‘Stop hiding idols in your saddles,’ Pope advises

Vatican City, Jun 6, 2013 / 10:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said everyone has “hidden idols” buried in their personalities and recommended discovering and discarding them in order to better follow God. “Idolatry is subtle, we all have our hidden idols, and the path of life to follow to not be far from the kingdom of God involves discovering our hidden idols,” said Pope Francis. “The idols, hidden in the many saddles, which we have in our personalities, … [Read more...]

Pope to future diplomats: ‘don’t be ridiculous’

Vatican City, Jun 6, 2013 / 10:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis warned priests studying to serve in the papal diplomatic corps and the Vatican’s Secretariat of State not to be career-driven and end up looking ridiculous. “Please don’t be ridiculous, either be saints or go back to the diocese and be a pastor, but don’t be ridiculous in the diplomatic service, where there is so much danger of becoming worldly in spirituality,” Pope Francis said June 6. When … [Read more...]

Pope Francis will brave Rome’s summer heat

Vatican City, Jun 6, 2013 / 09:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Breaking with the practice of his predecessors, Pope Francis will not take a long summer vacation and will stay in Rome, just making short trips to Castel Gandolfo. In two announcements issued by the Vatican on June 6th, the Pontifical Household shed light on the Pope’s summer plans. Though he will make at least a one-day visit to Castel Gandolfo, the pontifical residence 15 miles outside of Rome, Pope Francis will continue … [Read more...]

Expert says Church’s abuse prevention should differ for each culture

Rome, Italy, Jun 6, 2013 / 06:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An expert on dealing with sexual abuse cases within the Church says prevention guidelines being developed with Vatican oversight should vary from country to country. “We’ve realized learning habits and how people respond to some questionnaires and comply to rules varies from country to country,” said Father Hans Zollner, a German Jesuit who heads the Gregorian University’s Centre for Child Protection. “It … [Read more...]

Pope says lamenting suffering is form of prayer

Vatican City, Jun 5, 2013 / 11:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said lamenting suffering is a form of prayer and is not a sin, during his daily morning Mass. “A priest I know once said to a woman who lamented to God about her misfortune, ‘but, madam, that is a form of prayer, go ahead with it,’” Pope Francis said in his June 5 homily. “To lament before God is not a sin,” he added. Pope Francis based his reflections on a reading from the third … [Read more...]

Pope stresses threats to human person on Environment Day

Vatican City, Jun 5, 2013 / 09:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said that it is urgent to focus on people and not just on nature on World Environment Day. “The human person is in danger, this is certain, the human person is in danger today, here is the urgency of human ecology!” exclaimed Pope Francis June 5 during his general audience. “We are called not only to respect the natural environment, but also to show respect for, and solidarity with, all the members of our … [Read more...]

Pope to Syrian Christians: you have ‘great task’ of remaining

Vatican City, Jun 5, 2013 / 05:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis vigorously appealed for peace in Syria and told the Christians there that they have “the great task” of remaining in their homeland despite the ongoing war. “These (communities) have the great task of continuing to offer a Christian presence in the place where they were born and it is our task to ensure that this witness remains there,” he said June 5. “The participation of the entire … [Read more...]