Always unite prayer and action, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Jul 21, 2013 / 10:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Sunday Angelus message, Pope Francis told crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square to unite prayer and action in Christian life.“Prayer that doesn’t lead to concrete action toward our brothers is a fruitless and incomplete prayer,” the Pope said July 21. “But at the same time, when ecclesial service only attends to work, not reserving time for dialogue with God in prayer, it risks serving itself rather … [Read more...]

Cardinal says two soon-to-be saint Popes had ‘great affinity’

Vatican City, Jul 20, 2013 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A member of the Vatican department in charge of canonization says that John XXIII and John Paul II, both expected to be proclaimed saints later this year, were very similar in character and mission.   “There is a great affinity between the two Popes,” said Cardinal Angelo Comastri, member of the Congregation of the Causes of the Saints. “John XXIII felt the need to re-translate the Gospel in an accessible … [Read more...]

Flash mob organizers hope to unite WYD crowds in Rio

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 19, 2013 / 02:08 pm (CNA).- Organizers of a massive flash mob in Brazil hope that some two million young people from around the world will dance for Pope Francis before the start of the closing Mass for World Youth Day 2013.“The idea of the flash mob is to show that together we can show the world something, that we are able to say something to the world. To show unity, that we think together,” said Edson Erdmann, artistic director for the events at … [Read more...]

‘Everything is lost in war,’ Pope says of WWII church bombing

Vatican City, Jul 19, 2013 / 02:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis echoed the words of World War II pontiff Pius XII in a message today marking 70 years since the Basilica of San Lorenzo bombing in Rome. “The memory of the bombing of that dramatic day resonates once again in each of the words of Pope Pius XII, 'nothing is lost with peace, everything can be lost with war,'” Pope Francis said on July 19. “Peace is a gift of God, to find such open hearts to receive … [Read more...]

Pope Francis prays with Benedict XVI before World Youth Day

Vatican City, Jul 19, 2013 / 10:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with former pontiff Benedict XVI today to pray for his trip to Brazil and for World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro next week. The Pope also brought Benedict XVI the itinerary of his journey so that he could participate spiritually as well as follow the live broadcast of the event. Pope Francis visited Benedict shortly after 4:00 p.m. local time at the Mater Ecclesiae monastery, where the former Pope moved to live just a … [Read more...]

Pope Francis’ shadow: Monsignor Pedacchio Leaniz

Vatican City, Jul 19, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA).- Pope Francis now counts on the discreet presence of his new, 49-year-old Argentinean secretary, Msgr. Fabiàn Pedacchio Leaniz. “I want to keep a low profile,” Pope Francis' second secretary told CNA in a June 27 conversation. “I’m doing my best to attend to the Holy Father, without revealing anything of Pope Francis private life.” Msgr. Fabiàn Edgardo Marcelo Pedacchio Leaniz leaned out the … [Read more...]

New Vatican bank official reportedly part of ‘gay lobby’

Vatican City, Jul 18, 2013 / 05:10 pm (CNA).- The priest appointed last month as an interim prelate of the so-called Vatican Bank is associated with the “gay lobby” at the Holy See, according to an article by analyst Sandro Magister released today. Magister's column for L'Espresso recounts that Monsignor Battista Mario Salvatore Ricca, who was appointed temporary prelate of the Institute for Works of Religion June 15, had a relationship with another man – the … [Read more...]


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