Pope: You make the Church ‘sick’ if you don’t support your bishop

Vatican City, Nov 5, 2014 / 11:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his weekly general audience on Wednesday Pope Francis said that a Church which does not foster communion with the bishop is unhealthy. In his remarks to the crowds gathered in Saint Peter's Square on Nov. 5, the Pope called on Christian communities to “nurture a sincere and profound communion” with the bishop, “starting with the priests and deacons. “There is no healthy Church if the faithful priests, … [Read more...]

A quiet threat: Religious freedom dwindling in Europe, US

Vatican City, Nov 4, 2014 / 04:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious freedom is at risk in Europe and has been increasingly suppressed in the United States over the course of the past year, according to a new report. The findings were made in the 12th edition of the World Report on Religious Freedom, issued by the pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need, released Nov. 4. The report is a snapshot of the state of religious freedom in 196 countries from Oct. 2012 to June 2014, collecting … [Read more...]

Hearing God’s voice is hard if you’re self-absorbed, Pope warns

Vatican City, Nov 4, 2014 / 07:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily on Tuesday Pope Francis cautioned not to be too self-reliant, saying that this attitude can lead to a self-centered egoism that is afraid of God and refuses to hear or accept his generosity. “It is so difficult to listen to the voice of Jesus, the voice of God, when you believe that that the whole world revolves around you: there is no horizon, because you become your own horizon,” the Pope told mass-goers in the … [Read more...]

Men, women, and the power of marriage: Pope Francis to give key address

Vatican City, Nov 3, 2014 / 01:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Later this month Pope Francis will meet with intellectuals and inter-religious faith leaders from around the world to examine the relationship between man and woman in marriage as the basis of society. From Nov. 17 to Nov. 19 the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith will host a colloquium in Rome on the topic of “Complementarity of Man and Woman in Marriage.” The event is hosted along with the Pontifical Council for … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: Our faith is based on Christ, not ‘persuasive words’

Vatican City, Nov 3, 2014 / 11:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The “rock” of our faith is not found in “wise and persuasive words,” Pope Francis said, but rather in the “living word” which is Christ's death and resurrection. Human history culminating in Christ's coming was the main focus of the Pope's homily for Mass on Nov. 3, celebrated in Saint Peter's Basilica on behalf of all cardinals and bishops who have died over the last twelve … [Read more...]

‘Pray for the forgotten,’ Pope exhorts on Feast of All Souls

Vatican City, Nov 2, 2014 / 09:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Angelus address delivered for the Feast of All Souls, Pope Francis called on the faithful to pray for forgotten souls, as well as Christians who have died for their faith and in the service of others over the past year. “We remember our brothers and sisters killed because they are Christians,” he said, and the many “who have sacrificed their lives to serve others.”Addressing the crowds gathered in … [Read more...]

Pope Francis reaches out to schismatic Old Catholic Church

Vatican City, Nov 1, 2014 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite continuing theological, ethical and ministerial differences between the Roman Catholic Church and the schismatic Old Catholic Conference, the two communions can continue to work together, Pope Francis counseled on Thursday. “The theological and ecclesiological questions that arose during our separation are now more difficult to overcome due to the increasing distance between us on matters of ministry and ethical … [Read more...]