Knights donate $2 million to papal charities, Middle East relief

Vatican City, Dec 13, 2014 / 09:13 am (CNA).- The Knights of Columbus have donated $1.6 million to the Pope’s personal charities, and are giving an additional $400,000 to assist the Holy See’s relief efforts in the Middle East. Supreme Knight Carl Anderson informed Pope Francis of the donations during a Dec. 12 private audience with the pontiff, which is the third that has been granted him since Francis’ election in March, 2013. The donations to the papal charities come … [Read more...]

Pope pleads with Middle East churches to address crisis together

Vatican City, Dec 13, 2014 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis addressed the increasing challenges caused by violence in the Middle East with members of the Syriac Catholic Church, urging them to work alongside other churches to find solutions. “Many have fled to seek shelter from an inhumanity that throws entire populations out into the streets, leaving them without any means of survival,” the Pope observed in his Dec. 12 address. Together with other churches, he said, … [Read more...]

Our Lady of Guadalupe, the great missionary who protects her people

Vatican City, Dec 12, 2014 / 01:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis praised Our Lady of Guadalupe on Friday as “a great missionary” who brought the faith to Latin America, as he called on Christians to see her prayers as an introduction to the Beatitudes and to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. “Through her intercession, the Christian faith has become the richest treasure of the soul of the Latin American people, whose precious pearl is Jesus Christ: a heritage which is … [Read more...]

Francis lauds Nobel Peace laureates, declines to meet with Dalai Lama

Vatican City, Dec 12, 2014 / 12:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the reception of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize by two south Asians this week, Pope Francis has praised Nobel laureates' efforts for peace but chose not to meet with the Dalai Lama, who won the prize in 1989. The Pope likely declined to meet with Tenzin Gyatso, who is the 14th Dalai Lama, so as not to complicate the Vatican's relations with the People's Republic of China. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican … [Read more...]

Sister Cristina gives Pope Francis a copy of her music album

Vatican City, Dec 12, 2014 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Sister Cristina Scuccia, the Ursuline religious who won The Voice Italy earlier this year, greeted Pope Francis on Wednesday and gave him a copy of her new album, "Sister Cristina." The encounter took place at the conclusion of the Holy Father's General Audience in St. Peter's Square on Dec. 10. Interviewed by DPA in November, the 26 year-old nun had said she hoped to meet Francis and give him "the first … [Read more...]

Cardinal advisors discuss Curia reform, protection of minors

Vatican City, Dec 12, 2014 / 12:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Efforts to reform the Roman Curia have moved forward with the latest round of Vatican meetings and will continue next year, said Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office. “Curia reform is an ongoing process, there are no formal decisions,” Fr. Lombardi told members of the media at the end of the Dec. 9-11 meeting of the Council of Cardinals at the Vatican. He explained that after final reform proposals … [Read more...]

Pope Francis likely discussed economic inequality with IMF director

Vatican City, Dec 11, 2014 / 09:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis briefly met Wednesday with Christine Lagarde, managing director of the Internaional Monetary Fund, an organization which intends to foster international trade and sustainable economic growth. The Holy See press office announced the Dec. 10 meeting without discussing the contents of the leaders' conversation. According to sources from the International Monetary Fund, Lagarde praised Pope Francis’ calls against … [Read more...]