Holy See press office launches new Twitter account

Vatican City, Jan 30, 2014 / 03:12 pm (CNA).- The Holy See press office has launched a new Twitter account, aiming to make the world more aware of the activities of the Church and of Pope Francis. “I hope that people have this help to go and to check what we are saying, what we are saying about the Pope, about the Church,” Father Ciro Benedettini told CNA in a Jan. 30 interview, “so there’s a better way of knowing what the Pope and what the Church are … [Read more...]

Law professor appointed as advisor to Vatican City State

Vatican City, Jan 30, 2014 / 11:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Saturday, Jan. 25, Pope Francis appointed Vincenzo Buonomo, who has worked with the Holy See for over 30 years and is a dean at the Pontifical Lateran University, as an advisor to Vatican City. The appointment demonstrates the Roman Pontiff's balance between seeking the counsel of outside experts as well as those who have been long associated with Vatican structures. Buonomo has served as dean of the civil law department at the … [Read more...]

A Christian without the Church is an ‘absurd dichotomy,’ says Pope

Vatican City, Jan 30, 2014 / 08:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily Mass, Pope Francis reflected on the intrinsic relationship between the Church and the People of God, emphasizing that we need to be humble and obedient to her teachings in order to be faithful. “It is an absurd dichotomy to love Christ without the Church; to listen to Christ but not the Church; to be with Christ at the margins of the Church. One cannot do this. It is an absurd dichotomy,” the Pope explained in … [Read more...]

Vatican: Rolling Stone article a display of ‘superficial journalism’

Vatican City, Jan 30, 2014 / 05:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi has strongly criticized the tone of “crudeness” directed to Benedict XVI in a recent article published in the “Rolling Stone” magazine on Pope Francis. Although Pope Francis’ face appearing on the cover of the magazine’s latest edition is “a sign of the attention that the news of Pope Francis draws in different environments,” Fr. Lombardi emphasized … [Read more...]

Irish Vatican embassy reopening may mean new diplomacy

Vatican City, Jan 30, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ireland's decision to re-open its embassy at the Vatican may be part of a changing climate of diplomacy at the Holy See observed by a professor of international relations. “Going back to Pope Francis’ election and the variety of statements in December and January … all point to a set of new emphases for the future – human trafficking, small arms, (and) Syria,” Scott Thomas, senior lecturer of … [Read more...]

‘Superpope’ artist acclaims Pope Francis as a true hero

Vatican City, Jan 29, 2014 / 10:02 am (CNA).- Artist Mauro Pallotta revealed that his viral depiction of Pope Francis as a superhero was done to portray how the pontiff uses his papal authority “for the good.” “I thought of representing this Pope, Francis, as a super hero of the Marvel (Heroes), simply because, according to me, he is one of the few people who, having a real power as a Pope, he uses it for the good like the superheroes of the American Marvel,” Pallotta … [Read more...]

Pope: confirmation gives us the strength to defend the faith

Vatican City, Jan 29, 2014 / 07:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Wednesday audience, Pope Francis reflected on the sacrament of confirmation, explaining that it is intrinsically linked to our baptism, and that through it our relationship with the Church is fortified. “It unites us more firmly to Christ,” the Pope said in his Jan. 29 general audience, referring to the Sacrament of Confirmation, “it strengthens our relationship with the Church and it gives us a special strength … [Read more...]


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