New encyclical is a spiritual ‘light,’ says Vatican publisher

Vatican City, Jul 5, 2013 / 10:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At its title suggests, “Lumen Fidei,” – the first encyclical by Pope Francis, released July 5 – is truly a “light,” said Fr. Giuseppe Costa, director of the Vatican Publishing House.In a July 5 interview with CNA, he described the new encyclical as “really beautiful and spiritually exciting.”“It well portrays the spirit of a spiritual renewal. It really is a light.”Fr. … [Read more...]

Former Popes John Paul II and John XXIII to be canonized

Vatican City, Jul 5, 2013 / 07:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has approved the cause for canonization of two previous Popes, Blessed John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII.The announcement was made on July 5, the same day as Pope Francis’ first encyclical, “The Light of Faith,” was released.The previous steps towards Bl. John Paul II’s canonization had been completed in recent months.In the case of Bl. John XXIII, however, only one miracle has been … [Read more...]

Release of Pope Francis’ first encyclical stresses beauty of faith

Vatican City, Jul 5, 2013 / 07:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The first encyclical of Pope Francis – which had been started by the former Pope, Benedict XVI – has been released today to help strengthen the faith of Catholics worldwide.“We welcome with great joy and gratitude this integral profession of faith, in the form of catechesis written by four hands of the successors of Peter,” said Cardinal Marc Ouellet at the Vatican's press office on July 5.“Together … [Read more...]

Pope: Christ gives us ‘identity card’ of freedom, salvation

Vatican City, Jul 4, 2013 / 04:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During daily Mass on Thursday, Pope Francis explained that Christians are free because of Jesus, who gives them their identity as God’s children.“We are saved in Jesus Christ and no one can take from us this identity card,” said the Pope at the chapel of the Vatican's Saint Martha House. “Civil status: we are free!”“This is how I identify myself, as a child of God; what a beautiful … [Read more...]

Despite setbacks, Vatican Bank undergoing important evolution

Vatican City, Jul 4, 2013 / 10:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- News that Vatican Financial Intelligence Authority (AIF) has been admitted to a global network of financial oversight agencies proves that the Vatican is threading an international and multilateral path to adhere to international standards.It “represents a recognition of the Holy See/Vatican City State’s systematic efforts in tracking and fighting money laundering and financing of terrorism,” said René Bruelhart, … [Read more...]

Works of mercy caress, bind Christ’s wounds, Pope teaches

Vatican City, Jul 3, 2013 / 09:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the feast of Saint Thomas the Apostle, Pope Francis said that encountering Christ is done by reaching out to our "wounded brothers" in works of mercy – touching Jesus' own wounds. “We find Jesus’ wounds in carrying out works of mercy, giving to the body – the body – and also to the soul, but the body, I stress, of your wounded brother,” the Bishop of Rome taught at his homily for daily … [Read more...]

Take courage in your weakness, Pope Francis teaches

Vatican City, Jul 2, 2013 / 10:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his homily at daily Mass in the Vatican's Saint Martha House, Pope Francis said Christians must have the courage to flee from the temptation to sin by turning to the Lord when they are weak. “We are weak, but we must be courageous in our weakness. And often our courage must be expressed in escaping without looking back, so as not to fall into the trap of wicked nostalgia,” preached the Bishop of Rome July … [Read more...]