Pope Francis personally initiated Vatican bank commission

Vatican City, Jun 26, 2013 / 02:02 pm (CNA).- The appointment of a new Pontifical Commission to advise Pope Francis about the Institute for Religious Works, usually called the Vatican bank, was desired expressly by the Pope local sources say. This was “Pope Francis' personal choice. It strays from the usual dynamic through which these decisions are taken,” a Vatican official speaking under the condition of anonymity told CNA on June 26. The possibility of a reform, or even … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: all men are called to the joy of fatherhood

Vatican City, Jun 26, 2013 / 01:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Whether spiritual or physical, fatherhood is the calling of all men, Pope Francis said at his homily for daily Mass at the Saint Martha House in the Vatican. “All of us, to exist, to become complete, in order to be mature, we need to feel the joy of fatherhood: even those of us who are celibate,” taught the Bishop of Rome June 26. “Fatherhood is giving life to others, giving life…for us, it is pastoral … [Read more...]

Variety gives Church its richness, Pope Francis teaches

Vatican City, Jun 26, 2013 / 11:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church is the temple of God and its many and varied members enrich it, Pope Francis taught at his general audience this week at Saint Peter's Square in the Vatican. “It is, moreover, the Holy Spirit with his gifts, who designs the variety. This is important: what does the Holy Spirit do in our midst? He designs the variety,” the Bishop of Rome said June 26. “The variety which is the richness of the Church and … [Read more...]

God calls each Christian personally, Pope says

Vatican City, Jun 25, 2013 / 03:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Just as God called Abraham by name to receive a promise, so does he continue to call each Christian personally to enter into relationship with him, Pope Francis said at his daily Mass June 25.“We Christians have been called one-by-one: none of us is Christian by pure chance. No one,” he said during his homily at the chapel of Saint Martha House in the Vatican.The call of each Christian is “by name, and with a … [Read more...]

Fight against secularism unites Jews, Catholics, Pope says

Vatican City, Jun 24, 2013 / 01:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians and Jews can work together to challenge the contemporary problems of secularism and disrespect for the human person, Pope Francis told representatives of Judaism in a Vatican audience. “Humanity needs our joint witness in favor of respect for the dignity of man and woman created in the image and likeness of God, and in favor of peace which is above all God’s gift,” the Bishop of Rome told members of the … [Read more...]

Pope: Christians called to proclaim Christ even unto death

Vatican City, Jun 24, 2013 / 11:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At his daily Mass at Saint Martha House, Pope Francis said the Church lives to announce Christ to the point of martyrdom, following the example of Saint John the Baptist. “The Church exists to proclaim, to be the voice of a Word, her husband, who is the Word,” he said June 24, the feast of the birth of John the Baptist, who died a martyr. “The Church exists to proclaim this Word until martyrdom. Martyrdom precisely … [Read more...]

Catholics are called to ‘daily martyrdom,’ says Pope

Vatican City, Jun 23, 2013 / 10:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his June 23 Angelus reflection, Pope Francis said the faithful are called to follow the example of the martyrs in losing their lives for Christ, even if they do not suffer violence for their faith.“Both in the past and today, in many parts of the world there are martyrs, both men and women, who are imprisoned or killed for the sole reason of being Christian,” he said, noting that there are more martyrs dying violent … [Read more...]