Vatican bank president focusing on image change

Vatican City, May 31, 2013 / 08:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The new head of the Vatican’s Institute for Works of Religion, Ernst von Freyberg, says his main goal is to improve the image so that the Pope’s message remains in the spotlight. “My dream is that our reputation is such that people don’t think of us any more, when they think about the Vatican, but that they listen to what the Pope says,” remarked von Freyberg in an exclusive May 31 interview with Vatican … [Read more...]

Pope made apartment choice to avoid isolation

Vatican City, May 31, 2013 / 12:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told his friend he lives a normal life as pontiff and that he decided not to move into the Papal Apartments so would not become isolated. “I let people see me and I live a normal life; (I have) public Mass in the morning, I eat in the dining room with everyone, etc.,” he wrote to his friend Father Enrique Rodriguez in a letter dated May 15. “This does me good and prevents me from being isolated,” … [Read more...]

Spiritual generosity is form of solidarity, Pope states

Rome, Italy, May 30, 2013 / 12:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis says that even though solidarity is an idea “frowned down upon by the world,” people need to practice it by spiritually feeding others. “A keyword that we need not fear is ‘solidarity,’ that is, knowing how to make available to God what we have, our humble capacity, because only in the gift of sharing our lives will we be fruitful,” he said during his homily May 30 at Rome’s Basilica … [Read more...]

Vatican explains availability of Pope’s daily homilies

Vatican City, May 30, 2013 / 09:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican is not publishing the full text of the Pope’s daily homilies because it wants to avoid giving them a level of authority that is not intended. “We must insist on the fact that, in all of the Pope’s activities, the difference between different situations and celebrations, as well as the different levels of authority of his words, must be understood and respected,” Vatican press office director Father … [Read more...]

Dark moment reminded Pope to seek God’s will above success

Vatican City, May 29, 2013 / 10:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At his daily Mass in St. Martha’s residence this morning, Pope Francis warned about the dangers of a Church that is too concerned with “organization and success” by recalling a “dark moment” of his spiritual life. “A Church that only thinks about triumphs (and) successes, does not know that rule of Jesus: the rule of triumph through failure, human failure, the failure of the Cross. “And this … [Read more...]

Pope: Jesus’ plan for humanity requires Catholic Church

Vatican City, May 29, 2013 / 07:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis began a new series of reflections by saying that although some people want Jesus but not the Church, “it is the Church that brings us Christ” and reunites us to God. “Even today, some say, ‘Christ yes, the Church no,’ like those who say, ‘I believe in God, but in priests, no.’ They say, ‘Christ: yes. Church: no.’ Nevertheless, it is the Church that brings us Christ and … [Read more...]

Examine what prevents intimacy with Christ, Pope says

Vatican City, May 29, 2013 / 12:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The faithful need to examine their lives to find the “riches” that prevent them from “getting close to Jesus” like the young man who refuses to give his possessions to the poor in order to follow Christ. Pope Francis focused his homily May 27 on the episode in the Gospel in which Jesus asks a young man to give all his riches to the poor and then follow him. However, rather than following Christ’s call, the … [Read more...]


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