Pope Francis lauds Archbishop Chaput’s ‘great love for the family’

Vatican City, Sep 30, 2015 / 11:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis reviewed his recent trip to Cuba and the United States during his General Audience on Wednesday, calling the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia the “culmination” of his apostolic visit. “I wish to convey my fraternal and warm thanks to Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia, for his commitment, his piety, his enthusiasm, and his great love for the family in the organization of this event,” the Pope … [Read more...]

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Sistine Chapel Choir releases sacred music album recorded in its chapel

Vatican City, Sep 30, 2015 / 03:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the first album ever to be recorded inside the Sistine Chapel is released, Archbishop Georg Ganswein said the sacred music featured is not something of the past, but continues to play a role in evangelization. “Sacred music has a past. It comes from the past, but it has a great future,” Archbishop Ganswein, prefect of the Papal Household, told CNA Sept. 29, following a presentation of the Sistine Chapel Choir’s new … [Read more...]

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Mercy, dialogue to be the focus of World Communications Day

Vatican City, Sep 29, 2015 / 07:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Announced Tuesday, this year’s theme for World Communications Day is inspired by the upcoming Jubilee of Mercy, and stresses that social communications should be centered on mercy, dialogue and welcome. The Pontifical Council of Social Communication announced the choice of “Communication and Mercy: a fruitful encounter” in a Sept. 29 communique from the Vatican. “Clearly determined” by the Holy Year for … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis explains what World Youth Day has to do with Divine Mercy

Vatican City, Sep 28, 2015 / 03:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With World Youth Day coming up next year, Pope Francis has a question for young people: “Do you realize how precious you are to God, who has given you everything out of love?” “You, dear young man, dear young woman, have you ever felt the gaze of everlasting love upon you, a gaze that looks beyond your sins, limitations and failings, and continues to have faith in you and to look upon your life with hope?” the … [Read more...]

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Full transcript of Pope Francis’ inflight interview from Philadelphia to Rome

Vatican City, Sep 28, 2015 / 08:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a 47 minute Q&A with journalists on his way back to Rome Pope Francis touched on sensitive topics such as forgiving abusers and conscientious objection, as well as the upcoming synod of bishops and women’s ordination. The Pope answered 11 questions posed in English, Spanish and Italian Sept. 27 while on board his American Airlines overnight flight from Philadelphia to Rome. Among the themes addressed were the new, … [Read more...]

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I can forgive an abuser, but understand those who can’t, Pope says

Vatican City, Sep 28, 2015 / 05:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his wide-ranging press briefing en route from the United States to Rome, Pope Francis spoke on the difficult subject of forgiving priests who have molested minors, saying that the strength to forgive, and to be forgiven, can only come from God. Francis also told journalists that while he is willing to forgive clergy who have abused children and young people, he understands why there are some who find this difficult. “We must … [Read more...]

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Pope: Communion for divorced, remarried isn’t the only synod issue

Vatican City, Sep 28, 2015 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told journalists on board his flight to Rome that giving communion to divorced and remarried Catholics is a “simplistic” solution to the issue, and stressed that there are also other problems that need to be discussed.   “(It) seems a bit simplistic to me to say that the synod, that the solution for these people is that they can receive communion. That's not the only solution (asked … [Read more...]

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