Francis celebrates first Mass in Spanish as Pope

Vatican City, Jun 13, 2013 / 10:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- “It feels good,” Pope Francis said today as he celebrated Mass in his native language of Spanish for the first time in 48 days. “It’s the first time I celebrate Mass in Spanish since February 26!” he exclaimed during his homily for daily Mass in the chapel of Saint Martha’s House. The Eucharistic celebration was attended by employees of Argentina’s embassies and consulates, alongside staff of … [Read more...]

Pope confident bishops will keep improving dialogue

Vatican City, Jun 13, 2013 / 08:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said he trusts that bishops will continue to improve their dialogue and collaboration with him and with each other in their next general assembly. “We are confident that the Synod of Bishops will discover further developments to facilitate even more the dialogue and collaboration between the bishops, and between them and the Bishop of Rome,” Pope Francis said June 13. “I am sure that with the … [Read more...]

Rabbi calls friend’s election to papacy good for dialogue

Vatican City, Jun 13, 2013 / 04:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Rabbi Abraham Skorka believes that Pope Francis’ election offers a chance for Christian-Jewish relationships to grow, especially as the world experiences a crisis of belief. The difficulties religions are facing in the modern world prompted Rabbi Skorka to ask how Jews and Catholics can “re-create the dialogue we experienced and lived in Buenos Aires,” since his “querido amigo Jorge Mario Bergoglio” is the … [Read more...]

Pope calls for end to ‘plague’ of child labor

Vatican City, Jun 12, 2013 / 10:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has launched an appeal against child labor, calling it an “deplorable phenomenon" during his Wednesday general audience. “It is my heartfelt hope that the international community will initiate still more effective measures in addressing this authentic plague,” said Pope Francis on June 12. “Listen, it is a deplorable phenomenon which is constantly increasing, especially in poor … [Read more...]

‘God is stronger,’ Pope insists as he urges outreach

Vatican City, Jun 12, 2013 / 10:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis asked the tens of thousands of Catholics gathered in Saint Peter’s Square to overcome divisions and the fear of evangelizing by trusting that “God is stronger.” “Just as I said, it is enough to open a newspaper and we see that around us there is the presence of evil, the Devil is at work,” he said at the June 12 general audience. “But I would like to say in a loud voice God is stronger, … [Read more...]

Pope targets longing for past, ‘adolescent progressivism’

Vatican City, Jun 12, 2013 / 10:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The progress of the Church can be hindered by the dual temptations of wanting to remain in the past and “adolescent progressivism,” Pope Francis said. The danger of a progressive approach to the Holy Spirit is that believers becomes “like teenagers who in their enthusiasm want to have everything, and in the end? You slip up…” he said at the June 12 morning Mass. “It’s like when the road is … [Read more...]

Cardinal Burke backs pro-life legislative efforts

Vatican City, Jun 12, 2013 / 07:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Just three days before a Vatican pro-life summit, Cardinal Raymond L. Burke urged people to actively resist efforts to pass anti-life legislation, because “many strong forces are at work.” “Catholics should be involved in various groups, which are organized to influence legislation so that it can respect the dignity of human life,” Cardinal Burke told CNA in an exclusive June 11 interview. “They should … [Read more...]