Christ’s gaze is life changing, Pope says

Vatican City, Sep 21, 2013 / 10:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily on the Feast of St. Matthew, Pope Francis reflected on the disciple’s radical conversion experience when Christ called him from a life of sin with a simple look.When Jesus looked at Matthew, “that gaze overtook him completely, it changed his life,” said the Pope to the congregation at Casa Santa Marta on Sept. 21.“The gaze of Jesus always makes us worthy, gives us dignity.  It is a generous … [Read more...]

Pope’s interview prompts flurry of media reactions

Vatican City, Sep 21, 2013 / 02:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A lengthy interview with Pope Francis published yesterday by a Jesuit publication has sparked a flood of news reports, as well as in-depth commentary from Catholic analysts. Vatican analyst John Allen, Jr., said that the Pope’s recent comments are “not breaking with traditional doctrine but trying to shift the church's emphasis from condemnation to mercy.” He noted that when the Pope was asked if he … [Read more...]

Pope Francis asks doctors to spread the Gospel of Life

Vatican City, Sep 20, 2013 / 07:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking to a group of gynecologists and obstetricians at the Vatican, Pope Francis affirmed that all human life has dignity and rejected the discarding of “defenseless” human persons through abortion.“Every unborn child, although unjustly condemned to be aborted, has the face of Jesus Christ, the Lord’s face,” Pope Francis said, adding that like Christ, these aborted children experience the rejection of the … [Read more...]

Interviewer: Pope’s adherence to Church abortion teaching is clear

Vatican City, Sep 20, 2013 / 01:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis is “absolutely clear” about Catholic teaching on abortion, but his first focus is to bring God’s salvation to everyone, “most of all sinners,” says the Jesuit priest whose lengthy papal interview was published yesterday. “The message of the Church is a message of mercy,” said Father Antonio Spadaro, S.J., who is editor in chief of the Jesuit-run Italian newspaper La Civiltà … [Read more...]

Bishop Kettler transferred to Saint Cloud diocese

St. Cloud, Minn., Sep 20, 2013 / 11:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis today accepted the resignation of Bishop John Kinney, 76, of the Diocese of Saint Cloud, and appointed as his replacement Bishop Donald Kettler, who until today had led the Fairbanks diocese. “I am very pleased to be here, to be your bishop, and I hope I can do that task well … it's going to just really be a blessing for me to be here,” Bishop Kettler said Sept. 20 at a press conference introducing … [Read more...]

Vatican’s new Catechism app aims to spread faith worldwide

Vatican City, Sep 20, 2013 / 07:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A pontifical council is preparing to launch a new app on the Catechism of the Catholic Church in order to help promote and better expand Church teaching throughout the world. “Catechesis is important for the church first of all because it is the attempt we had from the beginning of our faith to put together the knowledge, the content of our faith, and the coherent witness that we should have,” said Archbishop Rino Fisichella, … [Read more...]

Proclaim fullness of Gospel, Pope teaches in interview

Vatican City, Sep 19, 2013 / 05:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a new wide-ranging interview, Pope Francis called for Christians to “heal wounds” in society by sharing the entirety of the Church’s message, offering the proper context for its spiritual and moral teaching.The Holy Father explained that “the proclamation of the saving love of God comes before moral and religious imperatives.”Proclamation of salvation must come first, followed by catechesis, and then … [Read more...]


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