An environment encyclical in March? Pope Francis hopes so

Aboard the papal plane, Jan 15, 2015 / 05:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During an in-flight press conference on his way to the Philippines, Pope Francis said he plans to have his much-anticipated encyclical on man's relationship with creation finished in March. “At the end of March, I think it will be completed,” he told journalists aboard the papal plane Jan. 15. “I think that if the translations go well, in June or July, it could come out.”A year ago this month, the … [Read more...]

Pope Francis lauds first Sri Lankan saint’s undivided love for God

Vatican City, Jan 13, 2015 / 09:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Wednesday canonized Joseph Vaz, Sri Lanka’s first saint, praising the 17th century priest’s love for the Sri Lankan people, his “missionary zeal” and his example for all Christians.“Leaving behind his home, his family, the comfort of his familiar surroundings, he responded to the call to go forth, to speak of Christ wherever he was led,” the Pope said in his homily. “Saint Joseph … [Read more...]

For Pope Francis, loving concern for the poor is not communism

Vatican City, Jan 12, 2015 / 11:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As Pope Francis stated in a recent interview that love for the poor is not communism, but the Gospel, one of the interview's co-authors asks if the current economic system is “the best possible,” and encourages a discussion of the question. Andrea Tornielli and Giacomo Galeazzi’s interview with Pope Francis was published at the end of their book “Papa Francesco: questa economia uccide” (‘Pope … [Read more...]

Pope tells diplomats to work for peace amid a world rife with conflict

Vatican City, Jan 12, 2015 / 07:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told Vatican diplomats that peace – which is a communal responsibility – is the only solution to global issues like war, terrorism and social problems such as unemployment and slavery. “Today I wish to repeat a word quite dear to us: peace!” the Pope told the diplomats on Jan. 12. He said that peace is a common theme we think about during Christmas, but cautioned that the holiday also makes us … [Read more...]

Pope Francis baptizes babies, says God’s word helps faith grow

Vatican City, Jan 11, 2015 / 02:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis baptized 33 babies at the Sistine Chapel on Sunday, advising families to set an example for their children through reading the Gospels.He said the Word of God is like a mother’s nourishing milk. “God, like a good father and a good mother, wants to give good gifts to his children,” and wants to give his children “substantial food,” the Pope said in his homily at the Jan. 11 Sistine Chapel … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: Jesus’ baptism opened the heavens

Vatican City, Jan 11, 2015 / 11:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis encouraged Christians to remember their baptism with “joy,” as he reflected on the role of Jesus Christ’s baptism by John the Baptist in God’s saving mission for humanity. The Pope said the opening of the heavens when John the Baptist baptized Jesus “ended the time of the ‘closed heavens’ which indicate the separation between God and man, the consequence of sin.” “The … [Read more...]

Haitian welder turned amputee soccer star: ‘It’s the best life’

Vatican City, Jan 10, 2015 / 02:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After losing a leg during Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake, Wilfrid Macena became a prosthetic technician and founded an amputee soccer team--and says his life can’t be topped years after the disaster. “The process has really helped me because I was only welding before the earthquake. I never could have believed that I would be a technician making prosthetics and helping the children in Haiti,” Macena told CNA … [Read more...]