Pope meets with 500 young pilgrims at St. Peter’s Basilica

Vatican City, Aug 28, 2013 / 12:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met today at Saint Peter’s Basilica with around 500 youths from the central Italian diocese of Piacenza-Bobbio, who are currently on pilgrimage in Rome.“This is a moment really of trepidation and joy, but also of deep faith, expressed through pure affection for the Pope,” said the Bishop Gianni Ambrosio of Piacenza just before the encounter.The pilgrimage, which is taking place during the Year of Faith, … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI’s personal secretary debunks ‘mystical experience’

Vatican City, Aug 27, 2013 / 08:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The retired pontiff's personal secretary said that the recent and widely circulated news story claiming that Benedict XVI stepped down after having a “mystical experience” is false.“It was invented from the alpha to the omega,”Archbishop Georg Gänswein said Aug. 25.“There is nothing true in this article,” he added in an interview with journalist Alessandra Buzzetti on Italian television … [Read more...]

Pope to say opening Mass at meeting of Augustinian leaders

Vatican City, Aug 26, 2013 / 11:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Aug. 28, Pope Francis will say Mass at the “chapter” of the Order of Saint Augustine, a meeting of the group's leaders which will elect a new head as well as set out their aims for the next six years.The Pope will head the Eucharistic celebration at the Basilica of Saint Augustine in Campo Marzio to launch the chapter, which takes place every six years, lasts for about two to three weeks and will start this Wednesday, … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: Christianity is a way of life, not a label

Vatican City, Aug 25, 2013 / 09:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Sunday Angelus audience, Pope Francis emphasized the importance of truly living a Christian life rather than letting it become a superficial label.“In the gospel, Jesus tells us that to be a Christian is not to have a ‘label’ but to live and testify to faith in prayer, in works of charity, in the promotion of justice, in doing good,” Pope Francis told the audience gathered in St. Peter’s Square Aug. … [Read more...]

Major appointments awaited after cardinals’ October meeting

Vatican City, Aug 24, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite rumors about the supposedly imminent appointment of a new Secretary of State, Pope Francis will not be making any major appointments before October, Vatican insiders maintain.“Pope Francis is not in a hurry to appoint a new Secretary of State, and he could also decide to keep Bertone at his post until he will turn 80,” a source familiar with the Vatican Secretariat of State who asked for anonymity told CNA Aug. … [Read more...]

Change in baptismal rite emphasizes Church’s identity

Vatican City, Aug 23, 2013 / 04:09 pm (CNA).- In one of his last acts as Pope, Benedict XVI approved changed wording in the rite of baptism which emphasizes “the Church of God” as the community into which the baptized individual has been incorporated.After having baptized a child, the minister will now receive him, saying, “The Church of God welcomes you with great joy,” according to a Feb. 22 decree of the Congregation for Divine Worship signed by Cardinal Antonio … [Read more...]

Pope Francis to meet with refugees in Rome next month

Vatican City, Aug 23, 2013 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a few weeks, Pope Francis will make a short trip outside the walls of the Vatican City to the center of Rome to visit a group of refugees.On the afternoon of Sept. 10, he will greet those who receive free meals at the Jesuit Refugee Center, located at the mother church of the Jesuits.The Society of Jesus – or Jesuits – have been running the Center Astalli, located behind the Church of the Gesù, for 13 years, … [Read more...]


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