Consecrated life today in a positive position, bishops affirm

Vatican City, Feb 3, 2014 / 04:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During an interview, two Vatican officials expressed the great holiness that exists within religious vocations, as well as their hope that the upcoming year will yield the witness of joy in following God. “I think I can affirm that consecrated life is really enjoying good health at this moment. There is a lot more holiness than what there often appears to be,” Archbishop Jose Rodriguez Carballo told CNA in a Jan. 31 … [Read more...]

Pope: Presentation of Jesus joins young, old

Vatican City, Feb 2, 2014 / 10:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ Sunday homily reflected on the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, noting how the event shows both young and old people joyous in their faithfulness to God. The Pope said the Presentation is “a meeting between the young full of joy in observing the Law of the Lord and the elderly full of joy by the action of the Holy Spirit.” “It is a singular meeting between observance and prophecy,” he … [Read more...]

Consecrated life is a gift from God, Pope reflects

Vatican City, Feb 2, 2014 / 08:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis spoke emphatically about the importance of religious life during his Sunday Angelus message. “Every consecrated person is a gift for the People of God on a journey. There is much need of their presence, that strengthens and renews the commitment to spread the gospel, to Christian education, to charity for the most needy, to contemplative prayer; the commitment to a human and spiritual formation of young people, of … [Read more...]

Evangelize with love, Pope urges missionary families

Vatican City, Feb 1, 2014 / 10:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis held an audience with missionary families from around the world Feb. 1, encouraging them to spread the gospel with great charity. “Evangelize with love, carry to all the love of God. Tell everyone you meet on the streets of your mission (and) that God loves man as he is, even with his limitations, his mistakes and his sins,” the Pope urged members of the Neocatechumenal Way. Saturday’s meeting in the Paul … [Read more...]

Giving in to temptation dulls us to harm of sin, Pope warns

Vatican City, Jan 31, 2014 / 01:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily Mass, Pope Francis cautioned against the danger of when falling into temptation becomes habitual, saying that it dulls our ability to recognize sin and affects others in a negative way. “This can happen to all of us. All of us are sinners and all are tempted and temptation is our daily bread,” the Pope explained in his Jan. 31 homily. Beginning his homily, addressed to those present in the Vatican’s … [Read more...]

Letters to Pope read ‘with the heart,’ Vatican official says

Vatican City, Jan 31, 2014 / 07:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- According to Vatican Radio, Pope Francis receives a few thousand letters a week, which Correspondence Director Msgr. Giuliano Gallorini notes are read more with the pontiff’s “heart” than his “mind.” “He reads these letters more with the heart than with the mind; to share the suffering” of others, Msgr. Gallorini told Vatican Radio on Jan. 28. The letters, packages, drawings and objects that … [Read more...]

Vatican’s Financial Intelligence Authority receives new president

Vatican City, Jan 31, 2014 / 12:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis appointed Bishop Giorgio Corbellini Jan. 30 as interim president of the Financial Intelligence Authority, the agency charged with acting as “financial watchdog” for Vatican City. Bishop Corbellini replaces Cardinal Attilio Nicora, who is 76 and requested to retire. Bishop Corbellini is a legal expert and is currently both president of the Labour Office of the Apostolic See and a member of the Disciplinary … [Read more...]


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