‘I do this with my heart,’ Pope says before washing inmates’ feet

Vatican City, Mar 28, 2013 / 12:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis recalled for around 40 young detainees how Jesus washed the disciples’ feet and said that he would willingly do the same for them because he is called to serve. “It is the example set by Our Lord, it’s important for Him to wash their feet, because among us the one who is highest up must be at the service of others,” the Pope said, recounted Jesus response to Peter’s refusal for the … [Read more...]

Pope advances sainthood causes for persecuted Catholics

Vatican City, Mar 28, 2013 / 09:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has approved moving ahead with 16 causes for sainthood, which include multiple 20th-century martyrs, the foundress of a religious order with U.S. ties and a lay Portuguese woman. Cardinal Angelo Amato, head of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, presented the cases on March 27, and the Pope approved decrees recognizing their various degrees of advancement. The person with the closest ties to the United States who … [Read more...]

Vatican did not expect Pope to visit youth prison

Vatican City, Mar 28, 2013 / 08:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican officials thought Pope Francis would only celebrate Holy Thursday Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, but an invitation from a government minister changed their plans.   The Italian Justice Minister, Paola Severino, “was visiting the psychiatric hospital where I serve as chaplain, and she showed interest in inviting the Pope to visit an Italian prison,” explained Monsignor Gino Belleri in a March 26 interview with … [Read more...]

Pope to priests: anointing others will strengthen your heart

Vatican City, Mar 28, 2013 / 05:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope told priests that if they “anoint” others by bringing the grace of God to their everyday realities, they will be strengthened in their priesthood. “A good priest can be recognized by the way his people are anointed,” said Pope Francis during the Holy Thursday Chrism Mass at which oils that will be used in the sacraments are blessed. “When our people are anointed with the oil of gladness, it is … [Read more...]

Vatican TV documentary reveals Pope Francis’ first words

Vatican City, Mar 27, 2013 / 10:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican Television Center will release the documentary “Francesco” next week, providing an intimate look at the historic events that led to the election of Pope Francis, including his first words after his election. “I am a great sinner confident in the patience and mercy of God. In suffering, I accept,” said Monsignor Dario Edoardo Vigano, director of Vatican Television, as he recounted the moment when the … [Read more...]

Holy Week is time to bring Christ to forgotten, Pope teaches

Vatican City, Mar 27, 2013 / 07:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said Holy Week is a time for moving beyond a “dull or mechanical” way of living the faith and to bring the joy of Christ to those who are most distant or in need. “Holy Week is not so much a time of sorrow, but rather a time to enter into Christ’s way of thinking and acting,” Pope Francis said March 27 at his first general audience. “It is a time of grace given us by the Lord so that we … [Read more...]

Pope plans to live in Vatican workers’ residence

Vatican City, Mar 26, 2013 / 10:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said this morning he will stay at Saint Martha’s residence instead of moving to the Apostolic Palace, according to the Vatican press office. “After the Mass ended this morning, the Pope told those present that he intends to remain in the Casa Santa Marta and stay with the employees,” said the Holy See’s press office director, Father Federico Lombardi. His comments came after a 7:00 a.m. Mass that … [Read more...]