God isn’t found on a computer screen but in restless hearts, Pope says

Vatican City, Feb 10, 2015 / 01:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily Tuesday, Pope Francis said that Christians must have a certain “restlessness” if they want to know God, who is not found by staring at a computer, but rather by going outside of oneself. “Sedentary Christians, lethargic Christians will not know the face of God: They do not know Him,” the Pope told attendees of his Feb. 10 daily Mass, which took place in the chapel of the Vatican’s Saint Martha … [Read more...]

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Times are hard, but don’t give up – Pope’s plea to Greek bishops

Vatican City, Feb 10, 2015 / 12:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis encouraged the bishops of Greece to engage in dialogue and solidarity, values he said are particularly necessary in fighting pessimism during the country's ongoing financial crisis. Fraternal communion is “indispensable for the growth of the Church in Greece, as well as for the progress of all of society,” he said Feb. 5 to the Greek bishops, who had come to Rome for their ad limina visit. “This is … [Read more...]

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What Cardinal Burke really said about ‘resisting’ Pope Francis

Vatican City, Feb 9, 2015 / 05:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Raymond Burke said he was “responding to a hypothetical situation” when he stated that he would resist any possible move by Pope Francis away from Catholic doctrine. “I simply affirmed that it is always my sacred duty to defend the truth of the Church's teaching and discipline regarding marriage,” Cardinal Burke told CNA Feb. 9. “No authority can absolve me from that responsibility, and, … [Read more...]

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If you care about God’s handiwork you’ll protect nature, Pope says

Vatican City, Feb 9, 2015 / 04:23 pm (CNA).- Set to finish his encyclical on the environment next month, Pope Francis said during his daily Mass at the Vatican on Monday that Christians who fail to safeguard nature do not care about God's handiwork. “A Christian who does not protect creation, who does not allow it to grow, is a Christian who does not care about God's labors” which are borne out of God's love for us, the Pope said Feb. 9. His remarks were based in … [Read more...]

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What are the theological criteria to reform the Church and the Roman Curia?

Vatican City, Feb 9, 2015 / 02:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The reform of the Roman Curia must be an example for the spiritual renewal of the entire Church, the prefect of Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith wrote in an essay published Saturday in the Vatican's newspaper. “A true reform of the Roman Curia and of the Church has the objective of rendering the mission of the Pope and of the Church in the world of today and of tomorrow more radiant” Cardinal Gerhard Mueller … [Read more...]

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‘Rock star’ cardinal talks big cities, small gestures

Vatican City, Feb 8, 2015 / 05:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle knows a thing or two about urban evangelization. Ranked among the youngest cardinals in the Catholic Church, he heads the Archdiocese of Manila, based in one of the most densely-populated cities in the world. Dubbed the “rock star” of cardinals, the 57-year-old Tagle was recently appointed to the Pontifical Council for the Laity. He was in Rome this month to attend the group’s plenary … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis’ tough words against horrors of human trafficking

Vatican City, Feb 8, 2015 / 10:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis marked the Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking by calling on governments to remove this “shameful wound” which has no place in “civil society.” “Each one of us feels committed to being the voice of these, our brothers and sisters, humiliated in their dignity,” the Holy Father said to the crowds gathered in Saint Peter's Square, moments after the recitation of the … [Read more...]

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