Christ preaches Gospel through you, Pope tells new bishops

Vatican City, Oct 26, 2013 / 07:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a Mass on Thursday at Saint Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis consecrated two men as bishops and exhorted them to be faithful to Christ, for he reaches men through their ministry.“Christ, in fact, is who through the ministry of the bishop continues to preach the Gospel of salvation and sanctifies believers, through the sacraments of the faith,” the Bishop of Rome preached in his homily at the Oct. 24 Mass during which he … [Read more...]

US ambassador to Vatican united with Pope in care for poor

Vatican City, Oct 25, 2013 / 11:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The new United States ambassador to the Holy See revealed his shared concern with Pope Francis for those who are subject to poverty, as well as his optimism on U.S. relations with the Vatican. “This is amazing in terms of his focus on the poor and generating kind of an interest for the Christian faith and defining what it is you should be doing for the poor,” Ambassador Ken Hackett said in reference to the Pope during an Oct. … [Read more...]

Pope: Sacrament of Confession is not a ‘torture chamber’

Vatican City, Oct 25, 2013 / 08:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his daily Mass Pope Francis centered his homily on the Sacrament of Reconciliation, stressing that sin is an everyday struggle which requires accountability through “face-to-face” contact. “Confessing our sins is not going to a psychiatrist, or to a torture chamber: it’s saying to the Lord, 'Lord, I am a sinner,' but saying it through the brother, because this says it concretely. 'I am sinner … [Read more...]

Catholic sports group immerses athletes in richness of faith

Vatican City, Oct 25, 2013 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In light of recent events at the Vatican honoring the bond of sports and faith, one catholic organization revealed their goal to both evangelize through sports, as well as form athletes on an integral level. “We work to support athletes by providing them the Sacraments and once they are properly catechized and formed we encourage them and try to promote them to go out and try to share the Good News, to share their faith as applied … [Read more...]

New book details Benedict XVI’s love for nature, ecology

Vatican City, Oct 25, 2013 / 02:01 am (CNA).- A new book collecting Benedict XVI's speeches on ecology and man's relationship with nature reveals his love and concern for nature and animals, according to the emeritus Pope's once-private secretary. “In the book, Benedict writes that man, if he is to have a heart for peace, must have an awareness of the connection between natural ecology and human ecology,” Monsignor Alfred Xuereb, who is now Pope Francis' private … [Read more...]

Pope Francis warns faithful not to be ‘rosewater Christians’

Rome, Italy, Oct 24, 2013 / 08:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily, Pope Francis focused on the fact that we have been “re-created” in Christ, urging those in attendance to take their faith seriously, rather than committing halfway.“People do not take it seriously! Lukewarm Christians: ‘But, yes, yes, but, no, no.’ Neither here nor there - as our mothers said, ‘rosewater Christians’ - no!”The Holy Father offered his reflections to … [Read more...]

New Vatican cricket club aims to spark intercultural dialogue

Vatican City, Oct 24, 2013 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See has launched a new cricket club with the goal of encouraging dialogue between cultures, as well as growing virtue among the athletes, both on and off the field. “The idea was if we start a cricket club, cricket being so popular in the whole of the East, especially in the Indian sub-continent, we could start a dialogue through cricket,” Father Theodore Mascarenas told CNA in an Oct. 22 interview. Fr. Mascarenas … [Read more...]