Consecrated life without sacrifice is a ‘caricature,’ Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Feb 2, 2015 / 03:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis warned consecrated men and women against reducing their religious live to a “caricature,” calling them to instead embrace a life of obedience, which in turn leads to wisdom. This was the central theme of the Pope's homily for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on Feb. 2, which coincides with the World Day for Consecrated Life. Addressing the congregation gathered in Saint Peter's Basilica on … [Read more...]

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Heroes amid a haunted past: Pope meets, praises Lithuania’s bishops

Vatican City, Feb 2, 2015 / 02:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis praised Lithuania's bishops for their courage in a nation marked by both a history of persecution against the Church as well as modern threats of secularism and relativism. “You are the heirs of this history, this patrimony of pastoral charity, and you demonstrate the energy of your action, the communion which you enliven, and the perseverance in pursuing the objectives which the Spirit shows you,” he … [Read more...]

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Vatican judiciary report highlights increased international cooperation

Vatican City, Feb 2, 2015 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican enhanced international cooperation following the reform of the state's penal code and its anti-money laundering laws, according to a Jan. 31 report presented by Gian Piero Milano,  Promoter of Justice at the Vatican tribunal. The report was presented at the opening of the Vatican Tribunal's new judicial year. The Vatican's public prosecutor underscored in his presentation that Vatican investigators made two … [Read more...]

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Pope: the Gospel doesn’t oppress, but frees those enslaved to evil

Vatican City, Feb 1, 2015 / 09:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis pointed to the authority with which Jesus preached, saying that his words in the Gospel aren’t aimed to limit, but rather liberate us from evil and worldly spirits. “The Gospel is the word of life: it does not oppress people, (but) on the contrary it frees those who are enslaved by so many evil spirits in this world: vanity, the attachment to money, pride, sensuality,” the Pope … [Read more...]

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What the Roman Curia will be schooled on during Lent

Vatican City, Feb 1, 2015 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Lenten spiritual exercises for the Roman curia will this year be preached by Fr. Bruno Secondin, a Carmelite, focused on the prophet Elijah and the prophetic role of the Church today. The news of the Feb. 22-27 retreat, themed “Servants and prophets of the living God”, was announced in L'Osservatore Romano Jan. 30. It will be held in the Casa Divin Maestro of Ariccia, a city bordering Albano Laziale and 16 miles … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis announces June visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina

Vatican City, Feb 1, 2015 / 04:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis announced he will visit the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo in June, where WWI broke out in 1914 with the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand. “Dear brothers and sisters, I would like to announce that Saturday, June 6, God willing, I will go to Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina,” the Pope told pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square Feb. 1. “I … [Read more...]

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Humanity cannot exist without farmers, says Pope

Vatican City, Jan 31, 2015 / 12:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told farmers on Saturday that in a world marked by wastefulness and extreme climate change, they have the important vocation of caring for the earth and providing for all of humanity. “Care for the earth, making alliance with it, in order that it may continue to be, as God wants, the source of life for the entire human family,” the Pope said.The Holy Father's remarks were made in the Clementine Hall … [Read more...]

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