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...]

Cardinal tells consistory to proclaim ‘gospel of the family’

Vatican City, Feb 21, 2014 / 12:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Walter Kasper addressed the Extraordinary Consistory on the Family Thursday morning about how to rediscover and proclaim the “gospel of the family.” Cardinal Kasper spoke to about 150 Catholic cardinals on the morning of Feb. 20 after brief remarks by Pope Francis, who discussed “the beauty of the family and marriage,” as well as the family’s joys, hopes, struggles and sufferings. Father … [Read more...]

Pope: Our own dependence should spur empathy for weak

Vatican City, Feb 20, 2014 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At a Vatican workshop addressing aging and disability, Pope Francis reminded participants that every human being is always dependent on others: a reality that should encourage empathy and inclusion. “One easily forgets that the relations among human beings are always relations of reciprocal dependence, which manifest themselves according to different degrees throughout the life of a person and become indispensable in situations of … [Read more...]

Pope greets 19 prisoners at St. Martha’s Residence

Vatican City, Feb 20, 2014 / 03:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis set aside his schedule Wednesday to meet briefly with 19 inmates from prisons in Pisa and the island of Pianosa, greeting each one individually and blessing them. According to ANSA, the secretary for the Synod of Bishops, Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri, had organized the inmates’ visit to the Vatican and was celebrating Mass for them at the Vatican Grottos when the Pope learned of their arrival and decided to invited … [Read more...]

Pope Francis urges cardinals to reflect deeply on family life

Vatican City, Feb 20, 2014 / 11:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met briefly this morning with cardinals who had gathered for a meeting to reflect on the theme of the family, urging them to consider carefully both the Church’s theology and pastoral practice. “Our reflections must keep before us the beauty of the family and marriage, the greatness of this human reality which is so simple and yet so rich, consisting of joys and hopes, of struggles and sufferings, as is the whole … [Read more...]


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