Pope addresses Marxism accusations, women cardinals

Vatican City, Dec 15, 2013 / 09:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an interview published Dec. 14 in the Italian newspaper La Stampa, Pope Francis has responded to several questions touching controversial topics that have arisen in his papacy. When asked by Italian Vatican analyst Andrea Tornielli about the accusations of Marxism from “ultra-conservative Americans,” who took issue with certain passages of the Pope’s recent apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, the Pontiff was … [Read more...]

Don’t be ‘allergic’ to preaching the truth, Pope warns

Vatican City, Dec 13, 2013 / 10:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily Mass, Pope Francis cautioned Christians not to be overly-critical of those who preach the Gospel, emphasizing that focusing too much on personal precepts keeps us from being happy. Reflecting on the day’s Gospel reading in which Jesus compares the generation to children who are always unhappy or dissatisfied, the Pope stated that “The people of God have a certain allergy to the preachers of the Word: they … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI still in the service of St. Peter, colleague says

Vatican City, Dec 13, 2013 / 05:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Manfred Lütz, a close colleague of Benedict XVI, revealed in a recent interview that he is still in contact with retired pontiff, who still considers himself in the service of the Church, and of Pope Francis. Lütz explained in a Dec. 4 interview with CNA that during a recent visit with Benedict, the previous Pope “said he didn't leave the service of St. Peter, that he lives the service of St. Peter in another … [Read more...]

Moneyval report shows progress in Holy See’s finances

Vatican City, Dec 13, 2013 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The European body responsible for monitoring financial transparency issued a report Dec. 12 detailing the progress made by the Vatican's financial bodies. The Council of Europe’s Moneyval committee published the report as a follow up to their July report, which had found the Vatican to be “compliant” or “largely compliant” on nine of the 16 “key and core” recommendations for combating … [Read more...]

Pope highlights ‘joy of the Church’ on Twitter anniversary

Vatican City, Dec 12, 2013 / 03:08 pm (CNA).- One year after the official opening of the papal Twitter account, Pope Francis invited his nearly 11 million followers on the social media site to remember the joy that characterizes the Catholic Church. “We cannot think of a Church without joy. This is the joy of the Church: announcing to all the name of Jesus,” tweeted Pope Francis on Dec. 12, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the one-year anniversary of the papal presence on … [Read more...]

Pope names two new bishops for Mississippi and Texas

Vatican City, Dec 12, 2013 / 11:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has named two U.S. priests as the next bishops of the Dioceses of Jackson, Miss. and San Angelo, Texas. Father Joseph R. Kopacz, a priest of the Diocese of Scranton, Pa., will head the Jackson diocese, while Monsignor Michael J. Sis of the Diocese of Austin will lead the west central Texas diocese. Bishop Joseph Bambera of Scranton said the announcement brought “great joy” to Fr. Kopacz’s home … [Read more...]

Fraternity is the ‘foundation’ of peace, Pope’s message says

Vatican City, Dec 12, 2013 / 10:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis' first message for the World Day of Peace was issued today by the Vatican, revealing the pontiff's special emphasis on fostering greater global fraternity in the process of obtaining peace. The Dec. 12 presentation of the Pope's message showed how he refers to fraternity as “an essential human quality,” which he elaborates on in several key areas of society. The theme of the upcoming day, which … [Read more...]


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