Pope: the Church is not a rental house, but a home

Vatican City, Jun 5, 2014 / 05:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis focused his daily homily on Jesus’ prayer for the unity of his disciples, cautioning that there are many in the Church who call themselves Catholic, but are only half committed. There are some groups that “rent the Church, but do not claim it as their home,” the Pope observed during his June 5 daily Mass, stating that the Church “is not a house to rent” but rather “is a home to live … [Read more...]

Vatican to host world meeting on pastoral care of Gypsies

Vatican City, Jun 5, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A pontifical council has organized a conference at the Vatican to address the pastoral care of Gypsies, and will focus primarily on new strategies of evangelization. Entitled “The Church and Gypsies: to Announce the Gospel in the Peripheries,” the meeting will take place June 5-9 and will gather both Episcopal Promoters and National Directors of the Pastoral Care of Gypsies, Vatican Radio reported June 3. The Pontifical … [Read more...]

Two Indians among those approved for canonization

Vatican City, Jun 4, 2014 / 08:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has called an ordinary public consistory to set the canonization date for six Blesseds, including Fr. Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal of the Sacred Heart from India. Slated to take place June 12, the consistory was announced May 30 and will gather together the College of Cardinals along with Pope Francis in order to discuss the canonization date of the four Italians and two Indians whose causes have … [Read more...]

Gift of piety fosters fraternal solidarity, Pope observes

Vatican City, Jun 4, 2014 / 05:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis reflected on the gift of piety, explaining that it is not just a superficial feeling, but rather a religious reality that leads us closer to God and to our neighbor. “In this sense, piety includes the ability of rejoicing with those who are cheerful and of crying with those who cry, of reaching out to those who are alone or anxious, to correct those who err, to console the afflicted, to … [Read more...]

UN may risk a ‘deficit of democracy’, nuncio says

Vatican City, Jun 4, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See’s envoy to the United Nations in Geneva has no doubt that the body is useful in the pursuit of the common good, but he also says it is important that law prevail over ideologies. The U.N. system “is very complex and sometimes muddled,” Archbishop Silvano Tomasi said in a May 30 interview with CNA. This character, he added, “may present the risk of a deficit of democracy if experts replace states in … [Read more...]

British ambassador decries ‘brutal’ crime of sexual violence

Vatican City, Jun 3, 2014 / 10:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ahead of an international summit resisting sexual violence in the midst of conflict, Britain’s ambassador to the Holy See stated that it is a “massive” problem, and has called for justice. “Man has a very wide armory of cruelty to be applied against fellow man,” Nigel Baker told CNA June 3, adding that the “brutal and cruel” use of sexual violence “is one of the worst forms of … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: Jesus intercedes for us with his wounds

Vatican City, Jun 3, 2014 / 07:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis reflected on how Jesus advocates for us in heaven, emphasizing that he does this by showing the Father his wounds, the price he paid for our sin.“He shows his wounds to the Father, and Jesus, with his wounds, prays for us as if to say to the Father: ‘But, Father, this is the price of these! Help them, protect them,’” Pope Francis explained to those in the Vatican’s Saint … [Read more...]