Pope Francis: our faith is ‘not an ornament’

Vatican City, Jan 15, 2014 / 06:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his general audience, Pope Francis continued his reflections on the Sacrament of Baptism, emphasizing that we are called to use the grace we receive in order to become “missionary disciples.” “We are one community, and living together our faith is not an ornament, but rather is something essential for the Christian life ... for testimony and for evangelization,” the Pope explained in his Jan. 15 general … [Read more...]

California project aiding ‘motel kids’ seeks global expansion

Vatican City, Jan 15, 2014 / 03:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An Orange county chef who began feeding impoverished children out of his restaurant in 2005 has created a special project to continue the work, which he hopes to expand to a global level. “Growing up I knew what it was like first hand to be a part of a low income family,” Serato told CNA in a Jan. 14 interview, “so I identified with these kids.” “I experienced many struggles myself as I came from a place … [Read more...]

Cardinal calls the word capitalism ‘misleading,’ urges better dialogue

Vatican City, Jan 14, 2014 / 04:21 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Reinhard Marx wrote an essay in the Vatican's newspaper on Pope Francis' “Evangelii gaudium,” taking capitalism to task for centering itself on means of production rather than persons and calling for broader dialogue on the issue. “The very word capitalism is misleading,” the archbishop of Munich and Freising wrote, “to define the whole of life from a particular point. What vision of the economy and … [Read more...]

John Kerry, Vatican Secretary of State hold ‘positive’ meeting

Vatican City, Jan 14, 2014 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal-designate Pietro Parolin met Jan. 14, focusing their discussions on the Middle East, the Syrian conflict, the Sudan situation and religious freedom issues in the U.S. “The encounter was extremely fruitful and rich in content,” said Father Federico Lombardi, S.J., of the Vatican Press Office. He characterized the one hour, forty minute meeting as … [Read more...]

Be true witnesses rather than ‘pure legalists,’ Pope exhorts

Vatican City, Jan 14, 2014 / 10:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily, Pope reflected on different models of Christian witness, cautioning the faithful against hypocrisy when they evangelize, and encouraging them to imitate Jesus. “Let us ask the Lord that these two readings help us in our lives as Christians,” said the Pope in reference to the day’s scripture passages, and let us learn “not to be pure legalists, hypocrites like the scribes and … [Read more...]

Fraternity, dialogue aid in fostering peace, Pope tells diplomats

Vatican City, Jan 14, 2014 / 06:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his annual meeting with the diplomatic corps, Pope Francis spoke to ambassadors about the importance of fostering peace through the use of dialogue, diplomacy and respect for human dignity. “Everywhere, the way to resolve open questions must be that of diplomacy and dialogue,” the Pope told those gathered for the Jan. 12 encounter. Extending his greetings to the 180 ambassadors accredited to the Holy See, the Pope began … [Read more...]

It was a ‘thrill’ to perform for Pope, circus members say

Vatican City, Jan 14, 2014 / 03:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During last week’s general audience, members of the circus gave a special performance for Pope Francis, saying the exciting encounter was an opportunity to show how the circus can bring “harmony.” “This has been my first time to perform in front of the Pope and it was truly a great thrill,” ringmaster Andrea Andreuzzi expressed in a Jan. 10 interview with CNA. “For me it was a joy to both take my … [Read more...]


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