Don’t reduce athletes to ‘merchandise for profit,’ Pope cautions

Vatican City, Nov 25, 2013 / 05:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with delegates of the European Olympic committee on Saturday, advising them to reject a consumerist mentality towards sports which can dehumanize athletes.“When sports come to be considered solely according to economic parameters or the achievement of victory at all costs, one runs the risk of reducing athletes to mere merchandise from which to profit,” he said on Nov. 23 in the Vatican’s Clementine … [Read more...]

Pope lauds courageous choices of modern martyrs

Vatican City, Nov 25, 2013 / 10:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily, Pope Francis spoke of the faithfulness of God, highlighting the importance of trusting him with one’s life, and praising those who maintain this trust despite grave persecutions.“We think of so many mothers, of so many fathers of families, that everyday make definitive choices to go forward with their family, with their children,” the Pope expressed during his Nov. 25 daily Mass, adding that … [Read more...]

Pope concludes Year of Faith preaching ‘centrality of Christ’

Vatican City, Nov 24, 2013 / 06:19 am (CNA).- In his homily at Sunday Mass on the Feast of Christ the King, Pope Francis emphasized Jesus’ crucial place in creation, history, and the Church.“The attitude demanded of us as true believers is that of recognizing and accepting in our lives the centrality of Jesus Christ, in our thoughts, in our words, and in our works,” he preached to a crowded St. Peter’s Square on Nov. 24.The many pilgrims who had come to celebrate … [Read more...]

Pope Francis calls a traditionalist writer who criticized him

Vatican City, Nov 23, 2013 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Mario Palmaro, a traditionalist writer who co-authored an article critical of Pope Francis, received a phone call Nov.1 from the Pope himself, who knew that the writer is suffering from a grave illness. Palmaro shared with CNA Nov. 22 that “Pope Francis wanted to act as a priest; yet he is a very special priest and bishop, by calling me and paying attention to my health condition.” According to Palmaro, one of the features … [Read more...]

Pope praises elderly for their wisdom

Vatican City, Nov 23, 2013 / 03:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with participants of an international conference of health care workers today, reminding them that the elderly and sick play an important role in life.The elderly “carry within themselves the memory and the wisdom of life, in order to hand it on to others, and they participate fully in the mission of the Church,” he said on Nov. 23 in the Paul VI Audience Hall.Offering a special “greeting to the … [Read more...]

Pope welcomes those seeking entrance to Catholic Church

Vatican City, Nov 23, 2013 / 12:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis stood at the door of St. Peter’s Basilica on Saturday afternoon, prepared to celebrate the entrance of over 500 people into the Catholic Church.As they waited to process inside, Pope Francis asked in the words of the Rite of Introduction, “what do you ask of the Church of God?”“Faith,” the international group of men, women, and children replied.Thirty-five representatives approached the … [Read more...]

Pope: adoration ‘most important point’ of faith communities

Vatican City, Nov 22, 2013 / 10:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily Mass homily Pope Francis reflected on the many reasons that we gather together to pray, noting that of all of these, the praise and worship of God should take priority over everything else.“Above all to worship, in the temple they worship the Lord. And this is the most important point,” the Pope emphasized in his Nov. 22 daily homily.Pope Francis directed his reflections to those present in the Saint Martha … [Read more...]