‘We need bridges, not walls!’ Pope says on Berlin Wall anniversary

Vatican City, Nov 9, 2014 / 07:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Pope Francis said that it only happened through a long, painful struggle, and warned that there are still many walls that divide the world today. “Wherever there is a wall, there is a closed heart. We need bridges, not walls!” the Pope voiced to those present in St. Peter’s Square for his Nov. 9 Angelus address. He recalled how for many years the Berlin Wall had … [Read more...]

Pope Francis recognizes ‘heroic virtue’ of 12-year-old boy

Vatican City, Nov 8, 2014 / 01:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis advanced the sainthood causes for a 12-year-old Italian boy who died late 1970s as well as seven other men and women, recognizing all for their “heroic virtue.” The Pope authorized the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints to declare the eight laypersons, priests, and religious – including young Silvio Dissegna – as “venerable.” The move was announced Nov. 7 during an audience with … [Read more...]

Where does every vocation start? The family, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Nov 8, 2014 / 12:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a meeting with members of the Italian Adult Catholic Scouting Movement, Pope Francis stressed the “educative mission” of the family, noting how every vocation is rooted in this fundamental relationship. The Nov. 8 audience with some 7,000 representatives marked the 60th anniversary of the founding of the movement. Pope Francis acknowledged the “apostolic commitment” shown by the scout members, which testifies … [Read more...]

Cardinal Burke moved to Order of Malta, Mamberti to lead Signatura

Vatican City, Nov 8, 2014 / 08:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After six years serving as Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, Cardinal Raymond Burke has been appointed as Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Cardinal Burke, 66, confirmed publicly in October that Pope Francis informed him of the move. The American prelate was appointed as chief justice of the Catholic Church’s highest court in 2008 by Benedict XVI. Previously, he headed the Archdiocese of … [Read more...]

Pope commends Malawians’ pledge to family despite obstacles

Vatican City, Nov 7, 2014 / 01:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Addressing the bishops from the southeast African nation of Malawi on Thursday, Pope Francis noted his gratitude to their people for their commitment to family and solidarity. “I wish … to express my appreciation for the admirable spirit of the Malawian people, who, though faced with many serious obstacles in terms of development, economic progress and standards of living, remain strong in their commitment to family … [Read more...]

Pope Francis blasts ‘pagan’ Christians as ‘enemies of the cross’

Vatican City, Nov 7, 2014 / 10:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily for Mass at the Santa Marta residence, Pope Francis urged the faithful against living as lukewarm pagans who are merely Christian in name, for these are “enemies of the Cross.” Reflecting on the day's reading from Paul to the Philippians, the Holy Father spoke of two types of Christians: those who advance in their faith, and those who behave as “enemies of the Cross of Christ.” Pope … [Read more...]

Economy secretariat advances financial transparency at the Vatican

Vatican City, Nov 6, 2014 / 09:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican's new financial management policies focused on accountability are described in a handbook delivered by the Secretariat for the Economy last week, an internal bulletin of the secretariat announced on Wednesday. “Having sound and consistent financial management practices and reporting helps provide a clear framework of accountability for all those entrusted with the resources of the Church,” said Cardinal George … [Read more...]