Pope calls Jesuit magazine to dialogue without relativism

Vatican City, Jun 15, 2013 / 01:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with the staff of the Jesuit journal La Civilta Cattolica on Friday morning, encouraging them to dialogue with everyone and to avoid the failings of a “self-referential” Church.“Even the Church, when it becomes self-referential, gets sick and old,” Pope Francis said. “May our gaze, well fixed upon Christ, always be prophetic and dynamic towards the future. In this way you will always remain … [Read more...]

Defending life in politics part of New Evangelization, Cardinal Burke states

Vatican City, Jun 15, 2013 / 09:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Participating in the political process in favor of human life is a part of the New Evangelization, Cardinal Raymond L. Burke said as he kicked-off a pro-life weekend at the Vatican.“While the transformation of hearts is the most fundamental means of new evangelization regarding human life, Catholics and all persons of good will must be attentive to all laws, which safeguard the dignity of human life,” Cardinal Burke said June … [Read more...]

Cardinals fill important ‘Vatican bank’ position

Vatican City, Jun 15, 2013 / 06:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The commission of cardinals that oversees the so-called Vatican bank has filled a key position by naming Monsignor Battista Ricca the secretary for the board and the commission itself. Vatican press office director Father Federico Lombardi announced the appointment of Msgr. Ricca in a June 15 statement. “The Supervisory Commission of Cardinals Institute for Works of Religion, with the approval of the Holy Father has appointed … [Read more...]

Vatican expected SNAP case against Benedict XVI to fail

Rome, Italy, Jun 14, 2013 / 12:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican is not at all surprised the International Criminal Court rejected a request by an abuse victims’ advocacy group to investigate Benedict XVI for crimes against humanity. “We have always thought that the Court would answer this way, given the unfounded accusation,” the Holy See’s press office director, Father Federico Lombardi, told CNA June 14. The court rejected a request from the U.S.-based … [Read more...]

Be humble ‘from head to toe,’ Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Jun 14, 2013 / 09:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said people must to admit their sins like Saint Paul and not just their good deeds during his daily morning Mass. “We have to be humble, but with real humility, from head to toe,” said Pope Francis June 14. “If we only pride ourselves on our service record and nothing more, we end up going wrong,” said Pope Francis. He made his comments in his homily for morning Mass in the chapel of Saint … [Read more...]

Pope, Anglican archbishop: unity begins with common love of God

Vatican City, Jun 14, 2013 / 08:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury and Pope Francis met for the first time and issued a joint call for unity, rooted in the love of God. “I know that during Your Grace’s installation in Canterbury Cathedral you remembered in prayer the new Bishop of Rome. I am deeply grateful to you – and since we began our respective ministries within days of each other, I think we will always have a particular reason to … [Read more...]

Harley-Davidson enthusiasts roll into Rome

Vatican City, Jun 14, 2013 / 04:30 am (CNA).- The low rumbling of hundreds of Harleys is overtaking the buzz of scooters and cars in the streets surrounding the Vatican, and on Sunday it will even be present in St. Peter’s Square. The first Vatican-related Harley-Davidson event was with Pope Francis himself on Wednesday afternoon, following his weekly general audience. Accompanied by Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, the Pope received the unusual gift of a biker jacket and two of the famous … [Read more...]