Christians must be disciples of the Lamb of God, says Pope

Vatican City, Jan 19, 2014 / 09:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Angelus address today, Pope Francis reflected on Christ as the “Lamb of God,” focusing on the need for Christians to be welcoming and to live an attitude of solidarity. “What does it mean for the Church, for us, today, to be disciples of Jesus the Lamb of God? It means replacing malice with innocence, force with love, pride with humility, prestige with service,” Pope Francis proclaimed Jan. 19 in St. … [Read more...]

Ecumenism a ‘spiritual process’ rooted in the Trinity, Pope says

Vatican City, Jan 18, 2014 / 12:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met this week with members of an ecumenical delegation of Finnish Lutherans, encouraging them to work towards unity among all Christians. “In the face of those who no longer see the full, visible unity of the Church as an achievable goal, we are invited not to give up our ecumenical efforts, faithful to that which the Lord Jesus asked of the Father, ‘that they may be one,’” the Pope told the … [Read more...]

Pope calls media workers to serve the common good

Vatican City, Jan 18, 2014 / 10:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In meeting with the employees of Italy’s national broadcaster, Pope Francis stressed the importance of responsible communications rooted in truth, noting its role in forming persons. “The ethical quality of communications is the result, ultimately, of a careful conscience, not superficial, always respectful of people, both those who are the objects of information and those who are the recipients of the message,” he said … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI celebrates brother’s 90th birthday with day of music

Vatican City, Jan 17, 2014 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Retired pontiff Benedict XVI celebrated his brother Monsignor Georg Ratzinger's 90th birthday on Jan. 15 at the Vatican with a sung Mass and a simple concert. The director of the Holy See's Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, told reporters the celebrations began in the morning at the former pope's Vatican residence, Mater Ecclesia. Archbishop Georg Gaenswein, prefect of the papal household and personal secretary of … [Read more...]

The Pope ‘came out to meet me’, says priest who rode on popemobile

Vatican City, Jan 17, 2014 / 11:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- “I was in Rome to meet the Pope, but it was the Pope who came out to meet me.” This is how Fr. Fabian Baez explained his impromptu Jan. 8 ride in the popemobile with Pope Francis. Pope Francis spotted the Argentine priest in the crowd at the General Audience that day, and welcomed him onto the popemobile. Fr. Baez spoke with CNA Jan. 16 about the experience. “I didn’t have a ticket for the audience, but I felt … [Read more...]

Pope Francis warns against a ‘worldly uniformity’

Vatican City, Jan 17, 2014 / 08:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily, Pope Francis cautioned the faithful not to fall into the temptation of worldliness which hardens our hearts and makes us forget our “election” as children of God. “The normality of life demands fidelity from Christians to their election, and to not sell it to go towards a worldly uniformity,” the Pope stated in his Jan. 17 homily. Pope Francis began his daily Mass, held in the chapel of the … [Read more...]

Pope: Christians have not been chosen for ‘small things’

Vatican City, Jan 17, 2014 / 05:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his message for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, Pope Francis urged youth to listen to the call of God, stating that this is often faced with obstacles and requires “going against the tide.” “We Christians were not chosen by the Lord for small things; push onwards toward the highest principles. Stake your lives on noble ideals!” the pontiff remarked in his Jan. 17 message to youth.The 51st World Day of … [Read more...]