Synod must serve God’s dream, not try to ‘take over,’ Pope says

Vatican City, Oct 5, 2014 / 08:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The work of the Synod on the Family is more than a discussion of ideals or a show of intelligence, but a means of realizing the Lord's plan through the pastoral care of the family, said Pope Francis. He reflected on this topic during his homily for Mass in Saint Peter's Basilica to inaugurate the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization, which runs from Oct. … [Read more...]

Vatican advocates sweeping protocol for Middle East peace

Vatican City, Oct 4, 2014 / 04:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin is urging a comprehensive road map for peace in Middle East during meetings between the region's papal nuncio top officials in his office.   Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, said the agenda included an opening address by Cardinal Parolin, an intervention by Israeli nuncio Archbishop Giorgio Lazzarotto, and a report by Bishop Brian Farrell, secretary … [Read more...]

Pope Francis before synod – listen to ‘beat’ of the times, keep eyes on Christ

Vatican City, Oct 4, 2014 / 01:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a prayer vigil set before the opening of the synod of bishops, Pope Francis said we must be attentive to the signs of the times to see the needs of the family by listening, being open and looking to the Lord. “To search for that which today the Lord asks of His Church, we must lend our ears to the beat of this time and perceive the ‘scent’ of the people today,” the Roman Pontiff told the thousands gathered for … [Read more...]

Vatican official says synod is ‘about family, not divorce’

Vatican City, Oct 3, 2014 / 12:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At a press conference revealing the official working calendar for the synod of bishops, the group's secretary general said the event will take on a new flavor and shouldn't be pegged to just one issue. “The Synod is about family, not divorce. Let's not monopolize it with Western problems,” Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri said Oct. 3 in response to a question surrounding the topic of divorced and remarried … [Read more...]

Pope: Do we try to be saved on our own or through Christ?

Vatican City, Oct 3, 2014 / 10:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy Father reflected on today’s Gospel reading from Luke 10:13-16, saying that it was the leaders of Christ’s day who “close(d) the door to God’s way of salvation.” In this passage, Christ admonishes the people of Charazin and Bethsaida for their hard-heartedness towards his message of salvation and warns them, “If the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would long … [Read more...]

The Synod on the Family: a look beyond the media hype

Vatican City, Oct 2, 2014 / 05:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the media centers upon the question of whether the Church will change its teaching regarding reception of the Eucharist by those living in complex situations, there is a danger that many of the other, no less significant, issues may be falling to the wayside. Duly titled “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization,” the aim of this extraordinary synod, set for Oct. 5-19, is to examine how to best … [Read more...]

Be like children – believe in your guardian angel, Pope says

Vatican City, Oct 2, 2014 / 07:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily for the Feast of Holy Guardian Angels, Pope Francis told those gathered for daily Mass to be like children who pay attention to their “traveling companion.” The doctrine of the angels, the Holy Father stressed, is not imaginary, but “reality.” Citing what Jesus has said, “I send an angel before you to protect you, to accompany you along the path, so that you do not make … [Read more...]