Pope Francis invites homeless to dine at Vatican

Vatican City, Jul 9, 2013 / 12:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On July 1 Pope Francis invited a group of 200 homeless individuals to dinner at the Vatican, where they were served in his name by Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello. Cardinal Bertello, president of the Governatorate of the Vatican City State, spent the entire evening with the special guests, with whom he chatted at length and shared personal experiences, according to the July 3 edition of L'Osservatore Romano. “I welcome … [Read more...]

Consistory to pick canonization dates could be in September

Vatican City, Jul 8, 2013 / 02:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The director of the Holy See’s Press Office says the consistory of cardinals which will discuss the canonization of Bl. John XXIII and Bl. John Paul II may be held in September, with the ceremony taking place a few months later.“There will be a consistory in autumn, possibly in September but we still don't know the exact date,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told CNA on July 5, shortly after it was … [Read more...]

Murdered Syrian priest’s friend feels closeness of martyrdom

Rome, Italy, Jul 8, 2013 / 10:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Franciscan Friar Ibrahim Alsabagh says that remembering the June 23 killing of his friend, a Syrian priest, at a Mass in Rome made him feel “bitter, happy, and a little bit of envy," as well as "how close martyrdom is." “My first reaction was of bitterness because I had met him personally and I know how much good he did,” said Father Alsabagh, a Syrian Franciscan of the Custody of the Holy Land. “Also … [Read more...]

The self-righteous ‘can cook in their own stew,’ says Pope

Vatican City, Jul 7, 2013 / 12:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In order to do the Lord’s work, Pope Francis said, we should remember our first encounter with Jesus, in which we were invited to recognize our own sinfulness and experience his loving gaze.“Those who consider themselves righteous, they can cook in their own stew!” the Pope said during morning Mass on July 5. “He came for us sinners and this is beautiful.”Pope Francis celebrated the Mass alongside the … [Read more...]

Jesus calls us to be missionaries, Pope Francis reflects

Vatican City, Jul 7, 2013 / 09:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his July 7 Angelus reflection, Pope Francis reminded those gathered in St. Peter’s Square that all of the faithful are called to be missionaries, spreading the Gospel message.Reflecting on the day’s Gospel, he observed that “Jesus is not an isolated missionary, does not want to fulfill his mission alone, but involves his disciples.”Not only does he call the 12 apostles, The Holy Father noted, but “He … [Read more...]

Christian life is not a ‘collage’ of activities, Pope says

Vatican City, Jul 6, 2013 / 05:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his July 6 homily, Pope Francis encouraged the faithful to be open to the renewal of the Holy Spirit, both in their own lives and in the “structures” of Church life.“Christian life is not a collage of things” or a “collection” or activities, such as Mass attendance, the Holy Father said.“It is a harmonious whole, harmonious, and the Holy Spirit does it!” he explained. “He renews … [Read more...]

Light of faith will illuminate the world, encyclical teaches

Vatican City, Jul 6, 2013 / 08:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The theme of light is pivotal in the first Church encyclical written by “four hands.”“Lumen Fidei,” or “The Light of Faith,” is the first encyclical issued by Pope Francis. Released July 5, it draws on work drafted by former Pope Benedict XVI before his resignation.The document reveals the continuity between the previous Pope and the current one. Why is light so important for both … [Read more...]