Pope Francis praises the ‘hidden holiness’ of everyday saints

Vatican City, Dec 4, 2014 / 09:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis cautioned against the false appearances of those who are proud or vain, saying that true holiness is found in the silent, everyday witness of the poor and humble. “We should think about so much hidden holiness there is in the Church; Christians who remain in Jesus,” the Pope told those present in the Vatican's Saint Martha guesthouse for his Dec. 4 daily Mass. While there are there are some Christians who … [Read more...]

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Investigation of former Dominican Republic nuncio moves forward

Vatican City, Dec 3, 2014 / 10:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican’s press officer provided an update on the trial of laicized former nuncio Jozef Wesolowski, saying that the case is moving forward, and the first stages of investigation and questioning have begun. “Regarding the situation of Mons. Wesolowski, I can say that the Judiciary of the State of Vatican City, continuing investigations, made a first interrogation of the accused, of which others will follow,” Fr. … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis prays for more fruitful dialogue after trip to Turkey

Vatican City, Dec 3, 2014 / 05:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his weekly general audience Pope Francis recalled the activities of his recent trip to Turkey, and prayed that the visit would lead to a more fruitful ecumenical and interreligious dialogue. “Dear brothers and sisters, with joy I wish to recall the trip that I made to Turkey, and I pray that it will contribute to an ever more fruitful dialogue and relationship with our Orthodox and Muslim brothers and sisters,” the Pope … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Scola: Pope Francis will stand with tradition on marriage

Vatican City, Dec 3, 2014 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an interview with an Italian paper published on Tuesday, Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan stated that Pope Francis will not push the Church away from the understanding of marriage's indissolubility. “During the synod, I thoroughly discussed with Cardinals Marx, Daneels, and Schoenborn in my ‘minor circle’ about the possible access to communion for the divorced and remarried, but I cannot see how to combine on one … [Read more...]

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The Church is about Christ – not an NGO, Pope tells Swiss bishops

Vatican City, Dec 2, 2014 / 03:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In an address to the Swiss bishops on Monday, Pope Francis urged them maintain a lively faith, lest their country’s religious buildings become nothing more than dust-filled museums. The Holy Father also used the opportunity to encourage the bishops to live their episcopal fatherhood; to uphold the ministerial priesthood; to engage in frank ecumenism; and to maintain the Church's witness to the Gospel. “Your country has … [Read more...]

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Pope: Knowledge alone doesn’t reveal God; humble prayer does

Vatican City, Dec 2, 2014 / 12:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily on Tuesday, Pope Francis said that no matter how much we study, we will never know anything about God unless we speak to him humbly like children. “Many may know science (and) theology well, so many! But if they do not do this theology on their knees, humbly, like children, they will not understand anything,” the Pope told those present in the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse for his Dec. 2 daily … [Read more...]

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Religious leaders sign joint declaration to eradicate slavery

Vatican City, Dec 2, 2014 / 10:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Leaders of the world’s major religions came together at the Vatican on Tuesday to sign a common declaration condemning slavery and urging the world to action, and were addressed by Pope Francis. “We, the undersigned, are gathered here today for a historic initiative to inspire spiritual and practical action by all global faiths and people of good will everywhere to eradicate modern slavery across the world by 2020 and for all … [Read more...]

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