Religious urged by Pope Francis to avoid ‘theoretical poverty’

Vatican City, Mar 8, 2014 / 09:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Saturday sent a message to participants in an international symposium on the religious life, encouraging them to live their vows in an authentic manner. “What is not helpful is a theoretical poverty, but the poverty that is learnt by touching the flesh of the poor Christ, in the humble, in the poor, in the sick, in children,” he said. The pontiff gave his remarks to the March 8 gathering entitled “The … [Read more...]

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Pope chooses global leadership for Vatican economic office

Vatican City, Mar 8, 2014 / 09:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope has announced the names of eight cardinals and seven lay experts from around the world chosen to serve in the newly-created Vatican Council for the Economy. “The members appointed to the Council are from various geographical areas, reflecting, as requested by the motu proprio Fidelis dispensator et prudens, the universality of the Church,” explained Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J, director of Holy See’s Press … [Read more...]

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In rare interview, Benedict XVI recalls life John Paul II

Vatican City, Mar 7, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In lengthy excerpts of an interview published in an Italian newspaper, Benedict XVI speaks of his time collaborating with John Paul II, highlighting the deceased Pope's sanctity and commitment to the truth. “In the years of collaboration with him it became ever more clear to me that John Paul II was a saint,” the retired pontiff told Polish journalist Wlodzimierz Redzioch in a written interview, selections of which … [Read more...]

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In rare interview, Benedict XVI recalls life of John Paul II

Vatican City, Mar 7, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In lengthy excerpts of an interview published in an Italian newspaper, Benedict XVI speaks of his time collaborating with John Paul II, highlighting the deceased Pope's sanctity and commitment to the truth. “In the years of collaboration with him it became ever more clear to me that John Paul II was a saint,” the retired pontiff told Polish journalist Wlodzimierz Redzioch in a written interview, selections of which … [Read more...]

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Pope: we will be judged by our behavior towards others

Vatican City, Mar 7, 2014 / 02:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis dedicated his daily homily to the virtue of charity, stressing that we shouldn't be “ashamed” to touch those who suffer, and cautioned against turning our faith into a mere ritual. “Don’t be ashamed of the flesh of our brother, it’s our flesh! We will be judged by the way we behave towards this brother, this sister,” the Pope emphasized in his March 7 daily Mass. Speaking to those … [Read more...]

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Priest clarifies misconceptions on Pope’s civil union remarks

Vatican City, Mar 7, 2014 / 10:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A priest connected with the Vatican press office addressed Pope Francis' recent words on civil unions in an interview, noting that his comments were general and did not imply a change in Church doctrine. “There have been numerous questions, calls and messages throughout the day today regarding Pope Francis' recent interview in the Italian daily newspaper, Corriere della Sera, particularly referring to the section on marriage … [Read more...]

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Vatican appointments may signal new role for state secretariat

Vatican City, Mar 6, 2014 / 08:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Recent appointments are beginning to show a pattern of how Pope Francis’ reform of the Roman Curia will be carried out, with a seemingly diminished role for the Secretariat of State. For the first time, the president of the cardinals’ commission overseeing the Institute of Religious Works, or Vatican bank, is not chaired by the Secretary of State. On March 4, the cardinals’ commission of the Institute for Religious … [Read more...]

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