Pope stresses relevance of Bl. John XXIII’s peace encyclical

Vatican City, Oct 3, 2013 / 01:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bl. Pope John XXIII’s encyclical on peace should remind everyone of the need to “build peace on the example of Jesus Christ,” Pope Francis said Oct. 3.The failure to work for justice means “there can be no real peace and harmony,” the Pope said, according to Vatican Radio.Everyone should promote and practice “justice with truth and love” while contributing to “integral human … [Read more...]

Curial reform, role of laity top subjects in council meetings

Vatican City, Oct 3, 2013 / 11:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In their final day of meetings with Pope Francis, the group of eight cardinals defined concrete steps in curial reform and specified that the role of the laity will be a significant area of focus in the future. The council of cardinals – formed by the Pope to advise him in areas of reform and governance within the Church – began their first set of meetings Oct. 1, and finished on Thursday. In an Oct. 3 press briefing, … [Read more...]

De-humanization the most pressing issue of today, expert says

Vatican City, Oct 3, 2013 / 07:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A gathering of researchers and scientists convened in Rome to discuss some of the greatest threats to humanity, identifying the tendency to view persons as less than human as a key factor. “Human beings no longer are looked upon as persons, but as sources of raw material to help those who are the rich and the powerful,” said Dr. Jonathan Haas, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life. The academy – which works to … [Read more...]

Pastoral care of families a key topic in reform meetings

Vatican City, Oct 2, 2013 / 10:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Halfway through their meetings, the council of cardinals and Pope Francis have addressed many different themes, with the formation and care of families slated to be a high priority. During an Oct. 2 press briefing on the current status of the meetings, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi revealed that so far the council has reflected on the ecclesiology of the Second Vatican Council and the upcoming Synod of Bishops. Although … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: ‘Do not be afraid of holiness’

Vatican City, Oct 2, 2013 / 06:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis urged thousands of pilgrims to recognize that although everyone is a sinner, it is possible to be holy because of God's grace. “Do not be afraid of holiness, do not be afraid to aim high, to be loved and purified by God, do not be afraid to let yourself be guided by the Holy Spirit,” he told those gathered in St. Peter's Square on Oct. 2. He began his reflections … [Read more...]

Pope to atheist: all people can receive grace, seek the Good

Vatican City, Oct 1, 2013 / 04:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Emphasizing that grace is available to all people, Pope Francis stressed dialogue and encounter rather than proselytism and underscored the need for each person to seek the Good while following his conscience.“Even you, without knowing it, could be touched by grace,” Pope Francis told Eugenio Scalfari, the atheist with whom he recently corresponded.Scalfari conducted a Sept. 24 interview with the Pope at his Vatican … [Read more...]

Charity without meekness and humility is sterile, Pope reflects

Vatican City, Oct 1, 2013 / 08:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the feast of St. Therese of Lisieux, Pope Francis praised the saint for her exemplary humility and meekness, praying that the council of cardinals would emulate her virtue in their upcoming meetings. The Pope concelebrated his Oct. 1 daily Mass with the group of eight cardinals who will meet from Tuesday to Thursday this week to discuss reform of the curia. In his homily, Pope Francis voiced hope that council’s meetings will … [Read more...]


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