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...]

‘God is stronger,’ Pope insists as he urges outreach

Vatican City, Jun 12, 2013 / 10:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis asked the tens of thousands of Catholics gathered in Saint Peter’s Square to overcome divisions and the fear of evangelizing by trusting that “God is stronger.” “Just as I said, it is enough to open a newspaper and we see that around us there is the presence of evil, the Devil is at work,” he said at the June 12 general audience. “But I would like to say in a loud voice God is stronger, … [Read more...]

Pope targets longing for past, ‘adolescent progressivism’

Vatican City, Jun 12, 2013 / 10:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The progress of the Church can be hindered by the dual temptations of wanting to remain in the past and “adolescent progressivism,” Pope Francis said. The danger of a progressive approach to the Holy Spirit is that believers becomes “like teenagers who in their enthusiasm want to have everything, and in the end? You slip up…” he said at the June 12 morning Mass. “It’s like when the road is … [Read more...]

Cardinal Burke backs pro-life legislative efforts

Vatican City, Jun 12, 2013 / 07:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Just three days before a Vatican pro-life summit, Cardinal Raymond L. Burke urged people to actively resist efforts to pass anti-life legislation, because “many strong forces are at work.” “Catholics should be involved in various groups, which are organized to influence legislation so that it can respect the dignity of human life,” Cardinal Burke told CNA in an exclusive June 11 interview. “They should … [Read more...]

Pope calls for ‘culture of encounter’ towards disabled

Vatican City, Jun 11, 2013 / 12:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Highlighting the spiritual gift of faith seen in Jesus’ healing of the blind, Pope Francis encouraged an ‘active participation’ of the disabled in society.“The Gospels tell us that Jesus had a particular care for the blind,” the Pope said on June 11. “Besides other sick persons, He healed many blind persons. But the healing of a visually impaired person has special symbolic meaning: it represents the … [Read more...]

Pope encourages Church rich in praise, not wealth

Vatican City, Jun 11, 2013 / 10:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis pointed out that Saint Peter did not have a bank account, as he warned against the dangers of a Church that finds its security in resources instead of the free gift of the Gospel. “St. Peter did not have a bank account, and when he had to pay taxes, the Lord sent him to the sea to catch fish and find the money in the fish to pay,” said the Pope during Mass in the chapel of Saint Martha’s … [Read more...]