Pope: power struggles outside Jesus’ vision of Church

Vatican City, May 21, 2013 / 01:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While acknowledging that power struggles have existed in the Church since it began, Pope Francis said Jesus’ teaching on power leaves no room for them. “In the Church the greatest is the one who serves most, the one who is at the service of others,” said Pope Francis on May 21.   “This is the rule, yet from the beginning until now there have been power struggles in the Church, even in our manner of … [Read more...]

Pope praying for children, others struck by Oklahoma tornado

Vatican City, May 21, 2013 / 08:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis sent special condolences to those parents who lost their children in a tornado that killed around 100 people in Oklahoma. “I am close to the families of all who died in the Oklahoma tornado, especially those who lost young children,” the Pope said on his Twitter account on May 21. “Join me in praying for them,” he added. Pope Francis also tweeted the same message in Spanish. Earlier in the day … [Read more...]

Vatican spokesman denies Pope conducted exorcism

Vatican City, May 21, 2013 / 04:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis did not perform an exorcism when he prayed over a young disabled man in St. Peter’s Square on Pentecost Sunday, according to the Vatican’s spokesman. “The Pope had no intention of doing an exorcism, so it is absolutely false that this has been done. He simply prayed for the sick person,” Vatican press office director Father Federico Lombardi told CNA May 21. The idea that Pope Francis performed an … [Read more...]

Pope tells Catholics to shout ‘Jesus’ instead of ‘Francis’

Vatican City, May 20, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis asked those gathered for the Pentecost Vigil Mass at the Vatican to chant Christ's name instead of his own, highlighting his role as Christ's vicar on earth. “From now on no more 'Francis,' only 'Jesus,' alright?” he asked rhetorically during the Pentecost Vigil Mass said May 18 at Saint Peter's Square.   “All of you in the square shouted out 'Francis, Francis, Pope … [Read more...]

Courageous prayer leads to miracles, Pope reflects

Vatican City, May 20, 2013 / 11:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis encouraged bold prayer and faithful trust in God during his homily at Mass today at Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican. “A courageous prayer, that struggles to achieve a miracle,” the Bishop of Rome said May 20. “Not prayers of courtesy: 'Ah, I will pray for you,' I say an Our Father, a Hail Mary and then I forget.” Rather, he said, “strong prayer is needed. Humble and strong prayer that … [Read more...]

Pope ties Church movements Mass to Pentecost

Vatican City, May 19, 2013 / 07:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- St. Peter’s Square was “transformed into an open-air Cenacle,” Pope Francis said after he celebrated Pentecost with Church movements. “This celebration of faith is about to end, which began yesterday with the Vigil and culminated this morning in the Eucharist. “A renewed Pentecost that has transformed St. Peter's Square into an open-air Cenacle,” Pope Francis said May 19 before reciting the … [Read more...]

Spirit’s surprises are way to happiness, Pope teaches

Vatican City, May 19, 2013 / 06:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Around 200,000 pilgrims packed St. Peter’s Square to celebrate Pentecost with Pope Francis, who called on them to be open to “God’s surprises” because they bring true happiness. “This is not a question of novelty for novelty’s sake, the search for something new to relieve our boredom, as is so often the case in our own day,” the Pope said May 19. “The newness which God brings into our … [Read more...]