Vatican confirms papal visit to South Korea

Vatican City, Mar 10, 2014 / 08:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a statement released earlier this morning, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi confirmed Pope Francis’ apostolic trip to the Republic of Korea, which is slated to occur in August of this year. “Welcoming the invitation from the President of the Republic and the Korean bishops,” Fr. Lombardi announced in his March 10 statement, “His Holiness Pope Francis will make an Apostolic Voyage to the Republic of Korea … [Read more...]

Pope Francis on Lenten retreat with members of Curia

Vatican City, Mar 10, 2014 / 05:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday afternoon Pope Francis left Rome with members of the Curia to spend their annual Lenten retreat in the hillside town of Ariccia, breaking from the tradition of holding it inside of the Vatican. According to Vatican Radio the Pope left Vatican City for the retreat, lasting from March 9 – 14, a few hours after his weekly Sunday Angelus address. In making the decision to hold the retreat here, thus removing themselves … [Read more...]

Pope encourages Rome’s lay faithful to serve poor

Vatican City, Mar 9, 2014 / 10:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a message to participants at a conference on the mission of the laity in Rome, Pope Francis urged the city's Christians to be mindful of those in poverty. “I advise you to make habitual use of the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, a   complete and valuable instrument. With the help of this 'compass,' I encourage you to work for the social inclusion of the poor, having for them always as a matter of … [Read more...]

Thwart temptation with the word of God, Pope exhorts

Vatican City, Mar 9, 2014 / 06:22 am (CNA).- In his Sunday Angelus message today, Pope Francis stressed the importance of resisting temptations by finding refuge in God’s word. Reflecting on Sunday’s gospel passage of the temptation of Jesus by Satan in the desert, the Pontiff said, “note well: how does Jesus respond? He doesn’t dialogue with Satan, like Eve had done in earthly paradise. Jesus knows well that with Satan, one cannot dialogue, because he’s very … [Read more...]

Religious urged by Pope Francis to avoid ‘theoretical poverty’

Vatican City, Mar 8, 2014 / 09:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Saturday sent a message to participants in an international symposium on the religious life, encouraging them to live their vows in an authentic manner. “What is not helpful is a theoretical poverty, but the poverty that is learnt by touching the flesh of the poor Christ, in the humble, in the poor, in the sick, in children,” he said. The pontiff gave his remarks to the March 8 gathering entitled “The … [Read more...]

Pope chooses global leadership for Vatican economic office

Vatican City, Mar 8, 2014 / 09:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope has announced the names of eight cardinals and seven lay experts from around the world chosen to serve in the newly-created Vatican Council for the Economy. “The members appointed to the Council are from various geographical areas, reflecting, as requested by the motu proprio Fidelis dispensator et prudens, the universality of the Church,” explained Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J, director of Holy See’s Press … [Read more...]

In rare interview, Benedict XVI recalls life John Paul II

Vatican City, Mar 7, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In lengthy excerpts of an interview published in an Italian newspaper, Benedict XVI speaks of his time collaborating with John Paul II, highlighting the deceased Pope's sanctity and commitment to the truth. “In the years of collaboration with him it became ever more clear to me that John Paul II was a saint,” the retired pontiff told Polish journalist Wlodzimierz Redzioch in a written interview, selections of which … [Read more...]


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