Church is like a widow seeking her husband, Pope says

Vatican City, Sep 17, 2013 / 11:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church militant is similar to a widow and progresses through history searching for her divine spouse Jesus Christ, Pope Francis preached in his homily for daily Mass Sept. 17.The widow of Naim in Scripture is “an icon of the Church, because the Church is in a certain sense a widow,” the Holy Father said at the chapel of the Vatican's Domus Sanctae Marthae, reflecting on the day's Gospel.“The Bridegroom is … [Read more...]

Pope calls faithful to pray, participate actively in politics

Vatican City, Sep 16, 2013 / 11:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics should not be indifferent to politics, Pope Francis said, but should offer their suggestions, as well as prayers that their leaders may serve the common good in humility and love.In his Sept. 16 daily homily at Santa Marta, the Pope rejected the idea that “a good Catholic doesn’t meddle in politics.”“That’s not true. That is not a good path,” he said, according to Vatican Radio. “A … [Read more...]

Ancient Order pilgrimages to Rome

Vatican City, Sep 15, 2013 / 11:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Traffic stopped this weekend on the busy Roman streets as police escorts guided 31 coach buses of pilgrims through the narrow city roads.Close to 3,000 members of one of the oldest charitable organizations in the Church and their families were on pilgrimage to Rome for the Year of Faith.The Knights and Dames of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem came from around the world to Rome as a witness to "their … [Read more...]

Forgiveness is the ‘joy of God,’ Pope says

Vatican City, Sep 15, 2013 / 09:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Sunday Angelus, the Holy Father said the “joy of God” is ultimately found in pardoning another for his wrongdoing, just as in the parable of the Prodigal Son.“What is the joy of God? It is to forgive!” the Pope told pilgrims Sept. 15, explaining that in this teaching “is the whole Gospel, it is all of Christianity!”Forgiveness, he warned, “is not a sentiment – it is not 'feeling good' – on the contrary, mercy is the true force … [Read more...]

Pope praises newly beatified Argentine ‘cowboy priest’

Vatican City, Sep 14, 2013 / 02:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On the occasion the beatification of Fr. José Gabriel Brochero of Cordoba, Argentina, known to locals as the “cowboy priest,” Pope Francis praised him for his open heart.“Brochero was a normal man, fragile, like any of us,” said Pope Francis.  But his greatness came from the fact that, “he knew the love of Jesus. He let his heart be touched by the mercy of God.”Born in 1840 and ordained to the priesthood at age 26, Fr. Brochero was k … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: mystery of the Cross is bittersweet

Vatican City, Sep 14, 2013 / 01:19 pm (CNA).- On the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross, Pope Francis devoted his daily homily to considering both the bitterness of suffering and the beauty of sacrifice present in the mystery of the Cross.“Today we look upon the Cross, the story of mankind and the story of God. We look upon this Cross, where you can try that honey of aloe, that bitter honey, that bitter sweetness of the sacrifice of Jesus,” said Pope Francis to the congregation at Domus San … [Read more...]

Gossip is a form of murder, Pope Francis reflects

Vatican City, Sep 14, 2013 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his morning Mass homily in Santa Marta, Pope Francis focused on the topic of gossip – saying that when we participate in this sin, we imitate Cain's gesture in killing his brother Abel.The Pope began his homily Sept. 13 by echoing the words of Jesus in the gospel reading, “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?”He spoke for a few minutes on the virtue of … [Read more...]