St. George’s feast becomes Vatican holiday this year

Vatican City, Apr 22, 2013 / 01:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- St. George's feast day falling on April 23 means Vatican employees will have the day off to celebrate the saint their boss, Pope Francis, is named after. But the Holy Father, formerly known as Cardinal Jorge (George) Bergoglio, will continue with his practice of presiding over daily Mass. Instead of holding it at Saint Martha’s as he has been since being elected Pope, the Eucharistic celebration will take place at the … [Read more...]

No room for self-promoters in God’s kingdom, Pope says

Vatican City, Apr 22, 2013 / 10:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis warned that some people, even in the Church, are “social climbers” that try to promote themselves, instead of seeking to glorify Christ. “These social climbers exist even in the Christian communities, no? Those people who are looking out for themselves ... and consciously or unconsciously pretend to enter but are thieves and robbers,” he said at an April 22 Mass for Vatican press office and Vatican … [Read more...]

Being Christian means risking following Jesus, Pope teaches

Vatican City, Apr 22, 2013 / 04:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Lukewarm Christians try to build a church that conforms to their own common sense and see too much risk in following Jesus, Pope Francis preached.   “They are Christians of good sense only: they keep their distance. Christians, so to speak, who are ‘satellites,’ that have a church small in size: to quote the words of Jesus in Revelation, ‘lukewarm Christians,’” the Pope said at the April 20 morning … [Read more...]

Minister with constant joy, Pope Francis counsels new priests

Vatican City, Apr 21, 2013 / 07:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis ordained 10 men as priests this morning, reminding them that they should carry out their ministry with “constant joy and genuine love.” “Therefore, carry out the ministry of Christ the Priest with constant joy and genuine love, attending not to your own concerns but to those of Jesus Christ. You are pastors, not functionaries. Be mediators, not intermediaries,” the Pope told the newly ordained. The … [Read more...]

Ask Jesus what he wants and be brave, Pope tells youth

Vatican City, Apr 21, 2013 / 06:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Just after ordaining 10 men to the priesthood, Pope Francis called on young Catholics to ask Jesus “what he wants from you and be brave!” “There are many young people today, here in the square. Let me ask this: have you sometimes heard the voice of the Lord through a desire, restlessness, inviting you to follow him more closely? Have you had any desire to be apostles of Jesus?” Pope Francis asked the crowd in St. … [Read more...]

Former NBA player visits Swiss Guard basketball team

Vatican City, Apr 19, 2013 / 10:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The former Los Angeles Lakers player Vlade Divac was thrilled to meet with the Swiss Guard to discuss sports and learn about their work at the Vatican. “I was very excited to be here, and they have a basketball team here with very tall people,” the 7-foot, 1-inch Divac joked in the Swiss Guard's barracks. “I also told them that if they need a coach, I can help them out,” he told CNA April 18. It was the … [Read more...]

Pope: answering God with the heart protects against ideologies

Vatican City, Apr 19, 2013 / 07:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis spent his homily today reflecting on responding to God’s invitations with the heart and not just the intellect, since this leads to ideologies that falsify the Gospel and weigh down the Church. “The ideologues falsify the gospel. Every ideological interpretation, wherever it comes from – from (whatever side) – is a falsification of the Gospel,” Pope Francis said April 19 at a Mass he celebrated … [Read more...]