Vatican intervenes to clarify marriage teaching in Germany

Vatican City, Nov 14, 2013 / 01:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of the Vatican’s doctrine office has written to the archbishop emeritus of Freiburg in Breisgau, reaffirming that Catholics in irregular marital unions after divorce may not receive Communion.“Pastoral paths must all agree with the teaching of the Church,” Archbishop Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, wrote in an Oct. 21 letter to Archbishop Robert Zollitsch.The … [Read more...]

Filipino priest returns home to aid in relief efforts

Vatican City, Nov 14, 2013 / 08:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A priest from the coastal city in the Philippines which was recently devastated by a typhoon, has decided to come back to his hometown in order to assist his family and those in need.“I have my congregation and my parents on my mind,” Fr. Erwin Balagapo said in a Nov. 13 interview with Rome Reports.Fr. Balagapo is currently studying in Rome, and is originally from Tacloban, one of the cities along the coast of the … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: Kingdom of God ‘comes by wisdom’

Vatican City, Nov 14, 2013 / 05:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily, Pope Francis warned against a misguided ‘spirit of curiosity’ which can lead us away from God, stating that it is only through the spirit of wisdom that we are able to be close to him. “Jesus says that the Kingdom of God does not come in a way that attracts attention: it comes by wisdom,” the Pope said during his Nov. 14 homily.The words of the pontiff were directed to those gathered … [Read more...]

Cardinal Bertone: Vatican secretary of state has pastoral task

Vatican City, Nov 14, 2013 / 12:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Vatican's Secretary of State is also a bishop, his diplomatic action must take into consideration pastoral and missionary concerns, the secretary of state emeritus has said.“During those seven years, I worked as secretary of state with the certain conviction that I needed to imbue my post with pastorality and a missionary spirit,” Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who was secretary of state from 2006 until Oct. 15 of this … [Read more...]

Baptism is a ‘bath of regeneration,’ says Pope

Vatican City, Nov 13, 2013 / 07:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his general audience, Pope Francis devoted his reflections to the sacrament of Baptism, stating that it opens the door to a journey of faith, and helps to sustain us along the way.“This sacrament constitutes a true immersion in the death of Christ to rise with him in a new life. It is a bath of regeneration by water and the Spirit and that illuminates us with the grace of Christ,” the Pope expressed in his Nov. 13 … [Read more...]

Vatican Secretary of State expected in office on Saturday

Vatican City, Nov 13, 2013 / 04:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Pietro Parolin, Vatican City's Secretary of State, who has reportedly been ill, will arrive in Rome next Saturday to undertake his post, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, secretary of state emeritus, announced Nov. 12.Cardinal Bertone stated, “(I) had a phone call with my successor, Archbishop Parolin, who will take his post next Saturday.”The former secretary of state's comment came at the conclusion of a … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: the hands of God are ‘blistered by love’

Vatican City, Nov 12, 2013 / 10:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis recalled how God formed man with his own hand, emphasizing that he is a father who seeks to console his children rather than hurt them. “Jesus, God, has taken his wounds with him: he makes them visible to the Father. This is the price: The hands of God are hands blistered by love! And this consoles us much,” the Pope stated during his Nov. 12 daily homily. The pontiff directed his … [Read more...]