Prayer is ‘negotiating with the Lord,’ says Pope

Vatican City, Jul 1, 2013 / 10:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At his homily for daily Mass at Saint Martha House, Pope Francis called Abraham's bargaining with the Lord for the people of Sodom a model of prayer – a courageous negotiation with God. “Praying is negotiating with the Lord, even being inopportune with the Lord,” the Bishop of Rome said at the chapel of the Vatican guest-house July 1. “Abraham is a courageous man and prays with courage,” he said, … [Read more...]

Pope Francis’ first encyclical to be released July 5

Vatican City, Jul 1, 2013 / 10:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ first encyclical will be published on Friday, July 5, the Vatican has announced.The encyclical was begun by Benedict XVI and finished by Pope Francis in recent months. It is entitled “Lumen Fidei,” which means “The Light of Faith.”The papal document will be presented at a press conference by Cardinal Marc Ouellet, P.S.S., prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and … [Read more...]

Jesus does not want ‘remote-controlled’ Christians, Pope says

Vatican City, Jun 30, 2013 / 01:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his Sunday Angelus address to thousands of pilgrims, Pope Francis said that Jesus does want Christians to succumb to either extreme of being self-absorbed or overly-dependent. “Jesus wants neither selfish Christians, who follow their egos and do not speak with God, nor weak Christians, without will, 'remote-controlled,'” he said. The latter are “incapable of ever to connect with the … [Read more...]

Church praying for new archbishops, Pope affirms

Vatican City, Jun 29, 2013 / 02:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said the Church is praying for the dozens of new archbishops whom he greeted and gave wool vestments symbolizing fidelity to during in a Mass at Saint Peter's Basilica. “We pray for the metropolitan archbishops of different Churches of the world to which a little while ago I delivered the pallium, the symbol of communion,” Pope Francis said June 29. “I pray for all of their communities, I … [Read more...]

Pope Francis greets, bestows pallium on 34 new archbishops

Vatican City, Jun 29, 2013 / 01:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At a Mass during the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Pope Francis gave a pallium to the 34 men who were made archbishops in the last year, highlighting their fidelity to Rome and to the papacy. “May you see in this Pallium a symbol of unity and a sign of communion with the Apostolic See,” Pope Francis told the archbishops June 29. “May it be a bond of charity and a source of strength, so that on the day of the coming … [Read more...]

God acts in our lives on his timetable, not ours, Pope stresses

Vatican City, Jun 28, 2013 / 12:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- God's action in our life is according to his own plan rather than ours, Pope Francis taught in his daily homily June 28, and this requires patience on both his part and ours. “The Lord takes his time. But even he, in this relationship with us, has a lot of patience,” preached the Bishop of Rome at the chapel of the Vatican's Saint Martha House. “Not only do we have to have patience: He has. He waits for … [Read more...]

Vatican ‘ready to cooperate’ in investigation of accountant

Vatican City, Jun 28, 2013 / 10:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican said it is ready to collaborate in the investigation of one of its accountants who was arrested today over allegations of corruption and slander. “The Holy See has not yet received any request from the competent Italian authorities on the matter, but it confirms its willingness to cooperate fully,” said Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Holy See’s press office. Monsignor Nuncio Scarano was … [Read more...]