Pope, Anglican archbishop: unity begins with common love of God

Vatican City, Jun 14, 2013 / 08:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury and Pope Francis met for the first time and issued a joint call for unity, rooted in the love of God. “I know that during Your Grace’s installation in Canterbury Cathedral you remembered in prayer the new Bishop of Rome. I am deeply grateful to you – and since we began our respective ministries within days of each other, I think we will always have a particular reason to … [Read more...]

Harley-Davidson enthusiasts roll into Rome

Vatican City, Jun 14, 2013 / 04:30 am (CNA).- The low rumbling of hundreds of Harleys is overtaking the buzz of scooters and cars in the streets surrounding the Vatican, and on Sunday it will even be present in St. Peter’s Square. The first Vatican-related Harley-Davidson event was with Pope Francis himself on Wednesday afternoon, following his weekly general audience. Accompanied by Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, the Pope received the unusual gift of a biker jacket and two of the famous … [Read more...]

Pope confirms faith encyclical nearly done

Vatican City, Jun 13, 2013 / 10:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis put aside his prepared remarks this morning and told members of the Synod of Bishops that the encyclical on faith is almost ready and the exhortation on evangelization will be finished before the Year of Faith is over. “Now the four hand encyclical should be released, which Pope Benedict XVI had begun,” Pope Francis said June 13. “He handed it to me, it is an intense document,” he told the bishops. … [Read more...]

Francis celebrates first Mass in Spanish as Pope

Vatican City, Jun 13, 2013 / 10:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- “It feels good,” Pope Francis said today as he celebrated Mass in his native language of Spanish for the first time in 48 days. “It’s the first time I celebrate Mass in Spanish since February 26!” he exclaimed during his homily for daily Mass in the chapel of Saint Martha’s House. The Eucharistic celebration was attended by employees of Argentina’s embassies and consulates, alongside staff of … [Read more...]

Pope confident bishops will keep improving dialogue

Vatican City, Jun 13, 2013 / 08:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said he trusts that bishops will continue to improve their dialogue and collaboration with him and with each other in their next general assembly. “We are confident that the Synod of Bishops will discover further developments to facilitate even more the dialogue and collaboration between the bishops, and between them and the Bishop of Rome,” Pope Francis said June 13. “I am sure that with the … [Read more...]

Rabbi calls friend’s election to papacy good for dialogue

Vatican City, Jun 13, 2013 / 04:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Rabbi Abraham Skorka believes that Pope Francis’ election offers a chance for Christian-Jewish relationships to grow, especially as the world experiences a crisis of belief. The difficulties religions are facing in the modern world prompted Rabbi Skorka to ask how Jews and Catholics can “re-create the dialogue we experienced and lived in Buenos Aires,” since his “querido amigo Jorge Mario Bergoglio” is the … [Read more...]

Pope calls for end to ‘plague’ of child labor

Vatican City, Jun 12, 2013 / 10:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has launched an appeal against child labor, calling it an “deplorable phenomenon" during his Wednesday general audience. “It is my heartfelt hope that the international community will initiate still more effective measures in addressing this authentic plague,” said Pope Francis on June 12. “Listen, it is a deplorable phenomenon which is constantly increasing, especially in poor … [Read more...]