Jesus is not a ‘magician,’ says Pope

Vatican City, Feb 24, 2014 / 10:08 am (CNA).- Pope Francis’ Monday morning homily reflected on Jesus’ miracles of healing, which always include a lasting encounter with the person who is healed. “These acts of Jesus make us think. When He heals, when He goes among the crowds and heals a person, He never leaves that person alone. He is not a magician, a wizard, a healer, who goes and cures and continues on his way,” explained the Pope on Feb. 24 to the congregation of … [Read more...]

Cardinal Pell to head new Vatican office for economic oversight

Vatican City, Feb 24, 2014 / 08:41 am (CNA).- Today Pope Francis announced the establishment of a new entity for oversight of Vatican economic and administrative affairs, headed by Cardinal George Pell of Sydney, Australia. According to Feb. 24 statement issued by the Holy See’s press office, the new Secretariat for the Economy “will have authority over all economic and administrative activities within the Holy See and the Vatican City State.” Cardinal Pell has been … [Read more...]

Cardinals bring ‘voice of poor’ to Vatican

Vatican City, Feb 23, 2014 / 01:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ appointment of new cardinals from distant and impoverished countries has helped bring the topic of pastoral care for those struggling in poverty to Vatican discussions. “I suppose looking back now, it’s not surprising that he chose cardinals from the poorest countries in the world. Nicaragua, Burkina Faso, and Haiti - to have cardinals from those countries, we’d never have thought in the past of … [Read more...]

Christian leaders should serve, says Pope

Vatican City, Feb 23, 2014 / 12:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Sunday Angelus message, Pope Francis spoke about the importance of service rather than special privilege in the Christian community, connecting the day’s gospel reading to the Saturday consistory that created 19 new cardinals. “Through baptism, we all have the same dignity: all of us, in Jesus Christ, we are sons of God,” the Pope stressed on Feb. 23 to the huge crowds filling St. Peter’s Square and … [Read more...]

Cardinals’ meetings focus concern on marriage, family

Vatican City, Feb 22, 2014 / 11:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a series of closed-door meetings this week, cardinals from around the world expressed a common care and concern for the state of marriage and the family in the modern world. “One of the things that we’re facing is a whole culture that doesn’t appreciate the significance, value, and importance of families.  The secular culture we’re a part of just dismisses the importance of family,” Cardinal Donald … [Read more...]

‘The Church needs your courage,’ Pope tells new cardinals

Vatican City, Feb 22, 2014 / 05:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During the Saturday morning consistory at which Pope Francis created 19 new Cardinals, he urged the prelates gathered in St. Peter’s Basilica to serve the Church fearlessly. “The Church needs your courage, to proclaim the Gospel at all times, both in season and out of season, and to bear witness to the truth,” emphasized the Pope on Feb. 22. St. Peter’s Basilica was filled with nearly 200 members of the College … [Read more...]

Faith is not a ‘theory,’ emphasizes Pope

Vatican City, Feb 21, 2014 / 07:43 am (CNA).- Pope Francis centered his daily homily today around the importance of Christians having a living, rather than merely theoretical, faith. “Even we make this mistake many times: ‘But I have a lot of faith,’ we hear it said. ‘I believe everything, everything...’ And maybe the person who says this has a tepid, weak life. His faith is like a theory, but it is not alive in his life,” said Pope Francis on Feb. 21 in … [Read more...]


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