The Eucharist gives us a taste of heaven, Pope reflects

Vatican City, Feb 5, 2014 / 04:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his general audience, Pope Francis spoke on the significance of the Sacrament of the Eucharist, explaining that it is a banquet which reminds us of the eternal life that is yet to come. “The Eucharist configures us in a unique and profound way with Jesus,” the Pope noted in his Feb. 5 general audience, “renewing our heart, our existence, and our relationship with Him and with our brothers, and gives us a foretaste … [Read more...]

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Samurai’s cause for beatification forwarded to Rome

Vatican City, Feb 5, 2014 / 04:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Takayama Ukon, a 16th-century samurai who faced exile rather than giving up his Catholic faith, is being considered for sainthood because of his fidelity to Christ and his Church. The Japanese bishops’ conference submitted a 400-page application for Takayama’s beatification to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints last year. Takayama’s life is an example of “a great fidelity to the Christian vocation, … [Read more...]

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God is a father who never disowns his children, Pope affirms

Vatican City, Feb 4, 2014 / 12:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily Mass, Pope Francis compared the love of God to the two fathers in the day's readings, saying that God is a parent who “weeps” for his children and desires them to be close to him. “This is the heart of a father, who never disowns his own son,” the Pope said in his Feb. 4 Mass, referring to the Old Testament account of David's sadness at hearing of the death of his son. Using this image of … [Read more...]

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Pope’s Lenten message highlights poverty of Christ

Vatican City, Feb 4, 2014 / 06:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his first message for the Lenten season, Pope Francis focuses on the poverty of Christ in becoming man, emphasizing that it is our duty to give the same humble witness in our care for the poor. Announced in a Feb. 4 press conference, the Pope’s Lenten message was read by Cardinal Robert Sarah, president of the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum,” the council that presents the pontifical message each year. Taking his … [Read more...]

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Education should foster freedom, maturity, priest explains

Vatican City, Feb 4, 2014 / 03:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a special conference exploring the role of education in the new evangelization, Fr. Denis Biju Duval noted that education should help grow our potential, which is inhibited by certain cultural trends. “This moment of reflection, which is also linked to issues of the new evangelization, is also on what to do nowadays to reconstruct an educational and integral proposal,” Fr. Duval explained in a Jan. 31 interview with … [Read more...]

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Do not justify sin by using other people, Pope warns

Vatican City, Feb 3, 2014 / 07:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily, Pope Francis spoke of the proper attitudes to have when we face difficult moments, stating that it is important not to defend our sin, but to repent and trust in the Lord. “In the difficult moments of life that occur maybe in despair one tries to defend himself as he can and also to use God and to use his people,” the Pope explained in his Feb. 3 daily Mass. Centering his homily on the first reading, … [Read more...]

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Consecrated life today in a positive position, bishops affirm

Vatican City, Feb 3, 2014 / 04:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During an interview, two Vatican officials expressed the great holiness that exists within religious vocations, as well as their hope that the upcoming year will yield the witness of joy in following God. “I think I can affirm that consecrated life is really enjoying good health at this moment. There is a lot more holiness than what there often appears to be,” Archbishop Jose Rodriguez Carballo told CNA in a Jan. 31 … [Read more...]

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