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...]

‘I didn’t want to be Pope,’ Francis tells children

Vatican City, Jun 7, 2013 / 08:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told thousands of children who gathered at the Vatican on Friday that he did not want to be the head of the Church before his election. “Someone who wants, who has the desire to be Pope doesn't love themselves, but I didn't want to be Pope,” he said at a June 7 meeting in Paul VI Hall. “Do you know what it means if someone doesn’t love themselves very much?” he asked the 7,000 children … [Read more...]

‘Stop hiding idols in your saddles,’ Pope advises

Vatican City, Jun 6, 2013 / 10:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said everyone has “hidden idols” buried in their personalities and recommended discovering and discarding them in order to better follow God. “Idolatry is subtle, we all have our hidden idols, and the path of life to follow to not be far from the kingdom of God involves discovering our hidden idols,” said Pope Francis. “The idols, hidden in the many saddles, which we have in our personalities, … [Read more...]

Pope to future diplomats: ‘don’t be ridiculous’

Vatican City, Jun 6, 2013 / 10:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis warned priests studying to serve in the papal diplomatic corps and the Vatican’s Secretariat of State not to be career-driven and end up looking ridiculous. “Please don’t be ridiculous, either be saints or go back to the diocese and be a pastor, but don’t be ridiculous in the diplomatic service, where there is so much danger of becoming worldly in spirituality,” Pope Francis said June 6. When … [Read more...]