Pope Francis and Benedict XVI meet as ‘brothers’

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Mar 23, 2013 / 10:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with Benedict XVI on Saturday for the first time since his selection, an historic visit that took place in a fraternal atmosphere.“We are brothers,” Pope Francis told his predecessor before praying side-by-side with him at the papal residence in Castel Gandolfo, Italy.The March 23 encounter marked the first face-to-face meeting between the two since the March 13 election of the new Pope. The … [Read more...]

Pope Francis and Benedict XVI meet as ‘brothers’

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Mar 23, 2013 / 10:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with Benedict XVI on Saturday for the first time since his selection, an historic visit that took place in a fraternal atmosphere.“We are brothers,” Pope Francis told his predecessor before praying side-by-side with him at the papal residence in Castel Gandolfo, Italy.The March 23 encounter marked the first face-to-face meeting between the two since the March 13 election of the new Pope. The … [Read more...]

Pope celebrates Mass for Vatican gardeners, janitors

Vatican City, Mar 22, 2013 / 04:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis celebrated a small Mass for the Vatican’s janitors and gardeners on the morning of March 22 in the Domus Sanctae Marthae chapel.Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano described the Mass as “a simple celebration to which the Pope invited employees of the garden and cleaning services of the Governorate of Vatican City State.”The Pontiff’s short homily commented on the daily readings, explaining … [Read more...]

Spiritual poverty threatens world peace, Pope states

Vatican City, Mar 22, 2013 / 05:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis invited the diplomats accredited to the Holy See to join him in fighting both material and spiritual poverty, which both contribute to the lack of peace in the world. “Fighting poverty, both material and spiritual, building peace and constructing bridges: these, as it were, are the reference points for a journey that I want to invite each of the countries here represented to take up,” Pope Francis said March … [Read more...]

Pope to celebrate Holy Thursday Mass at youth prison

Vatican City, Mar 21, 2013 / 09:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis will celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at a youth detention center rather than the traditional Basilica of St. John Lateran, the Vatican says. On March 28, Holy Thursday, Pope Francis will celebrate the Chrism Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in the morning, but then go to the Casal del Marmo youth detention center rather than the Basilica of St. John Lateran. This tradition is one that new pontiff has … [Read more...]

Pope says world religious leaders united by truth, beauty

Vatican City, Mar 20, 2013 / 06:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told world religious leaders that the desire to search for truth, beauty and goodness is what keeps them all united. “We feel close to all who, despite being from other traditions and religions, feel the desire to look for truth, beauty and goodness,” said the new Pope when he received the leaders at the Vatican today. He met with Muslim leaders, the head of Rome's Jewish community Rabbi Riccardo di Segni … [Read more...]

Francis’ papal symbols linked to past Popes

Vatican City, Mar 19, 2013 / 01:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- When Pope Francis was installed as Bishop of Rome today, the two major symbols of the authority he received were connected to previous Popes. The inauguration ceremony began with Pope Francis visiting the tomb of St. Peter. He then processed out to the square, with the patriarchs of the Eastern Catholic Churches carrying the Book of the Gospels, his pallium and the Fisherman’s ring. As the procession made its way, a choir sang a … [Read more...]


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