Pope Francis to Roman priests: cry for your people

Vatican City, Mar 6, 2014 / 11:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with the priests of Rome, emphasizing the importance of mercy in pastoral ministry and explaining that to be a priest means being close to one's flock. “The tears of a priest…Do you cry, or is this a clergy that has lost its tears? Do you cry for your people? Do you battle with the Lord for your people, like Abraham fought?” the pontiff asked the clergy present in the March 6 morning … [Read more...]

In interview Pope talks marriage, family, scandals and life

Vatican City, Mar 6, 2014 / 08:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As part of a recent interview given to an Italian news agency, Pope Francis discussed hot-button issues in the Church today, giving clarity to topics which have often been misinterpreted since his election. During the interview, published on March 5 in the Italian daily “Corriere della Sera,” the Pope was asked to speak on several issues which have been a source of heavy debate within the Church, particularly in the … [Read more...]

All values are non-negotiable, Pope says in new interview

Vatican City, Mar 5, 2014 / 01:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Emphasizing that “values are values” and leaving aside the expression “non-negotiable values,” Pope Francis has underscored the importance of the entirety of the Church’s social doctrine. In an interview published March 5 in Italian daily “Corriere della Sera,” he was asked about appeals to “the so-called ‘non-negotiable values’, especially in bio-ethics and sexual … [Read more...]

Lent is a ‘strong’ time of conversion, Pope Francis reflects

Vatican City, Mar 5, 2014 / 12:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his general audience on Ash Wednesday, Pope Francis called Lent a moment of renewal which allows us to look at the needs of others with “new eyes,” and to grow in love. “Brothers and sisters: today, Ash Wednesday, begins the Lenten itinerary that leads us to the celebration of the Easter Triduum, a memorial of our salvation,” the Pope said in March 5. “Lent,” he affirmed during his weekly … [Read more...]

Transcript: Pope Francis’ March 5 interview with Corriere della Sera

Vatican City, Mar 5, 2014 / 11:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Find below an English translation, by CNA's Estefania Aguirre and Alan Holdren, of the March 5 interview of Pope Francis with Italian daily "Corriere della Sera". Holy Father, every once in a while you call those who ask you for help. Sometimes they don’t believe you. Yes, it has happened. When one calls, it is because he wants to speak, to pose a question, to ask for counsel. As a priest in Buenos Aires it … [Read more...]

Pope names secretary general for new economy dicastery

Vatican City, Mar 5, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis appointed Monsignor Alfred Xuereb March 3 as prelate secretary general for the Vatican’s new Secretariat for the Economy, which will oversee economic and administrative affairs in the city state. Msgr. Xuereb, 55, is from Malta’s Diocese of Gozo, and has served as Pope Francis’ personal secretary. He served on Benedict XVI’s staff as a personal secretary beginning in September 2007, a post he held … [Read more...]

Pope: More martyrs exist today than in the early Church

Vatican City, Mar 4, 2014 / 02:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis called persecution a “reality” of Christian life, challenging faithful to take up the cross and noting that we are never given more than we can handle. “But (people say) 'today we are better educated and these things no longer exist.' Yes they do!” the Pope said March 4. “And I tell you that today there are more martyrs than during the early times of the … [Read more...]