Methol Ferré: the philosopher who inspired Pope Francis

Vatican City, Apr 2, 2014 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- “The Pope and the Philosopher,” a book-interview with Alberto Methol Ferré -- an Uruguayan philosopher who influenced Jorge Bergoglio -- has been recently reprinted in Spanish and Italian. “At the origin of Bergoglio's view of the world today there stands above all a philosopher. His name is Alberto Methol Ferré,” Vaticanista Sandro Magister wrote March 31 in L'Espresso. “An Uruguayan … [Read more...]

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Pope urges faithful not to lose apostolic zeal to spiritual sloth

Vatican City, Apr 1, 2014 / 08:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily on Tuesday, Pope Francis lamented the many Christians who close the door to God’s grace out of spiritual laziness, urging them to instead receive healing from the Lord so they can spread the Gospel. “This is the disease of sloth, the acedia of Christians. This attitude that is crippling the apostolic zeal, which makes Christian people stand still and at ease,” the Pope exclaimed in his April 1 … [Read more...]

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My life is changed, says homeless woman on Rome pilgrimage

Vatican City, Apr 1, 2014 / 04:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a six-day trip to the Eternal City, Clarissa Salazar, who until recently lived on the streets in the U.S., said the visit has made a lasting impact on her, and is something for which she is grateful. “It changed my life in a way I can't describe,” Salazar said of the pilgrimage, adding that “I came on this trip as an invitation because I was homeless for a long time and finally got my life … [Read more...]

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LA’s ‘little ambassador’ to Pope recalls encounter

Vatican City, Apr 1, 2014 / 04:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Jersey Vargas, the 10 year old daughter of undocumented immigrants who traveled from Los Angeles to the Vatican to ask the Pope’s help for herself and children like her, said she is thrilled to have met him. “When I met the Pope I was very happy because he blessed me and told me he would talk to President Obama,” Vargas told CNA shortly after her March 26 meeting with Pope Francis. Vargas was chosen as the … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis shapes Vatican finances under advice from his cardinals

Vatican City, Apr 1, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The appointment of Msgr. Brian Edwin Ferme as prelate secretary of the newly established Council for the Economy shows Pope Francis will shape the council with the advice of his Council of Cardinals. Msgr. Ferme, a canonist, was reportedly the personal choice of Cardinal George Pell, a member of the Council of Cardinals and prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy. He is likely to take his post at the beginning of the summer. The … [Read more...]

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Papal canonizations to be a spiritual event, cardinal stresses

Vatican City, Mar 31, 2014 / 01:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At a Monday news conference detailing preparations for the canonization of Bl. John Paul II and Bl. John XXIII, the Holy See announced initiatives designed to help the Church live the event in a spiritual way. “This is a spiritual event … not just a worldly happening. It is a feast of holiness,” Cardinal Agostino Vallini, vicar general of the Diocese of Rome, said March 31 of the Holy See’s preparations for the … [Read more...]

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Pope warns against the wandering of an ‘existential tourist’

Vatican City, Mar 31, 2014 / 11:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily Monday, Pope Francis spoke of the importance of having direction in our lives rather than turning in circles and never advancing, emphasizing that we move forward only through faith in God. “They are wandering Christians: turning around and around, as if life was an existential tourism, without destination, without taking promises very seriously,” the Pope reflected in his March 31 Mass. Addressing those … [Read more...]

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