Good Christians don’t whine about suffering, Pope says

Vatican City, May 7, 2013 / 06:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Reflecting on how St. Paul endured pain for Christ, Pope Francis said that good Christians do not complain about their trials but endure them with patient silence because their hearts are at peace. A Christian “who constantly complains, fails to be a good Christian: they become Mr. or Mrs. Whiner, no? Because they always complain about everything, right?” the Pope remarked in his May 7 homily at St. Martha’s … [Read more...]

Absorb Church’s Catholic identity, Pope tells new Swiss Guards

Vatican City, May 6, 2013 / 11:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the day that it will swear in 35 new members and commemorate the fallen, the Swiss Guard was told by Pope Francis that it has “a privileged opportunity” to deepen its knowledge of Christ by breathing in the catholicity of the Church.Every May 6, the corps remembers the 147 Swiss soldiers who died defending Pope Clement VII during the 1527 Sack of Rome. In addition, the Swiss Guard also swears in new members for two years of … [Read more...]

Pope suggests daily Holy Spirit review

Vatican City, May 6, 2013 / 07:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said people should ask themselves what the Holy Spirit did in them at the end of each day. “We should get into the habit of asking ourselves before the end of the day, what did the Holy Spirit do in me?” and “what witness did he give me?” he said during daily Mass on May 6. He explained that, “it is in this way that we can see how Jesus worked in our hearts. It is the Holy Spirit that opens … [Read more...]

Pope sends Dallas auxiliary bishop to El Paso

Vatican City, May 6, 2013 / 05:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has appointed Spanish-speaking Bishop Mark J. Seitz to lead the El Paso diocese in western Texas, placing him just across the border from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. “Since I entered the seminary here in Dallas as a young 18-year-old boy, I have loved Dallas and the Church of Dallas,” Bishop Seitz said in a May 6 statement. “But when I presented myself for ordination as a deacon, I gave my life to God’s … [Read more...]

Pope remembers child abuse victims, offers prayers

Vatican City, May 5, 2013 / 06:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At the end of Mass, Pope Francis noted that the Day of Child Victims of Violence is observed today and assured all those who “have suffered and are suffering because of abuse” that they “are present in my prayers.”“I would also say emphatically that we must all commit ourselves with clarity and courage to every human person, especially children, who are among the most vulnerable,” the Pope told the … [Read more...]

Pope uses Latin American experience to guide confraternities

Vatican City, May 5, 2013 / 06:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Drawing on the experience of the Latin American Church, Pope Francis called on groups dedicated to specific saints to grow in their faith, help unite the Church and evangelize through their public acts of devotion.“Three words, don’t forget them: Evangelical spirit, ecclesial spirit, missionary spirit. Let us ask the Lord always to direct our minds and hearts to him, as living stones of the Church, so that all that we do, our … [Read more...]

Pope: Mary helps us not be ‘teenagers for life’

Rome, Italy, May 4, 2013 / 11:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After praying the Rosary this evening, Pope Francis reflected on how Mary “gives us health” by helping Christians mature in their faith and not remain “teenagers for life.” “Dear brothers and sisters, how hard it is, in our time, to make the ultimate decisions! The temporary seduces us. We are victims of a trend that pushes us to the temporary ... as if we wanted to stay teenagers for life! We should not … [Read more...]