Let the word of God grow in your heart, encourages Pope

Vatican City, Mar 16, 2014 / 08:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Angelus address on Sunday, Pope Francis reflected on the scene of the Transfiguration, emphasizing the importance of listening to God, especially in scripture, and of sharing the Gospel with others. “And this is curious. When we hear the Word of God, listen to the Word of God and have it in our heart, that Word grows. And do you know how it grows? Giving it to others!” the Pope exclaimed in his March 16 Angelus … [Read more...]

Up to 5 million may go to Rome for Papal canonizations

Vatican City, Mar 15, 2014 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As many as 5 million people could travel to Rome for the April 27 canonization of John XXIII and John Paul II, and are expected to arrive beginning on Good Friday, April 18. Rome will be a hot spot for tourism also because on April 25 Italy celebrates its liberation from fascism, and is national holiday. Many Italians will take advantage of the day off to spend the weekend in Rome, so pilgrims and tourists will be mixing during these … [Read more...]

‘I need the people of God to sustain me,’ Pope says in interview

Vatican City, Mar 15, 2014 / 04:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a recent radio interview given to a station in a slum of Argentina, Pope Francis explained his frequent request for prayers, and praised the work of the many priests who minister among the poor. When asked why he so frequently requests prayer from those he encounters, the Pope simply stated that “I need it. I need the people of God to sustain me.” The interview was given to Argentinian radio station Bajo Flores, … [Read more...]

Pope’s exercises highlight danger of worldly temptations

Vatican City, Mar 14, 2014 / 06:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During Pope Francis’ spiritual exercises, Msgr. Angelo De Donatis focused his meditations on the Grace of God, warning against worldly attitudes, and emphasizing the importance of being open to God’s love. Msgr. De Donatis oversees a parish in the center of Rome, and was in charge of preaching during the Lenten retreat for Pope Francis and members of the Curia, who have been in the hillside town of Ariccia for their March 9 … [Read more...]

Pope will succeed in reforming Roman Curia, cardinal expects

Vatican City, Mar 13, 2014 / 12:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone has discussed the reform of the Roman Curia being carried out by Pope Francis, saying he trusts that it will be completed effectively. “It is a difficult journey, but I believe that Pope Francis is a man of decision, and so I believe he will succeed,” Cardinal Bertone, emeritus secretary of state, told CNA March 7. He served as the Vatican’s secretary of state under Benedict XVI from 2006, … [Read more...]

Fr. Lombardi: Pope is spending anniversary in prayer

Vatican City, Mar 13, 2014 / 08:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In light of the Pope Francis’ first anniversary as Bishop of Rome, the Vatican has stated that the pontiff is doing nothing special to celebrate other than pray, as he is currently participating in his Lenten retreat. “Today the Pope is not doing anything special or different from other days. He is praying,” Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi told reporters in a March 13 statement. Fr. Lombardi’s comment … [Read more...]

Pope to hold first official audience with the blind, deaf

Vatican City, Mar 12, 2014 / 12:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the first pontiff to meet with those who are blind and deaf in an exclusive audience, Pope Francis will hold the gathering later this month – an encounter participants are highly anticipating. “I am pleased that the Pope is making the whole world aware of our world by having an audience with us for the first time” Jakob Badde told CNA on March 10, “we have a great deficiency and most people do not know why and … [Read more...]


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