Vatican explains availability of Pope’s daily homilies

Vatican City, May 30, 2013 / 09:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican is not publishing the full text of the Pope’s daily homilies because it wants to avoid giving them a level of authority that is not intended. “We must insist on the fact that, in all of the Pope’s activities, the difference between different situations and celebrations, as well as the different levels of authority of his words, must be understood and respected,” Vatican press office director Father … [Read more...]

Dark moment reminded Pope to seek God’s will above success

Vatican City, May 29, 2013 / 10:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At his daily Mass in St. Martha’s residence this morning, Pope Francis warned about the dangers of a Church that is too concerned with “organization and success” by recalling a “dark moment” of his spiritual life. “A Church that only thinks about triumphs (and) successes, does not know that rule of Jesus: the rule of triumph through failure, human failure, the failure of the Cross. “And this … [Read more...]

Pope: Jesus’ plan for humanity requires Catholic Church

Vatican City, May 29, 2013 / 07:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis began a new series of reflections by saying that although some people want Jesus but not the Church, “it is the Church that brings us Christ” and reunites us to God. “Even today, some say, ‘Christ yes, the Church no,’ like those who say, ‘I believe in God, but in priests, no.’ They say, ‘Christ: yes. Church: no.’ Nevertheless, it is the Church that brings us Christ and … [Read more...]

Examine what prevents intimacy with Christ, Pope says

Vatican City, May 29, 2013 / 12:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The faithful need to examine their lives to find the “riches” that prevent them from “getting close to Jesus” like the young man who refuses to give his possessions to the poor in order to follow Christ. Pope Francis focused his homily May 27 on the episode in the Gospel in which Jesus asks a young man to give all his riches to the poor and then follow him. However, rather than following Christ’s call, the … [Read more...]

Pope: when Christians lack difficulties, ‘something is wrong’

Vatican City, May 28, 2013 / 04:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Faithful Christians will always face difficulties, said Pope Francis on Tuesday, warning that a worldly, career-based approach to faith avoids the suffering and persecution inherent in following Christ.“Many Christians, tempted by the spirit of the world, think that following Jesus is good because it can become a career, they can get ahead,” the Pope said.“When a Christian has no difficulties in life – when … [Read more...]

Adoration with Pope energizing Catholics worldwide

Vatican City, May 28, 2013 / 06:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic world will be united with Pope Francis on the Feast of Corpus Christi as he leads a “historic” hour of simultaneous Eucharistic Adoration. “Even some islands in the middle of the ocean … at two in the morning – they don’t have electricity – but even with that they will be in communion with us and Pope Francis for one hour,” Archbishop Rino Fisichella said as he explained the … [Read more...]

Pope dubs parish ‘sentinel’ for Rome diocese

Rome, Italy, May 27, 2013 / 09:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Saints Elizabeth and Zechariah was the first church in the Diocese of Rome that Pope Francis visited, and enthusiasm was high as presided over First Communion for 16 children. The Pope was welcomed by thousands of parishioners and the pastor, Father Benoni Ambarus, who noted that the parish, located on the northern outskirts of Rome in Prima Porta, can be seen either as the last one in the Rome diocese, or as the first, as a sentinel that … [Read more...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X