Pope phones Argentine shoemaker for shoe repairs

Vatican City, Apr 18, 2013 / 01:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis, who has quickly become known for his austere style, will continue using his simple black shoes and has called his shoemaker from his hometown of Buenos Aires, Argentina to repair them.For 40 years, 81 year-old Carlos Samaria has provided shoes from his store on the outskirts of the Argentine capital for Pope Francis, who was known before his election to the papacy as Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio.“Hello Samaria, … [Read more...]

Pope uses Twitter to mobilize prayers for Texas victims

Vatican City, Apr 18, 2013 / 10:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis tweeted a prayer request for the victims of a fertilizer plant explosion in Texas.   “Please join me in praying for the victims of the explosion in Texas and their families," he said on the English channel of his Twitter account, which uses the handle @Pontifex.   Between five and 15 people are believed to be dead and 160 injured in the explosion that took place Wednesday night near Waco, … [Read more...]

Without evangelization Church becomes babysitter, Pope warns

Vatican City, Apr 18, 2013 / 09:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- If Catholics do not proclaim Jesus with their lives, then the Church becomes “not the mother, but the babysitter,” Pope Francis cautioned in a homily and a separate letter to his brother bishops in Argentina. When believers share their faith, “the Church becomes a mother church that produces children (and more) children, because we, the children of the Church, we carry that. But when we do not, the Church is not the … [Read more...]

Syrian patriarch asks Vatican to increase peace efforts

Rome, Italy, Apr 18, 2013 / 05:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The most powerful Catholic leader in Syria met Pope Francis today to ask the Vatican to get more involved in bringing peace to his tortured homeland. “I think it’s time the Vatican plays a bigger role, when we hear about weapons here and there,” said Patriarch Gregory III Laham. “We want to hear the voice of the Holy Father saying, ‘This is a sin, it is against humanity,’” he told reporters … [Read more...]

Rejecting Holy Spirit’s work in Vatican II is ‘foolish,’ Pope says

Vatican City, Apr 17, 2013 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The work of the Holy Spirit at the Second Vatican Council is not yet finished, Pope Francis said, because many in the Church are unwilling to fully embrace what God inspired in the council fathers.In his homily at an April 16 Mass at St. Martha’s Residence, the Pope observed that the Holy Spirit always “moves us, makes us walk and pushes the Church forward.”However, he said, we often respond by saying, … [Read more...]

Financial decisions key factor in Pope’s reform drive

Vatican City, Apr 17, 2013 / 09:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- One month into his papacy, Pope Francis has made his first episcopal and administrative appointments and has met with heads of state and the faithful, but one decision that is likely to play a key role in his reform project will be how he deals with the Vatican’s financial operations. As the Church’s cardinals were preparing to elect the next Pope one month ago, two of them suggested closing down the Institute for Works of … [Read more...]

Jesus’ Ascension means we are never alone, Pope says

Vatican City, Apr 17, 2013 / 05:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis proclaimed “we are never alone” and that Jesus is our defender, as he reflected on the Ascension during his Wednesday general audience. “We are never alone in our lives, we have this advocate who waits for us,” the Pope told tens of thousands of pilgrims gathered at Saint Peter’s Square to participate in the April 17 audience. The Pope centered his teaching on the line from the Creed that … [Read more...]