Pope accepts disgraced Scottish prelate’s resignation from cardinal status

Vatican City, Mar 20, 2015 / 05:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a rare move, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of disgraced Scottish Cardinal Keith Patrick O'Brien from the rights and duties of a cardinal, the Vatican announced on Friday. “As most people are aware, Pope Francis is a good and prayerful man whose character embodies justice and mercy. I am confident therefore that the decision of the Holy Father is fair, equitable and proportionate,” Archbishop Leo Cushley of … [Read more...]

Pope condemns Tunisia attack as act against ‘the sacredness of life’

Vatican City, Mar 19, 2015 / 11:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On behalf of Pope Francis, the Vatican’s Secretariat of State has sent a letter to the archbishop of Tunisia, assuring him of the Pope’s prayers after yesterday’s deadly terrorist attack killed at least 23 people. In the March 19 telegram, Pope Francis called the attack “(an act) against peace and the sacredness of human life.” He said that he unites with prayer “to the suffering of the families (of the victims) and to all those affected by … [Read more...]

Three laypersons among saints’ causes advanced by Pope Francis

Vatican City, Mar 18, 2015 / 11:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis recognized on Wednesday the heroic virtue of seven persons on the path of canonization, including a young Italian laywoman, as well as a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux. Bl. Louis and Zelie will be canonized this autumn. Francis met March 18 with the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Cardinal Angelo Amato, giving the green … [Read more...]

A society that doesn’t want children is ‘sad and gray,’ Pope says

Rome, Italy, Mar 18, 2015 / 05:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said Wednesday that children are a joy-filled gift for the Church and the world, and cautioned against an overcast society that lacks life because it has rejected and run out of children. “Children give life, joy and hope. They also give worries and sometimes problems, but this is better than a society that is sad and gray because it has run out of children. Or doesn't want children,” the Pope told pilgrims … [Read more...]

Use of force is a last resort against Islamic State – Vatican diplomat

Vatican City, Mar 17, 2015 / 06:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- By presenting a joint statement to the United Nations’ Human Rights Council to support Christians and other communities in the Middle East, the Holy See has fostered a new diplomatic approach to protect communities and raise the international focus on a top issue. The approach is an alternative to the use of force against the Islamic State, which can only be the "very last choice," Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, Holy See … [Read more...]

Pope Francis encourages bishops of Bosnia and Herzegovina in reconciliation

Vatican City, Mar 17, 2015 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his address to the bishops from Bosnia and Herzegovina on Monday, Pope Francis urged them to foster reconciliation and peaceful coexistence in their country, which has been marked by ethno-religious tensions. “The society in which you live has a multicultural and multi-ethnic dimension. And you have been entrusted the task of being fathers to all, in spite of material limits and the crisis within which you work,” he … [Read more...]

Vatican: no papal endorsement for LGBT Catholic video

Vatican City, Mar 16, 2015 / 05:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Vatican official says there will be no papal endorsement for an LGBT activist video whose backers want it to reach Pope Francis. Father Gil Martinez, C.S.P., a member of the development team for the video “LGBT Catholics: Owning our Faith,” intended to present the video to Pope Francis in a private audience after morning Mass on March 17, according to the website of the St. Philip Neri Parish and Northwest Paulist Center in … [Read more...]