Vatican announces logo, motto for papal trip to Korea

Vatican City, Apr 8, 2014 / 07:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See has released the official motto and logo for Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to South Korea, which is the first time a Roman Pontiff has traveled to the country in since John Paul II went 25 years ago. “Arise! Shine, for your light has come, the glory of the Lord has dawned upon you” is the motto, taken from Isaiah 60:1, for Pope Francis’ upcoming Apostolic Voyage to Soth Korea, which will take place … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis reaffirms importance of Vatican bank’s mission

Vatican City, Apr 8, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis approved a proposal Monday on the future of the Institute for Religious Works, commonly known as the “Vatican bank,” affirming its importance for the good of the Church. “The IOR will continue to serve with prudence and provide specialized financial services to the Catholic Church worldwide,” read a statement from the Holy See press office released April 7. “The valuable services that can be … [Read more...]

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God’s mercy goes beyond our sin, Pope Francis reflects

Vatican City, Apr 7, 2014 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Mass said Monday, Pope Francis reflected on the biblical scene in which Jesus prevents the stoning of an adulterous woman, observing how the Lord’s forgiveness extends even beyond what is considered just. “Jesus goes beyond the law. He does not say: ‘adultery is not a sin!’ But he does not condemn it according to law,” the Pope explained in his April 7 homily during Mass said at the St. Martha … [Read more...]

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Those who truly seek goodness will be led to God, Pope affirms

Vatican City, Apr 7, 2014 / 09:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his March 31 interview with Belgian communications students, Pope Francis gave a message to both believers and non-believers, stating that if one genuinely seeks beauty, they will find a path to the Lord. “When man finds himself, he seeks God. Maybe he is unable to find him, but walks on a path of honesty, seeking truth, on a path of goodness and a path of beauty,” the pontiff said. “For me, a young person who … [Read more...]

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University course highlights role of media in evangelization

Vatican City, Apr 7, 2014 / 04:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Santa Croce University in Rome is offering a multifaceted communications course, emphasizing the importance of the field for evangelization, and preparing students for difficulties they may encounter. “I would say that if Jesus had lived in the 21st century, he would have certainly used television, Twitter, Internet to communicate himself, because this is lived-in real world,” Fr. Sergio Tapio Velasco said in an inverview with … [Read more...]

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Transcript: Pope Francis’ March 31 interview with Belgian youth

Vatican City, Apr 7, 2014 / 04:29 am (CNA).- Pope Francis recently gave an interview at the Vatican to some youth from Flanders, Belgium, accompanied by the Bishop of Ghent, Luc Van Looy. The Holy See Press office has released the text of the March 31 interview in Italian. The young people posed their questions in English and the Pope responded in Italian. Below is Catholic News Agency’s translation, done by the agency's Alan Holdren and Kerri Lenartowick.They are part of a group … [Read more...]

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Jesus can heal deadened hearts, says Pope

Rome, Italy, Apr 6, 2014 / 01:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis delivered a Sunday evening homily at a parish in the south of Rome, preaching about the importance of detaching from sin through the power of Christ’s healing grace. “All of us, we are sinners, but let’s not finish (our lives) attached to sin. We have the power to feel that which Jesus said to Lazarus, crying out in a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come forth!’ Today I invite you to think for a minute here … [Read more...]

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