Interviewer: Pope’s adherence to Church abortion teaching is clear

Vatican City, Sep 20, 2013 / 01:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis is “absolutely clear” about Catholic teaching on abortion, but his first focus is to bring God’s salvation to everyone, “most of all sinners,” says the Jesuit priest whose lengthy papal interview was published yesterday. “The message of the Church is a message of mercy,” said Father Antonio Spadaro, S.J., who is editor in chief of the Jesuit-run Italian newspaper La Civiltà … [Read more...]

Bishop Kettler transferred to Saint Cloud diocese

St. Cloud, Minn., Sep 20, 2013 / 11:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis today accepted the resignation of Bishop John Kinney, 76, of the Diocese of Saint Cloud, and appointed as his replacement Bishop Donald Kettler, who until today had led the Fairbanks diocese. “I am very pleased to be here, to be your bishop, and I hope I can do that task well … it's going to just really be a blessing for me to be here,” Bishop Kettler said Sept. 20 at a press conference introducing … [Read more...]

Vatican’s new Catechism app aims to spread faith worldwide

Vatican City, Sep 20, 2013 / 07:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A pontifical council is preparing to launch a new app on the Catechism of the Catholic Church in order to help promote and better expand Church teaching throughout the world. “Catechesis is important for the church first of all because it is the attempt we had from the beginning of our faith to put together the knowledge, the content of our faith, and the coherent witness that we should have,” said Archbishop Rino Fisichella, … [Read more...]

Proclaim fullness of Gospel, Pope teaches in interview

Vatican City, Sep 19, 2013 / 05:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a new wide-ranging interview, Pope Francis called for Christians to “heal wounds” in society by sharing the entirety of the Church’s message, offering the proper context for its spiritual and moral teaching.The Holy Father explained that “the proclamation of the saving love of God comes before moral and religious imperatives.”Proclamation of salvation must come first, followed by catechesis, and then … [Read more...]

Pope exhorts world’s new bishops to be welcoming pastors

Vatican City, Sep 19, 2013 / 07:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis spoke today to new bishops gathered from across the globe, encouraging them to tend their flocks – and to welcome, journey and remain with the members of their dioceses. “I've served three bishops in the diocese of Tyler and I’m the fourth bishop of the diocese,” said Bishop Joseph E. Strickland of Texas during the annual New Bishop's Conference in Rome. “It really is a reminder of … [Read more...]

Pope Francis says Church lives, ‘suffers’ for her children

Vatican City, Sep 18, 2013 / 06:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During today's general audience, Pope Francis continued his reflections on the theme of the Church as mother, saying that it is she who accompanies and intercedes for us in life. “Dear Brothers and Sisters: today I wish to return to the image of the Church as our Mother,” he told those gathered in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 18, “by reflecting on all that our earthly mothers do, live and suffer for their … [Read more...]

Vatican analyst: Pope distanced himself from liberation theology

Vatican City, Sep 17, 2013 / 12:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During a meeting on Monday with priests from the Diocese of Rome, Pope Francis reportedly suggested that he does not support the version of liberation theology represented by Peruvian priest Father Gustavo Gutierrez.In a post for his Italian-language blog Settimo Cielo, Vatican analyst Sandro Magister said the Holy Father distanced himself from Archbishop Gerhard Muller – the current prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of … [Read more...]


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