Pope: confirmation gives us the strength to defend the faith

Vatican City, Jan 29, 2014 / 07:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Wednesday audience, Pope Francis reflected on the sacrament of confirmation, explaining that it is intrinsically linked to our baptism, and that through it our relationship with the Church is fortified. “It unites us more firmly to Christ,” the Pope said in his Jan. 29 general audience, referring to the Sacrament of Confirmation, “it strengthens our relationship with the Church and it gives us a special strength … [Read more...]

Pakistani blasphemy law a threat to all religions, chairman says

Vatican City, Jan 29, 2014 / 05:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a special round-table meeting last week, various professionals gathered to raise awareness of Pakistan’s extension of the death-penalty for persons who commit crimes against the Koran. “The consequences of this legislation has been anger against Christians or any other religious believers,” Luca Volonté told CNA in a Jan. 21 interview, “there could be any assault against any normal idea of religious … [Read more...]

‘Come out of your shell’ to praise the Lord, Pope encourages

Vatican City, Jan 28, 2014 / 07:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily, Pope Francis spoke on the importance of freely praising God in our prayer, and warned against an attitude which can be judgmental of others who do not follow certain “formalities.” “You’re able to shout when your team scores a goal, and you are not able to sing praises to the Lord? To come out of your shell ever so slightly to sing (His praise)?” the Pope asked during his Jan. 28 daily … [Read more...]

Pope advances the causes of eight possible Saints

Vatican City, Jan 28, 2014 / 04:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a Monday meeting with the head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Pope Francis approved the “heroic virtue” of eight Servants of God, which now allows their public veneration. Among those whose causes the Pope moved forward during his Jan. 27 meeting with Cardinal Angelo Amato SDB, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, are one martyr and seven priests and religious hailing … [Read more...]

Pope Francis’ writings on ecology could become encyclical

Vatican City, Jan 27, 2014 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A statement released by the Vatican last Friday revealed that Pope Francis has begun to work on a text surrounding the topic of ecology, which could eventually become an encyclical. Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi confirmed the news in his Jan. 24 statement, noting that in his text, the Pope intends to give a strong emphasis to the theme of “human ecology” – a phrase that was originally coined by retired pontiff … [Read more...]

Pope lauds ‘bravery’ of those anointed by God

Vatican City, Jan 27, 2014 / 06:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily Mass, Pope Francis reflected on the significance of the special anointing given to priests and bishops, emphasizing that it marks their role of service to the Church, which we should be grateful for. “Today, thinking about this anointing of David, it will do us good to think of our brave, holy, good, faithful bishops and priests, and pray for them. We are here today thanks to them,” the Pope stated in his Jan. 27 … [Read more...]

Pope, Hollande discuss positive role of religion in society

Vatican City, Jan 27, 2014 / 04:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During Pope Francis’ meeting with French president Francois Hollande on Friday, the two discussed an array of topics concerning human dignity, centering the meeting on the role of religion in society. In a Jan. 24 statement released regarding the meeting earlier that morning, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi revealed that the “cordial” discussion primarily focused on “the contribution that religion makes to … [Read more...]


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