Curia vision will be one of ‘service’ to Pope, local Churches

Vatican City, Oct 10, 2013 / 10:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After the conclusion of their meetings, two cardinals from Pope Francis' group of eight reveal that curia reform will largely focus on service to Pope Francis and the universal Church in its various areas. “We want to change the look – that the curia be at the service of the Pope, and also at the service of the local Churches, the universal Church, and the episcopal conferences,” Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay, … [Read more...]

Real prayer is always insistent, courageous, Pope Francis notes

Vatican City, Oct 10, 2013 / 05:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his daily Mass homily, Pope Francis reflected that authentic prayer involves knocking “at the heart” of God with a strong, unwavering faith that he will respond. “Do we pray…out of habit, piously but unbothered, or do we put ourselves forward with courage before the Lord to ask for the grace, to ask for what we're praying for?” he asked during the liturgy at St. Martha's residence Oct. … [Read more...]

Interaction, dialogue needed to end religious violence, priest reflects

Vatican City, Oct 9, 2013 / 10:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a recent interview, theology professor Fr. Bryan Lobo urged that dialogue itself is not enough to end religious violence, and stressed the importance of coming together as a community to resolve tensions. “Today dialogue has become a repeated word, so I would like to call it 'interreligious interaction,'” the theologian explained in a Sept. 27 interview with CNA. “It’s not just asking questions about … [Read more...]

Church’s Catholicity embraces all of humanity, Pope says

Vatican City, Oct 9, 2013 / 06:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his weekly general audience Pope Francis explored the different elements of what makes the Church Catholic, reflecting on why we call ourselves by that name. “Dear Brothers and Sisters: In the Creed, we profess that the Church is ‘catholic;’ in other words, she is universal,” the Pope said during his Oct. 9 audience in a rainy St. Peter’s Square. He told the thousands of pilgrims present that the … [Read more...]

Next bishops’ synod to explore pastoral care of family

Vatican City, Oct 8, 2013 / 10:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See press office has announced the date and theme of the upcoming Synod of Bishops, which is slated to occur next fall and will address the pastoral approach to family issues. Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi announced Tuesday that the synod will be held from Oct. 5-19 in 2014, during which the bishops will reflect on the theme of “The pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization.” The … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: prayer is not simply saying words ‘like a parrot’

Vatican City, Oct 8, 2013 / 09:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily Mass, Pope Francis touched on the importance of prayer and forgiveness in the life of a Christian, warning against common attitudes which “close the door” to God. “The Lord tells us: 'the first task in life is this: prayer.' But not the prayer of words, like a parrot; but the prayer, the heart: gazing on the Lord, hearing the Lord, asking the Lord,” said the pontiff during his Oct. 8 daily … [Read more...]

Kazakhstan bishop urges greater devotion to Eucharist

Vatican City, Oct 8, 2013 / 04:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Athanasius Schneider has recently published his second book on Eucharistic devotion in the hopes that it will foster greater reverence for the sacrament amongst the faithful of his diocese. “It is necessary to give a good catechism on what the Eucharist is because we have to be aware of it. Jesus said to the Samaritan woman 'if you knew the gift of God,'” the bishop said in a Sept. 27 interview with … [Read more...]