Lay people at the forefront of the Church’s mission, says Pope

Vatican City, Mar 14, 2015 / 01:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis reminded lay men and women of their place in the “front lines” in spreading the Gospel, living as Christian witnesses in the secular world. Being “immersed in the world,” the Pope said Saturday, lay persons are called to permeate their surroundings with Christian values through their witness, whereby they can encounter “persons in concrete situations.” The pontiff encouraged the laity, … [Read more...]

Pope to teachers: engage with peripheries in your classrooms

Vatican City, Mar 14, 2015 / 01:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has called on teachers to engage with the peripheries within their own classrooms, loving their students for their limitations as well as their potential. “Indeed, the duty of a good teacher - all the more for a Christian teacher - is to love his or her more difficult, weaker, more disadvantaged students with greater intensity,” the Pope said, according to Vatican Radio's translation. The educational … [Read more...]

Scholar from JPII Institute on marriage, family to advise helmsman of 2015 Synod

Vatican City, Mar 14, 2015 / 10:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the church prepares for the 2015 Synod on the Family, one of the newly-named advisers to the synod of bishops' general secretariat is a scholar from the John Paul II Institute on marriage and the family – representatives of which were notably absent during last year's gathering on the same subject.Vice-president and professor of sacramental theology at the JPII Institute, Fr. José Granados, was listed in a Mar. 14 … [Read more...]

Two years into papacy, Francis continues path set in first moments

Vatican City, Mar 13, 2015 / 04:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The infant moments of Francis’ papacy deeply signified what his future mission would be like, reflected Catholics who were present for his election two years ago. After white smoke wafted up from the Sistine Chapel signaling a new pope, the crowd in St. Peter’s Square was jubilant with expectation. “The Holy Spirit was palpably present,” related Kathryn Jean Lopez, founding director of Catholic Voices … [Read more...]

Pope Francis says he wanted to enter US from Mexican border

Vatican City, Mar 13, 2015 / 02:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a lengthy interview with a Mexican multimedia group Pope Francis hit on several topics including his visit to the U.S., where he symbolically wanted to enter from the country’s border with Mexico. When asked by journalist Valentina Alazraki why he chose not to go to Mexico as part of his trip to the U.S. in September, Francis said that “I thought about doing it, because I wanted to enter the United States from the Mexican … [Read more...]

Pope Francis declares Holy Year for Mercy

Rome, Italy, Mar 13, 2015 / 10:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his homily for a Lenten penitential service, Pope Francis announced an extraordinary Jubilee to start at the end of the year, which will be dedicated to a theme close to the pontiff’s heart: mercy. “Dear brothers and sisters, I have thought about how the Church can make clear its mission of being a witness of mercy,” the Pope told attendees of his March 13 penitential liturgy in St. Peter’s … [Read more...]

Pope reiterates lessons from Korea in meeting with nation’s bishops

Vatican City, Mar 12, 2015 / 09:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- His trip last August to South Korea was on Pope Francis' mind Thursday when he met with the nation's bishops, who are visiting Rome for their ad limina meeting. “Your presence today brings to mind fond memories of my recent visit to Korea, where I experienced first-hand the goodness of the Korean people, who so generously received me and shared with me the joys and sorrows of their lives,” Pope Francis wrote in his … [Read more...]