Pope: Christians called to proclaim Christ even unto death

Vatican City, Jun 24, 2013 / 11:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At his daily Mass at Saint Martha House, Pope Francis said the Church lives to announce Christ to the point of martyrdom, following the example of Saint John the Baptist. “The Church exists to proclaim, to be the voice of a Word, her husband, who is the Word,” he said June 24, the feast of the birth of John the Baptist, who died a martyr. “The Church exists to proclaim this Word until martyrdom. Martyrdom precisely … [Read more...]

Catholics are called to ‘daily martyrdom,’ says Pope

Vatican City, Jun 23, 2013 / 10:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his June 23 Angelus reflection, Pope Francis said the faithful are called to follow the example of the martyrs in losing their lives for Christ, even if they do not suffer violence for their faith.“Both in the past and today, in many parts of the world there are martyrs, both men and women, who are imprisoned or killed for the sole reason of being Christian,” he said, noting that there are more martyrs dying violent … [Read more...]

Choose bishops carefully, Pope advises diplomats

Vatican City, Jun 21, 2013 / 02:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During a gathering organized for the Year of Faith, Pope Francis asked his ambassadors to be careful in helping to select candidates for the episcopacy, making sure they are men of pastoral hearts. “In the delicate task of carrying out inquiries for episcopal appointments, be careful that the candidates are pastors close to the people,” he told a gathering of apostolic nuncios from around the world at the Vatican's … [Read more...]

Pope urges union of faith and charity in Middle East

Vatican City, Jun 21, 2013 / 01:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Considering the plight of Christians in Syria and across the Middle East, Pope Francis advised aid agencies for Christians in the region to ground their work in prayer and the sacraments. “I ask you to accompany me in uniting faith with charity … collaborate 'in the faith and in the charity of Jesus Christ our God,'” the Bishop of Rome said at a June 20 audience with the Reunion of Aid Agencies for the Oriental … [Read more...]

Pope: ‘Do I have a tired heart that only wants a good bank account?’

Vatican City, Jun 21, 2013 / 09:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- We have hearts that are restless and in search of treasure, Pope Francis said in his daily homily at the Vatican's Saint Martha House, and we should seek the treasure of a loving heart. “What do I have, a tired heart, that only wants to settle itself, three, four things, a good bank account, this or that thing,” he asked June 21. “This restlessness of the heart always has to be cured.” In attendance at the … [Read more...]

Pope: it’s wrong to think our enemies must go to hell

Vatican City, Jun 20, 2013 / 01:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis stressed that it's false to think our enemies “must go to hell” during his daily Mass at the Vatican's Saint Martha House June 20. “You cannot pray with enemies in your heart,” he said June 20. “With (both) brothers and enemies in your heart, you cannot pray.” “They must go to hell, right? I will have nothing to do with them!” the Bishop of Rome said … [Read more...]

Vatican theologians approve second miracle of John Paul II

Vatican City, Jun 19, 2013 / 12:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Theologians at the Congregation for the Causes of Saints have approved a second miracle granted through the intercession of Blessed John Paul II, moving him closer to being declared a saint. “The proclamation of his sainthood needs only the approval of the commission of cardinals and bishops and the final signature of Pope Francis,” Italian news agency ANSA reported June 18. Before Blessed John Paul II can be canonized, … [Read more...]