Pope praises newly beatified Argentine ‘cowboy priest’

Vatican City, Sep 14, 2013 / 02:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On the occasion the beatification of Fr. José Gabriel Brochero of Cordoba, Argentina, known to locals as the “cowboy priest,” Pope Francis praised him for his open heart.“Brochero was a normal man, fragile, like any of us,” said Pope Francis.  But his greatness came from the fact that, “he knew the love of Jesus. He let his heart be touched by the mercy of God.”Born in 1840 and ordained to the priesthood at age 26, Fr. Brochero was k … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: mystery of the Cross is bittersweet

Vatican City, Sep 14, 2013 / 01:19 pm (CNA).- On the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross, Pope Francis devoted his daily homily to considering both the bitterness of suffering and the beauty of sacrifice present in the mystery of the Cross.“Today we look upon the Cross, the story of mankind and the story of God. We look upon this Cross, where you can try that honey of aloe, that bitter honey, that bitter sweetness of the sacrifice of Jesus,” said Pope Francis to the congregation at Domus San … [Read more...]

Gossip is a form of murder, Pope Francis reflects

Vatican City, Sep 14, 2013 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his morning Mass homily in Santa Marta, Pope Francis focused on the topic of gossip – saying that when we participate in this sin, we imitate Cain's gesture in killing his brother Abel.The Pope began his homily Sept. 13 by echoing the words of Jesus in the gospel reading, “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?”He spoke for a few minutes on the virtue of … [Read more...]

Pope Francis beatifies Argentine ‘cowboy priest’

Vatican City, Sep 14, 2013 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sept. 14, Pope Francis beatified Fr. José Gabriel Brochero of Cordoba, Argentina, known to locals as the “cowboy priest.”“Brochero was a normal man, fragile, like any of us,” said Pope Francis.  But his greatness came from the fact that, “he knew the love of Jesus. He let his heart be touched by the mercy of God.”Born in 1840 and ordained to the priesthood at age 26, Fr. Brochero was … [Read more...]

Francis’ teacher says Pope never supported Marxist theology

Vatican City, Sep 13, 2013 / 05:09 pm (CNA).- One of Pope Francis' former teachers says in a new book that the Holy Father has never supported a Marxist-based liberation theology.“In the Argentinean Liberation Theology, social Marxist analysis is not used, but rather a historical-cultural analysis, not based on class warfare as a determining principle for the interpretation of society and history,” said Argentinean Jesuit priest Fr. Juan Carlos Scannone.“I think that … [Read more...]

Pope’s first six months reveal a ‘rich, complex’ personality

Vatican City, Sep 13, 2013 / 02:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Six months into his pontificate, Pope Francis' distinct style is beginning to take a more defined shape and is viewed by some as having a strong emphasis on the Church's maternal, merciful nature.“I think he has a very conscious desire to show the motherly, merciful aspect of the Church which in one hand is tremendously real...and in the other hand, sometimes has been forgotten,” Latin American analyst Alejandro Bermudez ref … [Read more...]

Dialogue essential to Christianity, Pope tells non-believing journalist

Vatican City, Sep 13, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a letter to a prominent non-believing Italian journalist, Pope Francis called dialogue a “profound and indispensable expression” of the Christian life.It “seems to me that it is nothing other than positive, not only for us individually but also for the society in which we live, to pause to dialogue on a reality as important as the faith is,” the Pope said in a Sept 11 letter to Eugenio Scalfari, translated by … [Read more...]


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