Pope Francis: Jesus is waiting for us

Vatican City, Mar 7, 2015 / 01:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- What’s so important about an encounter? Pope Francis thinks one encounter is key to everything.   “Everything in our life, today as at the time of Jesus, begins with an encounter,” the Pope said at a March 7 audience. Christ is always there first: “when we arrive, He is there waiting.” He reflected on the life of Monsignor Luigi Giussani, founder of the Communion and Liberation movement. His life was … [Read more...]

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A man captured by Christ: The legacy of Father Giussani 10 years on

Vatican City, Mar 6, 2015 / 02:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Ten years after the death of Father Luigi Giussani, founder of the global fraternity Communion and Liberation, the priest's life continues to shed light on man's deepest questions, his biographer says. What still strikes the world about Fr. Giussani is “his humanity, definitely,” Alberto Savorana told CNA Feb. 27. “A humanity that since he was a little boy had been seized by a very important encounter on a day … [Read more...]

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Church unity is found in Christ, Eucharist, Pope Francis tells bishops

Vatican City, Mar 6, 2015 / 12:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Wednesday reminded bishops to turn their sights to the Eucharist – rather than themselves – as the source of unity for the Church. “The bishop does not gather people around himself, or his own ideas, but around Christ, present in his word and in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood,” the Pope said Mar. 4 during an audience with bishops taking part this week in a gathering of the Focolare … [Read more...]

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Abandonment is the greatest suffering of the elderly, Pope says

Vatican City, Mar 5, 2015 / 01:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said Thursday that when it comes to caring for the elderly, palliative care is necessary because it counters a mentality of utility that often leaves elderly persons marginalized and alone. “Abandonment is the most serious ‘illness’ of the elderly, and also the greatest injustice they can suffer: those who helped us to grow must not be abandoned when they need our help, our love and our tenderness,” … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Pell’s Vatican economy office gets new statutes

Vatican City, Mar 4, 2015 / 05:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Statutes for the Vatican's three finanical oversight bodies were released earlier this week, largely consolidating the influence of the Secretariat for the Economy and its prefect, Cardinal George Pell. Signed by Pope Francis Feb. 22 and having come into effect March 1, the statutes of the Council for the Economy, the Secretariat for the Economy, and the Office for the General Auditor provided a legal framework to the three new … [Read more...]

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Saints in the Little Flower family grow as parents set for canonization

Vatican City, Mar 4, 2015 / 03:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Last week it was informally announced to journalists that the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, will be canonized this year in the same month as the synod on the family. “Thanks to God in October two spouses will be canonized: the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux,” Angelo Amato Cardinal Amato said during a Feb. 27 encounter organized by the Libreria Editrice Vaticana. Entitled “What … [Read more...]

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Pope slams culture of waste, says it’s ‘a mortal sin’ to discard elderly

Rome, Italy, Mar 4, 2015 / 05:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his general audience Pope Francis condemned modern society for silently disposing of the elderly, saying that a civilization which views them only as burdensome is ‘perverse’ and ill. “It is a mortal sin to discard our elderly…The elderly are not aliens. We are them – in a short or in a long while we are inevitably them, even though we choose not to think about it,” the Pope told pilgrims present in … [Read more...]

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