … [Read more...]

Pope gives children advice on facing doubts about faith

Vatican City, Jun 7, 2013 / 12:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Setting aside his prepared text, Pope Francis tackled questions from children about having faith in times of doubt, his friends and his favorite aspects of Jesuit spirituality. “Walking is an art because if we always walk in a hurry we get tired and we can’t reach the end,” he said in response to an older boy who admitted he had doubts about his faith. “Walking is the art of looking at the horizon thinking where … [Read more...]