Francis highlights link between faith, God’s word, biblical scholar says

Vatican City, Sep 26, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a recent speech to the Italian Biblical Association, Pope Francis did not disclaim biblical studies but rather stressed the relation between faith and the scriptures, according to the group's secretary. “All of Pope Francis' speech is aimed at emphasizing the relationship between faith and the Word of God. In this sense, he is on the trail of Benedict XVI, who always emphasized the need for faith to fully interpret the … [Read more...]

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Vanity is like an onion, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Sep 25, 2014 / 11:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a colorful Thursday homily, Pope Francis highlighted the sin of vanity, saying that Christians must reject it by peeling away one layer at a time. He cited the Desert Fathers, the saints of early Christian Egypt, who saw that “vanity is a temptation against which we must battle our whole life, because it always comes back to take the truth away from us.” Drawing from their comparison, Pope Francis explained that vanity … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis prays, issues strong appeal for Ebola victims

Vatican City, Sep 24, 2014 / 08:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis made an appeal for prayer and aid for the victims of the Ebola outbreak which has been sweeping through several West African countries. Speaking during his General Audience Sept. 24, the Pope expressed his closeness “to the many people affected by this terrible disease. I invite you to pray for them and for the many who have so tragically lost their life.” The Pope also called on the international community to … [Read more...]

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Roster of women increases on Vatican theological board

Vatican City, Sep 24, 2014 / 02:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Announced Tuesday, Pope Francis' appointments to the International Theological Commission include a greater number of women than before, and come from more diverse locales, vocations, and charisms. “Women now constitute 16 percent of the Commission’s members, a sign of growing female involvement in theological research,” noted a Sept. 23 statement from the commission. “In 2014 it was also decided to further … [Read more...]

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Former Dominican Republic nuncio on house arrest over sex abuse charges

Vatican City, Sep 23, 2014 / 05:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See press officer announced Tuesday that Jozef Wesolowski, the former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic who was laicized earlier this year, has been put under house arrest amid an official investigation into charges of pedophilia. He is accused of having paid for sex with minors while nuncio to the Dominican Republic. “The seriousness of the allegations has prompted the official investigation to impose a … [Read more...]

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Jesus is ‘waiting to be recognized in migrants,’ Pope stresses

Vatican City, Sep 23, 2014 / 04:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- All Christians must recognize Jesus Christ in migrants and refugees, and welcome them with “respect and solidarity” while avoiding “suspicion and prejudice,” Pope Francis has said. “The mission of the Church, herself a pilgrim in the world and the Mother of all, is thus to love Jesus Christ, to adore and love him, particularly in the poorest and most abandoned; among these are certainly migrants and … [Read more...]

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Don’t overcomplicate the Christian life, Pope Francis warns

Vatican City, Sep 23, 2014 / 04:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis resumed daily Mass Tuesday after his papal visit to Albania, telling those present that living the Christian life is simple: listen to God's word and put it into practice. “These are the two conditions in order to follow Jesus, hear the word of God and put it into practice. This is the Christian life, nothing more,” the Pope said Sept. 23 at the Saint Martha residence.   “Simple, easy. Maybe … [Read more...]

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