Pope Francis welcomes Benedict back to Vatican

Vatican City, May 2, 2013 / 10:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Benedict XVI has returned to the Vatican after moving to the papal summer household outside of Rome to not interfere with the papal election. “He is now pleased to return to the Vatican, where he intends to devote himself, as he announced on Feb. 11, to the service of the Church in prayer,” said a Vatican statement released on May 2. The former Pope was picked up by helicopter at 4:30 p.m. from the grounds of Castel … [Read more...]

Flood of reform rumors premature, Vatican official states

Vatican City, May 2, 2013 / 08:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The number two official from the Vatican’s Secretariat of State has dismissed wide-ranging speculation about the reforms Pope Francis will make as “absolutely premature.” “The Pope has not yet met with the group of advisers who have been chosen and already advice is raining down,” Archbishop Angelo Becciu said in a May 1 interview with the Vatican’s newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano. “After … [Read more...]

Vatican invites Buddhists to help build culture of life

Vatican City, May 2, 2013 / 07:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican’s top official for interreligious dialogue, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, sent a message to all Buddhists urging a joint commitment to “unmask the threats to human life.” In his annual letter for the feast of Vesakh, Cardinal Tauran highlighted the two faiths’ “noble teachings on the sanctity of human life” but lamented that “evil in different forms contributes to the dehumanization of … [Read more...]

Pope warns against work that enslaves man

Vatican City, May 1, 2013 / 10:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Marking the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker, Pope Francis said at his General Audience this week that work should serve man and contribute to his dignity, rather than man serving his work.“How many people worldwide are victims of this type of slavery, in which the person is at the service of his or her work, while work should offer a service to people so they may have dignity,” the Pope said May 1 at St. Peter's … [Read more...]

Israeli president discusses Middle East conflict, invites Pope to visit

Vatican City, Apr 30, 2013 / 09:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Israeli president Shimon Peres invited Pope Francis to visit the Holy Land during an April 30 meeting with him at the Vatican. “I am expecting you in Jerusalem, not just me but the whole country of Israel,” Peres told the Pope in the Apostolic Palace. He made his invitation in front of journalists after holding a private 30-minute meeting with the pontiff in which they discussed the ongoing conflicts in the Middle … [Read more...]

Vatican monastery prepares for Benedict XVI’s return

Vatican City, Apr 30, 2013 / 08:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Benedict XVI will return to the Vatican on May 2 by helicopter, coming back the same way he left just two months ago when he resigned as Pope. The return of a former Pope is something that has no historical precedent, making everything a new one for the Vatican’s staff. Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican’s press office, told CNA April 30 that “there will be someone there to welcome Benedict … [Read more...]

Pope targets worldly Church as biggest threat

Vatican City, Apr 30, 2013 / 06:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The “greatest danger” for the Church is if it becomes worldly, since this prevents her from communicating the message of the Cross, Pope Francis said. “When the Church becomes worldly, when she has the spirit of the world within herself … it is a weak Church, a defeated Church, unable to transmit the Gospel, the message of the Cross, the scandal of the Cross ... She cannot transmit this if she is worldly,” … [Read more...]