Pope: Christians have not been chosen for ‘small things’

Vatican City, Jan 17, 2014 / 05:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his message for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, Pope Francis urged youth to listen to the call of God, stating that this is often faced with obstacles and requires “going against the tide.” “We Christians were not chosen by the Lord for small things; push onwards toward the highest principles. Stake your lives on noble ideals!” the pontiff remarked in his Jan. 17 message to youth.The 51st World Day of … [Read more...]

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New members of the Vatican bank cardinals’ commission named

Vatican City, Jan 16, 2014 / 10:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Commission of Cardinals overseeing the Institute for the Works of Religion, or “Vatican bank”, were named on Wednesday; of the five existing members, only one was confirmed in his post. The five current members are Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, Archbishop of Vienna; Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto; Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue; Cardinal Santos … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: scandals ‘poison’ and deny the ‘bread of life’

Vatican City, Jan 16, 2014 / 08:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily, Pope Francis addressed the issue of various scandals that happen within the Church, emphasizing that they occur when we no longer have a true relationship with God. When we are corrupt “we do not give the Bread of Life to eat,” the Pope explained in this Jan. 16 daily Mass, but “many times, we…offer a poisoned meal!” The pontiff centered his homily, addressed to those present in the … [Read more...]

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Designer says it was an honor to present nativity to Pope

Vatican City, Jan 16, 2014 / 04:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The man in charge of constructing this year’s nativity scene for the Vatican expressed his delight at giving to Pope Francis the nativity he designed, which, he noted, has a special historical significance. “We had the honor of being in a private audience with the Pope” and with “Cardinal Sepe on Dec. 23” nativity designer Antonio Cantone told CNA in a Jan. 14 interview, where “we presented our … [Read more...]

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Engaged couples to meet with Pope on Valentine’s Day

Vatican City, Jan 16, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pontifical Council for the Family is promoting a special encounter between Pope Francis and couples who have been engaged, which will take place on the upcoming feast of Saint Valentine. Invited to the meeting with the Pope are those couples “who have already attended, or are currently going through their marriage preparation courses,” the council's webpage states. Couples who meet these qualifications will gather … [Read more...]

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Newly appointed Pueblo, Colo. bishop promises to give his all

Vatican City, Jan 15, 2014 / 11:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has named the next bishop of Pueblo, Colorado: Monsignor Stephen J. Berg of Fort Worth, Texas, a trained pianist who became a priest after a career as a business executive. “You will have all I have to give,” Bishop-designate Berg, 62, told the people of his diocese at a Jan. 15 press conference in Pueblo. “I will also give my best to all of my people, especially the Hispanic … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: our faith is ‘not an ornament’

Vatican City, Jan 15, 2014 / 06:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his general audience, Pope Francis continued his reflections on the Sacrament of Baptism, emphasizing that we are called to use the grace we receive in order to become “missionary disciples.” “We are one community, and living together our faith is not an ornament, but rather is something essential for the Christian life ... for testimony and for evangelization,” the Pope explained in his Jan. 15 general … [Read more...]

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