Spiritual poverty threatens world peace, Pope states

Vatican City, Mar 22, 2013 / 05:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis invited the diplomats accredited to the Holy See to join him in fighting both material and spiritual poverty, which both contribute to the lack of peace in the world. “Fighting poverty, both material and spiritual, building peace and constructing bridges: these, as it were, are the reference points for a journey that I want to invite each of the countries here represented to take up,” Pope Francis said March … [Read more...]

Pope to celebrate Holy Thursday Mass at youth prison

Vatican City, Mar 21, 2013 / 09:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis will celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at a youth detention center rather than the traditional Basilica of St. John Lateran, the Vatican says. On March 28, Holy Thursday, Pope Francis will celebrate the Chrism Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in the morning, but then go to the Casal del Marmo youth detention center rather than the Basilica of St. John Lateran. This tradition is one that new pontiff has … [Read more...]

Pope says world religious leaders united by truth, beauty

Vatican City, Mar 20, 2013 / 06:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told world religious leaders that the desire to search for truth, beauty and goodness is what keeps them all united. “We feel close to all who, despite being from other traditions and religions, feel the desire to look for truth, beauty and goodness,” said the new Pope when he received the leaders at the Vatican today. He met with Muslim leaders, the head of Rome's Jewish community Rabbi Riccardo di Segni … [Read more...]

Francis’ papal symbols linked to past Popes

Vatican City, Mar 19, 2013 / 01:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- When Pope Francis was installed as Bishop of Rome today, the two major symbols of the authority he received were connected to previous Popes. The inauguration ceremony began with Pope Francis visiting the tomb of St. Peter. He then processed out to the square, with the patriarchs of the Eastern Catholic Churches carrying the Book of the Gospels, his pallium and the Fisherman’s ring. As the procession made its way, a choir sang a … [Read more...]

Pope sends love to Argentina before inauguration

Vatican City, Mar 19, 2013 / 10:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After asking Argentinians not to come to Rome and give to the poor instead, Pope Francis called a large gathering to tell them he loves them and needs their prayers.“Do not forget this bishop who is far but loves you a lot” and “pray for me” were the last words of the message he delivered with a 3:30 a.m. telephone call.Thousands of his countrymen gathered at the Plaza de Mayo in the country’s capital, … [Read more...]

Pilgrim at Pope’s Mass: ‘Today everyone feels Argentinian’

Vatican City, Mar 19, 2013 / 07:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Everyone felt a little Argentinian and extremely happy today, according to members of diverse religious orders who attended the Pope’s installation Mass this morning. “Today everyone feels Argentinian, or at least us Latin Americans do,” said Peruvian priest Father Jose Tola at Saint Peter’s Square. “I’m extremely happy and excited,” he told CNA during the March 19 inauguration Mass of Pope … [Read more...]

Everyone must be ‘protector’ like St. Joseph, Pope says

Vatican City, Mar 19, 2013 / 03:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis called on all people to be “protectors,” like Saint Joseph, by watching over and caring for the poor, families, friendships, the environment and their own emotions and hearts. “In the end, everything has been entrusted to our protection, and all of us are responsible for it. Be protectors of God’s gifts! “Whenever human beings fail to live up to this responsibility, whenever we fail to care … [Read more...]