Pope meets with Cardinal Martini Foundation

Vatican City, Sep 2, 2013 / 01:22 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis met Aug. 30 with members of the Carlo Maria Martini Foundation, a year after the death of the cardinal who served as the group’s namesake.Cardinal Martini, who was the archbishop of Milan and a noted biblical scholar, was “a prophet of peace,” Pope Francis said during the meeting.He labeled the cardinal “a father in the Church, not only for his diocese, but for countless people.”“We, at the … [Read more...]

Pope Francis announces global prayer vigil for peace on Sept. 7

Vatican City, Sep 1, 2013 / 07:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Departing from his typical reflections on the Sunday gospel, Pope Francis used his Angelus audience today to call for peace throughout the world, particularly in conflict-ridden Syria.“I appeal strongly for peace, an appeal which arises from the deep within me,” he said to the crowds in St. Peter’s Square on Sept. 1.“There are so many conflicts in this world which cause me great suffering and worry, but in these … [Read more...]

Pope Francis names Italian archbishop to top Vatican post

Vatican City, Aug 31, 2013 / 09:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis made a key appointment at the Vatican today, naming 58-year-old Italian Archbishop Pietro Parolin as his new Secretary of State.“It is with trepidation that I place myself in this new service to the Gospel, to the Church and to Pope Francis,” said Archbishop Parolin in an Aug. 31 statement, which was released by the Holy See Press Office along with the news of his appointment.For the last four years, … [Read more...]

Legionary named as secretary general of Vatican City government

Vatican City, Aug 30, 2013 / 12:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Aug. 30, Pope Francis appointed Father Fernando Vérgez Alzaga, a member of the Legionaries of Christ, to be the new secretary general of the Governorate of Vatican City State. The position is the Vatican's number-two administrator, and was vacated last Saturday, Aug. 24, when Bishop Giuseppe Sciacca was transferred to the Apostolic Signatura. Fr. Vérgez will serve under the president of the Vatican City … [Read more...]

Vatican cardinal: peace among religions possible in Middle East

Vatican City, Aug 30, 2013 / 12:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The cardinal who heads the Vatican’s interreligious dialogue department said that religious differences in the Middle East do not necessitate violence.“This is the place where the three monotheistic religions meet, and they have the possibility to build up society,” Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran told CNA on Aug. 29. “The problem is when religion becomes politics.”Cardinal Tauran was secretary of the … [Read more...]

Pope and Jordanian king urge dialogue to end Syrian violence

Vatican City, Aug 29, 2013 / 05:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan on Thursday morning, giving special attention to the Syrian conflict at a time when Western countries are considering military action.Their Aug. 29 meeting reaffirmed the importance of dialogue and negotiation between all groups in Syrian society, L’Osservatore Romano reports. The meeting concluded that with the international community’s support, this dialogue … [Read more...]

Pope Francis tells Augustinian order to be ‘restless’ in love

Vatican City, Aug 29, 2013 / 09:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis asked members of the Order of Saint Augustine gathered in Rome for the opening Mass of their meeting to be restless in continuing to seek the well-being of other people. “Restlessness is also love, always seeking the good of others, of loved ones, with that intensity that also leads to tears,” Pope Francis said at the Basilica of Saint Augustine. “The restlessness of love always encourages us to reach … [Read more...]


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