The Christian life is a constant battle against evil, Pope reflects

Vatican City, Apr 11, 2014 / 07:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis centered his daily homily on the topic of temptation, observing that it has a specific structure, and encouraging attendees to learn from scripture how to fight the devil. “We too are tempted, we too are the target of attacks by the devil because the spirit of Evil does not want our holiness, he does not want our Christian witness, he does not want us to be disciples of Christ,” the Pope expressed in his April 11 … [Read more...]

Pope responds to Venezuelan peace talks invitation

Vatican City, Apr 11, 2014 / 03:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Answering an invitation from Venezuela's foreign affairs minister to participate in the country’s peace talks, Pope Francis sent a letter to all parties involved, encouraging them to foster open dialogue. “I am deeply convinced that violence can never bring peace and wellbeing to a country, because it only ever generates more violence,” the Pope stated in his April 10 letter. “On the contrary, through … [Read more...]

Christian unity: a goal common to John XXIII, John Paul II

Vatican City, Apr 11, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Both John XXIII and John Paul II, who will be canonized April 27, acted for Church unity and dedicated much of their lives and Magisterium to foster relations among Christian communities. John XXIII’s effort was highly appreciated among the Orthodox Churches; when he convoked the Second Vatican Council, representatives of both the Orthodox Churches and Protestant ecclesial communities were invited as observers of the Ecumenical … [Read more...]

Vatican, civil authorities join forces against human trafficking

Vatican City, Apr 10, 2014 / 10:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Gathered in Rome to discuss methods for the eradication of human slavery, both law enforcement and Vatican officials exchanged ideas on how to collaborate in combating the issue and caring for victims. “Human trafficking is an open wound on the body of contemporary society, a scourge upon the body of Christ. It is a crime against humanity,” Pope Francis exclaimed in his April 10 audience with the conference … [Read more...]

Pope Francis warns against the dictatorship of narrow thought

Vatican City, Apr 10, 2014 / 07:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis cautioned faithful against idealizing one’s own way of thinking and encouraged them to be vigilant in prayer, noting that a closed mind leaves no room for God. “Even today there is a dictatorship of a narrow line of thought” which kills “people’s freedom, their freedom of conscience,” the Pope expressed in his April 10 daily Mass. Speaking to those present in the … [Read more...]

Pope mourns ‘brutal killing’ of priest, urges end to violence

Vatican City, Apr 9, 2014 / 12:17 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In comments made following his general audience address, Pope Francis lamented the killing of a Jesuit priest in Syria, and appealed to the country’s leaders to foster peace and respect human dignity. “Please, silence your weapons, and end the violence! No more war! No more destruction!” the Pope exclaimed in comments made April 9. Fr. Frans van der Lugt S.J., aged 75 and a native of the Netherlands, was killed April … [Read more...]

Our lives should have the flavor of the Gospel, Pope observes

Vatican City, Apr 9, 2014 / 04:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his general audience Pope Francis began a new catechesis on the gifts of the Holy Spirit, drawing specific attention to wisdom and noting that it illuminates our actions and draws us closer to God. “We need to ask ourselves if our lives have the flavor of the Gospel; if others perceive that we are men and women of God; if it is the Holy Spirit that moves our lives,” the Pope insisted in his April 5 General Audience … [Read more...]

Special adviser appointed to Vatican’s ‘central bank’

Vatican City, Apr 9, 2014 / 12:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Secretariat for the Economy appointed Saturday Franco Dalla Sega as “ad interim” special adviser to the extraordinary section of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See. “Aside from assisting the secretary of APSA in the conduct of the activities of the Section, Professor Dalla Sega will be assigned specific tasks and projects and may be asked for specific advice on the reorganisation of APSA in … [Read more...]

Pope Francis to make two pastoral visits over summer

Vatican City, Apr 8, 2014 / 05:23 pm (CNA).- This coming summer, Pope Francis will make two pastoral visits inside of Italy, following two previous trips to the Italian cities of Assisi and Lampedusa. In an April 5 announcement, the Holy See revealed that the pontiff has accepted an invitation to visit Calabria and Molise during the months of June and July. Both visits will take place on Saturdays. The Pope is slated to travel to Cassano all'Jonio June 21, and to Campobasso and Isernia … [Read more...]

Pope to say Mass of Lord’s Supper at rehab center for disabled persons

Vatican City, Apr 8, 2014 / 01:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- It was announced April 7 that Pope Francis will say the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday at a residential rehabilitation site for disabled persons in Rome. According to the Holy See press office, the April 17 Mass will be said at the St. Mary of Providence Centre, which has 150 beds for patients who require rehabilitation because of neuro-motor impairment and which is operated by the Don Carlo Gnocchi Foundation. The … [Read more...]