If Pope could perform one miracle, it would be ‘to heal children’

Vatican City, Dec 4, 2013 / 12:37 pm (CNA).- During a recent visit to a parish on the outskirts of Rome, Pope Francis revealed that if he had the power to conduct one miracle, it would be to heal suffering children. The Pope was visiting St. Cyril parish to celebrate the sacrament of confirmation, and afterwards spent several hours visiting with the people there. One of the teenagers who was being confirmed asked him what miracle he would perform if he could. According to Vatican newspaper … [Read more...]

Vatican finance group signs agreement with German counterpart

Vatican City, Dec 4, 2013 / 11:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican's financial watchdog, the Financial Information Authority, has signed a memorandum of understanding with its German counterpart, the Federal Criminal Police Office. René Bruelhart, director of the Financial Information Authority, stressed in a Dec. 4 press release that “this memorandum strengthens the FIA's international reach and further integrates the Holy See and the Vatican City State with a … [Read more...]

Pope: ‘seed of eternity’ has been planted in our hearts

Vatican City, Dec 4, 2013 / 05:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his general audience, Pope Francis reflected on the resurrection of the body, explaining that we are “imprinted” with eternal life, which we are able to experience even now through the sacraments. “Through Baptism, we are inserted into his death and resurrection and begin to experience new life,” the Pope stated in his Dec. 4 general audience, highlighting how “the seed of eternity is planted within … [Read more...]

Ukrainian Church an example of ‘synodality’ for Pope

Vatican City, Dec 3, 2013 / 02:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of the Ukrainian Church revealed that in a recent private meeting with Pope Francis, the pontiff praised the structure of Eastern Churches for their emphasis on collaboration among bishops. Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk said his discussion with Pope Francis mainly focused on “the synodality of our Church,” as the Pope is looking for ways to “foster the collegiality in the Catholic … [Read more...]

Council of cardinals begins second meeting on curial reform

Vatican City, Dec 3, 2013 / 01:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with the group of eight cardinals advising him on the reform of the Roman Curia and the government of the Church this morning, initiating the council's second meeting. “The meeting began this morning continuing the look at the Roman Curia with a view to its reform, as requested by the cardinals prior to the conclave,” Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See press office, said at a briefing of … [Read more...]

A Church without joy is unimaginable, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Dec 3, 2013 / 06:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope focused his daily homily this morning on the themes of joy and peace, emphasizing that our God “is joyful,” and that the Church’s mission of transmitting this joy to others brings authentic peace. “You can’t imagine a Church without joy,” the pontiff explained in his Dec. 3 homily, “and the joy of the Church lies precisely in this: to proclaim the name of Jesus.” Pope Francis … [Read more...]

Israeli prime minister invites Pope Francis to Israel

Vatican City, Dec 3, 2013 / 02:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During an audience with Pope Francis, Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister, invited the Roman Pontiff to visit Israel, though the date of the visit has yet to be determined. The private audience, which lasted nearly half an hour, was held during Netanyahu's two-day visit to Italy meant to improve relations between the two countries and to sign commercial agreements. According to the Holy See press office, Pope Francis … [Read more...]


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