Pope to Christian business execs: be faithful, treat workers right

Vatican City, Oct 31, 2015 / 10:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Saturday spoke about the vocation of Christian business executives to be missionaries in the world. He stressed they should respect their employees’ needs. “You are called to live the fidelity to the demands of the Gospel and the social doctrine of the Church in the family, in work, and in society,” the Pope said. He addressed about 7,000 members of the Italian Christian Union of Business Executives … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Every Christian must be prepared for martyrdom

Vatican City, Oct 30, 2015 / 10:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Friday Pope Francis reflected on the life and death of Blessed Oscar Romero, who was recognized as a martyr earlier this year, stressing that each Christian ought to be ready to give their life for the faith. “A martyr is not born. It's a grace that the Lord allows, and that in a way concerns every baptized person,” Pope Francis told a group pilgrims from El Salvador Oct. 30. Bl. Oscar Romero was Archbishop of San … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis sets up foundation to boost Catholic education

Vatican City, Oct 29, 2015 / 11:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Observing the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council's declaration on Christian education, Pope Francis on Wednesday established a foundation meant to promote Catholic education worldwide. “I am grateful to the Congregation for Catholic Education for the initiatives organised for this 50th anniversary of the declaration Gravissimum educationis,” the Holy Father wrote in an Oct. 28 chirograph, a letter circulated … [Read more...]

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Africa abuzz ahead of Pope’s visit, Ugandan archbishop says

Vatican City, Oct 29, 2015 / 07:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For Ugandan Archbishop John Baptist Odama, the upcoming visit of Pope Francis is like the visit of a spiritual ‘grandfather’ who offers encouragement and a sense of identity. “It is very wonderful, we are very excited in the country about the coming of the Pope,” the archbishop said. Head of Uganda’s Gulu archdiocese and president of the Ugandan Episcopal Conference, Archbishop Odama spoke with CNA about … [Read more...]

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Prayer is the treasure of all religions, says Pope

Vatican City, Oct 28, 2015 / 11:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis marked Wednesday's anniversary of the Second Vatican Council's declaration on the relation of the Church to non-Christian religion by saying the world looks to religious believers for their ability to pray. “Prayer is our treasure, to which we draw in accordance with our respective traditions, to ask for the gifts for which humanity yearns,” he said at his Oct. 28 general audience at St. Peter's … [Read more...]

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A prayer from the Pope – may Christians not be forced out of the Middle East

Vatican City, Oct 28, 2015 / 12:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The sufferings of the Chaldean Catholic Church were the focus of Pope Francis on Monday when he addressed a synod of Chaldean bishops. He prayed for Middle East Christians and again called for international work to secure peace. The Pope told the Chaldean bishops: “may God’s mercy soothe the wounds of war afflicting the heart of your communities, so that no one may feel discouragement in this time when the outcry of violence … [Read more...]

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Existing norms remain for Roman Curia, Pope says

Vatican City, Oct 27, 2015 / 02:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has clarified that while the Roman Curia is in the process of being reconstructed, it doesn’t mean there is an absence of law or regulations – the existing rules are still in place, for now. In a letter (dated Oct. 14 and released Oct. 27) addressed to the Vatican’s Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Pope Francis noted that since the institution of the Council of Cardinals in 2013, “certain … [Read more...]

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