Journalist who broke news of resignation recalls her ‘panic’

Vatican City, Feb 11, 2014 / 02:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican journalist Giovanna Chirri remembers her shock at Benedict XVI's resignation last year, and how she broke the news before he finished his announcement because she could understand Latin. “He said it in Latin and I was panicking. I was short of breath, my legs were trembling. I was sitting and my legs trembled like this…it was a very violent reaction. It was a reaction to shock,” Chirri told CNA in a Feb. 10 … [Read more...]

Vatican Secretariat of State to undergo ‘pastoral conversion’

Vatican City, Feb 11, 2014 / 10:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State at the Vatican, said in a recent interview that under Pope Francis’ reform, his department will undertake the Pope’s call for pastoral conversion. “The Secretariat of State … must assume a cordial and complete availability to the pastoral conversion proposed by Pope Francis,” Archbishop Parolin told Stefania Falasca of Avvenire, the daily of the Italian … [Read more...]

New York welcomes new bishops for Albany, Rockville dioceses

Vatican City, Feb 11, 2014 / 07:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican announced earlier this morning that Msgr. Edward B. Scharfenberger will take the helm as the new Bishop of Albany, NY, with Msgr. Andrzej Jerzy Zglejszewski stepping up as auxiliary of Rockville Centre. “How grateful I am to His Holiness Pope Francis for the awesome privilege to serve as pastor of all the wonderful people in the Diocese of Albany,” Bishop-elect Scharfenberger stated in the Feb. 11 press release … [Read more...]

Pope Francis launches tweet to pray for Benedict XVI

Vatican City, Feb 11, 2014 / 03:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the one year anniversary of Benedict XVI’s announcement of his decision to resign from the Petrine ministry, Pope Francis has sent a tweet, asking the world to join him in prayer for the retired pontiff. “Today I invite you to pray together with me for His Holiness Benedict XVI, a man of great courage and humility,” the Pope’s Feb. 11 tweet read. Exactly one year ago, retired Pope Benedict XVI shocked the … [Read more...]

Pope: Marriage cannot be based simply on emotional satisfaction

Vatican City, Feb 10, 2014 / 02:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking to the Polish bishops last week, Pope Francis encouraged a stronger understanding of marriage, accompanied by a merciful attitude toward those in difficult family situations. “Today marriage tends to be viewed as a form of mere emotional satisfaction that can be constructed in any way or modified at will,” the Pope said. “Unfortunately this vision also influences the mentality of Christians, promoting a … [Read more...]

Pope affirms that Mass is more than a mere ‘representation’

Vatican City, Feb 10, 2014 / 10:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily, Pope Francis reflected on the meaning of the Liturgy, highlighting how it is a real participation in Jesus’ presence, and encouraged all to enter more fully into the mystery of the Mass. “When we celebrate the Mass, we don’t accomplish a representation of the Last Supper: no, it is not a representation. It is something else: it is the Last Supper itself,” the Pope explained in his Feb. 10 … [Read more...]

Cardinal recalls shock of Benedict XVI’s resignation

Vatican City, Feb 10, 2014 / 05:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- One year later, Cardinal James Stafford reflects on the meeting where Benedict XVI announced that he was stepping down as Bishop of Rome, noting that it was an “unexpected” moment of “shock” for all. “Total surprise, total shock,” was the experience of all those present when they heard the Pope’s words that day, Cardinal Stafford explained in a Feb. 7 interview with CNA. On the occasion of the … [Read more...]


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