Pope explains how to let God work wonders

Vatican City, Jun 13, 2012 / 10:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI says that the life of St. Paul shows that God can work wonders through those who grow ever closer to him in prayer.“As our union with the Lord grows and our prayer becomes more intense, we too come to focus on the essential and to understand that it is not the power of our own means that creates the Kingdom of God, but God who works miracles through our very weakness,” the Pope said during the June 13 … [Read more...]

Holy See-Israel talks make ‘significant’ progress

Vatican City, Jun 12, 2012 / 04:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An agreement securing the rights of the Catholic Church in Israel is one step closer to being finalized after a meeting between both sides at the Vatican.“The negotiations took place in a thoughtful and constructive atmosphere,” said the June 12 communique from the Bilateral Permanent Working Commission between the Holy See and the State of Israel.“The Commission took notice that significant progress was made towards … [Read more...]

Vatican describes talks with US sisters as ‘open and cordial’

Vatican City, Jun 12, 2012 / 11:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has described talks with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious as open and cordial.“The meeting provided the opportunity for the Congregation and the LCWR officers to discuss the issues and concerns raised by the doctrinal assessment in an atmosphere of openness and cordiality,” said a statement issued by the Vatican press office June 12.In April 2012 … [Read more...]

Pope stresses importance of fidelity for Vatican employees

Vatican City, Jun 11, 2012 / 12:17 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI told the Vatican’s diplomatic school that “faithfulness” is a key virtue for anybody working in the service of the Holy See.“Certainly, this is something which ought to apply to every Catholic, and even more to every priest. Yet for those who work in the Holy See, it is of particular importance, since they spend much of their energy, their time and their daily ministry in the service of the … [Read more...]

Pope praises Corpus Christi processions

Vatican City, Jun 10, 2012 / 11:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI praised the “lively tradition” of holding solemn processions with the Blessed Sacrament “through the streets and squares” on the Feast of Corpus Christi.“The Catholic Church professes worship of the Eucharist ‘not only during Mass, but also outside of its celebration, preserving with the utmost diligence the consecrated hosts, presenting them for the solemn veneration of the Christian … [Read more...]

Pope says Vatican II did not reject Eucharistic adoration or processions

Rome, Italy, Jun 7, 2012 / 05:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI says the Second Vatican Council did not reject Eucharistic adoration outside of Mass, including the Corpus Christi procession that he led this evening in Rome.“One unilateral interpretation of the Second Vatican Council has penalized this dimension, restricting in practice the Eucharist to the moment of celebration,” the Pope said during his homily for the Feast of Corpus Christi on June 7.“In this … [Read more...]

Cardinal Bertone speaks of ‘ferocious’ Vatileaks attack on Pope

Rome, Italy, Jun 6, 2012 / 06:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, believes the continued leaking of confidential papal information to the media is “ferocious, biting and organized.”"Attacks have always existed, in all times” he told Italian television station RAI on June 4.“This time, however, it seems that the attacks are more targeted, sometimes also ferocious, biting and organized.”This is the … [Read more...]