Pope asks diplomats to seek peace, appeals for Syria

Vatican City, Jan 7, 2013 / 06:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict gave a wide-ranging address to a group of ambassadors and diplomats that urged an end to the “slaughter” in Syria and stressed the “grave responsibility” to work for peace around the word. On Jan. 7, ambassadors and diplomats from nearly 180 countries gathered in the Apostolic Palace’s Sala Regia to hear the Pope’s traditional address to members of the diplomatic corps who are accredited … [Read more...]

Magi were ‘men who sought God,’ Pope tells new bishops

Vatican City, Jan 7, 2013 / 09:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict reflected on the Magi as “men with a restless heart” during his homily for Epiphany at St. Peter's Basilica Jan. 6, in a Mass at which he consecrated four new bishops. “They were filled with expectation, not satisfied with their secure income and their respectable place in society. They were looking for something greater...They wanted to know how we succeed in being human,” the Pope … [Read more...]

Pope says Epiphany shows universality of Jesus Christ

Vatican City, Jan 6, 2013 / 12:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday said that the Magi’s visit to the Christ Child commemorated at the Feast of the Epiphany shows that Jesus Christ is “the light of the world that guides the path of all peoples.”“The faith of Mary becomes the first fruits and the model of the faith of the Church, the People of the New Covenant," the Pope told the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square Jan. 6. “But this … [Read more...]

Pope appoints Boston priest as Vatican’s abuse investigator

Vatican City, Jan 2, 2013 / 04:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has named Boston priest Father Robert W. Oliver as the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s promoter of justice, the “chief prosecutor” at the office responsible for promoting and safeguarding Catholic doctrine and morals.“It is with deep humility and gratitude that I received the news that the Holy Father is entrusting me with this service to the Church,” Fr. Oliver said Dec. 22. … [Read more...]

Jesus’ birth should deepen trust in God, Pope teaches

Vatican City, Jan 2, 2013 / 11:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The birth of Jesus causes joy because it gives us the certainty that God “works wonders in weakness,” Pope Benedict XVI said Jan. 2.“The Nativity of the Lord once again illuminates the darkness that often surrounds our world and our hearts with his light, bringing hope and joy,” he said during his weekly general audience in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall.The pontiff opened and closed his remarks with … [Read more...]

New year is journey we face with God’s grace, Pope says

Vatican City, Jan 1, 2013 / 09:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During the first Angelus of 2013, Pope Benedict asked Mary to bless the world “like a mother blesses her children who must leave on a trip,” since “a new year is like a journey” which we must face “with the light and grace of God.”Pope Benedict’s full Angelus address follows:Dear Brothers and Sisters,Happy New Year to all! On this first day of 2013, I would like God’s blessing to be … [Read more...]

Pope proposes serenity of Mary as model for peace

Vatican City, Jan 1, 2013 / 09:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Presiding at the Mass celebrated in St. Peter’s Basilica for the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God, Pope Benedict XVI proposed Mary’s serenity as the source of interior peace and as the foundation for world peace.On the first day of 2013, when the Church also commemorates the World Day of Peace – established by Pope Paul the VI in 1975 – the Holy Father said that Mary shows “the interior peace which … [Read more...]